Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki

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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar lake - an artificial lake, at Thekkady. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a real gift of the nature to the humans.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, IdukkiThe high ranges of the Western Ghats in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary are dressed in dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests as well as savannah grass lands.

The Periyar Widlife sanctuary covers an area of about 777 sq km, of which 360 sq km is thick evergreen forest; the Periyar Wiildlife Sanctuary was announced as a Tiger Reserve in the year 1978. Well-known because of its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife as well as scenic beauty, the Reserve draws thousands of visitors everywhere in the world and it really is one of world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves.

The wildlife of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary include elephants, Sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. So far 320 species of birds have been counted in the Sanctuary. The bird life of Periyar includes darters, cormorants, kingfishers, the great Malabar hornbill and racket-tailed Drongos.

Apart from Birds and animals the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary houses 45 different kinds of reptile in the protected area out of which there are 30 snake, two turtle, and 13 lizard species.

Besides elephant rides, cruises on the lake as well as trekking for the ruined Mangaladevi temple - a wonderful ancient stone temple located in heart of Thekkady forest; this sanctuary provides the exclusive chance to observe as well as photograph wild elephants in close quarters.

The luxurious artificial lake formed by Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River enhances the charm of this park. Furthermore this is really the only sanctuary in India where you are able to have the exclusive experience of watching wildlife at close quarters from the protection of a boat in the lake. The best feature of Periyar, though the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.

The best time to visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is from December to April.

How to get there:

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport or Nedumbassery Airport (IATA: COK, ICAO: VOCI)

Nearest Railhead: Kottayam is the nearest major rail junction

Road: The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is well connected to the cities and towns of Kerala.

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