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WILD LIFE

THEKKADY

Periyar Wild life Sanctury

Lying close to the plantation town of Kumily, Periyar wild life sanctury is one of the best preserved sancturies in India. Spread across 777 sq km, this was declared as a tiger reserve in 1978. Noted for its geomorphology, and bio diversity, this reserve attracts tourist from across the globe.

The artificial lake formed inside the park by the Mullaperiyar dam offers lovely and comfortable way to see the wild animals at close quarters from the safety of a boat. The greatest attraction here is the herds of wild elephants that come down to the lake to play and to take bath. This is the only sanctury in India which offers this unique experience.

Apart from the herds of elephants you can spot a number of other wild animals like Tiger, Bison, Spotted deer, gaur etc on your boat journey through the lake.


Kumily

This plantation town boarders the Periyar sanctury. It is an important place to shop for spices. Most of the medium and economy range hotels are in Kumily. Higher end hotels and resorts lies on Kumily- Thekkady route.

Eravikulam National Park

This 97 sq km park is the home of Nilgiri thars and a large variety of other flaura and fauna. The highest peak in South India, the Anamudi towers at a height of 2695 mts inside the park. The sanctury is divided into three stratas - The core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Tourists are allowed only in the tourism area which is the Ragamala region.

Chinnar Wild life Sanctury (60 km from Munnar)

Spread over 90 sq km. this sanctury lies at the Kerala - Tamil Nadu boarder. The schrub forests and watch tower erected in the forests offer excellent view of the wild animals that come down to the river to drink.

Kumarakam Bird Sanctury

Kumarakam bird sanctury situated in the banks of Vembanad lake is a favourite haunting ground for a large numbers of migratory birds like siberian stork, heron, teal, egret etc. Local birds like wood peeker, skylark, crane, water hen and parrots can also be spotted in large numbers. A cruise by the local country crafts through the Vembanad lake is the best way to visit the sanctuary.

Bhoothanthankettu

Bhoothathankettu is an ideal place for picnic and adventure tourism. The virgin forest strip and Bhoothathankettu dam add charm to the place. A trekking through the wilderness will excite any nature lover or adventure seeker.

Thattekkad Bird Santury

This bird santury which is named after the renowed ornithologist Dr. Saslim Ali is situated near Bhoothathankettu. The santury houses over 300 species of indian and migratory birds. It is a paradise for bird lovers. Permission to visit the sanctury can be obtatined from the wild life wanden here..

Parambikulam wild life Sanctury

This 285 sq km sanctury is adjascent to the Annamalai wild life sanctury of Tamil Nadu. This sanctury is the home of a wide variety of flora and fauna. The major species found here are gaur (bison), wild boar, elephants, spotted deer, Nilgiri Langur, lion tailed and bonnet macaques, sloth bear, sambar, chital, tigers and panthers..

The Cannimara Teak tree - the biggest on its kind in Asia stands about 5 km from Thunakadavu.

Nelliampathy

This facinating hill station is at a height of 460 to 1570 mts above sea level. The road to Nelliampathy passes through the evergreen forest of Sahya Ranges. Seetharkundu on the way to Nelliampathy offers panoramic view of this forest land and almost 1/3rd of Palakkad.

Silent Valley National Park

This 90 sq km area of Silent Valley houses the last substatial stretch of rain forests of the country. The park got its name due to the quietness resulted from the absence of cicadas. Vehicular traffic is permitted only upto Makkudi and permission from the wild life warden at Makkudi is required to enter the park beyond Makkudi

Kadalundi Bird Sanctury

The sanctury which spreads over a chain of islands is in the mouth of Kadalundipuzha where the river joins the Arabian sea. Over 150 varities of native and migratory birds makes it their home. The water are known for the large variety of fishes like mussels and crabs.

Pakshipathalam

Rare species of birds make it their home. Birds can be watched from the watch towers. Wayanad Wild life sanctury Also known as Muthanga Wildlife Sanctury, it is a part of Nilgiri bioshere. Connected to Bandipur National park in Karnataka and Mudumali sanctury in Tamil Nadu, this is a rain forest reserve. A large number of flora and fauna are found here.

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