Periyar holiday highlights

The wildlife sanctuary is also a haven to the rare lion-tailed macaque, tiger, bison, wild boar, flying squirrel, sambar deer and mongoose. Colourful butterflies, lizards, snakes and a number of endemic bird species including the blue-winged parakeet and crimson-throated barbet can also be spotted in this charming reserve.

Trek through the jungle to the ancient Mangala Devi temple which sits on top of a hill and offers panoramic views of the stunning surroundings. Further explore the natural and cultural delights of this picturesque region with our magical Best of Kerala tour. A relaxing cruise around Periyar Lake is the ideal way to view the reserve's beautiful scenery and watch herds of playful elephants cooling off in the water.

Periyar key facts

Time difference

GMT +5½ hours

Flying time to destination

Periyar is accessible from Cochin (approx. 4-5-hour drive) and Madurai (approx. 4-hour drive); Cochin is a 12 to 13-hour flight from the UK (excluding stops).


Hindi, English and a number of other regional languages

Passport & visas

A visa is needed for travel to India. British passport holders are able to apply for an E-Visa. The E-Visa needs to be applied for online in advance of travel and travellers must possess a machine readable passport. Please call for more information.