Periyar at its best
Kerala is on the southernmost tip of India. Kerala, the land of Ayurveda Kerala's equable climate, natural abundance of forests (with a wealth of herbs and medicinal plants), and the cool monsoon season (June - November) are best suited for Ayurveda's curative and restorative packages.
Nestled in lush forest of the Western Ghats in Kerala are fourteen wildlife sanctuaries and one would enjoy them during Kerala Tourism. And skirting these exotic destinations are some of the most delightful trekking trails in the country. All washed in the spice-scented air of endless acres of plantations.
The hilly slops of Western Ghats and lush green forests provide the perfect locale for wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala. There are a number of wildlife reserves in Kerala that are home to thousands of species of birds and animals. The national parks in Kerala, India are a major tourist attraction and all the sanctuaries are a must visit if you want to have a glimpse of the wild side of Kerala. Amongst these the Periyar wildlife sanctuary is the most popular.
Periyar Wildlife sanctuary is one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in India. Located in Kerala, Periyar national park is famous for the varied wildlife it houses. The exotic Periyar sanctuary is situated in the city of Thekkady and synonymous with name of the city. The best time to visit Periyar National Park, would be from September to May when the weather is favorable and most animals are found near the artificial lake, which is 100 years old. It is a good idea to avoid the monsoons. The place experiences heavy rainfall and you wouldn't want to experience monsoon in Kerala inside the sanctuary.
Though the sanctuary houses many species of wild animals and birds, the most famous are the wild Asian elephants. Also known as Indian elephants, it is sheer thrill spotting them in the wild, roaming around in large herds. The best way to explore Periyar is by taking a boat ride around the lake. The forest is really thick and also houses tigers.
The wildlife park also boasts of a variety of plants and trees. The forest has deciduous type of vegetation, which gives the forest a lush green look. It is as if a blanket of velvety trees has enveloped the place. The park also has many spice gardens around where exotic species of plants are grown under controlled conditions. Hire a good guide and you will be amazed to know the medicinal values of each and every plant and tree and learn that nature has so much to offer. Another quick getaway near the Periyar is the Cardamom hills. It is a beautiful spot and a great place to unwind and feel at one with nature. So visit Periyar Sanctuary and feel the magic take over.