About Periyar NP
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.
Periyar NP Hotels
If you are planning a Periyar NP holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Cardamom County Periyar NP
Cardamom County is a simple, comfortable resort with a cottage style accommodation.
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.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
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 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 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!
Periyar NP Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Periyar NP.