Periyar National Park,

personal experience...

I visited this park many years ago in the 1990's (last century!).


This park is located in southern India, in the state of Kerala. This is part of the Western Ghats.
Being in southern India, it thus tropical, with tropical rainforest.

Like many national parks, there is a core area surrounded by a buffer zone. The surrounding area is the Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, or Thekkady. The core zone is known as Periyar National Park.

The area is based around a massive waterway, a valley that was drowned in 1895 by the creation of the Mullaperiyar Dam.

When I stayed here, a spent a night in a 'hide' overlooking a salt spit. I watched elephant, gaur, and sunbirds. However, this was two decades ago; so those animals and the hide may have long since gone!

Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions and Australia with Coral Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.


Being in the heart of the classic monsoon climate, this area experiences two monsoon seasons;
the main monsoon is in the south-west from about June to September,
and the north-west monsoon from to October to December.


There are elephants that can be seen at the grasslands, as well as Gaur.

Other mammals include monkeys.
There are also many birds, including Cormorants and Darters around the waterways,
and the beautiful irresdescent purple 'Crimson-backed Sunbird', an endemic to the western Ghats area.