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Periyar wildlife sanctuary has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Formed in 1895, the Periyar Lake was formed, after the Government of the erstwhile Travancore State permitted the Madras State to construct the Mullaperiyar Dam across Periyar River to provide irrigation facilities to Tamil Nadu
The park is a repository of rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna and forms the major watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, the Periyar and the Pamba.
Periyar is prime elephant country and large herds are commonly sighted near the lake shore foraging or playing in the water. It is also home to tigers, sambar, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs.
Park Open : Oct- April
Best Season : December - March
Fauna : There are officially about 40 tigers in the reserve, but sighting one is difficult due to the thick evergreen vegetation. More than 30 species of fish are found in the lake. Gaur or wild buffalo can be seen grazing along the hillsides during treks and one may also encounter playful Malabar squirrels here.
Avi Fauna : A large variety of birds include Great Cormorants and Darters are commonly seen, as well as Changeable Hawk Eagles, Ospreys Woolly necked Storks, Great Hornbills, rare fruit bats, racket tailed drongos, and grey heron.
Shortest Route : Fly to Kochin and drive to Periyar National Park
Nearby : Eravikulam National Park (100 km)
State : Kerala
Area : 925 sq. km
Altitude: 1,200 - 1,700 m
Vegetation : Tropical Evergreen & moist deciduous
Major City: Kochin (160 km)
Airport : Kochin (160 km)
Railway Station : Kochin (160 km)
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