PERIYAR THEKKADY – The Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi – evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 777 sq kms, of which 360 sq kms is thick evergreen forest. It was declared a Tiger Reserve. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaiperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attraction of the Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. Thekkady is considered a haven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove.
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