One of the well known wildlife sanctuaries in the south, Periyar
wildlife sanctuary attracts a large number of wild life lovers, every year. This
place is ideal for watching the animals in their natural habitat. The forest
here, slopes into the man-made lake at the bottom of the hill. This lake
serves as the waterhole for the animals and they come here to drink or take
a dip. Elephants, Gaur, Sambhar and even tigers can be spotted here.
The birdlife comprises of Darters, Cormorants, Kingfishers, the great
Malabar Hornbill and racket-tailed Drongoes. The reptilian population boasts
Of Monitor Lizards that can be spotted basking in the sun, on the rocks
along the lake-shore. Visitors who trek into the Periyar national park often
see a Python and sometimes even a King Cobra.
In the lap of the mountains, the Periyar wildlife sanctuary's environ is
like a canvas of many shades. The fresh air of the moist deciduous forest
gives one a chance to experience the peace and serenity and long to return
for more. The best season to visit Periyar wildlife sanctuary is from the
months of October and June.
Other Attractions in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated just 4-kms from Periyar, Kumily is
a growing town where tourism is fastly catching up just like the spice
trade, the major occupation of this small town. The town is also well
equipped with the excellent hotels and resorts for accommodation.
Periyar and Kumily are the most
convenient points from which visitors can easily explore Kerala's beautiful
Cardamom hills. Guide will approach you at offers of trips via jeep or taxi
to the hills and if you can get a group together, these trips work out as a
good travel value.
Boat cruises make the best option to
check out the wilds of Periyar Sanctuary.Today the Periyar lake presents an
excellent boating spot for tourists. Although it is unusual to see many
animals from the boats, still you spot a family of Elephants, Wild Boar, and
Sambar Deer by the water's edge.