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Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats, Periyar National Park is spread around the placid Periyar Lake. With its tranquil surroundings, this park is a safe home to a diverse range of wildlife species, some of which are severely threatened. The park features Marshy grasslands with rolling and steep hills that are also present here. The vegetation primarily comprises moist deciduous type with marshy grasslands. The adventure buffs also get a fair opportunity to fulfill their desires since the park offers a varied terrain for the jungle treks and wildlife safari. The wildlife species are the foremost tourist attractions in Periyar and they are the chief reason for the tremendous tourist interest in the region.

This biosphere reserve has a varied range of flora and fauna and you can set out for a tour of this exotic territory with camera in your hand and hope to capture the shy residents of the forest. The elephants are the most majestic among all the things to watch in Periyar. They can be spotted on the lake shores bathing and basking in the sun. If you are fortunate enough, you can come across the king of this wild territory, the Royal Bengal tiger. These beasts are very rarely spotted and remain hidden in the densely wooded regions of the park. However, you can come across many other mammalian species such as leopard, wild dog, barking deer, mouse deer, Nilgiri langur (an endangered primate), bonnet macaque, sambhar, porcupines, squirrels, gaur (Indian bison), wild boar, and sloth bear. The dense forest cover and the variety of flora are also among the tourist attractions in Periyar.

While strolling along the lake shore, you can encounter monitor lizard. Another which is endangered species in Periyar is macaque monkey. On your trekking you can come across the pythons, king cobras, and flying lizards. The birdwatchers are surely going to get captivated on their travel to Periyar National Park since they can catch glimpses of the mind-blowing species of birds such as darters, cormorants, ibises, grey herons, mynas, flycatchers, orioles, wood pigeons, kingfishers, kites, ospreys, thrushes, and a substantial number of blue-winged parakeets.

You can also catch a sight of the wildlife creatures from the watchtowers or on the boat cruises in the Periyar Lake. The placid lake is in itself one of the major tourist attractions in Periyar. Most of the species can be spotted during the summers when they remain near the Lake. The butterflies, crickets and various species of frogs are also among the other tourist attractions in Periyar that you can watch here during your visit. The ideal time to visit Periyar is from October to April. offers online information on the Periyar Tourist Attractions and also offers useful inputs about Periyar.

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