Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

2.3
#2 of 12 in Wildlife in Idukki District
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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  • August 18, 2017
    This is a very beautiful place where you can spot wild animals including tiger if you are very lucky.We had a green walk which was awesome. The guide who took us showed us varierty of animals birds an...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    the breathtaking scenery, the boat on the lake slowly moving. It is best if one takes 1st boat in the morning 7:30AM, there is long queue in the season. There I came to know that this place arranges t...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Periyar tiger is a nice place to be in strictly contact with the nature. You can see, with a bit of luck, many beautiful animals. You have to try!!!!  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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