Boat along the water at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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About Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the largest and most visited wildlife sanctuaries in India, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary occupies an area of 777 sq km of lush green tropical forest in the Cardamom Hills region of the Western Ghats. Centred around a vast artificial lake created by the British in 1895 to supply water to the drier parts of the neighbouring Tamil Nadu state, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary evolved from a favoured hunting ground of the Travancore royal family. It was declared a forest reserve and later expanded to a wildlife reserve in 1933 and declared one of India's 27 Project Tiger reserves in 1979.

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In addition to the very elusive tiger, Periyar hosts a population of Indian elephants, sambar deer, wild boars, gaurs, striped-necked mongooses, bison, antelopes, monkeys and langurs. Some 265 species of birds, migratory and endemic, can also be found here including the Malabar grey hornbill, purple-headed parakeets, grey jungle fowls and tree pies. Periyar offers a different yet comfortable way of spotting animals via boat rides on the lake. The best time to visit is from December to April when the dry weather draws animals from the forest to drink at the reservoir, which holds water throughout the year.

Whilst Periyar is the main attraction of this region, most visitors tend to stay close by in the towns of Kumily and Thekkady where there is a good selection of hotels, guesthouses and homestays. Aside from taking a trip through the sanctuary, popular activities for visitors here involve exploring the numerous spice plantations that are scattered throughout the area. They can be easily covered in a half day trip and are definitely worth investigating.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Tours

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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Hotels

If you are planning a Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary 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 Wildlife Sanctuary

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Perched on a gently sloping hill overlooking the Periyar Tiger Reserve, the Cardamom County is a simple, comfortable resort with cottage-style accommodation. The cozy cottages have spacious bedrooms that have been furnished in an appealing blend of contemporary and naturally aesthetic design and boast a private verandah with beautiful views. Guests can dine on signature fusion food at the All Spice Restaurant set by the open pool side. The property also offers a wine and beer bar, gym and Ayurvedic spa.

Spice Village Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Spice Village is a spacious resort that re-imagines a mountain tribal village with individual rustic huts furnished in traditional Keralan style. Set on a misty ridge, the resort is stripped down with birdsong the preferred choice of entertainment yet offers the comforts of a modern hotel including en suite bathrooms and simple furniture. Local and international cuisine can be enjoyed at the restaurant while a quiet cup of chai is just perfect at the outdoor seating area popular with the local guinea fowl.

The Elephant Court Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Located on 4 acres of land, the Elephant Court is a grand hotel decked out in cooling teak wood. Guest rooms are beautifully appointed with earthy hues of brown and pale green set off by crisp cotton sheets. Dining options include local specialities and international cuisine, all served in the restaurant with beautiful views of the swimming pool and surrounding area. A trip to the beautiful rooftop curio shop to pick up some souvenirs is a must. The accommodation is well located close to the Thekaddy forests.

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