Periyar wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady is an important tourist attraction.
It is situated on the Periyar lake in the hills of Western ghats
and is the finest sanctuary for viewing & photographing Indian
: 900 m to 2000 metres
Temperature (deg C): Summer- Max 29, Min 18; Winter-
Max 21, Min 15.5.
Rainfall : 203 cms (June to October)
Best Season : September to May
: Nearest airport is Madurai, 140 kms connected by Indian Airlines
flights with Madras, Trichy & Bangalore. Vayudoot services
also connects Madurai with Madras & Pondicherry.
Nearest railhead is Bodinayakanur 67 kms but however Kottayam
(114 kms) is the convenient railhead.
By road Periyar to Cochin 190 kms, Idikki 66 kms, Kodaikanal 160
kms, Madurai 145 kms, Munnar 113 kms, Trivandrum 272 kms, Kottayam
: Regular buses connect Periyar to Cochin, Trivandrum, Kottayam
Wild Elephants, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Tigers, Panthers,
Wild Gogs, Bison, Spotted deer, Leopard, Musk deer.
IN THE SANCTUARY
can be seen in its natural habitat by cruising on the lake in motorboats.
Elephant rides & motorboats can be arranged through:-
The Manager, Aranya Niwas Hotel, Thekkady.
2) Assistant Wildlife Preservation Officer, Thekkady,
approximate rates for boat cruises Rs.7/- per head, Photography
Permission for video, TV & Cinema Shooting can be obtained from:-
Chief Conservator of Forests & Wildlife, Vazhuthacaud, Trivandrum
- 695014, Tel: 62217.
following picnic spots are approachable by motor launch or bridge
path in the forest Arubi creek 16 kms, Crusoe Island 19 kms, Manakkavala
10 kms, Mullakudy 29 km Pavarasu 19 kms, Periyar Dam 12 kms, Thannikudy
38 kms, Peermade 40 kms.
Permission from the Superintendent P.W.D., Periyar Dam, Thekkady
is necessaryto see the Periyar Dam. No entrance fee.
Preservation Officer, Thekkady Manager, Aranya Nivas, Thekkady.
Tel: Kumily 23.