Thekkady(Periyar) Travel Guide
Thekkady( Periyar) Travel Guide
is the best-known wildlife sanctuary in south India. Though billed as a tiger
reserve, Periyar is really famous for its wild elephants, 100-year-old artificial
lake and its setting in the beautiful thickly forested Western ghats. This is
not your best shot at spotting the Bengal Tiger considering there are less than
40 of them that inhabit an area of 777sq.km but theres plenty of other
game like the Nilgiri langoor, Nilgiri tahr, bison, deer, antelope and about
700 elephants to make the trip worthwhile.
The Asian elephant is diminutive compared to its larger African cousin but the
thrill of spotting a herd of them lumbering through the dense shola (forest)
or wading into a lake is going to be no less than seeing the African elephant
in the Masai Mara grasslands. There are more than 700 of these large grey animals
that have for a long time been a symbol of Indian exotica. Over a 100 species
of butterfly and at least 240 species of birds inhabit the area.
Around the park are some interesting aromatic spice gardens. Many have good
guides wholl tell you about the medicinal value of each spice and maybe
startle you with how much of the research is millennia old.
When to go:
The tourist season is from September to May and particularly the Christmas -
New Year holidays. From February onwards it starts getting warmer and though
this could be distinctly uncomfortable, it has its benefits. The animals are
easiest to spot now as elephant and chital (spotted deer) alike flock to the
waterholes. Avoid weekends when the park can get quite full with people looking
for a daylong getaway.
Places of Interest in Thekkady(Periyar):
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary :
The rich forest area of Periyar in Thekkady
is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves. Spread in
an area of 777 sq km, of which 360 sq.km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar
Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial
lake formed by the Mulla Periyar dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm
of the park. Here, you can enjoy the unique experience of observing wildlife
at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. Though the greatest
attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants, you can also see gaur,
sambar deer, tiger, jungle cat, sloth bear and wild boar which can be sighted
from the boats. There are about 265 species of birds including migrants, which
make your boat ride more lyrical.
About 4 kms from Thekkady, this plantation town is closely associated
with Thekkady. Situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary, Kumily is
an important shopping centre and spice trade centre.
Situated 5 kms from Thekkady. Washed in fresh spice scented
air, Murikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.
This is about 5 kms away from Kumily. Cradled between Chellarkovil
and the Tamil Nadu State border, this picturesque place is a popular picnic
spot. Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer's
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