Periyar Tiger Reserve
The Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is named after the Periyar River in the state of Kerala. It is situated along the border of Tamil Nadu in mid of Cardomom Hills high on the Western Ghats in South India. The forests fall under the districts of Idukki and Pathanamthitta.
One of the major attractions of the nature preserve is the Indian Elephant that roams wild here. Large herds can be seen in and around the river and the lake at Periyar.Other animals seen are tigers, leopards, dhole or wild dog, barking deer, sambar, mouse deer, Nilgiri langur, Hanuman Langur, bonnet macaque, sambhar, porcupine, Indian bison or gaur and sloth bear. The elsusive Nilgiri Tahr is and endedmic spieces which is highly endangered.
Among the reptilian species, monitor lizard, kraits, pythons, rat snakes, keelbacks, king cobras, vipers and flying lizards can be encountered. Some 260 species of
Avian species in habit Periyar which incldue migrants.
Periyar is a must see destination in Kerala Tours during your vacation in India. It is an added attraction and introduction to forests in India.
Area Wildlife Sanctuary
777 sq km
Best time to visit
December to May
Elephant, tiger, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, nilgiri tahr, wild dog, porcupine,
lion-tailed macaque, Malabar squirrel, flying squirrel, sloth bear, gaur.
Summer (Apr. To Jun.): Warm
Monsoon (Jul. To Aug.): Warm
Winter (Oct. To Mar.): Cool to chilly
Winter - Woolens
The nearest town is Kumily (4 km).
The nearest railhead is Kottayam (114 km).
The nearest airport is Kochi (200 km).
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