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Periyar National Park

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    Explore The Depths Of The Periyar Tiger Reserve With A Trekking And Bamboo Rafting Expedition

    Navya posted on 19 January

    Ten-Second Takeaway

    Leave the crowds behind and stride deep into the Periyar Tiger Reserve to spot wildlife and take in the natural beauty. Sign off with a ride on a bamboo raft through the serene waters of the Periyar lake.

    Escape To The Wild

    A trip to Thekkady in Kerala, is incomplete without swinging by the famed Periyar Tiger Reserve. On your visit here, you can choose the routine water safaris that last for a couple of hours at the most. However, if you are looking to exploring the sanctuary in depth, book yourself a spot on the many trekking trips on offer. You can make an online booking or snap up tickets at the local Kerala tourism office.

    Our favourite is the trekking plus bamboo rafting experience that is a sure shot way to encounter the sanctuary’s many wild residents. Perfect for those of you who haven’t clocked too many miles in trekking experience, the day-long outing starts at 8 am.

    Be An Eco Tourist

    Periyar pushes for eco-tourism and many of the sanctuary’s offerings are geared towards that. For the bamboo rafting trip, a pair of sturdy shoes and a bottle of water are a must. Also, wear something warm since you’ll be wandering around the Cardamom Hills and always carry a raincoat. Leeches are common so ensure that you are covered up and wear the protective socks they pass around.

    Once you are booted up, you’ll be led by a forest department official and a guide {usually a tribal} deep into the forest. From here, you can soak in the splendour of the forest. Don’t miss the view of the mist-cloaked hills that surround and the area’s rich flora. Bird life too is abundant. Nilgiri wood pigeons, flycatchers, Malabar grey hornbills, Nilgiri thrush, and oriental darters are all part of the ecosystem. You’ll also walk by gaur, bison, wild boars, and Nilgiri langurs. The treks are an excellent way to catch sight of the area’s high elephant population. Periyar is also home to tigers but sightings are rare.

    In Deep Waters

    At the end of the trek, you continue your exploration of the sanctuary on a bamboo raft. While you won’t be able to try your hand at the oars {that’s possibly the only downer}, a rickety bamboo raft is a fun and eco-friendly way to glide the waters. Of course, since the artificially-created Periyar Lake is a major water source around here, you’ll be able to gawk at wildlife that drops by the lake for a drink or a leisurely swim. Keep your cameras ready!

    If you prefer a more challenging experience, go in for the Border Hiking Trail where you will navigate the sanctuary’s tough terrain. This is strictly for avid hikers who are can make their way around steep ridges and can walk continuously for hours together.

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    National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

    Periyar National Park

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    Mlappara, Kerala

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      National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

      Periyar National Park

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