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|Attractions||: Tiger Reserve, Nature|
|Season||: September to May|
|Weather||: Summer (24 to 33°C), Winter (23 to 30°C)|
Periyar Tiger reservice is one of the best conserved forest regions. The forest is rich with wildlife. The reserve, located in Pathanamthitta and Idukki districts of Kerala is one of the 27 reserves in India meant for the conservation of the endangered Tiger. The reserve spans an area of 777 sq. km and is home to rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna and forms the major watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, the Pamba and Periyar.
The park is home to a lot of wild animals including elephants, tigers, wild boars, sambar deer, gaur etc.For bird watchers, the tiger reserve is noted for Galliform birds, Raptors, Water birds, Pigeons, Passerines and Woodpeckers. The reserve is home to fifty percent of the flowering plants in Kerala. Over sixty five percent of Kerala's orchids are in this region.
Boat ride in the Periyar lake is a great way to experience wildlife in the region.
The sanctuary provides facilities for nature walks and adventure tourism. Activities include a one day trek, The Periyar Tiger Trail, Border hiking, Bamboo rafting and Jungle patrol.
Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady is about 4 km from Kumili in Idukki district and is well connected by road.
Kottayam railway station is about 114 km and Changanassery railway station is about 120 km away.
Nearest airport is Madurai which is 140 km away. Alternative is Cochin International Airport which is about 190 km away.
Bangalore to Periyar Tiger Reserve distance is around 511 km. From Bengaluru, connect to Silk board flyover to join Natinal Highway 7. Follow NH7, Dindigul Theni Kottarakkara Highway /Grand Southern Trunk road/National Highway 45 and National Highway 220 to Thekkady By Pass Road in Kumily.Continue on this road to Kumily Thekkady road to reach the Periyar Tiger reserve.
Mysore to Periyar Tiger Reserve distance is approximately 454 km and is roughly a 9 hour drive via National Highway 209.