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Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

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Periyar Tiger Reserve provides a home for many rare, endemic, and endangered animals living in a protected environment. Encompassing 925 sq km (357 sq mi) and including two major rivers, this delicate ecosystem sits in the pristine landscape of the Pandalam and Cardamom Hills. Tigers, elephants, and the endangered Nilgiri tahr are just some of the creatures inhabiting the park. Take a boating trip to the Periyar Lake to see cormorants floating on the water's surface and elephants drinking from the misty shore. Check the website for boat tour times and bring binoculars to spot the wildlife easier. Make Periyar Tiger Reserve a part of your Thekkady vacation plans using our Thekkady itinerary planner.
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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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  • Went in June which is off season in Kerala. Due to less water in Periyar lake, couldn't take the ride however spent sometime in Tiger Reserve. You have to purchase the ticket from KTDC counters for a ...  more »
  • If you wish to see the tiger and other wildlife, the best time to visit is early morning. However, the tiger spotting is rare and I heard that last tiger was spotted more than 6 months back. The Periy...  more »
  • Although boating has been the highlight of this place, it was closed when I visited due to low water level. But the trail is very good in the morning biking or simply for a walk/jogging. It got lot of...  more »