Periyar National Park (also known as the Periyar Tiger Reserve) is an incredible wildlife sanctuary located in the mountainous ranges of the Western Ghats, on the state borders of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, India.
I spent half a day at Periyar Tiger Reserve and have put together this complete guide which includes everything you need to know before you go!
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HOW TO GET TO PERIYAR NATIONAL PARK?
The best way to reach Periyar is by public bus. Daily buses operate from Kochi bus station to Thekkady (which is the nearest town to Periyar) and the cost is 150 rupees for a journey time of around six hours.
I recommend spending at least one or two nights in Thekkady to experience the Periyar National Park Safari and visit nearby points of interest such as the spice and tea plantations.
WHERE TO BOOK A PERIYAR NATIONAL PARK SAFARI
I highly recommend purchasing your entrance ticket to Periyar Tiger Reserve online in advance to guarantee the best possible rates.
The Periyar National Park entrance fee is 500 rupees which also includes the 90-minute boat safari on Periyar Lake.
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Booking On Arrival:
If you don’t end up booking the Periyar Tiger Reserve online, there is an alternative option to pay at the main entrance to the park, however, this is more expensive and there is generally a long queue of people.
The entrance fee is the same as if you book online, 500 rupees, though be aware that there is an additional charge of 150 rupees for the Periyar Lake boating safari.
PERIYAR NATIONAL PARK TIMINGS
Periyar Sanctuary is open 7 days a week, Monday to Sunday from 6:30 am to 4:00 pm.
The Periyar Lake boating times are 7:30 am and 3:30 pm.
It’s best to arrive thirty minutes before the boat safari is scheduled for departure and the Periyar boating duration is 1.5 hours.
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Entrance to Periyar Tiger Reserve
A curious monkey
WHAT TO EXPECT AT PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Thekkady is most popular for its many tigers and elephants that roam freely inside the park.
Apart from these two majestic creatures, the park is also frequented by sambar deer, leopards, otters, Indian bison, and countless species of birds.
So yes, I guess now you can start getting excited for your incoming Periyar Wildlife Safari!
There are many activities to experience once inside the Periyar Sanctuary such as boating, nature walks, trekking, night scouting, border hiking, bamboo rafting, and camping.
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Mirror-like reflections on Periyar Lake
A bird taking flight – Periyar Sanctuary
LAKE PERIYAR BOATING SAFARI
My friends and I opted to do the Lake Periyar Boating Safari and it was an adventure I will never forget.
We arrived early to make the first voyage out onto the lake at 7:30 am. The sun had just risen and the light was perfect for taking photos.
We boarded the boat and took off ever so slowly out onto Periyar Lake to begin the safari.
There was not a single gust of wind as we cruised across the mirror-like lake and the reflections were the most phenomenal reflections I have ever seen!
Insane reflections on Periyar Lake
During the boat trip, we spotted many species of birds, my favorite being the kingfisher, herds of deer, a group of otters and bulbous bison.
Unfortunately for us, we didn’t have much luck sighting any elephants or tigers, nevertheless, the 1.5-hour boat safari was an unforgettable experience and I enjoyed every minute!
Tip: Get your hands on a pair of binoculars before the Periyar Safari. They can be rented from the ticket office at the main entrance and they’ll better your chances of spotting some tigers and elephants.
Periyar Lake Boating Safari
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN THEKKADY
Thekkady has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Thekkady to suit budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Spice Village CGH Earth
Mid Range: Elephant Court Thekkady
Budget: Ninja Homestay
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