Periyar in the Western Ghats is one of the finest wildlife Parks of South India spread around a large reservoir which offers good opportunities to see wild elephants, tigers, bison, crocodiles, and birdlife. Periyar is famous for its morphology, diverse wildlife, and scenic beauty and one among the very few wildlife parks in India where you can have the unique experience of seeing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the Lake. A trip to Tea Estates and spice plantations around Periyar are added attractions to visit Periyar.
Way to reach Periyar National Park: Periyar is an easily accessible destination with Madurai being the closest important city (3 ½ hours driving distance) while Kochi is around 5 hours driving distance away.
P.S. Periyar Tiger Reserve remains open throughout the year for visitors.
Kochi (Cochin) – Periyar Tiger Reserve
At appropriate time you will be picked up from your place of stay in Kochi or from Kochi airport and transferred straightway to Thekkady which offers diverse attractions like Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Hill Station and Spice Plantations. After checking in & brief leisure, proceed for a wildlife cruise over Periyar Lake to experience an amazing variety of birds, animals, flora and fauna. If lucky you may get to see Wild Elephants, Nilgiri Langur, Sambar Deer, Wild Bison and Wild Boar etc. Stay overnight at your hotel.
Periyar (Elephant ride and Spice Plantation tour)
Early morning proceed for an Elephant ride in the periphery of the jungle. Also enjoy a guided tour to spice plantations. You may enjoy optional activities like Bamboo Rafting, Trekking, Jeep safari, tribal tour and hiking inside the jungle during the day. In the late evening you have an option to enjoy a night patrolling inside the jungle.
At appropriate time checkout and you will be transferred to Kochi airport/railway station for your onward journey. Tour ends.