Wildlife Thekkady

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

It is a 777-sq.km spanning sanctuary that has a large lake in the centre of it. This artificial lake came to be after the British built a dam in 1895. It serves as a waterhole for many animals there. The reserve is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Two rivers – Periyar and Pamba – flow within the sanctuary. The Periyar reserve comprises tropical forests, evergreen forests and dry deciduous forests and grasslands.

It was declared a sanctuary in 1950, and is the largest and oldest tiger reserve in the state. Trackers and wildlife personnel will help you spot a tiger or two if you go trekking. Other animals found there are Asiatic elephant, Nilgiri Langur, lion-tailed macaque and deer. It has more than 300 species of birds, 62 species of mammals and 45 species of reptiles. There are plenty of butterflies, too.

Thekkady lies on the NH -19, connecting it with Munnar. Theni and Madurai in Tamil Nadu have the nearest railway station and airports, respectively. It is 190km from Cochin airport.

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