Periyar

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Tourist Attractions in Periyar

Set in the high ranges of the Western Ghats of southwestern India, Periyar is a popular Wildlife Sanctuary, replete with great scenic charm and rich bio-diversity. Spread over a wide expanse of about 780 sq. km. along the river Periyar in Kerala, this sanctuary ranks as one of the major tiger reserves in India.

As one of the hottest tourist destinations in Kerala, Periyar receives a good number of footfalls every year. Periyar being widely renowned as home to a large population of wild elephants and tigers, the main tourist attractions in Periyar comprise these, plus a plethora of rare animal, birds and reptiles.

The lush green forest of Periyar has a beautiful lake right at the center, which meanders along the contours of the wooded slopes, serving as a perennial source of water for the wildlife population. Teeming with wild elephants, Periyar is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world, where you can witness herds of playful elephants roaming freely or bathing and swimming at the Periyar Lake.

The population of tigers at Periyar is also on the rise, and these tigers, along with the some elusive species like Nilgiri tahrs (a kind of a wild goat), form an integral part of the various tourist attractions in Periyar.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to a wide variety of other animals like leopard, wild dog, barking deer, mouse deer, Nilgiri langur (a primate), bonnet macaque, sambhar, porcupines, squirrels, gaur (Indian bison), wild boar and sloth bear.

Other tourist attractions in Periyar include several species of birds and reptiles. Cormorants, Darters, Kingfishers, great Malabar Hornbill and racket-tailed Drongos are some of the birds that can be spotted here. The reptiles frequenting Periyar include Monitor Lizards, Python and Cobra.

The perfect way to explore the tourist attractions in Periyar is through motorboat cruises on the lake or from watchtowers. One can even enjoy a ride on the elephant back and watch the enchanting wildlife from close quarters.

Your Periyar Tour can also feature visits to the nearby spice gardens. These gardens are botanical treasure troves whose biodiversity and wealth are unparalleled.