The mesmerizing land of Periyar is located in the high ranges of the Western Ghats in Kerala. It is a major wildlife tourist destination in the state. Periyar is also known as Thekkady.
Periyar National Park
It is a home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Here one can spot the wild animals without much pain and wait. The National Park was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Over the years, it has contributed in increasing the population of Tiger. The attractions within the Park are its 62 kinds of mammal species, 320 bird species, 45 reptile species, 38 fish species and 160 butterfly species.
It is a beautiful lake offering fantastic boat rides. Heightening your pleasure, the boat rides give an opportunity to spot the wildlife when they come to the lake for quenching their thirst. Enjoy the picturesque views of the surroundings of the lake.
Spice Plantations and Tea Gardens
Take a stroll in the refreshing and lush green tea estates or enjoy the exotic aroma of the spices in Periyar in the Idukki district of Kerala, the spice land of India. Get enveloped in the beauty of nature and spend some quality time. Say hello to the hazy mist over the hills which are dotted with spice and tea plantations.
The most propitious time to visit Periyar if between October- April.
You can enjoy a perfect blend of tradition and modernity at Periyar in some of its famed hotels such as Spice village, Taj Garden Retreat, Wild Side Villa, Lake Palace, Whispering Pine Woods and Hotel tree Top. Modern facilities and services are provided by them to their tourists to make the stay comfortable. The hotels have multi-cuisine restaurants which serve the real taste of South India and other countries. A number of recreational activities are also on offer to pamper the tourists. The Spice Village is located in the cool and peaceful areas of spice plantations.
When you come to Periyar make sure you shop here. Its markets are well stocked with silk saris, traditional jewellery, trinkets, ornaments and other handicrafts.
How To Reach
Air : The nearest airport is at Madurai.
Rail : The nearest railway station is at Kottayam.
Road : Periyar is connected by a network of roads to all the major cities of Kerala.