Periyar wildlife sanctuary, an important tourist attraction in Kerala is located in Thekkady. The submerged trees in Periyar national park is an iconic view of Thekkady. The dense evergreen forests are home to many wild animals like elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. One can delight with elephant rides, boating, trekking and bird watching in Thekkady. This is the only sanctuary in India where we get the unique experience of viewing wildlife very closer and safer from boat. No words can express the thrill of watching wild animals playing in the lake so close by. It is the best tourist spot for nature lovers.