Bamboo Rafting in Periyar (Photo Courtesy: Bernard Gagnon)
Periyar Wildlife Reserve comprises a large lake, an evergreen area that is home to a variety of wildlife, birdlife and rich forests that are excellent for any eco-tourism and experiential traveller.
There are programmes initiated by the forest department that allows systematic exploration of the park within strict guidelines and safety requirements. Some of the programmes are:
Bamboo Rafting - This is a dawn to dusk range hiking and rafting programme through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve. Starting at 8 am from the boat landing, a mosaic of habitats will be traversed before the party gets into rafts made of bamboos. The
Wildlife Trekking - This is a conservation oriented hard trek taking up a full day. The trekking starts at 8 o’ clock in the morning and ends in the evening.
Periyar Tiger Trail - The Trekking Programme starts at 09.00 am on the first day and ends by noon on the second/third day. Normally about 20-35 kms trekking distance will be covered, depending on the trail chosen. Enroute vegetarian lunch may be prepared and served. One may get a chance to encounter many indigenous Birds and mammals. One will be crossing grass lands, teak forest and a wide variety of tropical trees and flowering plants.
Periyar Jungle Safari - The program starts at 5.30am in the morning which our special Jeep will receive you from your accommodation area 40 kms scenic drive through the jungle. Then you will reach a place called Gavi (Green mansion) there you can have your breakfast and you can start the jungle trekking with specially trained guides after 3hrs trekking you will reach the Green mansion and have Lunch. After that you can have canoeing in the Gavi Lake. Then have tea and snacks and proceeding to the cottage and drop.
Jungle Patrol (Night Trekking) - This programme is part of the regular night patrolling in the fringe ecodevelopment zones of the tiger reserve. By participating in this, one is actually helping in the protection of the forests of Periyar. The trekking could be at any time between 7 pm. and 4 am. and could be taken by persons having proper physical and mental fitness to trek through the wilderness in the night.
Note: All above have limited capacities and therefore it’s a must to reserve them in advance.
Season: Oct - May