Looking for some adventure? Head to Periyar [Thekkady] in Kerala. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. There are numerous adventure activities conducted by the govt. inside the sanctuary. Take a look at these 5 activities in Periyar which entertains the adventurer in you-
- Tiger Trail
Have you ever seen a tiger up close? Chances are high if you opt for a Tiger Trail program at Periyar [Thekkady]. It is conducted by the Periyar forest authority. Tiger Trail is a physical demanding activity as it involves a long trek ranging 25- 35 kms through the Periyar forest. Only 5 visitors are allowed at a time. You will be accompanied by 5 trained forest guides and 2 forest officials.
The program will be either 1 night or 2 night program as per the demand of guest. The trek starts in the morning at 9 am and ends either next day by noon or the day after. You would be camping in the middle of the jungle. Tents are carried for the same. Since this is an adventure activity, you would have to compromise on amenities and food as well. Please do not expect luxury. Only vegetarian food is served which is prepared by the guides. It is not guaranteed you will spot a tiger, however, it is for sure you would come across lot of elephants, bison and other residents of the wild.
- Bamboo Rafting
Bamboo Rafting is the most in-demand activity for the nature lovers and adventure travellers. A dawn to dusk program, it starts at 8 am in the morning and ends by 5pm in the evening. Usually, a group of 10 travellers along with 4 guides and an armed guard set off for Bamboo Rafting. Hop on to a wooden raft and float along the Periyar Lake. While floating enjoy beautiful vistas of Periyar and you will get to see deer, elephants, bison and many other wild animals on the banks of the lake.
- Night Patrolling
A great chance to explore the Periyar wildlife. It is held between 7 pm and 4am. At a time, 8 persons in 2 different groups are allowed for the program. Each group will be accompanied by an armed forest guard and 2 watchers. You get so close to nature and you may come across giant wild elephants, bison and even a tiger.
- Jungle Jeep Safari
One of the favourite activity for many, a jeep safari through the thick woods of Periyar is a must experience activity. Opt for a 3 hours jeep safari conducted by the Periyar wildlife authority and enjoy an exciting drive through the jungle. You would come across lot of wild animals and exposed to some beautiful sights of the wild as you steer through the Periyar forest.
- Border Hiking
Border Hiking is a full day trekking program at the Periyar forest starting from 8 am. An armed guard and 2 forest guides will accompany a group of 12 visitors. This is also a physically demanding activity and therefore aged persons must avoid the same. You will be provided vegetarian snacks on the way. This is also a great opportunity to spot bears, elephants, and other wild residents of Periyar.
So these are the 5 best activities in Periyar!
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