Trekking through Periyar Tiger Reserve

Today I was fortunate enough to get to walk through one of the most biodiverse areas in the world second to the Amazon: Periyar Tiger Reserve.

I understand why people travel from all of the world to experience this place. In the United States, we are very proud of our national parks for their diversity and beauty. However, this park feels more untouched than the ones I have been to in the states. It kind of absorbs you. The paths in the forest seem less traveled. Honestly, it feels less touristy and more wild. We only trekked on the periphery of the jungle really. The center of the jungle truly is preserved and only certain people are able to go deep inside.

This is a "touch-me-not," which true to its name, when it is touched, the leaves furl up for about 15 minutes.

This is a “touch-me-not,” which true to its name, when it is touched, the leaves furl up for about 15 minutes.

Our guide, who is part of the groups indigenous to this area, was very knowledgeable and has worked there for 15 years. Groups indigenous to this area are also able to fish there. I was really glad to see that element of social sustainability in place.

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