Today, we went for the day-long Bamboo Rafting program in Periyar Tiger Reserve. We had booked it online as the tickets are very limited and we didn't want to miss it. We reached the reserve at 7:30 am, the program started by 8:30 am and ended by 5 pm. It includes ~10 km hiking and ~3 hours rafting. Enroute, the accompanying forest guides will show the spices found in the forest. One is also given an oar to try her hand at rowing and it's pure fun! We saw mongoose, a baby elephant, some wild boars and skeletal remains of a dead elephant! All in all, it's a day well spent!
Periyar Wild life scanctuary
Next day, we had reservation for bamboo boat rafting program in Periyar tiger reserve (I was too damn excited about it before we started off from Bangalore)!! The D-day arrived and we went for rafting. Though sun was scorching hot, the experience in itself was legendary. We anchored our rafts at the point where we had to start trek from. We saw many amazing birds and also got the rare chance to witness grand deer feast of wild dogs. That was one hell of a sight!
The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. The Periyar forests of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Spreads across the entire district are the picturesque plantations and hill towns that nestle beautiful trails for treks and mountain walks. It is very famous among tourists for elephants and tiger reserve. This park is commonly called as the Periyar National Park. It attracts thousands of tourists every year for safari, rafting and other activities. The park lies in the middle of cardamom hills.The north and the east borders of the park are covered by the mountains. The west part of the park is bordered by a plateau. From the plateau, the land steeps down to the valley of Pamba. The highest peak in this park is Kottamalai. This rich bio-diverse land was formed from the rivers. The park also includes a reservoir, which provides year-around water for the wildlife. There are lot other places in the park to visit, such as - Mangala Devi temple, Pullumedu, Periyar Lake, Cardamom hills, Wildlife Safari and the list goes on.