Thekkady wildlife tour
Thekkady, home to Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala, is a major tourist destination for its evergreen forest and rich wildlife. The Kerala Forest Department of Thekkady offers several full-day, half-day, and hourly forest and wildlife tour activities, with accompanying security guards. Also, private parties perform exciting activities like off-road Jeep Safari, Spice plantation visits, Elephant rides, and Stage shows outside the jungle. Also, you can here find Kashmiri shops that display a rare collection of clothes, ornaments, curio products, handicrafts, antiques, etc. On this page, we have given an overview of the tourist attractions that may inspire you to visit Thekkady. If you are curious enough to discover and enjoy Thekkady, we recommend you include at least two night stay in your package trip. Those who intend to visit Thekkady only for one night's stay have an option to take a boat ride on Periyar Lake in the forest. It allows us to enjoy the beauty of a dense forest and view various organisms, including wild animals. The boat ride duration is one and a half hours in different slots.
NB: As the rate and timings occasionally change, you will have to check with the forest department for updates.
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Periyar National Park Entry Ticket Tariff
Entry ticket tariff:
Indian Adults ₹ 45/person
Indian child (5 to 11 years): ₹ 15/child
Indian Student (as a group): 15/head
Foreigner: ₹ 500/person
foreign child (5 to 11 years): ₹ 180/child
Vehicle Entry and parking ticket tariff
Heavy Motor Vehicle: ₹335
Light Motor Vehicle: ₹85
Three wheels: ₹45
Two Wheeler: ₹45
Still Camera: ₹45
List of programs and tariff
Boat ride on Periar Lake
Tourists staying only one night in Thekkady do not have time for a full-day program in the forest. In such cases, they can share an hour and a half of sailing across Jungle Lake. It's an opportunity to see animals drinking water, swimming in the lake, playing with their babies, and wandering around the lake. You can also enjoy the astounding natural beauty.
Time slots: 7.30 a.m. to 9.00 a.m | 9.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. | 11.15 am to 12.45 a.m. | 1.45 am to 3.15 a.m. | 3.30 to 5.00 p.m.
Tariff: Adults: ₹255 | Child 5 to 11 years: ₹85
The Nature Walk package offers a unique opportunity to see the flora and fauna of the Periyar wildlife sanctuary. This trek includes several tracks that run through the wildlife habitat. A walk through the trail, which turns its way through incredible scenery encompassing deciduous and evergreen forests sprinkled with wet grasslands, offers a unique opportunity to observe real nature's manifold glories.
Time slots: 7 am | 7.30 am | 10 am | 10.30 am | 2 pm | 2.30 pm | Duration 2½ hours
Tariff: ₹350/person | minimum charge ₹1400 for four people.
Starting at: Boat land | A group of 4 people will accompany security guards.
Green Walk is an informative trekking program through various landscapes such as meadows, evergreen forests, and moist deciduous forests, ideal for nature enthusiasts. Listen to the innumerable sounds of nature and marvel at the variety of wildlife that the woods offer. A maximum of 6 people is allotted to each time slot, with three slots each along two different routes through the Reserve.
Time slots: 7 am | 7.30 am | 11 am | 11.30 am | 2 pm | 2.30 pm | Duration 2½ hours
Tariff: ₹350/person | minimum charge ₹1400 for four people.
Security guards will accompany a group of 4 people.
Jungle scout, also night trekking
This program envisages a three-hour trek during the night hours, providing a rare opportunity to observe some exciting nightlife of Periyar Tiger Reserve, such as civets, mouse deer, flying squirrels, and various nocturnal bird species. Visitors will go with the company of forest watchers and trained guides. Those intending to participate in this program are expected to have an adequate level of physical and mental fitness required for travelling through the wilderness at night. Three slots are offered along two routes.
Time slots: 7 pm to 10 pm | 10 pm to 1 am | 1 am to 4 am.
Tariff: ₹1200/person | minimum charge ₹2400 for two people.
The program is a trek of 3 to 4 hours. Starting from Gandhi Park at Kolathupalam, it passes through Kurisumala Viewpoint, descends to the Tribal Heritage Museum in the Mannakudi Tribal Settlement and ends at Anavachal. From the vantage points, you can see grasslands, evergreen, deciduous and riverine forests, and the areas of waterless land irrigated by the Periyar river.
Visitors can see the luxuriance of Cumbam Valley, the dizzy heights of Mangaladevi, Kumarikulam, other escarpments of the Fort of Periyar, the prestige of Palni hills farther away from the viewpoint, habitat of special birds and butterflies, including domestic birds like the Nilgiri Pipit, broad-tailed grass bird, tree nymph, etc.
This program is available in two-time slots each day, forenoon and afternoon. Duration 3-4 hours.
Bullock cart discoveries
It is a guided bullock cart program to visit farmlands and watch birds. This program allows the participation of seven persons, including children. The package involves food and refreshments. A bullock cart will take the tourists to the farms of a village behind the mountains of Periyar Tiger Reserve. You can see here various crops and several species of birds. With vineyards, various crops of mangoes, tamarind, onions, sunflower, jasmine, and many other vegetables, the village will capture your heart in all the senses. The guides will explain how farming and the life of the natives are delicately formed. The rich bird diversity offers new explorations for serious ornithologists while providing a precious start for new bird watchers.
This package starts at 6 am and ends at 2.30 pm.
It's a guided trek, starting at 8 am and ending at 5 pm, covering 15 km. The route passes through undulant territories. It covers an altitude up to 1300 meters, and trekkers catch the sight of the lofty escarpments bordering the park, watersheds, and the vast plains below. Apart from various birds and butterflies, also Gaur, sloth bear, elephant, etc. are sighted along your way.
Up to ten tourists in 2 different teams can participate in this trek. The trekkers will go along with two guides and an armed forest guard.
It is an 8 am to 5 pm full-day hiking and rafting program through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Rafting lasts for about three hours. Tourists can see a sweeping view of forest-clad hills reflected on the lake. While hiking, you can see animals like elephants, gaurs, sambars, etc. The group returns to the boat and the landing point at about 5 pm. An armed guard and four guides will accompany a maximum of 10 tourists. Tea, snacks, and packed lunch will be served during the trip. It is an excellent program for serious nature lovers to explore flora and fauna in a thick forest, and also to feel the beauty of Nature.
Time slots: 7.30 am to 12.30 pm (half-day) | 9.30 am to 2.30 pm (half-day) | 8 am to 5 pm (full-day)
Tiger trail and camping
Tiger trail is an adventurous trekking and camping program offered in 2 types of packages; one night's stay and two nights' stay. Forest department contucts this program with the help of a team of rehabilitated poachers, hardy and dependable individuals with a profound knowledge of the forest terrain. In this program, many indigenous wild animals, who know, even the tiger, are sighted.
The guards will pitch your tents for your stay at night and prepare veg meals. Here is your chance to listen to the former poachers' unusual adventure stories, now your guides and protectors of the forests. The team consists of a maximum of 5 visitors, five guards, and one forest official.
One night and two days, @Rs. 6500/- per person (Minimum Rs. 10000/- per camp)
Two nights and three days: Rs. 9500/- per person (Minimum Rs. 13000/- per camp)
Time slots: Twice a week, starting at 9 am.
At Vallakkadavu in the Periyar Tiger Reserve, visitors can camp in tents amidst picturesque forested surroundings.
This ecotourism package includes a safari to Gavi, wildlife film shows, bird watching, trekking, and a complimentary boat trip on the famous Periyar Lake. This package includes dinner on the first night and breakfast and lunch on the second day. You can avail complimentary boating after the checkout time.
The total number of camps: 15 nos (double occupancy) | Maximum persons: 2 nos./hut | Check-in: 3.30 pm | Check out: 2.00 pm | Price for a night: 5000 rs / 2 persons in a camp.
In this program, you need to stay inside one of the watchtowers constructed in the forest with minimal creature comfort. The Jungle Inn at Kokkara, about an hour's walk from the Forest check post, is an ideal place to board two people wishing to feel the quietness of the jungle night. Here, you could relax, read a book, listen to the cicada, or watch the forest outside.
One of the best parts of the program is the demonstration of various forests where wildlife is more active. One can watch troops of langurs, giant squirrels, etc., besides many birds along this stretch. Who knows, if you are fortunate, a tiger could come out of the bushes chasing a herd of sambar deers! Trained guides will accompany tourists.
Start at 3 pm | End at 9 am | food and double-bedded accommodation provided | Time slots: 3 pm to 9 am. | Group size: Two persons per night | ₹ 2000/- per person.
Bamboo Grove: Bamboo Huts: Ecco Lodge:
Bamboo Grove: Bamboo Huts: Ecco Lodge:
It is an eco-lodge run by the Forest Department to support local communities. Between bamboo thickets are 15 bamboo huts with modern furnishings and hygienic conditions. The ambience of Bamboo Grove provides an occasion to listen to the whistling of bamboo culms, the chirping of birds, and the flow of small streams. Bamboo Grove has a centrally positioned conference hall with audio-visual facilities offering an eco-friendly environment to conduct seminars, symposiums, workshops, and training programs.
The Bamboo Grove package comprises an orientation program, a visit to a tribal colony, wildlife film shows, bird watching, trekking, a complimentary boat ride on the Periyar Lake, lunch, dinner, and breakfast.
Group size: Two persons per cabin | maximum capacity: 30 tourists in 15 cottages.
The seminar hall (Kalari): ₹ 3000/- per day, for a maximum of 50 persons.
Tariff: Without package: ₹ 1800/- per cottage/ 2 person
With package: ₹ 4000/- per cabin/ 2 person
Extra-person with package: ₹ 1200/-.
It is a self-guided soft trekking program that begins from the office premises of the Deputy Director, Periyar Foundation. You can explore several endemic trees and an informative display board to explain each tree's characteristics at every tree along the way. Keep walking until you reach the end of the route and come back that way. The trail is short, but it is definitely worth the effort. Kids are allowed with parents in this program. It is a perfect soft trekking program for the whole family.
Tariff: ₹ 100/- adult | ₹ 20/- child
Programs run by the private parties outside the Jungle wall.
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Jeep Safari: The inner terrains are homes to many unique attractions. You can reach these locations only with a Jeep safari. You can take a Jeep safari package to go to the terrain as per your interests. Jeep safaris with expert drivers are available on half-day, full-day, hour/s, and a fixed program basis.
Elephant ride: You can avail of Elephant Ride, Shower with Elephant, half and full day with an elephant, etc., as per your interest. The ride on an elephant that was a vehicle of our ancient kings gives us royal pride. It is an opportunity for you to spend some time with the gigantic animal in Thekkady.
Kathakali: In the past, this was a unique art form performed only in the royal families before King. Tourists show a great interest in such performing arts. The decorated performer tells a story from the Hindu legends presenting skillfully with hand gestures and facial expressions. The main presenters need a lot of colorful makeup, costumes, facial masks, etc., before appearing on stage.
Time slots for Kadhakali: 5 pm to 6 pm and 7 pm to 8 pm | Tariff: ₹ 250/- person| children below five years: complimentary, can go in with their parents.
The Kerala Martial art: Kalaripayattu is Kerala Language for Martial art. It is considered the oldest martial art in the world. People say that those who have learned Kerala's martial arts properly would be fit and strong bodily and mentally. Those who have learned martial art perfectly cannot be easily defeated even by a group of ordinary people in a physical fight. Time slots: 6 pm to 7 pm and 8 pm to 9 pm | tariff: ₹ 200/ - per person | Children below five years: complimentary, can go in with their parents.
Magic Show: A magician on the stage transforms things into various items. He changes a rope into a stick, a scarf into a live bird, and so on. All will amaze us and make us think about how it is possible. Fun, amusement, and wonder!
Time slots: 12 noon to 1 pm and 5 pm to 6 pm | Tariff: ₹ 250/- per person.
Musical Fountain: Colorful dancing fountains, a type of animated spray that changes in different colors and shapes in perfect harmony with the rhythm of the music, will give us a pleasing experience. It is an entertainment program for half an hour.
Time slots: 7 pm to 7.30 pm and 8 pm to 8.30 pm | tariff: ₹ 150/-per person.
Spice Garden Visit: You will see various plants and trees of spices, herbs, flowers, seeds, and fruits. A guide in the garden will introduce you to each plant with a brief explanation. It is an exciting and a knowledge base program.
Duration: 45 minutes to 1-hour | open every day from 9 am to 5 pm | Tariff: 100/- per person.
Herbal Massage: There are talented and certified massage therapists and centers in town. A well-trained massage master can find and fix your dislocated joints and blocked veins. You can also purchase incredible herbal oils to cure your problems with joints and veins. Some therapists inherit such skills from their fore-families.