Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

periyarwildlifeThe Periyar Tiger reserve is located in Thekkady in Idukki district. Periyar is a protected area that covers 925 sq kms of land. Around 350 sq kms of this area has been considered as the Periyar national Park and Tiger Reserve. It is also called as Thekkady wildlife. The Periyar sanctuary was declared as a Tiger Reserve under the Project Tiger Scheme and it is a major centre of attraction for all the tourists. Periyar wildlife sanctuary is famous for its large wildlife and landscape. It is at a height of around 900 to 2,019 m above sea level. The highest peak of this area is Kottamalai which has a height of 2019 m.

In this sanctuary the plantation includes evergreen, grassland and moist deciduous forests and has a wide variety of flora and fauna. Here there are about 1800 species of flowering plants. The animals that can be found here include Wild Pigs, Deers, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Tahr etc. Birds such as Kingfisher, Darters, Hornbill etc can also be seen from here.

There is also a lake called as Periyar Lake through which one can take a cruise to get a glance of the wildlife. Even though this is a tiger reserve tourists mainly come here to get a glimpse of the elephants enjoying in the Periyar Lake. The tourists can conduct trekking trails and various other adventurous activities. Some of the economic activities are nature walk which involves trekking through various trails, Tiger trail which is a trekking that is protection oriented, Border Hiking which is the trekking along the border of the Tiger reserve that enables one to enjoy the flora and fauna.

There is a tribal heritage museum here and the tourists can visit this to understand the culture of the tribes settled here. The people can also visit the tribal village. Around 39kms away from Periyar lies the Peermedu which is a hill where spices like coffee, vanilla, tea and many other crops are grown.

How to Reach    
District : Idukki
Nearest Bus Station : Kumily
Nearest Railway Station : Kottayam railway station at a distance of 114 kms
Nearest Airport : Coimbatore International Airport at a distance of 145 kms