Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles
of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world's most
fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar
Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq. km, of which
360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar
Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in
1978. Noted for its geo-morphological diversity of
wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors
from all over the world. The splendid artificial lake
formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar
river adds to the charm of the park. This is the only
sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience
of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety
of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of
Periyar remains the large herds of wild elephants
that come down to the lake's edge. More Pictures Click
The sanctuary watch towers
There are three watch towers for observing wild life
- at Edappalayam and Manakkavala and Thannikudi. Reservations
can be made at the Forest information Counter, Thekkady.
Tel. : +91-486-322028.
This plantation town, closely associated with Thekkady,
is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary.
It is an important shopping centre and spice trade
centre, the main bus station and most of the medium
range accommodation in the Periyar region is in Kumily.
Washed in fresh spice scented air, Murikkady is a
panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.
This picturesque place is cradled between Chellarkovil
and the Tamil Nadu State border is a popular picnic
spot. Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking
and is a photographer's delight.
Mangala Devi Temple
This ancient temple is hidden in the dense woods at
the top of a peak 1337 M above sea level. The temple
is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture.
Visitors are allowed here only on the Chithra Pournami
festival day. The peak commands a panoramic view of
the other side of the ghats and the vast plains of
Tamil Nadu. Permission to visit the area can be obtained
from the Wildlife Warden at Thekkady. Tel. : 91-486-322027.
This sleepy little village with its
spectacular view of the plains (and cascading waterfalls
during the monsoons) is a feast for your eyes. The
village slopes down to the famous coconut groves of
Kambam in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
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