The Periyar Lake, with an area of 26 sq. km. , is the nucleus of the tiger Reserve. Due to the diverticular shape, it caters to a much more extensive area of forest than would be possible if it was merely a compact lake.
The main prey base of the tiger is sambar. The other prey animals of the tiger are the Indian bison and the wild boar. Cattle in the fringe area also form an important prey base.
General Information :
Best Time to Visit : October to April.
Nearest Town : Kumily (4 km)
How to Get Here :
Air : Cochin (200 km)
Rail : Kottayam (114 km).
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