Things To Do in Periyar

Periyar is located in the high ranges of the Western Ghats of southwestern India. The city is a popular Wildlife Sanctuary, replete with great scenic charm and rich bio-diversity. Spread over a wide expanse of about 780 sq. km. along the river Periyar in Kerala, this sanctuary ranks as one of the major tiger reserves in India.Covered with evergreen and semi-evergreen rain forests, the entire forest area is famous for its adventurous safaris.

Plantation Tours – You can begin with plantation Tours You take a tour of the plantations as the plantation tours are arranged from the District Tourism Information Office at Thekkady Junction in Kumily Tours cover cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantations, tea factories, tribal settlements and the surrounding hill regions.

Elephant rides – The Forest Department, Thekkady offers facilities for elephant rides through the jungle.

Trekking – Enjoy trekking in the trekking areas in Thekkady: Kurisumala near Kumily, Pullumedu, Ottakathalamedu near Kumily, Grampi near Vandiperiyar . The Forest Department conducts daily treks from the boat landing station at Thekkady to the Nellikkampetty area and Manakkavala

Boat cruises on the Periyar Lake – You can enjoy boat crises courtesy The Forest Department and the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. A large numbers of tourists prefer this boat cruise in Periyar Lake to closely encounter wildlife and nature’s beauty. Visitors enjoy their morning as well as evening boat cruise in addition to wild elephants frolicking in the lake. Some of them can enjoy bird watching also.

As one of the hottest tourist destinations in Kerala, Periyar receives a good number of footfalls every year. Periyar is widely renowned as home to a large population of wild elephants and tigers, the main tourist attractions in Periyar comprise these, plus a plethora of rare animal, birds and reptiles.The lush green forest of Periyar has a beautiful lake right in the center, which meanders along the contours of the wooded slopes, serving as a perennial source of water for the wildlife population. Teeming with wild elephants, Periyar is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world, where you can witness herds of playful elephants roaming freely or bathing and swimming at the Periyar Lake.

Boating in Periyar Lake

By - Soubhagya S Behera (Flickr)

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