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Periyar National Park

Periyar National Park serves as the perfect example of nature’s bounty with great scenic beauty and rich biodiversity. Situated in Thekkady, Kerala, the national park is home to the Royal Bengal Tigers, Indian Elephants, and various other wild and fascinating creatures. The Park is considered to be the most protected area for the elephants and the tigers. Covering an area of 357 square miles of land, the Park attracts thousands of tourists every year offering amazing activities like safari, rafting, among others.

Attractions
Periyar National Park is a paradise for the nature lovers. To explore everything in the best possible way, you need a well planned tour. The Park acts as a habitat to many endangered and endemic species of flora, mammals, reptiles, fishes, amphibians and birds. Explore the rich flora of the region, including trees of tamarind, rosewood, sandalwood and Jamun, along with other species.

The Periyar National Park is also a great place to spot Bengal Tigers. From Indian Elephants, Nilgirir Langoors, Wild Pigs to Niligir Tahrs, the choices are many. A treasure trove for bird lovers, Malabar grey hornbill, blue-winged parakeet, Nilgiri wood pigeon, and Sri Lanka frogmouth are among the birds residing here.

A must have experience here is the boat ride in the Periyar Lake, situated near the Wildlife Sanctuary. One can enjoy a beautiful view of Elephants grazing near the edges of the shoreline, Deer, Sambar, Gaur and Wild Boars flocking the place in regular intervals. The boat ride will be a surreal experience, and is highly recommended if you are in the area.

Best Time to Visit
September to June is considered the best time to visit Periyar National Park. Monsoon season lasts from September to early October and brings rain showers that bestow the national park with lush vegetation. The panorama gets greener and the weather stays pleasant. Summer season starts from March and ends in June. It is the best time to spot Indian elephant, Bengal tiger, and other animals, as the animals come outside in search of water in summers.

How to reach
By Air: Kochi (Cochin) at 200-kms or Madurai in Tamil Nadu at140-kms are nearest airports from Periyar.

By Rail: Kottayam at 114-kms is the nearest railhead from Periyar.

By Road: Kumily, the nearest town from Periyar is well served by both state and private buses from Kottayam, Ernakulam and Madurai in Tamil Nadu.



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