Periyar Thekkady forests


The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up memories of elephants, endless hill chains and scented gardens with spices. The Periyar Thekkady forests are among India's finest wildlife reserves. Spreads around the district are the picturesque plantations and hill towns that nestle stunning trekking trails and mountain walks. This is one of the country's oldest tiger reserves and the Periyar forests are embellished by the presence of endangered species including White Tigers. Many Kerala tour packages including this beautiful place. so you can go there through the best Kerala holiday packages and enjoy Kerala now.

Tourists have many options to explore the wilderness of Periyar Tiger Reserve, such as from boating to trekking.

Boating in Periyar Lake

Periyar is best enjoyed from the edge of your seat on a ferry. If you're a little more adventurous then you can take a bamboo raft and row while you watch the wild. Periyar Bamboo Rafting is available in two slots-Full day and Half day.

Trekking Trails

Guided day trekking in Periyar: the Periyar Tiger Trail, adventure trekking and camping; border hiking — range-oriented safety hiking; bamboo rafting; jungle patrol, jungle shepherding; tribal heritage — a peep in the past; jungle inn — night forest.


The Bamboo Grove-Eco lodge: Stay over plan offers lodging within bamboo thickets for eco-lodges. There are 15 double-bedded bamboo huts with hygienic and modern décor.

The wealth of Periyar Forests

There are more than 1965 flowering plants here including 171 grass species and 143 orchid species. In the Periyar Tiger Reserve, forests grow the only south Indian conifer, scientifically known as Podocarpus Wallichianus.


More than sixty species are present here, including the Asian Elephant, the Bengal Tiger, the Indian Bison, the Sambar Deer, the Indian Wild Dog, the Leopard, the Barking Deer, and the Smooth-Coated Otter. The Nilgiri Tahr is restricted to the higher rocky regions while the endangered Lion Tailed Macaque can be found in the evergreen forests of the interior. You can see both the Bonnet Macaques and Nilgiri Langur foraging from the trees near where the boat islands.


Here we have 265 species including migrants. The Malabar Grey Hornbill, The Indian Pied Hornbill, White-bellied Treepie, many species of Drongos, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Babblers, the spectacular Malabar Trogon, etc. can be seen near where the boat lands.

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