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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Thekkady falls in the picturesque hill of district Iduki in Kerala. It is better known for its natural wild life sanctuary. The journey to Thekkady takes you through the quaint little hill-towns and softly contoured hill slopes surrounded by the plantations of tea, coffee and spices like cardamom and pepper.

Thekkady has unique flora and fauna specially the birds that differentiates it from other sanctuaries across India. The very sound of the name Thekkady conjures up enchanting images in one's mind. The cool crisp scented air of the western ghats reveals the unexplored beauty of the place. Even a casual visitor can easily distinguish the peculiar ecological pattern of the region. Thekkady Sanctuary is one of the best for taking snaps of wild animals . Situated 5km from the border town of Kerala, Kumily, it is well connected by bus from both the regions-Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Periyar KeralaBest Time to visit : September to March.

Climate: Climate at Thekkady is tropical and temperature varies from 11 degree C to 15 degree C.

Recreation and Sight seeing
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Periyar wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala is one of the largest and most visited wildlife reserves in India . The basic aim to built this Reserve was Tiger preservation and it is also known as Periyar Tiger Reserve. It occupies 777 sq.kms. of the Cardamom Hills region of the Western Ghats The Sanctuary is 150 miles away from Cochin and is surrounded by green rich plantations and dense forests. The park makes a convenient place to break the long journey across the Ghats between Madurai and the coast. The altitude varies from 900 mtrs to 2019 mtrs.

The first step towards conservation was taken by the Maharajah of Travancore. At the core of the Periyar Tiger reserve is the serene Periyar lake created by the British in the year 1895 to divert water for irrigation. Encircling the waters are the lush tropical forests in which majestic tigers roams, free and protected.

Periyar KeralaBoats are considered the ideal source to cover the mystical scenery around the lake. Periyar is a veritable paradise for elephants, sambar, wild pig, Malabar flying squirrel, gaur, stripe-necked mongoose and over 260 species of birds including Nilgiri wood pigeon, blue-winged parakeet. The unusual species found in Periyar are flying Snake and Flying lizards. The ideal time to visit the sanctuary is between October to June.

Activities in Periyar Wild life Sanctuary
Boating: The first trip starts at 7am and last trip at 4 pm. Nature Trek : The reporting time is 7 am in the morning and 2- 2:30 pm in the afternoon.

Bird Watching Trek: There are 200 species of bird that could be sighted in Periyar.

Elephant Rides: There are elephant rides for 30 min within the sanctuary.

The deep tranquility of the scenic vistas blends with the exhilaration of adventure to make for a unique holiday experience.
Periyar Kerala
Kumily: 4 Kms from Thekaddy, is situated on the outskirts of Periyar Sanctuary. It is an important spice centre and shopping centre.

Murikkady: 5 kms from Thekaddy. Famous for its cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations

Pandikuzhi: 5 kms from kumily. Amidst chellarkovil and Tamil Nadu border, it offers a great picnic spot and is a delight for photographers.

Vandan Medu: This is the worlds largest auction centre for cardamom and is Located 5 kms from Thekaddy
Plantation Tour: Plantation Eco tours are arranged from the District Tourism Officer. The tour covers all the major plantations in the respective area

Periyar KeralaElephant Rides: The forest department at Thekkady arranges 30 minutes elephant ride through the Jungle. Tickets are available from wildlife information counter.

Trekking: Thekaddy is a best resort for those who love trekking.
Kurisumala near Kumily, Pullumedu,Ottakathalamedu,grampi near vandiperiyar are few places to name.

Boat Cruises: The Forest department conducts daily treks from the boat landing station at Thekaddy to the Nellikampatty area and Manakkavala

Accommodation in Periyar :
» Spice Village
» Taj Garden Retreat
» Cardamom County
» Aranya Niwas
» Lake Palace
» Hotel Treetop
» Shalimar Spice Garden Resort
» Woodlands Prime Castle
» High Range Residency
» Wild Side Villa
» Whispering Pine Woods

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