As one of the hottest tourist destinations in Kerala, Periyar receives a good number of tourists every year. The best thing about Periyar is you can watch the wildlife in its natural surroundings. Periyar is widely renowned as home to a large population of wild elephants and tigers. It is located in the district Idukki which is the second largest district of Kerala with Ninety seven percent of its area covered with mountains and forests. It is amazingly rich in flora and fauna. Three beautiful rivers Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar add to the beauty of this hill station. Expose yourself to its scenic beauty and make your holidays a memorable experience. But apart from this it is having many rare animals, birds and reptiles also.
The lush green forest of Periyar has a beautiful lake right at the center, which is spread along the contours of the wooded slopes, serving as a perennial source of water for the wildlife population. Teeming with wild elephants, Periyar is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world, where you can witness herds of playful elephants roaming freely or bathing and swimming at the Periyar Lake. The population of tigers at Periyar is on the rise and these tigers along with some elusive species like Nilgiri tahrs a kind of a wild goat form an integral part of the various tourist attractions in Periyar.
You can spot Bengal Tigers even though they are scattered in a wild area and there are plenty of other animals like the Nilgiri languor, Nilgiri tahr, bison, deer, antelope and about 700 elephants to make the trip worthwhile. The Periyar Tiger reserve consists of tropical evergreen, semi evergreen and moist deciduous forests. It was declared a Project Tiger Reserve in 1978. The core area is 350 sq.km. The national park and the tiger reserve are rated as one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India for wildlife photography, bird watching, elephant herds and tiger watching.
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