Periyar: An Arresting Portrait of Kerala
Think of Periyar and one cannot escape the idea of watching elephants amidst the green chain of hills. The mesmerizing land of Periyar, also known as Thekkady, nestles amidst the high ranges of the Western Ghats in Kerala. Periyar Tourism is known for its major wildlife tourist destination. Being the heartland for spice cultivation, the aroma of cardamom can be felt in Periyar’s ambiance.
Periyar is regarded as God's own district and has several sightseeing options. The Periyar National Park houses a wide variety of flora and fauna. The National Park was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The sanctuary houses a total of 62 kinds of mammal species, 320 bird species, 45 reptile species, 38 fish species and 160 butterfly species. It is indeed a complete Jungle Book. The place also offers the visitors a facility of staying overnight in the bamboo huts. While staying in these huts one can take a closer look into the life of the 'Mannas' who are the oldest residents here. Moving further is the Periyar Lake offering fantastic boat rides, adding to Periyar tourism attractions. Exhilarating one's pleasure, the boat rides give an opportunity to spot the wildlife when they come to the lake for quenching their thirst.