Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
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.
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 :
Kochi (Cochin) at 200-kms or Madurai in Tamil
Nadu at140-kms are the closest airports from Periyar.
Kottayam is the nearest railhead from Periyar
lying at a distance of114 km .
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.
The birdlife consists of Darters, Cormorants,
Kingfishers, the great Malabar Hornbill and racket-tailed Drongoes.
The reptiles in the region include Monitor
Lizards, Python and King Cobra.
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.