A wetland refuge for wildlife

The Thekkady town of tranquil countryside and rich spice plantations, skirts the Periyar National Park, a tiger reserve and home to myriad species of wildlife, birds and aquatic animals. A lake formed by a cutoff portion of the Periyar River is a watering hole for elephants, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed macaques and sambar among mammals, and also supports a diverse birdlife.

Image credits: Appaiah, CC-BY-SA 2.0

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