Periyar is an important tourist destination of Kerala State. It is mostly famous for its national park, home to mainly elephants and tigers along with gaur, sambar, Indian giant squirrel, Nilgiri langur, endangered lion-tailed macaque and many others.
It’s a peaceful place with a serene environmental condition, healthy air, picturesque manmade Periyar Lake at the heart of the national park, Chellar Kovil with its churches, beautiful waterfalls and cascades, and famous ancient temple of Mangala Devi of the ninth century. Murikkady located nearby Periyar is also a must-watch place with a beautiful panorama of cardamom, pepper, tea and coffee plantations. The Idukki Dam, one of the highest Arch dams of Asia, is constructed on Periyar River between two mountains. This dam was constructed along with two more dams making an artificial lake in between.
An early morning nature walk inside the Periyar National Park along with bamboo rafting on the Periyar Lake is a very unique and desired experience.
Thekkady is a town near Periyar National Park, where the tourists stay when they come to visit Periyar. There are lots of excellent resorts and hotels in Thekkady where travelers can find a peaceful environment in the plush nature.
Explore & Experience-
EXPLORE (Places to visit):
- Periyar National Park
- Periyar Lake
- Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation
- Chellarkovil Viewpoint
- Mudra Cultural Centre
- Kadathanadan Kalari Centre
EXPERIENCE (Things to do):
- Nature walk tour in Periyar National Park
- Bamboo Rafting/ Boat Ride at Periyar Lake
- Gavi Jeep Tour
- Kalarippayattu martial arts show
- Kathakali classical dance show
- Therapies at Ayurvedic spas
- Spice shopping
- Elephant ride