Periyar National Park
As we think about Kumily and Thekkady, the images and the beautiful scenes of spice and coffee plantations come to our minds. The lush greenery, rippling waterfalls and the scenes of wild animals, birds and reptiles run through our minds. The Periyar tiger Reserve and Wildlife sanctuary is one of the best forest sanctuaries of the country. The sanctuary is spread over the whole Idukki District and is a very popular tourist attraction. The tigers are the main animals found here and is also a part of the Project Tiger. On your visit to Kumily, a visit to this reserve is a must for everyone.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
On day 2 we ordered appam & stew (potato gravy made in coconut milk) for breakfast. We ate and ate till the tummy said no more please. :) We clicked so many pictures and I must say the true serenity of the place couldn't be captured in any camera. When we met the owner we had to praise her for the wonderful decor and arrangements. The rooms were so neat and was even equipped with electric kettle and coffee/tea mix. In the evening we visited the bird sanctuary in an auto, but to our disappointment we couldn't see much birds and it was a long walk along muddy paths. It started raining heavily when we were midway and we had to walk back fast before it was dark. I will not advice anyone to visit this place. Rather you should sit back and relax by the lakeside with a coffee and some music. You may also avail the house boat service of the resort at an additional cost.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary in Wayanad, Kerala, south India. It is on the way from Mysore to Sultan Battery. A variety of large wild animals such as Indian Bison, elephant, deer and tiger are found there. There are also quite a few unusual birds in the sanctuary. In particular, Peafowl tend to be very common in the area.Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. It is bestowed with lush green forests and rich wildlife. Also known as the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, this wildlife area houses some of the rare and endangered species of both flora and fauna. Established in 1973, the sanctuary is now an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It is bounded by protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka in the northeast, and on the southeast by Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
The Kerala Forest Development Corporation (KFDC), offers a daily excursion to KFDC Flower Garden, Rajamalai (Eravikulam), the Lakkom Waterfalls, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, a visit to the Interpretation Centre Karimutty, Marayoor Sandal Division, the Alampetty Caves and Dolmens, and the Tea Museum. The trip is in an air-conditioned minibus, priced at Rs. 1,200, and includes all entrance fees plus mineral water, a memento, tea and snacks at Lakkom Waterfalls and Alampetty, with lunch at Chinnar. The trip is to be booked in advance with a non-refundable deposit of Rs. 500 per person. A minimum of 10 persons is required for this excursion to operate.
Carmelagiri Elephant Park
We made a quick stop at the Carmelagiri Elephant Park en route to Mattupetty but did not opt for any ride. I leave it to individuals to decide whether they would like to indulge in it. The park offers various options which range from a 1 hour ride and even half day or full day elephant ride.
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
Presenting a panorama of majestic mountains and and verdant valleys with lush green flora and fauna, the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary in Periyar is a perfect place for a nature lovers and travel adventures. It has nature's finest beauty and wonderful biodiversity and is considered one of the safest place for elephants and tigers in the country. It also surrounds the tranquil waters of the Periyar Lake and has a number of species of animals and birds around it with perfect tropical evergreen moist deciduous forests and ideal ecosystems.