Catch nature at her best at Thekkady – the land of elephants, unending hills and spice-scented plantations. Home to one of world’s finest wildlife reserves, Thekkady also boasts of rich flora and fauna, picturesque villages and narrow roads winding through the plantations. For treks and mountain walks, this a must-go place.
Get a real feel of Periyar Village
Catch a slice of rural life at the ‘Ente Gramam Periyar Village where you get to enjoy its serenity, watch people going about their work and visit the bustling market place which is central to village life. Meet the locals at a tea estate who have been there for generations. Trek into the spice plantations and enjoy the aroma of genuine spices. Meet tribal children at their local school and stop at a homestead to have a delicious lunch. Get a glimpse of the lifestyle of the ‘Malapandaram’ tribes.
Go on an organic fruit trail
Take a charming bullock ride, through the lush Cumbum Valley to an organic fruit farm. Pick pomegrantes, papayas, grapes, sapota and more. Learn organic farming techniques like composting, organic fertilisers and feast on a sumptious lunch prepared with local produce. Climb atop the watch towers for commnading views of the windswept valley.
Community Based Eco-Tourism (Eco Responsive)
People oriented and park centered, community based eco-tourism is the hallmark of Periyar Tiger Reserve. Organized by the local people it helps in conservation of the forests of the Periyar and generates valuable revenue for community welfare.
Get to watch birds, chase butterflies and follow wildlife through a range of habitat. Be escorted by a trained tribal guide on the walk and come close to nature.
Bamboo Rafting Half day / Full day
Enjoy the dawn-to-afternoon or dawn-to-dusk hiking and rafting through some of the richest forest tracts of the Reserve. Catch a glimpse of wild life and the panoramic view of forestclad hills reflected on the lake.
A Day with the Mannan
Love to dance? Then the dances of the youth of the Mannan and Paliyan tribes living on the fringes of the park is an exciting experience. Catch a glimpse of their culture and folklore through their dance. Read more