Sprawled over an area of about 780 sq. km. in the Idukki District of Kerala, Periyar is one of the central tiger reserves in India. Renowned worldwide as home to many wild elephants, tigers, and other animals and birds, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is mainly visited by tourists for its great scenic charm and rich biodiversity.
As Periyar is a land of spices, the most sought-after item for tourists visiting the sanctuary is a wide variety of exotic spices. The slopes of the Western Ghats at Periyar grow several spices like pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, mace, and anise. Spice trading has been a mainstay of the local economy of the region. The spice-scented air at Periyar welcomes tourists and tempts them to shop for some excellent quality fresh spices grown here.
While shopping in Periyar, you can buy T-shirts with exclusive Periyar Wildlife Sanctuarymotifs of tigers and elephants. These can serve as excellent souvenirs for your loved ones back home.
But if you want to go on a shopping spree in Periyar, you can head for Kochi, located about 190 km from the sanctuary. In Kochi, you'll find numerous shops and items to buy, including souvenirs and local handicrafts. Kumily, located nearby, is a famous shopping center and spice trade center. A wide variety of spices and handicrafts are also available at the shops in Kumily.