How to reach
Worried about where is Periyar National Park and how difficult it is to get there? It is situated in a very accessible corner of Kerala that you can reach easily. Here’s how –
By air: The nearest domestic airport is in Madurai (140km away) and the nearest international airport is in Kochi (146km away). From the airport you can either take a bus or choose to drive down.
By train: The railway station nearest to Periyar National Park is Kottayam (114km from Periyar) and there are regular trains from Kochi, Bangalore and Mumbai to Kottayam.
By road: The well-established road network in Kerala and other major cities in south India makes it easy to reach Periyar by road. Regular buses ply from the cities of Kochi (200km), Kottayam (117km), and Madurai (140km) to reach Periyar National Park.
Where to stay
Kumily is the closest town and home to a growing strip of hotels, homestays, spice shops, chocolate shops and Kashmiri emporiums. The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) runs three popular hotels within the boundaries of the park – Lake Palace (₹10,000 per night), Aranya Nivas (₹3,500 per night) and Periyar House (₹2,000 per night). Other than these, there are plenty of stay options in Kumily and nearby places –
Spice Village - CGH Earth starting from ₹14,000 per night.