Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala

Nature has adorned our planet with the most bountiful of gifts. One such prominent gift is the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Sprawling across an area of 925 sq. km., the sanctuary merely occupied 500 sq. km. of an area in 1934. Since then, it has been expanded numerous times and was included in the Central Government Initiative of Project Tiger in 1978 and the Project Elephant in 1992 for protecting the endangered population of tigers and elephants.

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is widely known for its spectacular greenery and the diverse fauna around it. Filled to the brim with towering trees, the sanctuary encompasses forests that prevent sunlight from seeping through them. The trees are, in fact, reported to attain varying heights starting from 130-feet and going all the way to 140-feet. And in these forests that form a home for a wide range of animals.

Apart from the foregoing species of elephants and tigers, the sanctuary houses varying species of flying squirrels, wild pigs, sambhars, gaurs, fruit bats, Nilgiri marten, Nilgirilangur, sloth bear, and much more! And if this wasn’t enough, the reserve also houses 266 species of birds that are sure to bring out the ornithophile in you.

However, the fauna and the flora isn’t all that the sanctuary has to offer. For the nearby attractions of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary are elements that further elevate the beauty of the region. The first location is the town Kumily, a small town near Thekkady and Periyar that are highly popular for their cardamom hills. Next in line is the Mangla Devi Temple. The temple attracts pilgrims from all around the world. And finally, tourists are also allowed to regard the Pullumenduarea, an area highly famous for the Shri Ayappa Temple and the Makara Jyothi temple. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is indeed a must visit one if you are on a visit to Kerala.

Timings

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary open at 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Entry Fees

50 INR per Indian Nationals and 500 INR per Foreign Nationals

Boating Cost

250 INR per Adult and 100 INR per Child

Photography

50 INR for Still Camera

Videography

300 INR for Video Camera

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