Activities / Places to Visit
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctury
Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq.km, of which 360 sq.km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world.
The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attractions of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.
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Enjoy boating along the scenic Periyar and experience its vast calmness. The stark, skeletal remains of trees that protrude from its waters give the area a primeval look. The mists that swirl ethereally over the water in the early morning heighten this impression. Kerala Tourism Department and Forest Department are conducting boating at Periyar lake/ Thekkady everyday for both international and domestic travelers.
It is another splendid entertainment option offered to the nature-lovers who visit Thekkady. This eco friendly program takes the tourists to the thick forests on trek and then to the catchments area of the Periyar Tiger Reserve on a bamboo raft.For nature-lovers, here is a chance to have some great times in the lap of Mother Nature. A comforting, yet exciting bamboo rafting through some of the dense forests of Periyar Tiger Reserve! This bamboo rafting is part of the 'nature walk' of eco-tourism project by the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Explore the nature in its own turf with Nature walk. Listen to the gurgling of a stream that winds its way, or just stop and listen to the song of the bird. Enjoy a pleasant walk through the magic of woods, connect with nature in its pristine form. Nature walk is the right program to feel nature, hear her whispers and smell her flowers.
Tiger Trail - Periyar
The wildlife comes together in perfect harmony with its scenic beauty to make Thekkady a right destination for nature lovers. Here, nestled in the southern Western Ghats of peninsular India, Periyar Tiger Reserve (PTR) is the oldest and largest protected areas of Kerala.
Enjoy boating along the scenic Periyar lake and experience its vast calmness .The stark, skeletal remains of the trees that protrude from its waters give the area a primeval look. The mists that swirl ethereally over the water in the early morning heighten this impression.
Jeep Safari in Forest
Enjoy Jeep expedition through this picturesque land and get a close view of those parts inaccessible through foot. The trip covers the dense green vegetation, thick forests, cascading waterfalls and aromatic spice plantations.
As you take a walk along the streets of Kumily or the winding pathways among the plantations, the thing that strikes you first is the lingering aroma in the air. The scent may be of cloves, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon or cardamom and sometimes a fragrance that combines the scents of two or more spices. The geographical and climatic peculiarities of Kumily such as the cool climate and its elevation from the sea level make it ideal for spice cultivation.
The close interaction between the elephants and the human benefits all, so guests are encouraged to spend as much as time possible during stay in getting to know those wonderful animals. Open to the skies accompanied only by the rhythmic – scuff- scuff- scuff of elephant’s feet and creaks of the wooden howdah. The ride can be a mix of moments of pure terror interspersed with long period of utter peace.
Kurisumala, which means a ‘Mountain with a Cross on it’, is a Christian pilgrim centre that is a two-kilometer drive from Kumily. Pilgrims climb the mountain on Good Friday in remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the ultimate sacrifice for mankind. The place is also known for its enchanting natural beauty. Kollampattada, on the way to Kurisumala, offers a spectacular view of the Periyar Valley. Visitors usually take a short jeep drive to Kollampattada and then trek to Kurisumala. Rolling mountains all around and a view of a small stretch of River Periyar amidst the greenery are two of the many attractions of Kurisumala.
Thekkady in Kerala is a very popular tourist destination renowned for its rainforests, wildlife and spice plantations .The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of a beautiful vast lake, elephants, unending chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. The Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady is also a Tiger Reserve. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat in the lake. Thekkady is an example of nature’s bounty with great scenic charms, rich bio diversity and providing variable visitor satisfaction.
In addition to elephant rides, cruises in the lake, rainforest walks and the Periyar tiger trail, the various spice plantations of cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in the area are another major attraction.