- Posted May 8, 2014 by
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The world's best national parks
Periyar Tiger Reserve, India
Thekkady, in the Idukki district of Kerala is the gateway to the Periyar wildlife sanctuary. The Wildlife Reserve get its name from the river Periyar. An artificial magnificent lake was formed at the time of constructing a dam across the river Periyar, which is popularly known as "the lake of Periyar".
The forest that surrounds the Periyar lake was declared as Tiger Reserve in 1978, which got its recognition as a National Park since 1982. The national park attracts visitors from all over the world.
The lake of Periyar, the summer palace in the heart of the lake, dead trees, the high range mountains around the lake, safe and close view of wildlife from the boat adds charm to the park and one can have the unique experience.
Forest department arranges for hiking in the forest, night patrol with guards, visit to tribal settlements, jeep safari separately for those who wish to meet tigers.
One will get a warm welcome from giant squirrels and lion-tailed macaque while you enter the park. Herds of elephants come to play in the lake around mid-noon, unfortunately we missed it during our visit as it was raining but we compromised with the herds of bison and sambar deer.
The reserve never embarrases bird lovers, as the lake attracts many species of birds like grey hornbill, heron, kingfisher, woodpecker, stork, mynas to name a few.
Thekkady is a small village but a wonderful place which is about 5kms from Kumily , which offers wide range of options to the adventurers, but the state border disputes between Kerala and Tamil nadu limits the tourist activities. Still nothing can stop a traveler.