Periyar Tiger Reserve

Periyar in Kerala is the most well known wildlife sanctuary in south India. Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady, is an example of nature’s bounty, with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Sprawled over an area of 777 Sq .km. Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India. It was declared as a Project Tiger Reserve in 1978 and the first research started in 1991. In 1971 tiger estimates were 10 in number. Today 46 tigers are said to abound in this reserve. Result also indicate reserve include 49 species of mammals, 246 species of birds, 28 species of reptiles, 8 species of amphibians, 22 species of fishes and 112 species of butterflies.

Periyar national park and the tiger reserve rated as one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India for wildlife photography, bird watching, elephant herds and tiger watching.