Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Thekkady, has changed the face of Kerala Wildlife tourism in unprecedented ways. Situated on the banks of the Periyar Lake (which, interestingly, is an artificial lake), the sanctuary is bordered with dense evergreen woods, misty mountain terrains and lush green meadows.
The sight of herds of elephants loitering around the lake area is a spectacular view no traveller would want to miss. The protected region of the wildlife sanctuary (with a total area of 777 sq km) was officially upgraded to a National Park in 1982 and later it was declared as a Tiger Reserve as well.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary draws travellers from all over the world primarily due to the wide variety of animal life it houses. According to the latest records, 53 tigers are protected in the tiger reserve and it is home to about 62 different mammals. Rare species such as Gaur, Sambar (horse deer), Mongoose, Foxes, Mouse Deer, Dholes (Indian wild dogs) and Leopards can also be sighted here.
Around 320 bird species and 45 different kinds of reptiles are also recorded in the region, making it a must-see sanctuary of the country. With its exotic flora and fauna, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary offers a unique and exciting experience to wildlife enthusiast and nature lovers.