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Periyar Lake, Thekkady

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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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  • August 18, 2017
    Periyar lake has boating and its a very good attaraction. If you are lucky you will be able to see wild animals like wild elephant,bison,wild squirels,monkeys,deers and wide varierty of birds and many...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Just landed from the Forrest bus to the periyar lake, tall tress standing in their grandeur having the majestic look. The mind craving for more just settles down. I wanted to be there, by the lake sid...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Many of our friends suggested to take a boat ride in Periyar river. With high expectations we went there (June 28, 2017). What a waste ! Not a single animal (other than few monkeys near the Jetty) cou...  more »

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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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