The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the 16 Project Tiger Reserves in India and is amongst the most picturesque wild life sanctuaries in the world. It is one of India’s best parks for spotting wild elephants, bison, wild boar, gaur, deer and a variety of birds though the tiger does tend to remain elusive. The heart of this sanctuary is the Periyar Lake where there are regular boat trips, which are hugely popular, often proving to be far more exciting and interesting an experience in people watching than for wildlife enthusiasts. Guided treks and bamboo rafting in the park are a great opportunity to stretch your legs and get closer to both nature and the wildlife.