Periyar Wildlife

Periyar Wildlife : Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is set high in the ranges of the Western Ghats in Kerala, sprawling across an area of 777 sq km. The delightful Lake at the heart of this wildlife sanctuary was formed with the dam 1895 and meanders around the contours of the wooded hills. Though known a Tiger reserve, it is the Indian elephants in the act of ablution and liveliness by the Periyar Lake that steal the show. The other wildlife attractions in the park are Gaurs, Wild Pigs, Sambars, Barking Deers, Mouse Deers, Doles or Indian Wild Dogs and very rarely, a Tiger. It is estimated that as many as 40 tigers live here. Four species of primates here include rare Lion-tailed Macaques, Nilgiri Langurs, Common Langurs and Bonnet Macaques along with rarely spotted elusive Nilgiri Tahrs that live here.

Darters, Cormorants, Kingfishers, Malabar Hornbills and racket-tailed Drongoes constitue the avian life of the sanctuary while Monitor Lizards, Pythons and King Cobra are some of its reptilian highlights. The fresh air, green moist deciduous forests, peace and serenity make it a delightful place. Trekking on to the Cradomom Hills and boat cruises in the Periyal Lake to check out the wilds of Periyar Sanctuary are some of the most sought after activities of the tourists coming here. The lake serves as the waterhole and bathing ghat for the animals, thus, marking it as the best place to spot the game. The best season to visit Periyar wildlifesanctuary is from October to May.