Thekkady, India

Admire the beauty of Periyar Lake

At the centre of the Periyar National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary locates the eponymous lake, an interesting freshwater lake that was artificially created when Kerala’s longest river, Periyar River, was dammed in 1895. The dam formed the present day Periyar Lake's coverage a total area of 26 square kilometres. Standing 100 metres above the sea level, the lake has the lowest altitude in the Periyar forest complex. The lake itself blends seamlessly into the landscape of the region and is a major part of the reserve’s eco system that harbors terrestrial, aquatic and subterranean life forms. Serving as a major source of water for the wildlife in the sanctuary, Periyar lake contributes to the conservation of plants, fowl, fish and wild animals, some of which are rare, endemic and also endangered. This reservoir is famous for its biodiversity, hence taking a boat ride is a favorite for any nature and wildlife enthusiasts as it offer the opportunity to spot various species residing here besides viewing the natural beauty and eye-catching scenery of the lake as well as the surrounding lush forests. A scenic boat ride on the lake will last for an hour and a half. Mornings are recommended for birders whereas afternoon slots are highly conducive to sightings of wild animals who reach the lake for water.

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Chennai → Mahabalipuram → Pondicherry → Kumbakonam → Tanjore → Madurai → Thekkady → Kumarakom → Cochin
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Spend your day in famous local sightseeing spots of Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu

Discover Mahabalipuram's iconic cultural monument, the ancient Shore Temple dating back from the 8th century

Savour the unique tapestry of colonial ambience combined with the rich Tamil culture in Pondicherry

Partake an up-lifting religious visit to the four large great temples in the sacred destination of Kumbakonam

Admire the richness of history and cultural heritages with an all-inclusive city tour around Tanjore

Witness the traditional rite of Hindus in Madurai - the popular evening ceremony in Meenakshi Temple

Dive yourself into the incredible wildlife and colorful biodiversity through amazing outdoor expeditions that Periyar National Park offers

Experience an authentic traditional houseboat stay on the scenic backwaters in the idyllic Kumarakom of Kerala

Tour around the beautiful historic city of Cochin where houses numerous inviting sites and attractions

Chennai → Mahabalipuram → Pondicherry → Kumbakonam → Tanjore → Madurai → Thekkady → Kumarakom → Cochin

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