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Periyar National Park

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Periyar National Park" [1] is Kerala in India.

Understand[edit]

Periyar is a protected area, and a nature reserve in the South Indian State of Kerala, set high in the mountains of the Western Ghats at the border to Tamil Nadu. It lies in the districts of Idukki and Pathanamthitta. The protected area covers an area of 777 km², out of which a 350 km² part of the core zone was made into the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve, sometimes dubbed the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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History[edit]

Before the core area was made into a National Park it was wildlife sanctury.

Landscape[edit]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Periyar is home to one of India's largest Tiger populations. There are also gaur (Indian Bison) and wild boar. Please note you will be need to be very lucky to see a Tiger.

climate[edit]

The temperature varies depending upon the altitude and it ranges between 15°Celsius in December and January and 31°Celsius in April and May. Annual precipitation is between 2000 and 3000 mm, about two thirds occurring during the southwest monsoon between June to September. Much of the rest occurs during the northeast monsoon between October and December

Get in[edit]

The only way to the tourism zone is through the gate at Thekkady, a few kilometers from Kumily. Kumily on the Tamil Nadu border is well connected to Kodaikanal, Madurai, Theni in Tamil Nadu and Kottayam in Kerala.

Fees/Permits[edit]

Entrance Free

Foreigner Adult: 450INR (July 2017)

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Periyar Tiger National Park [2]: Periyar tiger Reserve, Thekkady, is an example of nature’s bounty, with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Sprawled over an area of 777 Sq .km., Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India.
    • Nature Walk: The guided day trek
    • The Periyar Tiger Trail: Adventure trekking and camping
    • Border Hiking: Protection oriented range hiking
    • Bamboo Rafting: Dawn to dusk range hiking
    • Jungle Patrol: Shepherding the jungle
    • Tribal Heritage: A peep into the past
    • Jungle Inn: Jungle in the night
    • The Bamboo Grove: Eco lodge & Centre for experiential learning
    • Green Mansions: Far from the madding crowds...

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Different community based eco-tourism programs offer an excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Different nature trails often pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands.

  • Nature Walk. The guided day trek. Different nature trails traversing diverse habitats form the trekking routes, generally 4 to 5 km in length. This is an interpretive programme offering excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trails often pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands. The programme is offered between 7AM and 10:30AM and between 2PM and 3PM and lasts for about 3 hours. A maximum of 5 persons can go for trekking at a time along each nature trail, accompanied by a trained tribal guide. The Nature walk is the right programme to feel nature, hear her whispers and smell her flowers.  edit
  • The Periyar Tiger Trail. The programme is unique in being conducted by a team of poachers who turned protectors of the forests. The team members are hardy and dependable with an intimate knowledge of the forest terrain. The programmes are 1 night/2 days and 2 nights/3 days. The first day’s trek starts at 9am and ends by noon in the second or third day. The team consists of a maximum of 6 visitors, 5 guides and 2 forest officials. Normally 20 to 35 km of trekking distance will be covered, depending on the route chosen. Here, one may chance to encounter much indigenous wildlife like Nilgiri langur, giant squirrel, Indian bison, Sambar deer, wild boar, elephants and who knows, even the tiger! The trek route passes through hills and valleys with a variety of tropical plants and wide-open spaces. Enroute vegetarian meals will be prepared and served and simple tents are provided for holing up in the night. Trekking groups are accompanied by armed forest guards with good communication equipments, and geared to face any emergency situation. Remember to listen to unusual and strange adventure stories of the former poachers, now your guides and protectors of the forests. Preconditions for joining the tiger trail: Visitors who are medically fit and aged between 15 - 65 are advised to take the tiger trail. Visitors should be serious nature lovers willing to sacrifice some of the luxuries and comforts of a hotel. WARNING: Beware of certain tour operators for booking a tiger trail especially Mr. Sajimon Salim of Periyar Tiger Trail (http://www.periyartigertrail.in/) who appears to be a professional crook. He goes by various other names, including Saji. He will ask for 100% advance payment at any cost, will not give any receipt, will be rude on asking for confirmation, has been known to cancel the bookings and will not return any money. Instead, your hotel or homestay host will be happy to book in advance for you, or you can reserve through the official website.  edit
  • Bamboo Rafting. This is a dawn to dusk range hiking and rafting programme through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve. Starting at 8AM from the boat landing, a mosaic of habitats will be traversed before the party gets into rafts made of bamboos. The forests are rich in bird life and arboreal animals like giant squirrel and Nilgiri langur. The rafting is for about three hours and one gets a panoramic view of forest-clad hills reflected on the lake. Animals like elephant, gaur and sambar are sighted keeping close to the edges of the lake. The team hitchhikes back to the boat landing by about 5PM. An armed guard and 4 guides will accompany a maximum of 10 tourists. Tea, snacks and packed lunch will be served enroute.  edit
  • Boating. Boat cruises on the Periyar Lake. Typical boat ride will be for one and half hour & cost INR 225 per adult and INR 50 per child. There is an extra charge of INR 38 to carry a camera on board the boat. The first ride of the day starts at 7:30am. There is a queue of cars to enter the National park the gates of which open at 6:00am. You will appreciate that getting to view wildlife is a matter of chance.  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Periyar is near a pepper-growing region. Try an omlette (or anything you can find) with crushed fresh peppercorns - nothing to beat it!

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

The best way to experience Periyar is to stay in the treehouse. The ranger will escort you there around 10AM and come to collect you at the same time next day. It is just a wooden box, so bring your own bedding, candles, food etc. The treehouse is situated at the end of a tongue of grassy land with forest on either side. As the sun sets the animals all come out to graze (not the tigers though), and in the morning they are there again as the mist lifts. In between you can kick back, admire the view, listen to the orchestra of insects and birds, and amuse yourself with the grafitti collection.

Lodging[edit]

At the Bamboo Grove (Its a accomodation provided by the Kerala Forest Division)

Camping[edit]

Backcountry[edit]

Homestays[edit]

  • Panthalams Homestay - clean and comfortable, with a kind host who goes beyond expectations to arrange your visit to Thekkady
  • Mickey's Cottage [3]

Hotels[edit]

  • List of hotels [4] on Periyar National Park website
  • Taj Garden Retreat, Thekkady [5]
  • Highlights Of Kerala [6] Yoga and Cooking Classes.
  • Lake Palace Hotel. Six Rooms and used to be Hunting Lodge for the Maharaja
  • Abad Green Forest Thekkady [7]

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

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