Periyar National Park, Thekkady

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Best known for its elephant and tiger reserves, Periyar National Park hosts a trove of rare, endemic plants and wildlife in the Cardamom Hills. Flora enthusiasts will love identifying orchids, elephant grass, teak, banyans, and a medicinal plant called gloriosa lily. Many species of animals wander the park, including exotic birds, jungle cats, bears, monkeys, and more. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Indian elephants and Bengal tigers. If you are lucky, you may even spot one of the few white tigers living in the national park. You can embark on jungle walks and lake tours, although neither can guarantee sightings of the animals you hope to see most. Make Periyar National Park a centerpiece of your Thekkady vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Thekkady holiday maker .
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  • We have the boat trip done in the morning. This was, however, not much. Very relaxing and enjoy the peace and nature around you, but unfortunately we have few animals seen (a Buffalo a group of five monkeys in the tree) which of course the risk is at the tour. You need but just lucky or that you for example elephants.
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  • The beautiful garden in thekkady, very green and Lake and it's boats, I advise to visit when in thekkady.
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  • I recently did a trip of Kerala with my 65+ year mom and this nature walk was one of the highlights. It didn’t start that well - we had booked a 7 am walk and the reserve walking guide team arrived at...  more »
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  • I have been there in 2011. I haven't gone into the forest but taken ferry to the Periyar lake. Normally there will be crowd for tickets of the ferry. It was memorable experience. One can see many animals grazing on the banks of the lake. Its lot much fun with your friends during this journey through water. There are some trekking is also available with forest dept. who will take you into the forest and can stay there. Please like 👍 if the review was useful to you.
  • Periyar National Park in Kerala is a protected wildlife reserve. The area covering 350 sq km right in the middle of serene Periyar Lake was declared as a National Park in the year 1982. The National Park is situated right at the heart of Pandalam Hills and Cardamom Hills of Southern Western Ghats. Periyar National Park remains open for the most part of the year. Climate-wise, the best season to visit is during the winter months of November to February as the weather remains pleasant. Though, the aroma of wet mud during monsoon season gives a special appeal to the National park during this season, even though a lot of wildlife is not spotted at this time. Elephants in search of water come out during summer months of March to June and hence, for best wildlife viewing, summer is the best time to visit Periyar Tiger Reserve.
  • Periyar National park is a delightful, peaceful place. Not ideal for spotting big, flashy wildlife - it’s more the sort of contemplative place you would like to visit whilst working on a novel. The only activity worth writing about is the ferry ride - a lazy hour long ride down the backwaters, spent best in contemplative silence, trying to spot elephants on the shore
  • If you are a photographer and visiting Kerala then my suggestion you must go to this beautiful place you can capture amazing time lapse of clouds, while boating you can click too many pictures of animals, mountains and sky 😁😁 and the atmosphere of this national park is amazing, many foreigners do visit this beautiful place and this place is good to visit with your family and friends. And one more thing you have to pay extra charges for your camera 😂😂 and while collecting tickets please be careful with monkeys 😬😬 🐒🐒
  • It is a lovely place to spend some time with the family. Though I couldn't see any elephants or such animals there. We saw turtles, rare birds and wild buffaloes. The boat ride experience was pleasant. If you wish to see animals then opt for their night camp program as the boating is available only during the day. Best time for boating is at morning 7-10 am
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