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About Periyar
A pleasant place to escape from the madding crowds of the cities and towns, Periyar is a nice place to cruise on the lake, a place to enjoy a jungle walk with an opportunity to see the wild animals. Set high in the ranges of the Western Ghats, in Kerala, is the Periyar famous for its National Park and Tiger Reserve. The park has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Formed with the building of a dam in 1895, this reservoir meanders around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a perennial source of water for the local wildlife. Herds of elephant and sambar, gaur and wild pigs wander down to the lakeside and can be observed from the launches that cruise the lake.
 

Periyar Facts and Figures
Area : 778 sq km.
Altitude :

900-2000 metres.

 

How to Reach Periyar
Air : Nearest airport : Madurai (Tamil Nadu) 140 kms, Kochi (Nedumbassery - 185 km), Thiruvananthapuram (265 kms).
Rail : Nearest railway station is Kumarakom 114 kms. Madurai station is about 136 kms.
Road : An excellent road network from kumily (4 kms) links the to all major towns and cities in india.
 

In and Around Periyar
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.  Spread across 777 sq.km, of which 360 sq.km is thick evergreen forest.  Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world.
The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar adds to the charm of the park.  This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake.  The greatest attraction of Periyar, however, are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.

 
Kurisumala

A place for adventure tourism and trekking.  This will offer a panoramic view of Kumily town and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

 
Kumily
It is located at a distance of 4 kms from Thekkady. This plantation town, closely associated with thekkady, is situated on the outskirts of the periyar sanctuary. An important shopping centre and spice trade centre.
 
Vandanmedu
Nearly at a distance of 25 kms from Kumily, this is one of the world's largest auction centres for cardamom. A walk through the sprawling cardamom plantations of Vandanmedu is a heady experience.
 
Pullumedu
It is located at a distance of 26 km from Periyar. The winding journey to this hill town, along the Periyar River, offers a stunning view of the rolling hills draped in lush greenery.  Velvet lawns, rare flora and fauna add to the beauty of Pullumedu which can be accessed only by jeep.  The famous Sree Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala and the Makara Jyothi illumination at the shrine are visible from here. 
 
Ramakalmedu

It is located at a distance of 40 km from Thekkady. Rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu an enchanting retreat. The hills top also offers a Panoramic view of picturesque villages of Bodi and Cumbum on the Eastern slop of the western ghats.

 

Stay in Periyar Hotels
Hotel Spice Village Hotel Taj Garden Retreat
 


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