Periyar National Park

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Periyar National Park

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


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


Flora and fauna

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.


Since it is located ata high altitude the climate varies from

Get in

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.


Get around


  • 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...


Good to visit



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



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.


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




  • Mickey's Cottage [3]


  • 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

Stay safe

Get out

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