Extending along the banks of Periyar river in Kerala, Periyar National Park is nature’s way of mixing great scenic beauty and rich biodiversity. One of the most renowned parks in the whole of South India, Periyar National Park offers protection to a large population of Indian Elephants and Tigers. Exploring the wild on the established tourist trails, which are evenly distributed in the tropical evergreen forest of the national park, feels a lot enjoyable rather than tiresome.
Like mentioned above, Periyar National Park provides a natural habitat to Indian elephants and tigers. Besides, the national park also houses bisons, sambars, wild boars and antelopes. Reptiles like monitor lizards, pythons, King Cobras, flying snakes and flying frogs can surely amaze you if you are lucky to catch a sight of them. Periyar National Park is also a dream land for bird watchers.
Popular ones are Great Malabar Hornbills, Racket Tailed Drangoes, Darters, Cormorants, Kingfishers, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Rufous-bellied Eagle and Crimson-baked Sunbird. Besides exploring the lush green forests on elephant backs, one can enjoy boat water cruises on the tranquil Periyar river. Other than catching animals and birds in camera, Periyar National park also has the spice town of Kumily and beautiful Cardomom hills to explore.
Periyar National Park can be visited any time of the year. However, it is advised that one should schedule his travel plans to the renowned national park between the months of October and June.
How to Reach
In order to reach Periyar National Park in Kerala, the nearest airports are at Cochin and Madurai. If you are travelling by train, then you must get down at Kottayam railway station. However, the national park can also be reached via frequent bus services from Kottayam, Madurai, Cochin and Thiruvanathapuram.
To make the stay in Periyar National park full of comfort and in nature’s proximity, the region has various accommodation options. Prominent hotels in the vicinity are Spice Village, Lake Palace, Taj Garden Retreat and Aranya Nivas, which offer an amazing blend of tradition and modernity.