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Periyar National Park, Thekkady

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Best known for its elephant and tiger reserves, Periyar National Park hosts a trove of rare, endemic plants and wildlife in the Cardamom Hills. Flora enthusiasts will love identifying orchids, elephant grass, teak, banyans, and a medicinal plant called gloriosa lily. Many species of animals wander the park, including exotic birds, jungle cats, bears, monkeys, and more. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Indian elephants and Bengal tigers. If you are lucky, you may even spot one of the few white tigers living in the national park. You can embark on jungle walks and lake tours, although neither can guarantee sightings of the animals you hope to see most. Our Thekkady trip itinerary builder makes visiting Periyar National Park and other Thekkady attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We went to Thekkedy & visited Periyar National Park . It was long walk through forest but being with nature was real thrill. The boat trip was restful and informative with lots of birdlife. We had hop...  more »
  • A small group with our tour guide plus national park guides completed an 8 k walk in the afternoon, this was a challenge, but we did find a family group of elephants, many Asian bison, monkeys, giant ...  more »
  • If you're tired of city lifestyle and want to getaway to real nature it's a perfect destination. Can experience green landscape and mountain,wildlife, waterfall and mind blowing scenery of god creatio...  more »
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  • Definitely a great place to be in if you want to experience nature and wildlife. Some great moments here. The pace is beautiful. Various activities included in several available packages for cheap make it worth your while. Also the gift shop is at par. I'd suggest you go for bamboo rafting, river rafting, and backwater sailing. It's totes beautiful.
  • National park contains variety of birds, we can see monkeys all the time. There are many activities one can participate. Wild life safari is the best of all. Periyar lake boating is ultimate one. Its 45 mins ride, you will enjoy the lake, nature and elephants.
  • There are two or three forest offices in Thekady town which can give you very clear information on what to do in the Periyar Reserve. While this park is at the entrance to the Periyar lake and boat ride, the important thing to understand is the various things that can be done in Periyar Reserve as a Eco tourist. Things ranging from boat rides to night safaris to trekking are all available and all of this information is available with the Forest office. This particular park is right at the entrance and quiet neatly maintained I should say. There are several places where one can sit and relax, maybe even have a small picnic. But be careful of the waiting monkeys! A small canteen is also available and there is a play area for the kids.
  • I had visited in Periyar National Park, Thekkady in the month of Sept 2016. For Safari, we had chosen a boating in Periyar lake. You can also opt for a Jeep Safari. But while entering the park you must pay nominal entrance fees, without which you may not able to book a Boating Safari. The boating in this park was about 90 min. The natural beauty around the lake wàs very nice. You can see wild animals around the shore of lake.
  • Very nice jungle, a good hike. A bamboo rafting trip was very good. Very quiet hike. but sightings are rate Be careful when booking keep safaris as they generally do the boarder area around the park rather than in the park itself. There is a cafe and good plaques for identifying the animals. The boat trip is worth a go the early morning ones give a better chance of seeing wildlife.