Periyar is basically a Tiger Reserve which lies in the Western Ghats in the Idukki District of the Kerala state in India. The terrain of the Reserve is undulating and the drainage is dendrite. The north-eastern boundary of the Reserve is a ridge, which also forms boundary between Kerala and Tamil Nadu states for 90 km.This tourist destination is known across the globe for its national park and tiger reserve. It is the best-known wildlife sanctuary of South India situated on the picturesque Periyar Lake.

The Periyar National Park is a magnificent change of soothing sounds from the din and babble of their city to the sweet chirps of varied birds residing at this park. Famous for its various flora and fauna in India, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is also recognized for its sizable avian population.

Facts on Periyar/ Thekkady

  • Area 12.07 sq. km
  • Population 17612
  • Altitude 700-1900 m above sea level
  • Languages Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English

One of the most famous tiger reserves in India, the Periyar tiger reserve is a popular tourist destination, even though tourists are not allowed in the core area of the park. Periyar Lake situated close to the park is another major attraction. The Sabarimala Temple in located in the region is visited by thousands of devotees every year.

Weather and Climate of Periyar

The temperatures in this famous sanctuary differ depending upon the altitude and it ranges between 15° Celsius in December and January and 31° Celsius in April and May.
The annual amount of precipitation lies between 2000 and 3000 mm. About two thirds of the precipitation occur during the southwest monsoon between June to September. A smaller amount of rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon between October and December.

Best Time to Visit September-March .

Periyar is the best place for wildlife photography, tiger watching and elephant herds. You can enjoy both the wildlife as well as the adventure at their best in this famous tiger reserve of India. So what are you waiting for. Ifyou wish to enjoy the trills and frills of life with adventure pack your bags and head to Periyar.

Periyar Lake

By- Mikko Koponen (Flickr)

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