The Periyar Wildlife National Park is one of the hottest tourist destinations in Kerala for locals as well as tourists across the world. The 777 sq. Km. vast park is located on the western ghats of Kerala and boasts of around 62 species of mammals while providing a treat for bird-watchers with over 320 different species.
The park is well-connected and also comprises of Periyar Lake, which is an artificial lake located at the centre of the park. While the park hosts tourists around the year, October-June remains the favourite time to visit for the forgiving weather and rare tiger sightings. Other attractions in the nearby area include Cardamom hills and boat cruises. Those with time on their hand could always stay there for a day or two to enjoy the elephant rides, living in the woods and nature in abundance.
Some of the best stay options in and around the park include:
This is a perfect option for those looking for a budget option while enjoying the surroundings in the park. The lodge has a central location and is on the banks of Periyar Lake, making for a brilliant view from the rooms. Since the lodge is inside the reserve, the ambience can get as pretty as you could imagine. The rooms are big, clean and well-maintained and while strolling around, you can easily identify a barking deer, bison, and elephants around.
Another great option for living inside the park, this one is on the luxury side with a former palace of Travancore King now operating as an amazing accommodation option. The palace is beautifully located on a small island right in the middle of the Periyar Lake.
A former summer palace of the King of Travancore, is situated on an island in the middle of the Periyar Lake, creating a spectacular view for all the 6 spacious rooms. The rooms themselves are a piece of art with antique interiors and luxury furnishings.
Though the hotel is outside the park (4 kms away), it’s at a convenient location that is nearby to almost all the tourist attraction spots. The hotel has spacious, big rooms and a friendly staff to help you with everything you need. The hotel also serves amazing food and also organizes tours and treks for you on request.
Green Woods Resort
The hotel is pretty close to the Periyar Wildlife National Park and has an amazing ambience to it. The staff is very polite and helping, and the entire stay spells luxury with everything. The welcome on arrival is one of the highlights of the stay, and so is the delicious breakfast buffet here. The place offers a wide choice of rooms to pick from. Another highlight is the treetop coffee house at the resort, which is a must try.
Another popular hotel on the list, this resort is an eco-friendly option with a lot of facilities put together for the convenience of the guests during their stay. The place recreates the feel of living in the wild and has no TV either to maintain the same ambience. The surroundings are great and the place is fairly close to the Periyar park. Evening walks, sight-seeing and bonfire are some of the many attractions here.