Periyar Wildlife Sanctuaryis a guaranteed satisfaction to the senses of a veritable visitor. The ardently safeguarded and competently administered reserve is a repository of rare and endangered flora and fauna spread wide across the region and outlines the chief watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, the Periyar and Pamba.
Resting only 4 km from Kumily, the spice town of Kerala, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is sprawled over an area of 777 Sq. km. in Thekkady, engulfing 360 sq km of thick evergreen stretch of forest. In 1978, Periyar was declared a tiger reserve and is now home to an estimated 40 tigers. Famous for its geomorphology, diverse wildlife and panorama, the reserve is a world-renowned wild life tourism spot. With temperature ranging from 15ºC to 31ºC, the sanctuary teems with its best of offerings between October and May.
The splendid artificial lake formed by Mullaperiyar Dam across the River Periyar, intensifies the captivating essence of the place, as it offers the overwhelming prospect of watching and capturing (on camera / handicams) herds of wild elephants playing on the banks of the lake, from the safety of a boat on the lake. The other animals that can be seen in are Gaur, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Dole or Indian Wild Dog and very rarely, a Tiger.