Star attraction of Thekkady, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is set on the banks of the beautiful Periyar Lake. The sanctuary is well known as one of the world’s most fascinating wildlife sanctuaries. The place is covered with green fields, evergreen woods and mountains terrains all around. Periyar wildlife sanctuary houses a variety of animal life which allures wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers from all over.
The sanctuary covers a total area of 777 sq. km. It is one of the 27 tiger reserves of the country. Other than tigers, the sanctuary is home to 62 different mammals and rare species such as Gaur, Sambar (horse deer), Mongoose, Foxes, Mouse Deer, Dholes (Indian wild dogs) and Leopards. In the sanctuary, you also get to see around 320 different bird species and 45 different kinds of reptiles. The exotic flora and fauna of the sanctuary makes it stand unique among others. You can assure yourself an exciting experience with a visit to this captivating attraction. This makes the sanctuary a must see attraction of Thekkady.
The Periyar National Park offers an opportunity to view wildlife closely from the safety of a boat on the Periyar Lake. The key attraction is that you can enjoy watching activities of different animals easily through a walk, boat ride or elephant ride. There is always a guide to accompany you during your safari in the park.
Best time to visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Summer season is the best time to visit the sanctuary as the weather remains pleasant which is ideal for visiting the sanctuary. It is also a good time to enjoy boating at Periyar Lake. It is best to avoid the monsoon season for a visit to the place. There is a possibility to see animals near the lake during the moths of March and April.