Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala
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Large scenic park formed by the watershed
of a reservoir developed around a large, arificial lake. It
is famous for the large elephant population which can easily
be seen as you travel by boat on the lake.
Other wildlife sometimes seen from the boat are the gaur,
Indian wild dog and nilgiri langur, as well as otter, large
tortoises, and a rich birdlife, including flights of hornbills.
Along the water's edge you may see the flashing, brilliant
hues of several kinds of kingfisher, perhaps even a fishing
owl. The best time is from February to May.
It is 160 kms. from Mdurai Airport , 208 kms. from Cochin
Airport and 258 kms. from Trivandrum Airport. It is 110 kms
from Madurai Railway station, 110 kms. from Kattayam Railway
station, 67 kms. from Bodinayakanur Railway station.
One of the well known wildlife sanctuaries in the south, Periyar
sanctuary attracts a large number of nature lovers every year.
Also called the Tekkadi wildlife sanctuary, this place is
ideal for watching the animals in their natural habitat. The
forest here, slopes into the manmade lake at the bottom of
the hill. This lake serves as the waterhole for the animals
and they come here to drink or take a dip. Elephants, Gaur,
Sambhar and even tigers can be spotted here. There are boat
services which takes the visitor around the lake. The best
season to visit the park is between October and June.
Spread over 777 sq.km of the Cardamom Hills of Western Ghats,
the Periyar sanctuary is located 137 km from Madurai. Although
an excursion on the splendid artificial lake is the standard
way to experience the sanctuary, you can also walk around
with the local guide in a small group.
Wild Elephant herds come to the lake to frolic in the water.Other
attractions of the sanctuary are the Sambar, Bison, Spotted
Deer, Tigers, Leopards, Malabar Flyings Squirrels, Stripe
necked Mongooses, etc. There are over 260 species of birds
here, including Nilgiri Wood Pigeons, blue-winged Parakeets,
White bellied Tree Pies, laughing Thrushes and Fly Catchers.
The park opens from February to May. The nearest domestic
airports and railway station are at Madurai and Trivandrum.
Hotels catering to every budget are available.
The sanctuary is well connected only by road.
Thekkady is linked by road with some of the major cities in
Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are direct bus services from
Kochi, Kottayam, Thiruvananthapuram and Madurai. The main
bus stand is at Kumily (3 Km. from Thekkady Sanctuary) from
where there are buses to various places.