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 thesanctuary, you can also walk around with
the local guide in a small group.