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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife Sanctuary In India The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary-(attractions in Thekkady) :-

Periyar Tiger Reserve: Periyar Tiger Reserve is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India. It is located in the Western Ghats in Idukki District of the Kerala state in India. The terrain of the Reserve is undulating and the drainage is dendrite. North-eastern boundary of the Reserve is a ridge, which also forms boundary between Kerala and Tamil Nadu states for 90 km.It is a must to go for Jungle Track during your visit to the Periyar National Park. There is different kind of options available for the Jungle Track.  It 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.

Tiger Reserves India Periyar is famous for its pachyderm population, which is around 800 in number. Periyar is probably one of the few places, where one can observe the elephants in their natural surroundings, uninterrupted, and approach to within 20 metres of them, fearlessly. Unlike their African counterparts, Indian female elephants have no tusks. Very few of the all – bulls, too, have tusks, a sad comment on the intense level of poaching in the country. Apart from elephants, the other animals to be seen in the sanctuary are gaur, wild pigs, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, dhole (Indian wild dog) and very rarely, a tiger. There are, now, an estimated 40 tigers here. Four species of primates are found at Periyar – the rare lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri langur, common langur and bonnet macaque. Periyar also happens to be the habitat of the elusive Nilgiri tahr, which is rarely to be seen. The birdlife comprises of darters, cormorants, kingfishers, great hornbills (the great Malabar hornbill) and racket-tailed drongoes. The reptilian population boasts of monitor lizards, which can be spotted basking in the sun, on the rocks along the lakeshore, especially in the cooler months. Pythons, king cobras, flying lizards, flying squirrels, flying snakes and to top it all, flying frogs are the other inhabitants of this amazing sanctuary. There are a few fascinating tribal villages around the Periyar, primarily the Manan and Oorali tribes. The Manans are ace fishermen, and a few of them still indulge in the traditional, if dangerous, practice of collecting the honey of large and deadly hill bees. The Ooralis build tree dwellings, though not as residences, but watch-towers to keep wild pigs, and elephants from ruining their crops. Periyar is a sanctuary only traversed by boat, which annuls the chances of traffic noise, and dust. With special permission, one can boat to the source of the Periyar Lake, the Periyar river. This area falls at the heart of the sanctuary, not usually open to visits, and the rest house located there, is known as Thannikudi.

Elephant Reserve In India The sloth bear is a common sight at Thannikudi, and tigers, too, prefer this area, as it is far removed from the main park area, hence, peaceful. On the whole, visiting the Periyar Sanctuary is a delightful and enlightening experience, one that should not be missed for the world.The Periyar protected area lies in the middle of a mountainous area of the Cardamom Hills. In the north and the east it is bounded by mountain ridges of over 1700 metres altitude and toward the west it expands into a 1200 Meter high plateau. From this level the altitude drops steeply to the deepest point of the reserve, the 100 Meter valley of the Pamba River. The highest peak is the 2019 Meter high Kottamalai. The sanctuary surrounds picturesque 26 km² Periyar lake, formed by the building of Mullaperiyar Dam in 1895. This reservoir and the Periyar River meander around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a permanent source of water for the local wildlife.The temperatures vary depending upon the altitude and it ranges between 15° Celsius in December and January and 31° Celsius in April and May. The annual amount of precipitation lies between 2000 and 3000 mm. About two thirds of the precipitation occurs during the southwest monsoon between June to September. A smaller amount of precipitation occurs during the northeast monsoon between October and December.

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Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Periyar wildlife


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Kerala Tour – Visit Alappuzha, a backwater tourist centre…

Alappuzha (traditionally known as Alleppey, is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty,  it was described as the one of the places known as Venice of the East by Marco Polo (1292). It is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District.

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Kerala Backwaters

This backwater country is also home to diverse animal and bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala.

Alappuzha has grown in importance as a backwater tourist centre, attracting several thousands of foreign tourists each year. Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. A singular characteristic of this land is the region called Kuttanad. A land of lush paddy fields, Kuttanad is called the Rice Bowl of Kerala and is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.

The town was founded by Raja Keshawadasan, Divan of Travanacore in 1762. With the arabian sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it, alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Alappuzha is unique in that it is the only district in Kerala without forest.Alappuzha is now the hub for backwater tourism in Kerala.

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Kerala Houseboat...

House boats locally called “Kettuvallam” are available on hire on a daily basis as well as for longer durations to take visitors on the old waterways. These house boats in general have 2 bedrooms and attached bathrooms.

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Snake Boat Race

Snake boat races are the most significant traditional event in Alappuzha. These spectacular regattas are usually held between August and October, and involve long thin boats powered by up to 120 oarsmen. The most famous snake boat races are the Nehru Trophy Boat Race and Champakulam Moolam Boat Race.

The Revi Karunakaran Memorial Museum, features countless arts and artefacts. Revi Karunakaran was the architect of modern Coir industry that still employs more than 500,000 people in the state of Kerala. The objects featured at the Museum were collected by his family over three generations and features unique artistic pieces from all parts of the world.

Mullackal Rajarajeswari Temple

Mullakkal Temple located in the heart of Alappuzha city, dedicated to the goddess Rajarajeswari. Basically the temple was a palace of Chembakasseri kingdom and later dedicated to Sree Raja Rajeshwari Devi. Mullakkal Chirappu is one of the main festival time for Alappuzha people. Devotees throng the temple in large numbers to seek the blessings of the Devi . The major attraction of the temple is its top opened Sreekovil, specially made for Vana Durga (Durga in Naure or Forest as a whole).

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Chettikulangara Bharani Festival

Chettikulangara Bharani

This temple is very famous in Kerala, as it is believed that the deity of the Bhagawathy temple has miraculous healing powers. The temple situates in Mavelikkara. In February and March the temple is teeming with life as the festival of Bharani takes place during this time. The temple comes alive with activities and grand feasts.

Enjoy your Kerala Tour with Holiday India.

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Posted by on September 20, 2010 in Travel India


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Kerala has a Dutch Palace- Bolgatty Palace!

Bolgatty Palace, Dutch palace outside holland

Bolgatty Palace- A heritage resort!

Kerala or precisely Kochi in Kerala has one of the oldest existing Dutch palaces built outside Holland called the ‘Bolgatty Palace’. This quaint mansion was built by Dutch traders in 1744 and was later beautified. At that time Kochi was the hub of Kerala’s trade and commerce. Relations with Holland were strong, and the Maharaja of Kochi himself leased the land to the Dutch to set up their commercial base here. Since then, the Palace has changed many hands before it become the luxury it is today.The building was then the Governor’s palace for the Dutch and later in 1909 was leased to the British and served as home to the British Governors , being the seat of the British Resident of Cochin during the British regime. When India achieved independance in 1947,  the palace became the property of the state and was later converted into a heritage hotel resort by KTDC. Bolgatty Palace in Kerala

A short ride across the serene Vembanad Lake will bring you to this emerald isle of fairy tale delights. Here, 250 year old tradition of royal splendour and gracious hospitality awaits at Bolgatty. Tucked away in brilliant green tropical foliage, you’ll be pampered like a prince! The Bolgatty Palace is located off Kochi — the heritage city of Kerala, a cauldron of world cultures. A versatile land where visitors from abroad, right from the Pheonicians and Arabs to the Chinese, Italians, Portugese, Dutch and British have left indelible marks. A port for traders, it is better described as The Queen of the Arabian Sea .  Interestingly, Bolgatty Palace, lazing on the backwaters of Kochi, is one of India’s oldest heritage properties. This resort is located in an island near the commercial area of Ernakulam. Bolgatty Palace now has a swimming pool, 9-hole golf course, ayurvedic centre and daily Kathakali performances and is a holiday destination for Indian and overseas tourists. There is in a temple dedicated to Shiva that is the first of its kind in Kerala.

The distances are: Cochin International Airport – 30 km Ernakulam Railway Station – 2 km Ernakulam Bus Statnd – 2 km.

Kerala has a lot to offer, come an experience God’s own country!

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Posted by on September 7, 2010 in Travel India


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