|Periyar National Park||Located in the banks of artificial Periyar Lake|
|Periyar Lake||Located in Idukki district of Kerala|
|Periyar Tiger Trail||Located about 4 km from Kumili in Idukki district of Kerala|
|Periyar Tiger Reserve||Located on the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu|
|Pandikuzhi||Located at a distance of 5 km from Kumily|
|Pullumedu||Located about 43 km from Thekkady and around 26 km from Periyar.|
Periyar National Park
The place of Thekkady flaunts one of the most rich and diversified bio-diversity spots in India – the Periyar National Park. Snuggled up in the heart of nature, this rich wildlife heritage is the claim to fame for not only Thekkady but also the entire Southern part of India. It encompasses an area of about 777 square kilometers and showcases various rare and endangered species like the tiger and the Asiatic lion. Enveloped in a thick canopy of dense, evergreen deciduous forests and savanna grasslands, this place has a balmy effect on the green starved eyes and urban souls looking forward to unwind themselves. The wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978 and is also home to a wide variety of animals like herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs.
The Periyar Wildlife Sansctuary is located in the banks of one of the largest man made lakes of Asia, the Periyar Lake. This outstanding artificial lake is formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River. A boat ride in this lake, advisably in the early morning, is a must see for the lovers of nature. The lake is enclosed by dense, green forest. Witnessing the sun rise from the green horizon and the clear waters of the lake reflecting the montage of colours in the sky is a heavenly experience. This is also a good time to get a glimpse of various animals like elephants, buffaloes and tigers.
Periyar Tiger Trail
This is a unique initiative taken by the Government of Kerela to enable the wildlife enthusiasts to take a peek into the depths of the mysteries of the forests. The Periyar Tiger Trail consists of 5 tourists, 5 guides along with a couple of forest department officials. The members of this team are expected to trek in the morning in the forest and stay inside the tent at night. The guides are generally the former poachers who have been transformed into the preservers of wildlife. The deep knowledge that they possess of the jungle and the animals is thus being used constructively.
The tour can last for 1 night and 2 days or 2 nights and 3 days and can cover a distance of 35 km. Food is cooked by this team from the vegetables and fruits available from the forests. Encounter with elephants, giant squirrels and sometimes even tigers are quite common in these kinds of trips. Such trips prove to be deeply gratifying for the lovers of adventure and thrill.
Periyar Tiger Reserve
The Periyar Tiger Reserve is one of the 27 illustrious tiger reserves in India. Managed and maintained with zeal and competence, the reserve offers home and a place of repose to the endangered species of tigers. Spread over an area of around 77 square kilometers, people centered park based ecotourism is the bedrock of this tiger reserve. A tour under the surveillance of the tourist officers can prove to be a mind boggling experience for the lovers of adventure and thrill.
Cradled between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu border and located at a distance of 5 km from Kumily, Pandikuzhi is a picturesque natural hub in Thekkady, abounding in rich and diverse Flora and fauna. It is a famous picnic spot and a paradise for the lovers of photography.
This popular hill station is situated about 43 km from Thekkady and around 26 km from Periyar. The winding journey to this exotic hilly area, along the Periyar River, offers a stunning view of the hills drape in lush greenery.