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Sprawling over 925 square kilometres, on the banks of the Periyar Lake, an artifical lake at Thekkady, Periyar is a tribute to nature’s bounty and man’s innovation.

The reserve combines great scenic charm, fabulous habitats and a rich biodiversity to captivate the visitor. The high ranges of the Western Ghats are clothed in dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grasslands and support rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna and the santucary offers the unique opportunity to watch and photograph wild elephants at close quarters.

Below the thick green canopy roam herds of elephants, sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. Visitors can cruse the lakes or explore the reserve and the ruined Mangaladevi temple – a beautiful old stone temple situated in the heart of the Thekkady forest.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: African elephant, lion-tailed macaque, sloth bear, tiger, Asian elephant
  • Where: Kerala, India

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Jungle Trails of Southern India

Discover India’s unspoilt south: explore the backwaters of Kerala by houseboat, view elephants at Nagarhole National Park and enjoy guided walks, game drives and boat tours in Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Covering six very different national parks and reserves, this trip is a complete wildlife immersion!

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Spice Village Hotel

High up in the Periyar wilderness, Spice Village Hotel offers an authentic flavour of the nature, culture and traditions of the region. Accommodation consists of a single cottage combining simplicity with elegance, and a stay here will also introduce you to some fabulous aromotic cuisine.