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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Kumily, Thekkady, India
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Ranked #6 of 12 Attractions in Thekkady
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Camping, Group tours/safari, Hiking
Traveler Description: If you want guaranteed wildlife sightings at Periyar you have to do one or preferably both of the following: Go on the early morning first boat ride... more »
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Pollachi, India
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

well maintained place. all trees are identified and labelled very good place to walk through the woods

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Malle, Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Any visit to any wildlife sanctuary needs to be taken with a large dose of patience. Wild animals are naturally shy and when there's water and food in abundance all around there's no real reason for them to come close to the water's edge to look at the tourists on the boats. I have seen people here complain that they... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

To do justice to the title of this review, it is important to put in context that it was the Mullaperiyar Dam built by the British, now "maintained" by the Tamil Nadu state government, which led to the creation of the "lake" or deep water body. This led to an eco-system that is evergreen, even in the dry summer time.... More

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Hyderabad, India
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We visit a wildlife sanctuary to see really "wild" animals. If you are expecting carnivores like tigers and leopards you will be disappointed. However for a true animal lover this is a great place. You get to see timid animals like buffaloes, elephants, turtles, monkeys and deers. It is advisable that one visits the place armed with a good binocular,... More

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Nothing really for families, all the treks are for kids over 12 so if you are travelling with young ones, DON'T go to periyar, apart from a very commercial elephant ride outside of the park, there is nothing for young ones to do inside, and the monkeys are pretty scary around the ice cream point!

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

During our kerala tour in thekkady have visited "Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary" we found few animal mangoose,dear & offcourse many species of Birds.only hezard was to book ticket well in advance (u can book through net too Gr8) me & my driver wake-up early morning @ 5.30 for tickets.

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Bangalore, India
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary boat ride is good to have not must have and its better you take the early morning ride so that you get the entire day to do other things. However make sure you book your tickets online in advance to save time at the ticket counter and chances of getting ticket at the counter is very low... More

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Bangalore, India
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Like - nothing Disliked - no animals, its a pain to get tickets, we really had to go early in the morning to grab tickets and boy what a complicated process it is. There is always a long queue, had to literally run kms. to reach the ticket counter. If you are late you miss that boat. Boating experience -... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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385 reviews 385 reviews
93 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Like in most reserve forests in South India, it is really tough to spot wild animals. Of course you get to see elephants, birds, deer and a few other animals that aren't exciting. If you are a bird watcher, you will surely be happy.Plan and book your tours well ahead or they could be sold out. Spotting tigers is a... More

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chennai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Take the trekking and raft trip , you get to see a lot of birds and walk through the jungle with forest guards .lucky if you see wild elephants . tiger

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