|Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Thekkady
in Kerala, is one of the 16 Project Tiger Reserves in India.
About a century ago, a British engineer, Col. J. Pennycuick,
chalked out a plan to dam the Periyar River, subsequently, a
dam was constructed in 1895. This resulted in the adjoining
forests being granted protection, by the Maharaja of Travancore.
The 55 sq km reservoir and the surrounding forests, provide
protection to the animals within. Today, Periyar is undeniably,
one of the most impressive wildlife sanctuaries in the world.
The terrain is basically hilly, and the only flat areas of the
sanctuary are the grasslands, at the edges of the lakes. Impregnable
forests and open grasslands make for a sustaining environment,
for both the carnivore and herbivore population of the reserve.
Access by Rail:
The nearest railhead is Kottayam on the Ernakulam - Thiruvananthapuram
Access by Road:
Periyar is connected by bus service from Thiruvananthapuram
(271 km), Cochin (200 km), Kottayam (114 km), and Madurai
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