Periyar: Ringside Ticket to the Dance of Elephants
If it's a wildlife holiday your are looking for, just close your eyes and head for Periyar, the home of the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. One of the most interesting parks in the world, Periyar boasts of an artificial lake spanning 55 sq km.
It is at the lake that the elephants of Periyar come and tourists can feast their eyes on herds playing in the water. There are other animals too at the park like the leopard, wild dog, barking deer, mouse deer, Nilgiri langur, bonnet macaque, sambhar, porcupines, squirrels, gaur, wild boar and sloth bear. The visitors have to be very lucky to catch the tigers and the endangered Nilgiri tahrs (a kind of wild goat) but an early morning outing, could catch the two unawares.
Reaching Periyar: The nearest airports are at Madurai and Kochi while Teni, Kottayam, Madurai and Changanaserry are the convenient railheads.
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