Periyar Sanctuary Things to Do

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    Plantation Tours.

    by ushar Written Sep 22, 2005

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    Plantation torus are arranged from the District Tourism information office at Thekkady Junction in Kumily. Enjoy the freshness of cardamom, pepper, coffeee and tea plantations.Tour also covers tea factories , tribal settlements and surronding hill regions.

    Cardamom Cardamom 2 Tea garden
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    The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

    by ushar Written Sep 22, 2005

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    Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the worlds most facinating natural wildlife reserves- the periyar Wild life sanctuary. Spread across 777 aq. Km , of which 360 sq. km is thick ever green forest. This Tiger a reserve is noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty and it acctracts the visitors from all over the world.
    The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar add to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctury in India where you can have the uniwuew experience of viewing the wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar , however , are the heards of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.
    The entry timings 6 am to 6 pm.

    Resting boats at Periyar Lake Road leading to Thekkady A view thru the woods to Periyar lake Wooden tigers at Thekkady Cool Tortoise - Thekkady
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    Trekking

    by ushar Written Sep 22, 2005

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    Main trekking area in Thekkady are :-
    Kurisumala near Kumily, Pullumedu, Ottakathalmedu near Kumily, Grampi near Vandiperiyar. The forest Department conducts daily trekks from the boat landing station at Thekkady to the Nellikkampettt area abd Manakkavala.
    Starting time 7 AM
    Fare Rs 10 + entrance fee.
    Booking can be made with the Wild life Preservation Officer, Thekkady.

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    Kumily

    by suvanki Updated Jun 24, 2008

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    The nearby town of Kumily is worth a visit, either to see some local life or to do some shopping.

    Most of the craft shops are Kashmiri owned, and have an assortment of goods on sale. (see my intro and shopping tips)

    The market and assorted food shops have a wide selection of dry and fresh goods, for snacking on.

    I was lucky enough to witness a parade while i was in Kumily. Local sari clad girls carrying platters of petals, Kathakali characters and drummers, musicians added to a colourful procession.

    We also saw many male pilgrims, in and around Kumily. Dressed in black, they were en route to Sabrimala, the temple of the deity Ayyappan.

    Kumily Kathakali character Kumily Kerala
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    Spice Plantations/Gardens

    by suvanki Updated Jun 24, 2008

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    On the outskirts of Kumily are to be found Spice plantations and gardens.

    We first visited a plantation, where we saw peppers, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, jackfruit, mimosa flowers and coffee beans all growing in their natural habitat.

    The Kallumakal (Abraham) spice garden was well worth a visit.

    Owned by the Abraham family, the rambling gardens contain familiar, and unusual spices and herbs, with a variety of culinary and medicinal purposes.

    Its totally organic, with natural forms of pest control.

    The owner and his family were very knowledgeable about their produce, and were keen to show us the various spices and herbs, encouraging us to smell and taste various clippings. He also had a few pots hanging from trees, that held honey.

    It's possible to visit as part of an organised tour, or just turn up..no entrance fee, but a donation of 50 - 100 rupees, for the upkeep of the garden, is well worth it.

    Demonstrating how to reach spices
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    Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - Birds

    by suvanki Updated Jun 24, 2008

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    During our visit to Periyar, we spotted quite a variety of birds.

    Brightly coloured Kingfishers darting about, Cormorants, herons and some unidentifiable species.
    In the distance, we could see birds of prey soaring over the hilly terrain.

    Binoculars can be hired from the wildlife office.

    Periyar Lake   Heron
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    Periyar National park

    by gonzo747 Written Mar 9, 2007

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    Prices have gone up. At the gate to the sanctuary at the park entry post. You have to get your ticket. When I went it was 300 roepies for foreigners. Indians pay 25 roepies.
    Keep in mind that a boattrip or a guided walk cost something as well and it is prohibited to walk in thge sanctuary without a guide.

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    Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - The Lake (2)

    by suvanki Updated Jun 24, 2008

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    The early morning boat trips depart around 7am. The air is cool, so bring a fleece or jacket.

    I found the morning mist hanging over the lake to be very atmospheric.

    When the lake was made in 1885, forests in this area were flooded. Evidence of this can be seen in the many tree trunks that jut out of the water.

    . Cormorants can often be spotted, drying their wings in the early morning sun. Balancing on top of the tree trunks, they provide an eeirie sight!

    Periyar Lake in the mist Cormorant perched on tree trunk Periyar Lake Sunrise Periyar Lake Kerala
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    Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - Python

    by suvanki Updated Jun 24, 2008

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    Near the entrance to the wildlife park, we were alerted to a group of people looking excitedly up a tree.

    Curled up in the branches was a large python!

    We thought that we had had a rare sighting, but on chatting to others later, it would appear to be a more or less permanant fixture.

    It was quite an awesome sight though.

    Periyar  Lake  python
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    Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - The Lake

    by suvanki Updated Jun 24, 2008

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    The 26sq km artificial lake, is surrounded by forest, grasslands and rolling hills.

    2 hour boat trips offer a chance to relax and enjoy the scenery.

    Even if you don't see elephants or any of the other inhabitants of this vast parkland, it's a pleasant way to pass a few hours.

    Periyar  Lake view Boat Periyar Lake Kerala The Jetty, Periyar Lake, Keral;a Shoreline Periyar Lake Kerala Periyar Lake, Kerala
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    Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - Elephants

    by suvanki Updated Jun 24, 2008

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    Although there are estimated to be over 750 elephants living in the park, you aren't guaranteed a sighting.

    We nearly missed seeing these creatures, as our boat was heading back to the shore. Luckily, the boats captain spotted movement in the nearby trees, and pulled the boat up in time for us to witness a family group, lumber down to the waters edge.

    We spent a good while here watching them feeding, drinking and bathing.

    The baby elephants were very entertaining, as they played and bathed .

    For more pictures of elephants please click onto my other pics on this tip

    Periyar  Lake elephants Elephant- Periyar Lake Kerala Elephants in the mist -Periyar Lake - Kerala Elephants family group Periyar Lake Kerala Elephants Periyar Lake Kerala
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    Tea plantations

    by suvanki Updated Jun 24, 2008

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    Travelling from Kottayam to Kumily, the landscape starts to change, with steeper winding roads, tea plantations appear as you near Kumily.

    Although Munnar, about 4.30 hours away, is the commercial centre of some of the worlds highest tea growing estates, with the TATA company (the largest tea producer in the world)owning most of the land. It isn't possible to see around a tea factory in this area.

    We were able to visit a tea plantation and factory a few kms outside Kumily.

    We watched the women clipping the leaves, using special shears attached to a collection box, which was emptied into a large sack worn across their backs.

    Inside the factory, the smell of drying tea leaves was quite overpowering. We also saw the processes of shredding the leaves, then grading by size of leaf, before they were funelled into sacks for delivery.

    Outside again, the women were taking a tea break. I asked if I could take their photo, which they agreed to, they also offered me a drink of their tea, which was hot, strong and sweet!

    Tea picker Kumily
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    Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary The Lake- cormorants

    by suvanki Updated Jun 24, 2008

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    Perched on top of the tree trunks sprutting from the water, we spotted cormorants, with their wings outstretched. They do this to dry their feathers in the early morning sun.

    As we floated quietly along, past these sinister looking birds, the sun was starting to burn through the mist, leading to quite an eerie atmosphere.

    Periyar Lake in the mist
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    Elephant rides.

    by ushar Written Sep 22, 2005

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    The forest department , Thekkady offewrs a facilities for elephant rides through the Jungle.
    Time 10 am to 5 pm.
    Duration 30 min
    Fare Rs 30 \person
    Tickets are available from the Wildlife Information Counter.

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    Boat cruises on the Periyar Lake.

    by ushar Written Sep 22, 2005

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    Enjoy the boat ride around and watch the animals..:)
    Timings :-
    7 AM, 9.30 AM, 11.30 AM, 2 PM and 4 PM.
    The forest Department and The Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Ltd conduct boating trips from Thekkady

    Boat ride at Periyar lake
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