Periyar Tiger Reserve: Protecting Wildlife Diversity

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Exploring the Wonders of Periyar Tiger Reserve: A Wildlife Paradise in Kerala

Periyar Tiger Reserve stands as a testament to the awe-inspiring beauty and biodiversity of the region. Spanning over 925 square kilometers, this sanctuary is not just a haven for the majestic Bengal tiger but also a sanctuary for a myriad of other flora and fauna.The place boasts diverse ecosystems teeming with Indian elephants, Indian bison, sambar deer, and an array of reptiles and birds. The reserve is committed to conservation of Tigers through anti-poaching measures, sustainable tourism practices. It has earned international recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Let’s explore this rich biodiversity:

Periyar Tiger Reserve Details

Entry fee:  ₹45 per person for Indian Adult, ₹15 per person for Indian Child,  ₹500 per person for Foreigner Adult, ₹180 per person for Foreigner Child.
Timings: 6:00AM – 7:00PM (Open Throughout the Year)
Best Time to visit: October to March.

How to reach Tiger Reserve?

Mode of Transportation

Nearest Starting Point

Distance (Approx.)

Approximate Travel Time

By Air

Cochin International Airport

145 km

4-5 hours

By Train

Kottayam Railway Station

114 km

3-4 hours

By Road (from Kochi)

Kochi (Cochin)

150 km

4-5 hours

By Road (from Thiruvananthapuram)


265 km

6-7 hours

Things to do at Periyar Tiger Reserve:

  • Nature Walk/ Boat Safari on Periyar Lake: The serene boat safari on Periyar Lake offers a unique opportunity to spot wildlife such as elephants, deer, and birds. The Fee details are as below: 
    – ₹150 for  Young Adults & Adults (Above 11 years age)
    – ₹ 50 for Children (Below 11 years age).

  • Bamboo Rafting: Experience the thrill of bamboo rafting as you navigate the tranquil waters of Periyar Lake and its surrounding streams.

  • Wildlife Safaris: Accompanied by experienced guides, hop on a wildlife safari vehicle and venture deep into the heart of the reserve. 

  • Jungle Camping: Enjoy the serenity of the forest by staying at the campsites by the forest department.

  • Border Hiking & Tiger Trails Trek: Explore the scenic trails of the reserve on foot and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Western Ghats. 
    Trek Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult. 
    Trek Fee: ₹5500 for Periyar Tiger Trail Treks (One night), 7500 for Periyar Tiger Trail Treks (2 nights).

  • Tribal Hertiage: Enjoy the art & cultural performances by the tribal community everyday between 6:00 – 7:00PM.

  • Elephant Junction: Located near the reserve, Elephant Junction offers opportunities for elephant rides and interactions.


The Periyar Tiger Reserve stands as a beacon of biodiversity and conservation in the heart of Kerala. For those seeking an unforgettable journey into the wild, this sanctuary offers an experience that is as enriching as it is inspiring. Come, embark on a safari of discovery and witness the wonders of nature unfold in this pristine haven.

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