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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary


Location : This appealing wildlife sanctuary is located high in the ranges of the Western Ghats, in Kumily, in Kerala.
Best time to visit : Periyar wildlife sanctuary should be visited from the months of October and June.


The Park
Periyar wildlife sanctuary owns a beautiful, placid lake at its centre. This reservoir meanders around the contours of the wooded hills formed with the building of a dam in 1895 and presents a permanent source of water for the local wildlife. Periyar Wildlife sanctuary is mainly known for its tiger reserve though many tourists come here to see the Indian elephants in the act of ablution and playfulness by the Periyar lake. There are about 800 elephants in the park. If you love watching elephants in various moods then this is the place for you.
Besides, you can visit several other animals in the confines of the Periyar National Park and tiger reserve. The birdlife at Periyar is also very rich.


How to reach :
Air : Kochi (Cochin) at 200-kms or Madurai in Tamil Nadu at140-kms are the closest airports from Periyar.
Rail : Kottayam is the nearest railhead from Periyar lying at a distance of114 km .
Road : Kumily is the nearest town from Periyar and is well served by both state and private buses from Kottayam, Ernakulam and Madurai in Tamil Nadu.

Wildlife attractions :
The Flora : The vegetation is generally deciduous in nature.
The Fauna : The various species of animals found here are Elephants, Gaur, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Dole or Indian Wild Dog and very rarely, a Tiger which are estimated to be 40 in number. The four species of primates found at Periyar are the rare lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri Langur, Common Langur and Bonnet Macaque. Periyar is popular for the elusive Nilgiri Tahr which is rarely to seen.
Birds : The birdlife consists of Darters, Cormorants, Kingfishers, the great Malabar Hornbill and racket-tailed Drongoes.
Reptiles : The reptiles in the region include Monitor Lizards, Python and King Cobra.


Park Trip
Elephant Safaris and boat rides are available in the park to offer you the best views of the park. Boat safari is the best option to view the birdlife of the park.



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