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Periyar, the Wildlife National park lies in the Idukki district. This picturesque locale in the Southern part of India is an exotic place with its color and spice around. The history of Periyar dates back to 1341 when there was a big flood in Kodungallur resulting in the closure of the Kodungaloor port. The huge landslide caused due to the floods resulted in an island, which is the present-day Vyppin Islands. In 1895, a part of the green expanse, the forest area was made into a dam to protect the catchments area of the River Periyar. Thus the Periyar Lake was formed. In 195, the Kudi Arasu the Tamil Weekly was published which projected the Self Respect movement was published. In 1934, the Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve was established. With an area of 777sq km, this is one of the most magnificent wild life reserves of India. In 1925, the Self Respect Movement was formed and the weekly Kudiyarusu was started. Periyar slowly grew as a city.

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