Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

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#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. To visit Periyar Tiger Reserve and other attractions in Thekkady, use our Thekkady journey planning app .
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  • Nice place to visit. You can visit it through boat, which will cost u 225 Rs per person for 2 hour. Overall it was good. I was able to see elephant, deer, bison and many different kind of birds.  more »
  • We did the full day trip 0800-1700 which was super reasonably priced at under £30 each. We got our tickets from the booth in the town. Breakfast and lunch are included and we were told it would be ‘eu...  more »
  • When you plan to visit periyar national park, you are told about the main attraction of the park, that is the boat ride. Your vehicle drops you at the drop point of the national park, you have to buy ...  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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