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Periyar Tiger Reserve:- Sprawling in a good 777 square km area that includes low-rising hills, lakes, rivers this is among the few sanctuaries that are world recognized for their bio diversity. Its tropical rain forests shelter majestic elephants, white-eyed tigers, leopards, barking deer, gaur, many kinds of reptiles and great variety of birds. Although a tiger reserve, spotting a tiger here is rare.

Periyar Tiger ReserveThe most remarkable feature of this park is the manner in which poaching is replaced by protection. The tourism department here has killed two birds with one stone i.e. through a very smart Eco tourism project they have roped in the poachers to become guides in the sanctuary. Without spending anything they have got excellent guides and at the same time curbed the menace of poaching.

A comfortable way to view the wildlife is going for a boat safari in the Periyar lake (a manmade lake as the tree stumps jutting out of water suggest) where you can see animals closely but safely as they come to the lake for taking a dip or a sip. The forest department arranges elephant rides and trekking,Periyar Tiger Reserve night trekking, camping and bamboo rafting inside the sanctuary. There are 2D/1N or 3D/2N programs.

Tribal Heritage Museum:- To give you an insight into the lives of 5 tribal communities that inhabit the Periyar area, the reserves organizes a 2 hour Tribal Heritage Program. As a part of it the visitors are taken to a tribal hamlet and a heritage museum that showcases traditional fishing gear, hunting equipments, indigenous medicinal plants.

Murikkady (5 km from Thekkady):- What differentiates the Indian food from rest of the world's fare is the use of spices. The main ingredients of a recipe may remain the same, but if the use of spices is altered Periyar Tiger Reservethe whole preparation undergoes a sea change. Murikkady is the place where you can see large-scale plantations of these flavoring agents.

Kumily (4 km from Thekkady):- If the spicy Indian food has tickled your taste buds and you do not wish to long for it back at home, then make sure to visit Kumily. It is a spice-trading centre on the outskirts of Periyar Tiger reserve. Here you can shop for the best quality Indian tastemakers at very reasonable rates. The main bus station and most of the medium range accommodation in the Periyar region is in Kumily.

Pandikuzhi ( 5 km from Kumily):- This picturesque place is cradled between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu State border is a popular picnic spot. Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer's delight.

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