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Thekkady is most famous for being the home of the Periyar National Park. Also called the Periyar Tiger Reserve it is spread over an area of 925 sq km. Surrounded by the mighty Western Ghats, the reserve is set in utterly beautiful surroundings that is picture perfect and scenic. With the Pamba and Periyar rivers passing through the sanctuary, it is a haven for wildlife lovers considering the abundance of rare flora and fauna found here. The reserve is home to hundreds of species of grass, birds as well as mammals including elephants, tigers and deer.
One of the most popular and best ways to explore the sanctuary is via a boat safari across the Periyar river. Elephants and bison are popularly spotted in the grassy meadows and if you are lucky you can also spot the elusive tigers! Avifauna like kingfishers, cormorants, storks and egrets are also found in abundance. Apart from this the tourism department organizes plenty of nature walks, treks and wildlife trails within the sanctuary. Gavi which is a part of the Periyar tiger reserve is yet another ecotourism spot that is fast gaining popularity. There are several tours and packages you can choose from in order to explore this part of the reserve that is relatively offbeat. For more info. click the link in the bio.
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