Thekkady(also called Periyar Tiger Reserve), covering about 777 sq. km is one of India’s most fascinating and one of the finest natural wildlife sanctuaries, also an example of good management of nature’s forests. The vegetation, the flora and fauna and the birds of Thekkady are uniquely rich, vast and varied that it does not bear semblance to any other wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Here, in the crisp, cool air of the Western Ghats you will experience wilderness and abundant wildlife first hand. The uniqueness of this sanctuary is the Periyar lake, an artificial lake, which was created by damming the Periyar river a century ago. The open grasslands are home to a magnificent variety of animals – the elephant, the bison, Gaur, Sambar deer, Barking deer, Mouse deer, Nilgiri langur, Bonnet macaque, Lion-tailed macaque leopards, Jungle cats, Wild dogs and most importantly the tiger. Periyar Tiger Reserve is also rich in bird life. Birds such as Malabar Hornbill, Grey heron, Jungle fowl and Jungle Mynah are some among the 266 species of birds which can be photographed in this forest range.
Temperature: Min. 0 c – Max. 24 c
Preferable Season for travel:Aug- March
Places for sight seeing:
- Periyar Tiger reserve
- Spice plantations
- Picnic spot