September to April is the best time to visit Thekkady because of the favourable weather conditions. March and April are the driest months, where a lot of animals gather near the water bodies, and hence it is the best time to spot animals. Monsoons bring freshness and greenery along with it and make the area even more beautiful.
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Nestled among the Cardamom hills, Periyar Tiger Reserve is among the most well known tiger reserves of India. Built around the Periyar Lake, fauna ranging from tigers to elephants, can be spotted here if you're lucky. This is also a popular spot if you're looking for reptiles, amphibians, fish or migratory birds. Avoid visiting during monsoons as chances of a wildlife sighting are quite slim.
Dedicated to Mangladevi, this temple symbolises the power that resides inside every ordinary women. A 1000 year old temple, it is located deep inside the forests of the Periyar reserve. The temple is opened only once a year to pilgrims during the Chitra Poornima Festival, as poojas are conducted throughout the day.