When Elephants Come Calling – Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Posted in Asia | September 27, 2011 | Comment Now

Whenever you are in this part of India do make sure that you do not miss this lovely expanse of Greenland called the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a virgin paradise and is God’s own land Kerala’s pride and is proof to Mother Nature’s blessings. With the Western Ghats dominating the boundaries the deciduous forests here are the perfect residence for the tigers, gaurs, sambars, lion tailed macaques and also the Nilgiri langurs.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

When a tourist comes here he is first struck by the pristine ambience of the place and then with all the elephant rides and the lake cruises with the adventurous treks to the temple of Mangala Devi the entire experience is heavenly. Do not miss this place in India and make Thekkady a must see spot in your travel itinerary.,

If you are a nature lover and a photography freak then Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is your end destination. The lovely lake which is the protégé of the Mullaperiyar Dam is the scenic beauty here and this only adds to the already charming surroundings of the lovely land of Thekkady and Periyar.

Mullaperiyar Dam

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its geomorphology and the diverse varieties of flora and fauna that exist here. This is the only wild reserve and sanctuary where you can see the wildlife very closely and you can go boating on the  lake at your will and enjoy this one time experience of being in a land which is dominated by these very majestic wild animals. The wild elephants of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary are very famous and tourists across the world come here to see these lovely majestic yet modest animals.

With the nearest stations being Kottayam and Ernakulam , and also Kumarakom, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is easily accessible from all Indian cities and is surely a must see in Indian tourism. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is easily accessible by road from Kumily.

The lovely plantations and the picturesque surroundings in Thekkady beckon the tourist to come here and the place is popular for its adventurous spots and the lovely treks that you could have here. A perfect family getaway centre and an ideal holiday destination for the honeymoon couples or those who just want to have fun during their weekend trips.


So while you are here make sure you are close to the plantation reserves which are the best beauty in this part. The dense jungles of the area of Thekkady make it magnificent reserves, and the whole area of around 777 square km, is a complete verdant paradise.

Evergreen forests cover 360 sq km of this place and the Government declared this as a tiger reserve in the year 1978. There is the Mullaperiyar dam here which has created the Lake Periyar. Here tourists love to come and enjoy boating and watching the scenes of people of the local area working. Also  you might get lucky and see some wild elep0hants around.

Lake Periyar

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary has more than 265 bird species including the grackle, woodpecker, raptor only to name a few.

With the elephant, sloth bear, jungle bear and gaur the place is a perfect wildlife haven.

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