Thekkady

Boat Safari inside Thekkady Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

Wild Indian Elephants in Periyar National Park

Wild Indian Elephants in Periyar National Park, India. (Photo credit: Wikimedia)

Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in Pathanamthitta and Idukki Distrcits of Kerala state. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is the largest Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala.

Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for elephants and Indian tigers. Periyar Tiger Reserve is part of the Periyar wildlife sanctuary. This is an animal conservation project to save Bengal Tigers and is called ‘Project tiger’

There is boat safari facility inside Thekkady lake, which offers memorable moments like the sighting of wild elephants playing in the lake and spotting of many other wild animals. You come across many big stumps (bottom part of   trees with no trunks), inside this magnificent lake surrounded by thick forests.

Thekkady Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

Dholes in the Periyar National Park, Kerala, India (Photo credit: Wikimedia)

Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the Western ghats along the Kerala – Tamilnadu state borders.

Periyar National Park is rich in Flora and Fauna. Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is covered by evergreen and semi-evergreen rain forests. 62 species of mammals including endangered species and threatened species are found here. Many reptiles, birds, insects, etc, are found here.

How Do I Go to Thekkady Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary?

The most convenient entry point to Thekkady Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is from Kumily Town, on the Kottayam – Kumily road (K.K. Road). This road goes further to Kumbam, Theni, Dindigul, Trichy, and other towns of Tamilnadu.

Kottayam railway station is the nearest railway station to Thekkady at 110 kilometers distance. Cochin and Madurai airports are the nearest airports at around 140 kilometers distance from Tkekkedy Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park .

Good Hotels in Thekkady Near Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

The Lake Palace hotel on an island inside the Periyar Lake offers you the ultimate in comforts, romance and adventure. This property was the erstwhile summer retreat of the Kings of the princely state of Travancore.  Entry to this hotel is allowed only in-between 6 am and 5 pm.

There are many other hotels in Thekkady at Kumuly town and suburbs. Carmelia Haven Resort Vandanmedu, is a good three star resort with a treetop house, near to Thekkady (1 hour drive on your way to Munnar). Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club is a one among the good resorts in Thekkady at Kumily.

Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley National Park is spread across Palakkad, Malappuram Districts of Kerala State & Nilagiris District of Tamilnadu, in India. It’s a tropical moist evergreen forest.

Silent Valley National Park
Lion-tailed Macaque
, endemic to the Western Ghats.

Silent Valley is the home to the largest population of Lion-tailed Macaque, an endangered Primitive species. Public outcry over their habitat led to the establishment of the area as Silent Valley Park. In the year 1986, this National Park was declared as the core area of the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve. This has resulted in efforts to promote the Ecosystem of the Valley. This National Park is part of Western Ghats, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Kunti puzha (Kunti River) runs through the entire length of 15 kilometers of the park from north to south and then  into the Bharathapuzha. This valley receives most of the rainfall in Monsoon season, from June to September. During the North West Monsoon season months of October and November, Valley receives moderate rainfall.

Silent Valley is part of Western Ghats and is rich in flora and fauna. 16 bird species has been listed as threatened or restricted. There is an estimated 138 species of birds in this Valley.v

A minimum of 24 species of Mammals are found in the valley including many threatened species. Bats,rats,mice, etc, count to 9 species. There are 730 insects identified in Silent Valley National Park, as per last count.

How Do I Go to Silent Valley National Park?


Entry Passes are available from Mukkali Forest office, Mannarkkad P.O. You need to park your vehicles here and travel in the forest department’s vehicle.  04924-222056 is the contact number.

Permits are not issued after 1 pm. It takes around 5 hours to visit this national park. Accommodation is also available at the forest department’s Inspection Bungalow at Mukkali. You may need to book in advance.

Silent Valley National Park is well connected by road, rail and flight services to other parts of the country.

“Palakkad Junction” is nearest major railway station at around 58 kilometers distance. Kozhikode and Coimbatore airports are the nearest airports to Silent Valley National Park, at around 100 kilometers distance.