Thekkady ( 115 km
This is the one of best known wild life centres in India. The Periyar
Wild Life Sanctuary here, offers a fairly good chance of seeing the great Indian tiger in
its natural habitat.
There are excellent services to Kumily from Kottayam from both the KSRTC bus stand and
the Nagampadom Private bus stand. The journey takes about 4 hours. Kumily is also
accessible from Madurai. Thekkady is 4 km from Kumily. The forest department runs a bus
service (Rs. 5) to the sanctuary from Kumily though the bus is not regular, one can
reasonably expect it to make a trip once in 2 hours. Autorickshaw fare will be Rs. 40 from
the Kumily bus station. Walking or cycling through the shady roads is also a good
Things to do:If you are a one day tourist all you can do is, take the sight
seeing trip by boat offered by the forest department and probably squeeze in a hurried
walk in the forest accompanied by a forest guide. The chances of seeing wild animals is
poor. But chances are better during March / April when the ponds in the forest dry up and
animals are forced to come to the lake for a drink. Otters and Elephants are common
If you have more time you could stay in one of the many rest houses in the reserved
forest area or the luxurious Lake Palace. The chances of wild life sightings are
distinctly better. Some time you can see the animals moving close to your window in the
The bookings to the rest houses can be made at the wild life information centre. The
other way to watch wild life is to reserve one of the observation towers. (one has to book
well ahead) costing Rs. 50 / night plus the boat service charges. You have to bring your
own food. There are elephant rides in the park costing Rs. 30 / ½ hour for 2 people.
Getting to Thekkady is as sublime as the destination itself. A scenic journey past
mist-capped mountains, spice plantations and open grasslands lined with spectacular
water-falls and delightful trekking trails forms the access to your hideway here. Perched
amidst dense greenery in the outskirts of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Throwing up pleasant
surprises like wild boars scuttling across the road in front, as you near the sanctuary.
Which, sprawling across 777 sq. kms, is one of the largest in India.
arrival, you can settle into the summer palace of the former Maharaja of
Travancorre – now renovated into the Lake Palace Hotel – which has
changed little since the days of royal ownership. Satisfying the most
dedicated romantic. Set alluringly on a small island within the
picturesque Periyar Lake, the hotel has six imperial rooms with black
wooden furniture and spacious verandahs forming an ideal base for game –
Or you can choose from the 30 rooms offered at Aranya Nivas, the gracious old stone
structure serving as the main sanctuary lodge at the head of the lake.
The more adventurous can even opt for accommodation designed along
the lines of a jungle lodge with cottages built on eleven – foot stilts
like the Indian ‘machans,’ offering fascinating tree – top views of the
Orientation & Information
Thekkady, is the centre inside the park where KTDC hotels and boat jetty are
located. The Wildlife Information Centre is located near the boat jetty in Thekkady.