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24 Jan 2003


The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady situated in the high ranges of the Western Ghats, spreads over an area of 777 sq.km. The Periyar Lake covering an area of 26 sq.km. is the centre of activity of almost all wildlife here. The Periyar Sanctuary has been declared a Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger.


The wildlife that can be seen in the sanctuary include the elephant, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, porcupine, wild pig, nilgiri langur, common langur, wild dog or dhole, monitor lizard, flying lizard, flying frog, flying snake, king cobra, python, flying squirrel, malabar squirrel, birds such as darter, kingfishers and gray hornbill. Entrance Fee: Rs. 10/- for Indians. Rs. 50/- for foreigners. Timings: 0600-1800 hrs. Note: Permission for video, TV and cinema shooting can be obtained from the Chief Conservator of Forests & Wildlife, Vazhuthacaud, Thiruvananthapuram - 695014.


The following picnic spots are approachable by motor launch or bridle path in the forest:- Manakkavala 10 Km., Periyar Dam 12 Km., Crusoe Island 19 Km., Pavarasu 19 Km., Mullakudy 29 Km., Thannikudy ( core area of the park, permission and guide to be taken from the Forest Department) 39 Km.

Vandanmedu (25 Km.) : Situated at an height of 4000 ft., it is the largest producer of cardamom in the country and has several tea and spice plantations as well.

Accom :Rixon Resorts Carmelia Havens Hotels & Resorts, Tel : 0486- 870252/272. (Rs.1500 - 3500/-). Peermade (40 Km.) : Peermade at an altitude of 914 mts., is a small hill station on the way to Thekkady.The place is full of rubber, coffee, pepper and cardamom Plantations. Accom : *Thrisangu Haven**, Tel : (0486) 332491/ 98 (Rs.1600-2750/-); Hotel Himrani Tel: (0486) 332288 (Rs.200-600/-).


Area : 777 Sq. Km. Altitude : 900 to 2000 Metres.

Temperature : Summer Max: 29 Deg.C. Min: 18.0 Deg.C.

Winter Max: 21 Deg.C. Min: 15.5 Deg.C.

Rainfall : 203 Cm.(June to October) STD Code : 0486

Season : Best season to visit the park is from August to May, though the

park remains open throughtout the year.


Air : Madurai (140 Km.) and Kochi (190 Km.) are the convenient airports.

Fare: Mumbai-Madurai: Rs.6910/-(Y); Mumbai-Kochi: Rs. 5990/- (Y).

Rail : The nearest railhead is Bodinayakanur(67 Km.). However, Kottayam

(114 Km.) is the most convenient railhead.

Fare : Mumbai - Kottayam : IInd A/c : Rs.2123/- ; IInd class : Rs. 489/-.

Road : Periyar is connected by motorable roads with Idukki 66 Km., Kodaikanal 160

Km., Kochi 190 Km., Kottayam 114 Km., Madurai 140 Km., Munnar 113 Km.

and Thiruvananthapuram 272 Km.


1. The Forest Dept. & KTDC operates boat cruises on the lake to see wildlife in the sanctuary. Timings: 0700 hrs., 0930 hrs., 1130 hrs., 1400 hrs. & 1600 hrs.

Fare: Rs.60/-for Upper Deck, Rs.35/-Lower Deck. Resvn: Forest Dept, Thekkady, Tel:322028 & KTDC, Hotel Aranya Niwas, Thekkady.

2. Special boats for cruise on the lake can be hired from KTDC, Hotel Aranya Niwas.


a) The Forest Department arranges trekking programmes in the forest areas of Thekkady daily from 0700 hrs. Fare : Rs.10/-. Check post entry fee is to be paid extra. Bookings can be made with the Wildlife Preservation Officer, Tel:322027.

b) Elephant rides can be arranged through the Forest Officer, Tel: 322028. Time:1000 to 1700 hrs. Duration of a trip: 30 minutes. Fare: Rs.30/- per person.

ACCOMMODATION (in the sanctuary) Single Double

*Hotel Aranya Niwas***(KTDC) Non A/c Rs. 2050-2425/- Rs.3000-3500/-

Thekkady,Tel: 322023 A/c Rs.2425-2800/- Rs.3500-4000/-

*Periyar House*(KTDC) Rs.750-1100/- Rs.1000-1500/-

Thekkady, Tel: 322026 Suite Rs. 1750/- Rs. 2000/-

Hotel Lake Palace (KTDC) Rs. 5500/- Rs. 7500/-

Thekkady, Tel: 322023 . Fax : 322282.

ACCOMMODATION (Outside the park and at Kumily)

Single Double

*Spice Village****Thekkady, Tel: 322314. 5600-7200/- Rs. 6300-8200/-

*Taj Garden Retreat**** Rs.3400/- Rs.3700/-

Thekkady, Tel : 322401-7. Mumbai Contact Tel : 2022626.

Other Hotels (at Kumily)

(i) *Hotel Kumily Gate**, Tel : 322279, (Rs.550-1000/-) ; *Michaell's Inn**, Tel : 322355 (Rs.1300-1700/-); Hotel Lissiya International, Tel : 322288, (Rs.350-1400/-); Mukkumkal Hotel Regent Tower, Central Junction, Tel: 322570 / 670 / 970 (Rs.250-1000/-); Shalimar Spice Garden Resort, Tel : 323022, (Rs. 3450-5150/-).

(ii)The tariff of the following hotels ranges from Rs.200/- to Rs.500/- for a single room and from Rs.300/- to Rs.900/- for a double room:-

Holiday Home, Tel : 322017 ; Lake Queen Tourist Home, Tel: 322084 / 86 ; Hotel Leela Pankaj Tel: 322392, (Rs. 500-700/-) ; Mukkumkal Tourist Home,Tel: 322070; Wild Side Villa, Amalambika Road, Tel:545202.

Other Accommodation

Forest Department Cottage, Thekkady. Resvn: The Wildlife Preservations Officer, Forest Information Office, Thekkady-685536.

Tamil Nadu PWD Inspection Bungalow,Thekkady. Resvn: The Executive Engineer, PWD Periyar Project, Tallakulam, Madurai.

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