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Periyar Lake, Thekkady

2.9
#1 of 35 in Nature in Idukki District
Water Body Nature / Park
At Periyar Lake, see how an aquatic ecosystem thrives in one of India's best-preserved national parks. Hidden amidst the mountainous area of the Cardamom Hills, this sanctuary was formed by the construction of the dam across the Mullaperiyar River in 1895. When you reach its shores, book a boat cruise to observe the wildlife in the reserve instead of taking a guided walk. The lake harbors many species of fish, reptile, birds, and mammals, while mainly tropical and deciduous trees make up the surrounding park's surface. You can purchase tickets in the main building above the boat jetty; do so about an hour-and-a-half before the cruise. For Periyar Lake and beyond, use our Thekkady trip generator to get the most from your Thekkady vacation.
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  • Calm and smooth boat ride through the still waters, with thick forests all around is a feast to the eyes and soul.  more »
  • Nothing much to do. Just a 1.5 hr boating with virtually no animal visible. Only you get to see trees and forest which after a point is boring.  more »
  • Lake offers a boating experience, but there are limited number of seats, so planning is essential. There is plenty of demand for the early morning and late evening trips, due to increased sighting of ...  more »

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Where to stay in Thekkady

The main place to stay in Thekkady remains the town of Kumily. With a range of accommodations to suit the needs of safari-goers, most visitors choose not to look any farther than this gateway to the national park. An abundance of refined resorts, eco-lodges, and budget hostels provide the main competition in town, along with a number of rental apartments and guesthouses. You'll also find options along the road that leads south into the national park. You'll need to book well in advance to secure a room in these hotels.
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