People oriented community based and park centered ecotourism is the hallmark of Periyar Tiger Reserve. These programmes are conducted by locals who are responsible for the surveillance. By taking tourists along they not only interpret the values of Periyar and enhance the visitor experience but also add to the protection of the park and earn a livelihood out of it. Hence, when a visitor joins in all these programmes is directly contributing to the cause.
Periyar National Park
Sprawled over an area of 925 Sq .km, Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India. Zealously guarded and efficiently managed reserve is a repository of rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna and forms the major watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, the Periyar and Pamba. Periyar National park offers full-day guided trekking and rafting programmes in which they also provide food.
Periyar National Park..
Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area spread across the districts of Idukki and Pathanamthitta. The park is often called the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or Thekkady. Though its a Tiger Reserve, tourists come here to view the Indian elephants. Periyar is amongst the very few wild life parks where one can see wild life while sitting in a boat.
Kuttikanam is 41km from Thekkady. At an altitude of over 3500 feet above sea level, Kuttikanam was a popular hill resort of the Maharajas of Travancore. Kuttikanam is located very close to Vagamon another beautiful hill station in Kerala.
The months of March and April constitute the driest part of the year, because of which the animals spend a lot of time near the lake in the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
En route Thekkady, one takes a diversion from the town of Vandiperiyar to travel 27km to Gavi. Spread across the Periyar Tiger Reserve, one can explore the vast expanse of the tropical wet evergreen forests with abundant animal sightings