Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and tiger reserve is a National
Park in the Southern Indian State of Kerala. This National Park is spread
across two districts, Idukki and Pathanamthitta. It is in the middle of the
Cardamom Hills; Periyar Lake is also located here. Periyar is a popular wildlife sanctuary, included in most of Kerala tour packages.
The rainforests of this National Park comprise mainly of
Evergreen and Semi-Evergreen vegetation. Wildlife in this region includes Gaur,
Sambhar, Bison, many species of deer, Dholes or Indian Wild dogs and Leopards.
But this Wildlife Sanctuary is most famous for its elephants. There are an
estimated 900 elephants in this park. This park is now a Tiger Reserve and
there are around 40 tigers here.
The primates in these forests are the lion-tailed macaque,
the bonnet macaque, the common Langur and the Malabar Langur. The forest is
also home to the elusive and endangered Nilgiri Tahr, a species of mountain
More than 200 species of birds have been spotted in the
forests of this protected area. With the Periyar Lake in the middle, this
sanctuary is a huge attraction for water birds and birds that prey on fish. The
bird life here includes cormorants, kingfishers, darters, the Racket-Tailed
Drongo and the Malabar hornbill.
The pachyderms, however, are a major attraction in this
elephant-loving state. They move about in large herds and often come to the
Periyar Lake to bath and drink. Book your Periyar holidays in South India for an enchanting holiday.
The Mullaiperiyar Dam, constructed in 1895 over the Periyar
River, created the Periyar Lake which covers an area of 26 square kilometers.
This lake lies in the middle of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. This lake is
the main source of water for the animals in this sanctuary, and is therefore
visited by a lot of tourists who come to see the wildlife.
Boat Rides in Periyar
The forest department organizes boat rides on the lake for
tourists who visit the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary. The boats take the tourists
along the lake, cruising smoothly through the waters. These big boats are a
safe and interesting method of taking a jungle safari here. If you are lucky,
you can watch the elephants playing and bathing in the lake, other animals also
coming down to the lake for drinking water. You can also spot many species of
birds in and around this lake.
The seating capacity of these boats can range from fifty to
one hundred and fifty. The timings of these boat rides are generally, 7 am,
9.30 am, 11.30 am and 2 pm and 4 pm in the afternoon. These boat rides are a popular attraction in Periyar; a ride
through the lake, it’s beautiful surroundings and the thrill of spotting
interesting wildlife along its banks making it a great option for tourists. Periyar wildlife park can be easily reached by taking up package tours from Chennai.
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the numerous
Nature Reserves in the biodiversity hotspot of the Western Ghats. The huge
herds of elephants and the opportunity to observe them at such a close
proximity make this National Park very popular among tourists. The Boat Rides
are the popular way to go on a jungle Safari here. The central location of this
man-made reservoir attracts all kinds of Wildlife and hence is a thriving