Periyar is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala situated in the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats. This tourist destination is known across the globe for its national park and tiger reserve. It is the best-known wildlife sanctuary of South India situated on the picturesque Periyar Lake.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its nature’s bounty, which can be seen through its rich biodiversity in terms of flora and fauna. It is one of the most fascinating wildlife reserves that spread across 777 sq km. Large number of tourists from several parts of the globe comes here to experience the interwoven charm of wildlife, landscape and a picturesque lake.
Major Wildlife Attractions in Periyar National Park are:
More than 75% area of this national park is under evergreen or semi-evergreen rain forest, which blessed it with a diverse collection of flora species. Based on the data, this national park nestles around 2000 kinds of flowering plants, 170 different species of ferns, 169 families of grasses and 155 kinds of Fabaceae.
This national park cradles more than 62 different kinds of mammals. According to official data, there are 53 tigers, 1000 elephants and good number of other animals like gaur, barking deer, Indian wild dogs, leopards, lion-tailed macaque and many more.
This park also houses 320 different kinds of birds. Some of the most sighted birds are darters, racket-tailed drongos and kingfishers. With this Periyar is also the home of 30 snake, two turtle, and 13 lizard species. This national park is also famous for 38 different types of fish and 160 different kinds of butterflies.
Some Other Attractions in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary are:
This is famous attractions situated 4 km from Periyar. It is known across the globe for its spice plantations where tourists come to stroll amidst serene and scenic ambiances.
It is another most sought after tourists attractions near Periyar. The hill is famous for tea and spice plantations and known for trekking.
Boat cruise is another popular attraction of Priyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Large numbers of tourists prefer this boat cruise in Periyar Lake to closely encounter wildlife and nature’s beauty.