Thekkady Ecotourism

People oriented and park centered community based ecotourism is the hallmark of Periyar Tiger Reserve. These programs are conducted by local people responsible for the surveillance of the vulnerable parts of the reserve.

Timings: 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM.

Nature Walk & Green Walk

Different nature trails traversing diverse habitats form the trekking routes, generally 4 to 5 km in length. This is a three hours interpretive program offering excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trails often pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands.

Timings: 7:00 AM & 07:30 AM, 10:00 AM & 10:30 AM & 02:00 & 02:30 PM.

Duration: 03 Hours.

Jungle Scout (Night Trekking)

This program is part of the regular night patrolling in the fringe eco- development zones of the tiger reserve. By participating in this, one is actually helping in the protection of the forests of Periyar. Persons are having proper physical and mental fitness to trek through the wilderness, in the night could take the 3 hours trek. Two protection watchers and an armed forest guard will accompany them! Try the limits of your senses-sight, hearing and smell and take in the very different world of nocturnal jungle life. Timings: 7:00 PM, 10:00 PM & 01:00 AM.

Duration: 03 Hours.

Border Hiking

This is a conservation oriented hard trek taking up a full day. The trekking starts at 8 o’ clock in the morning and ends in the evening. The route passes through undulating terrains. Altitudinal ranges of 900 meters to 1300 meters will be covered and the trekkers could glimpse the lofty escarpments bordering the park watershed and the vast plains down below. Gaur, sloth bear, elephant, etc. are often sighted along this route, apart from birds and butterflies. The trekkers will go with two guides and an armed forest guard. Vegetarian refreshments are available en route.

Timings: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Duration: 09 Hours.

Pugmark Trail (Self-guided Trail)

Periyar Tiger Reserve is being one of the major attractions in Thekkady, draws a lot of tourists every year. At present the visitors can enjoy the beauty of forest through some of our trekking program like Nature walk, Green Walk , Tiger Trail etc with the help of guides and watchers. The newly introduced self-guided treks at Periyar Tiger Reserve now explore the beauty of nature through a self-guided soft trekking. In this program the tourists will be guided by a number of bio-diversity themes, pictures of birds carved out in stone, tree species name board etc. The trekking starts from entrance gate and ends up near to the boat landing area. The program works from morning 8:00 AM to evening 5:00 PM. Maximum 15 persons are going in one hour.

Timings: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Note: Maximum 15 persons per group.

Bamboo Rafting (Full Day)

This is a dawn to dusk range hiking and rafting program through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve. Starting at 8 am from the boat landing, a mosaic of habitats will be traversed before the party gets into rafts made of bamboos. The forests are rich in bird life and arboreal animals like giant squirrel and Nilgiri langur. The rafting is for about three hours and one gets a panoramic view of forest- clad hills reflected on the lake. Animals like elephant, Gaur and Samba are sighted keeping close to the edges of the lake. The team hitchhikes back to the boat landing by about 5:00 PM. An armed guard and 4 guides will accompany a maximum of 15 persons & minimum of 02 persons. Tea, snacks and packed lunch will be served en route. The program is about 10 km of walking and 3-4 hour rafting in the Periyar Lake in which the guest can enjoy a rich part of the forest.

Timings: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Reporting time is 7:45 AM at Boat landing). Please leave from the hotel by 7.15 AM.

Duration: 09 Hours.

Bamboo Rafting (Half Day)

A dawn to afternoon range hiking and rafting program through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve., a mosaic of habitats will be traversed before the party gets into rafts made of bamboos. By rafting you will get a panoramic view of forest-clad hills. Animals like Elephant, Gaur and Samba are sighted keeping close to the edges of the lake. This program works at two slots of 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM & 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. You will be provided with packed food.

Timings: 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM & 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM (Reporting time is 7:15 AM & 9:15 AM)

Duration: 05 Hours.

Boating (At Periyar Lake)

The Periyar Lake lies at the heart of the sanctuary, which is a veritable paradise for all wildlife lovers, situated within the boundaries of the Western Ghats in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The landscape varies from hilly to flat grassland areas at the edges of the lakes. The vegetation is of moist deciduous type. A boat ride on the lake will make your Periyar tour absolutely fantastic. The lake is also the most ideal place to watch the birds. So take a boat ride and enjoy the picturesque surroundings of the lake. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can see wild animals at close range sitting in the safety of a boat. Tourists can enjoy boat rides in the lake and view these wild animals at close range. Boating on Periyar lake was the first program that was introduced in Periyar Tiger Reserve. Seating capacity of the boats varies from 15 to 150.

Timings: 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:45 PM & 3:30 PM

Duration: 90 Minutes.

Gavi Tour (40 KM)

Eco Tourism Program organized by Kerala Forest Development Corporation Ltd , Gavi program involves a close interaction with the flora and fauna of the Western Ghats, and provides excellent trails through the midst of the evergreen forests to the camping sites at Meander and Valley view. The trails passes through dense patches of forests where even at mid-day, sunlight struggles to penetrate, where Elephants roam free, and where truly man meets nature in all its majesty and glory. After crossing Periyar Tiger Reserve by jeep early morning, breakfast will be served at Gavi’s forest lodge, followed by a jungle trekking for three hours. Spice plantation visit can be provided according to the convenience of the guests either before lunch or after. There will be a short interval for rest and boating in the Gavi or Kochupampa Lake will be the final event. The program will end with evening tea.

Timings: 6 am to 4 pm

Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea & the Transportation by Jeep. The Jeep will arrive at the hotel for picking up the guest at 5.30am.

Jungle Inn (Jungle in the Night)

Jungle Inn is an ideal place for two persons to experience the jungle night. Here one could relax, read a book, listen to the cicada or simply watch the forests outside. The high point of the program is walking through different forest types at prime time when animals tend to be more active. The check-in and check-out times are 02:45 PM and 10:00 AM on the following day respectively. Refreshments are provided.

Check-in Time: 02:45 PM & Check-out Time: 10:00 PM

Jungle Camp

Jungle Camp is another staying program that you are staying Vallakkadavu (40 km away from Thekkady), Jungle Camp is a tent mode staying facility in which you are staying in the forest and on the bank of Periyar Lake. Jungle Camp package includes Food, Trekking, Bird Watching Program, Wild Life Movie Watching. The program starts at 3:00 PM in Vallakkadavu.

Tiger Trail

An Adventure Trekking & Camping (01 Night & 02 Nights): The program is unique is being conducted by a team of poachers who turned protectors of the forests. The team members are hardy and dependable with an intimate knowledge of the forest terrain. The programs are 1 night / 2 days and 2 nights / 3 days. The team consists of a maximum of 6 visitors, 4 guides and 1 forest officials. Normally 20 to 35 kms. of trekking distance will be covered, depending on the route chosen. In this trekking your provisions will be given. You sleep inside the tents and you will be provided with sleeping bags. Here, one may chance to encounter much indigenous wildlife like Nilgiri Langur, Giant Squirrel, Elephant and who knows, even the Tiger! The trek route passes through hills and valleys with a variety of tropical plants and wide-open spaces. En-route vegetarian meals will be prepared and served and country tents will be pitched for holding up in the night. Remember to listen to unusual and strange adventure stories of the former poachers, now your guides and protectors of the forests.

Timings: Check-in Time: 09:00 AM & Check-out: 12:00 Noon. Please leave from the hotel by 8:15 AM.