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The Periyar Nature Reserve

Periyar, Kerala, Inde. avril 2017 PLUMEVOYAGE @plumevoyagemagazine © Laurence Gounel

Head to the highest point between Kerala and Tamil Nadu: Mount Anamudi (2695 m), which dominates the Eravikulam National Park and home to one of the largest surviving colonies of Asian elephants. If you fail to undertake its ascent, you can go to Top Station, like most locals on a Sunday visit. This is a unique point of view on the whole chain of ghats and from which we can watch the highest peak of South India.
Next step ? The Periyar Nature Reserve. Crossing the dam of Neymar Dam, we discover an almost unusual cliché: an Indian West postcard – Ecopoint – which is surprising by its rainforests and shores typical of the great parks of the West in the United States. Endemic species, waterfalls, Indian oases, the road to Tekkhadi, unveils an natural India, where the open spaces have something wild. The Periyar Sanctuary is visited early in the morning, accompanied by a guide, if you want to enjoy the 35 varieties of wild animals that live around a 30 km2 artificial lake. Here we are at the heart of an ornithological reserve of 265 species. A family of elephants comes to refresh themselves while a little earlier in the jungle we had the chance to meet monkeys, bison, mongooses, sambars, antelopes, squirrels and giant squirrels of Malabar …

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