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Periyar Tiger Reserve Boating

The tourist centre at Thekkady offers two-hour boating trips, arranged by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation, at the artificial lake near the sanctuary. A herd of elephants or a wandering family of deer are common sights near the lake. In the hot months of March and April, visitors stand a better chance of viewing wildlife as the animals come to the lake frequently for drinking water. You may be able to spot herds of Gaur, Sambar and wild boars in the grasslands adjacent to the shores. A variety of avian fauna such as darters, egrets and kingfishers can be seen resting on dead tree trunks that stick out over the lake. During your boat ride, there is also a high probability of observing the antics of the Smooth Indian Otter. 


How to Reach Periyar
By Air
The international airport at Kochi, lying at about 140kms from the sanctuary, is the nearest airport to Periyar. Kochi Airport is well connected with several important destinations in India and abroad. Many domestic and international airlines operate regular flight services from Kochi to major cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai.
Another important airport close to Periyar is at Madurai (200kms).
By Rail
The nearest railway station to Periyar is at Kottayam, at about 117 km away. A good network of trains link Kottayam to the major railway stations of South India and rest of India.
By Road
A well-laid network of roads connects Periyar to the major cities in Kerala and south India. You can easily reach Periyar from Kochin, Alleppey, Kumarakom.
Regular Buses ply from the cities of Thiruvananthapuram (271 km), Cochin (200 km), Kottayam (117 km), and Madurai (140 km) to reach Periyar National park.


Best time to visit Periyar is between the months of October to April.

Tourist Attractions
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

 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, of which 360 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.  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 on the lake.  The greatest attraction of Periyar, however, are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.
Entry timing: 0600 - 1800 hrs.

A place for adventure tourism and trekking.  This will offer a panoramic view of Kumily town and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
 Kumily (4 km from Thekkady)
This plantation town, closely associated with Thekkady, is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary.  An important shopping centre ans spice trade centre, the main bus station and most of the medium range accommodation in the Periyar region are in Kumily
Murikkady (5 km from Thekkady)
Washed in fresh spice-scented air, Murikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.
Pandikuzhi (5 km from Kumily)

This picturesque spectrum of exotic flora, fauna and gurgling streams is cradled between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu border.  A popular picnic spot, Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer's delight.
Mangala Devi Temple (15 km from Thekkady)
This ancient temple is hidden in the dense woods at the top of a oeak 1337 m above sea level.  The temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture.  Visitors are allowed here only on the Chithra Pournami festival day.   The peak commands a panoramic view of the eastern slopes of the Ghats and some hill villages of Tamil nadu.  Permission to visit the area can be abtained from the Wildlife Wadren, Thekkady (Ph.0486-322027).
Chellarkovil (15 km from Kumily)
This sleepy little village with its breathtaking view of the plains and cascading waterfalls is a feast for the eyes.  The village slopes down to the famous coconut groves of Cumbum in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
Vandiperiyar (18 km from Thekkady)

The River Periyar flowing through the centre of this town nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations.  A major trade centre, Vandiperiyar is also home to a number of tea factories.  The Government Agriculture farm and Flower Garden have a delightful array of roses, orchids and anthuria.
Vandanmedu (25 km from Kumily)

This is one of the world's largest auction centres for candamom.  A walk through the sprawling cardamom plantations of Vandanmedu is a heady experience.
Pullumedu (43 km from Thekkady, 26 km from Periyar)

The winding journey to this hill town, along the Periyar River, offers a stunning view of the rolling hills draped in lush greenery.  Velvet lawns, rare flora and fauna add to the beauty of Pullumedu which can be accessed only by jeep.  The famous Sree Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala and the Makara Jyothi illumination at the shrine are visible from here.  Since it is part of the restricted forest zone, special permission to visit Pullumedu has to be obtained from the Wildlife Preservation Officer, Thekkady Ph:0486-322027 or the Range Officer, Vallakkadavu Ph:0486-352515.
Ramakalmedu (40 km from Thekkady and 75 km from Munnar)
Rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu an enchanting retreat. The hills top also offers a Panoramic view of picturesque villages of Bodi and Cumbum on the Eastern slop of the western ghats.

  • Springdale Heritage 

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3 Night 4 Days

Day 01: Cochin – Thattekkad 
Thattekkad Periyar Wildlife Tours starts right from your arrival at Cochin airport/railway station. On arrival our Global Vision Tours representative meets you and assists to transfer you to Thattekkad (50 kms/1hrs). On arrival check in at hotel situated on the banks of the Periyar River, freshen up and later go for local sightseeing, bird watching, bird lagoon activities (optional), boating (optional), visit to Elephant Training Centre and enjoy Jeep Safari and Mountain Biking. After the glorious tour, enjoy the overnight stay at the hotel in Thattekkad.  

Day 02: Thattekkad – Thekkady (Periyar)
Morning enjoy the hearty breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Thekkady (140 Kms / 04 Hrs). On your drive to Periyar enjoy the lovely view of the streams, enchanting waterfalls, rubber plantation, and cardamom and tea plantations. On arrival check in at hotel, freshen up and enjoy leisure time at the comfort of your room. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Munnar.     

Day 03: Thekkady (Periyar) Sightseeing 
Enjoy the hearty breakfast at the hotel. Later visit to the mind blowing crystal clear Periyar Lake, answer to the calls of the birds, catch the photographs of the wild animals and rejuvenate in the scintillating natural beauty. After go for a spice plantation tour (optional) or experience the magical Ayurveda Therapy (optional). Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Thekkady.

Day 04: Periyar (departure)
Morning after breakfast, check out from the hotel and our  Tour representative assists to transfer you to Cochin airport/Railway Station (190 km /5 Hrs) to connect flight or railways station for your onwards journey. Memorable tours to Kerala .

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