We made our way into Periyar National park. Being from north India, this was the place I read in my GK books in school and it was exciting to experience it. The types of flora and fauna is so diverse and the weather gave us a thumbs up. We went for the ride on a big boat that channelled itself inside the national park taking us to various parts of the park. We viewed many animals. We also explored the park on foot in certain non-restricted area. We stayed a beautiful vintage building for the night.
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!