The Periyar Tiger Reserve is one of the most ecologically diverse wildlife sanctuaries in India. Covering an area of 777square kilometers, the reserve is home to some of the most diverse flora and fauna. The reserve is named after the Periyar River which originates deep inside the reserve. It is home over 315 different species of birds. Visitors to the Periyar Tiger Reserve can partake in a host of different activities like jungle trail, jungle camp and border hiking that cater to different tastes.
This is a daylong activity that involves rafting and trekking all the through the forest and waters of the Periyar. Visitors can indulge themselves by catching a glimpse of the rare species of wildlife that the reserve is home to. A total of 5 visitors are allowed on a single bamboo raft. There are three bamboo rafts plying simultaneously and the trip packages are available in two types – Full day and Half day.
The reporting time is 7.45 am
Periyar Tiger Reserve is a model example that shows how the indigenous tribes can harmoniously coexist with the forests and its natural resources. There are six tribal communities that call the reserve their home. They are named as the Mannans, Paliyans, Malayarayans, Mala Pandarams, Uralis and Ulladans. Every evening from 6 to 7 there is a staging of the various dance forms of the Paliyan and Mannan tribes at the Vanasree Auditorium in Anavachal. The entire show is a spectacle of various musical instruments and costumes that are used in the dance performance.
The Nature Walk is a light trekking package that is offered by the Reserve ti guests who want to take the opportunity to indulge in some bird watching and wildlife sighting as they take a walk along a trail inside the reserve that is home to a myriad of different vegetations and landscapes. This is a guided programme and last for two-and-half hours covering a distance of 4-5 km. There are six time slots which are as follows: 07.00 AM, 07.30AM, 10.00 AM, 10.30 AM, 02.00 PM and 02.30 PM
This is a leisurely trek under the guidance of a tribal community member who will help you better appreciate the nuances of the forest and all its various elements. A 4- 5 kilometer long walk that last for 3 hours, is offered between 7 am to 3 pm along different nature trails inside the reserve. A maximum of 5 persons are allowed at a time along each trail and the time slots are as follows: 07.00 AM, 07.30AM, 10.00 AM, 10.30 AM, 02.00 PM and 02.30 PM
This is a unique eco-tourism package that involves a guided night trekking programme along the fringes of the eco-development zone of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Visitors are ensured of complete protection a there will be armed guards. The programme starts at 19.00 hrs and ends at 04.00 hrs the next morning. The experience of walking along the woods at night is one to cherish as the atmosphere of the forest turns mysterious and beautiful in its own way.
The Jungle Camp programme is one where the guest can experience the beauty of the Periyar Tiger Reserve by staying at a beautiful campsite that overlooks the Periyar River. They can indulge in bird watching, Gavi safari and an optional boat ride along the Periyar Lake. The tented accommodation is for two persons and there will be meals served along with this package.
Time: Check-in & Check-out 3.00 pm & 2.00 pm
This is one of the most intriguing and unique activities at the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Guest will take on a trail of the majestic cat in the Tiger Trail package, which includes a trekking and camping programme, where the guest gets to stay inside a tent in the midst of the wilderness. This is a guided trekking programme that covers a distance of 20 to 35 km and visitors can catch glimpses of the wildlife and a few lucky visitors may get a prized glimpse of the majestic tiger. There will vegetarian food served along the trekking trail and the guest can later end the day by relaxing in the tents. This package is available in two slots, one is one night and two days (1N/2D) and the other is two nights and three days (2N/3D). It must be noted that the programme is available only twice a week and requires prior booking. A group is allowed to accommodate a maximum of six persons.
Timing: Starts from 09.00 AM
The Bamboo Grove is a stay over programme that provides guests with an eco-lodge accommodation inside bamboo thickets. There are 15 bamboo huts with double-beds and offers an experience that is uniquely eco friendly. There will be a small orientation programme for the guests and its I followed by a visit to a tribal colony, a wildlife film show, bird watching, trekking and a complimentary boat ride along the pristine waters of the Periyar Lake. The package includes lunch, dinner and breakfast are included in the package. Children below the age of twelve are not permitted.
The Jungle Inn programme involves a day to be spent at the forest cottage in Kokkara which is about an hour’s walk from the forest check post. Tea, snacks and dinner are part of the programme package. The stay will give the visitor a beautiful panoramic view of the entire forest area and they can watch the inhabitants of the area go about their daily lives.
Check-in: 03.00 P.M. and Check-out: 09.00 AM
The border hiking program is a day-long hiking programme that takes place within boundaries of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The beautiful terrains and the hiking experience at a height ranging from 900 m to 1300 m above sea level will give visitors picturesque views of the imposing slopes that surround the area. Visitors can get to watch various species of animals like the wild gaur, sloth bear and elephants. This programme is open to a maximum of 10 tourists allocated in two different groups. Each group will be guided by two guides. The programme starts at 08.00 hrs and ends in the evening with food included as part of the package. Time: 08.00 AM to 05.00 PM
The information provided here is according to the latest itinerary and programme charted by the forest department with regards to the activities in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. All or any program(s) may be subject to change or discontinuation. Please be advised to check the latest information with regards to all such activities at Periyar Tiger Reserve.