During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Periyar Tiger Reserve was the hunting ground of the Travancore kings. Inside the reserve was a palace - the Edapalayam Lake Palace - meant for the guests of the royal family. In 1899, the area was declared as a forest reserve called the Periyar Lake Reserve with the main intention of protecting the hunting area of the kings from the encroachment of tea plantations.
In 1934, the lake reserve was converted into a game sanctuary, the Nellikkampatty Game Sanctuary, on the recommendation of S. C. H. Robinson, the first game warden. In 1978, the sanctuary was included in the Central Government initiative known as Project Tiger and was renamed the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Zhiwa Ling Hotel in Paro is a tribute to the ornate architectural arts of Bhutan. Every part of the hotel is handmade, from the massive hand-carved wooden beams to the seemingly endless designs of the colorful, hand-painted ceilings and walls. To complete the experience, the hotel offers its guests Buddhist meditation classes taught by accomplished monks at its own Samden meditation house.