Also Known as: Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary
Main Species of animals found: Elephants,
Tigers, Spotted Deer
Best Season: October to June
of the well known wildlife sanctuaries in the south, Periyar sanctuary
attracts a large number of nature lovers every year. Also called the
Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary, this place is ideal for watching the
animals in their natural habitat.
The forest here, slopes into the manmade lake at the bottom of the hill.
This lake serves as the waterhole for the animals and they come here to
drink or take a dip. Elephants, Gaur, Sambhar and even tigers can be
There are boat services which takes the visitor around the lake. The
best season to visit the park is between October and June. Spread over
777 sq.km of the Cardamom Hills of Western Ghats, the Periyar sanctuary
is located 137 km from Madurai.
Although an excursion on the splendid artificial lake is the standard
way to experience the sanctuary, you can also walk around with the local
guide in a small group. Wild Elephant herds come to the lake to frolic
in the water.
Other attractions of the sanctuary are the Sambhar, Bison, Spotted Deer,
Tigers, Leopards, Malabar Flying Squirrels, Stripe necked Mongooses,
etc. There are over 260 species of birds here, including Nilgiri Wood
Pigeons, blue-winged Parakeets, White bellied Tree Pies, laughing
Thrushes and Fly Catchers.