(PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY)
Periyar wildlife sanctuary, as it is called, is very famous as a tourist spot, both among Indians and foreigners. There is an artificial lake, very long and cutting deep into the forests, which is the major attraction of the place. There are regular boat rides on the lake for about 2 hours and you will get to see herds of elephants and bisons grazing on the higher reaches of the mountains and deer and hogs moving around in groups. Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (KTDC) has got some of the best and exotic forest accommodations here. For example, the approach to one of its hotels, Lake Palace, is necessarily by boat. And the hotel is cut of from the rest of the forest by a trench (a water passage to prevent animals coming in)! Just from beyond the trench, you can see wild tuskers frowning you! Gut-wrenching? It is!
Nearest airport is Madurai (160 km) - Nearest railway stations are Madurai and Dindigul. Kottayam also has a railway station and from Kottayam to Thekkady is 120 km.
It is moderate. Altitude only is about 1000 meters above mean sea level. It rains heavily during monsoon (June, July and August).
The only major attraction here is the boat ride that you take on the lake for about 2 hours. You will get to see wild tuskers, bisons, deer groups, wild hogs and exotic birds. Spotting tigers is rare, though there are tigers in the forest. Elephant safaris are being arranged by the Forest Department (Contact the hotel for help).
Very good multi-cuisine restaurants are available with the hotels in Thekkady.
Nothing specially recommended.