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> The Magical Thekkady
Posted: Mar 24 2012, 09:19 AM
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Kerala is a famous state in South India that is very well known for a lot of things, one among them being its tourist places. A number of tourists visit Kerala each year.

One among the famous places in Kerala is Thekkady. It is India’s largest wildlife sanctuary and a dream destination for wildlife lovers. One of the major tourist attractions in Thekkady tour is the 120 year old ‘Surki’ dam that is built across Periyar. The sanctuary covers an area of 777 sq kms and is surrounded by an artificial lake covering an area of 25 sq kms. Thekkady is India’s sole Tiger Reserve. Its bountiful treasure of tropical flora and fauna is a habitat of many endangered species and has a rich tribal culture.

Periyar Wildlife sanctuary is another very famous place in Thekkady. It is one of the best places to observe wildlife and is a heaven for nature lovers. The months of March, April and May is the best time to visit the animals. The other attractions in this place are boating, trekking, and elephant riding. While boating through the Placid Lake one gets to observe wild life very closely. The sanctuary consists of four different categories of vegetation. The first is the open grasslands studded with fire-resistant vegetation and a variety of grasses. The second is the deciduous forest type which includes trees like teak and Terminalia which shed their leaves seasonally. The next is the semi-evergreen forest that is close to the tropical forests and wet, stream areas. The Shola or the tropical evergreen jungle constitutes the dense forest that allows only little light to penetrate in its dark and moist corridors.

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