Forest Trails at Periyar National Park
India’s oldest and best-known National Park, the Periyar National Park is 145 km from Madurai and can also be accessed from Munnar or from Kottayam. Though this was developed by the erstwhile Trancore Princely State in 1934, it expanded to the present size of 780 sq km and was named the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in 1950. The entry fee to Periyar National Park is $7.
Here, wildlife can be observed from special boats which surf the waters of the lake, leaving the animals undisturbed by the human visitors. The sanctuary is a part of Project Tiger. Wild elephants, bears, sambhar, bison and spotted deer, as well as many screeching monkeys are the animals that one can see near the lake. People basically come here to the watch the Indian elephant’s abluting in the Periyar Lake.
Birds such as the kingfishers, racket-tailed Drongoes, cormorants, hornbill are found here. Visitors trekking in the Periyar National Park have frequently spotted a python and a King Cobra.
The cardamom hill which is in the vicinity of Periyar is worth exploring. October to June is the best time to visit Periyar national Park. The chances of sighting animals after the heavy rains are slim since animals come to the lakes for water only after water sources in the interior of the forest have exhausted.
There is a picturesque lake in the centre of the park; this provides a constant source of water to the habitats of the park. The experience of inhaling and feeling the fresh and untainted air emitting from the deciduous forest of Periyar national Park compel the tourists to revisit the park.
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