Periyar National Park

Tour Periyar National Park

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Periyar National Park
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India

Located in the picturesque Western Ghats mountain ranges of Kerala, India, Periyar National Park is a blend of nature's grandeur and rich biodiversity. Covering an area of 925 square kilometers, this protected area is more than just a national park; it's a testament to nature's bounty and the conservation efforts of humanity.

One of the park's crowning jewels is the Periyar Lake, formed by the construction of the Mullaperiyar Dam in 1895. This vast, shimmering expanse provides a unique boating experience where one can spot herds of elephants and other animals along its banks, taking refuge in the cool waters, especially during warmer months.

The park boasts a diverse range of fauna. While it's a tiger reserve, spotting the elusive big cat might be a rare treat. However, other species, like the Indian elephant, wild boar, sambar, and the endangered Nilgiri tahr, are more frequently sighted. The birdlife in Periyar is equally vibrant, hosting over 260 species, including darters, kingfishers, and cormorants.

The flora of Periyar is a reflection of its tropical location. Evergreen and moist deciduous forests cloak the landscape, interspersed with grasslands. Towering trees, rare orchids, and aromatic spice plants like cardamom and pepper add to the park's botanical richness.

Periyar is also known for its community-based ecotourism initiatives. Local communities are involved in guided treks, offering deeper insights into the park's ecosystem. One of the unique experiences is the 'Bamboo Rafting' program, where visitors can silently navigate the park's waterways on bamboo rafts, getting an intimate look at its aquatic and terrestrial life.

A blend of conservation, community, and breathtaking beauty, Periyar National Park isn't merely a destination—it's an experience that resonates with the very essence of nature, revealing the delicate balance between humans and the environment.

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Geeky Facts about Periyar National Park

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It is considered as the most protected area for elephants and tigers.

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The elusive Nilgiri Tahr has been seen in Periyar National Park.

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There are 171 species of grass and 140 species of orchids.

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