More popular as a tiger reserve, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the largest Sanctuaries in India. Spread across 777 sq km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the obtained from the Wildlife Warden
Bordering both Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the cuisine is a mix: idli, dosa and kappa stimulate appetite. Rice and curry, made of vegetables or fish, are the staple food of this forest region.
Thekkady is the best place to buy spices like cardamom and pepper. You can also pick up tea and coffee here.
Facts at a Glance
Access: By Air: The nearest airports are Madurai (140 km) and Kochi (190 km), which are well connected to many destinations in India. By Rail: The nearest railhead is Kottayam (115 km) on the Ernakulam- Thiruvananthapuram line. Theni is the closest railway station, 60 km away. By Road: You can hire a car from Madurai or Kochi to reach Periyar. From Kottayam it takes four hours and from Kochi 5 hours. Thiruvanantha- puram is 271 km – two direct buses leave daily for the eight-hour journey. The drive into the hills is spectacular; you can glimpse waterfalls and a number of plantations including tea, coffee, rubber and spices. Temperatures: Summer: Min 18°C, Max 29°C; Winter: Min 15°C, Max 21°C. Rainfall: 2,500 mm, from June to September. Best time to visit: September to May.