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Periyar NP

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One of the largest and most visited wildlife sanctuaries in India, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the state of Kerala occupies an area of 777 sq km of lush green tropical forest of the Cardamom Hills region of the Western Ghats. Whilst Periyar is the name of the sanctuary, most visitors tend to stay close by in Kumily and Thekkady.

Centred on a vast artificial lake created by the British in 1895 to supply water to the drier parts of neighbouring Tamil Nadu state, Periyar Sanctuary evolved from a favoured hunting ground of the Travancore royal family who were keen to hold back some land from the encroachment of tea plantations. It was then declared a forest reserve. It expanded then as a wildlife reserve in 1933 and once again when finally declared a Project Tiger reserve in 1979.

Periyar offers a different yet comfortable way of spotting animals via boat rides on the lake, which the wildlife areas encircle.

In addition to the very elusive tiger, Periyar hosts a population of elephant, sambar deer, wild boar, gaur, striped-necked mongoose, bison, antelope, monkeys and langur. Birdlife such as the Malabar grey hornbill, purple-headed parakeet, grey jungle fowl and tree pie can be seen.

The best time to visit is from December to April, when the dry weather draws animals from the forest to drink at the lakeside.

To get you started with planning your holiday to Periyar NP, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to India

The backwaters | Kerala | India
Classic Kerala
9 Days FROM $2,299

Combining historic Kochi, the hill station of Munnar and a houseboat cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. In nine sunfilled days feast upon the amazing natural wonders, wildlife, beauty and diversity of stunning Kerala - God's own country.

Tea plantation | Kerala | India
Beautiful South
14 days FROM $3,459

Chennai, Pondicherry and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Kochi, colonial hill stations and a rice boat cruise on the Keralan backwaters. An action packed fortnight in the Southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, that simply has it all!

Tailormade Holidays to Periyar NP

On the Go are expert at planning holidays in India — tailored to suit your individual requirements. Please have a look at some of the tailormade itineraries below that we have created for our clients which include Periyar NP.

Cardamom County, Periyar NP
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Cardamom County is a simple, comfortable resort with a cottage style accommodation.

Spice Village, Periyar NP
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The Spice Village is a spacious resort with individual huts furnished in traditional Keralan style.

Taj Garden Retreat, Periyar NP
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Taj Graden Retreat is a charming hotel with rustic, spacious villas on stilts.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

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