Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - Enjoy a memorable vacation at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, situated in God's Own Country, Kerala.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
The South Indian heaven, Kerala, often sobriquet as God's own country, is home to a myriad enticing features. Sun kissed beaches, placid backwaters, swaying palms, salubrious climate...the list is interminable. A lesser known but equally fascinating part of this amazing land is the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, which derives its name from the Periyar river that criss crosses the lush country providing a much needed perennial source of water for the survival of its wild residents.
The lore behind the establishment of the area is also quite intriguing. A few years back when a British officer killed a mighty tusker, the erstwhile ruler of Travancore was deeply affected and decided to transform the area into a protective habitat for the wild denizens. Since then, the park has continued to support a thriving floral and faunal population. The core area was declared a national park in 1982.
Wild Attractions in Periyar
The best time to spot animals is during the dry period of March and April when herds of giant pachyderms and other smaller animals can be seen romping around whatever little water bodies that remain. Sights of sambar, gaur and wild pigs are also frequent. Although the wild cats are rarely seen but suddenly coming across a mighty lord of the jungle turns out to be the best part of the escapade. A bit of luck and help from your expert guide is surely worthwhile.
The long list of other commonly spotted denizens entail the leopard, wild dog, barking deer and mouse deer, Nilgiri langur (a primate), bonnet macaque, sambhar, porcupines, squirrels, gaur (Indian bison), wild boar, and sloth bear. Reptiles are generally seen basking in the sun or in marshy areas around the lake, these include the monitor lizards, python, king cobra, flying lizard and the flying snake. These harmless creatures are blessed by nature and support colorful attires making an adorable and fascinating site.
Mangla Devi Temple
Situated on the northern fringes of the sanctuary, at a distance of 12 km from the core area is the ancient stone temple of goddess Mangla Devi. The temple housing centuries old idol of the goddess is held in deep reverence by the local people.
The quaint town of Kumily, famed as a spice trade centre, is situate at a distance of 4 km from the sanctuary. The entire area is covered with a blanket of tea, cardamom, pepper and coffee plantations that present a truly exotic and refreshing sight. Tours to the area and the Connemara Tea Factory are organised by the Kerala Tourism Information Centre located near the park entrance.
Jeep safari, Elephant safari and boat cruise are the options available at Periyar. While elephant rides are preffered by most simply because it is much more thrilling and the elephants being a part of the animal kingdom can get much closer to the denizens without scaring them away, jeeps are much quicker and can penetrate deeper into the forests cutting easily past the beaten track.
It is recommended that you take a boat cruise which requires special permission from the park authorities. Moreover, it is your best shot at spotting the big cats, especially during the dry months when animals roam the area in search of water bodies.
Situated about 20 km from the park, this laid back village is a feast for the senses with its breathtaking views and the cool climate. To observe the villagers and their lifestyles draped in traditional Keralan culture is an enticing experience that you should not miss.
This is a small town known for its lush tea, coffee and pepper plantations along with a number of tea factories. Situated 18 km from Thekkady, the town is a major trade centre with its major tourist magnets being the Government Agriculture Farm and Flower Garden.
» Erotic India Vacations
Can you conceptualize the shrouded secrets on the walls of the Khajuraho temples? Visit the architectural marvel of the Chandela's that is one of the most exquisite examples of Indian erotica.
» North India Holidays
North India is a place where all of the country's motley features appear to have gathered. Do not be amazed if the memories of wrapping sand dunes of Rajasthan linger in your mind for long, and even the miraculous Taj may seem like a mirage.
» Rajasthan Holidays
Are you geared up to dig your way through the unrelenting terrain of Thar? Perhaps there is no other destination on the globe that renders such plethora of cultural, religious and historic options as rustic Rajasthan...an all-out dose of sensory pleasure.
» South India Vacations
A holiday in South India is next to none. Our vacation packages introduce you to the myriad features entailing everything from the undulating beauty of the backwaters of Cochin and Thekkady to the architectural marvels of Mahabalipuram.
» Wildlife Holidays
A loud growl, the chirping of multi-colored avians, a sighting of the lord of the jungle or just a dulcet time in the lap of nature are just some of the things which make a jaunt to the wilderness one of the most magical and exciting experiences of it all....are you up for the adventure?
» India Temples Tour
India is a land where religions and religious beliefs galore. The temple tours are bound to evoke your religious side. Even if you are not a spiritual someone, the awe inspiring architecture is plenty to magnetise your thoughts.