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ECO ADVENTURE - THEKKADY
 
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Program : 1 
Nature Walk - The guided day trek
(7 am to 10.30 am and 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm)
Feel the muscles warming up and the senses getting fine-tuned. A quail takes off just under one’s feet and a jungle fowl flushes out with a loud oooo-rioo…..

Different nature trails traversing diverse habitats form the trekking routes, generally 4 to 5 km. in length. This is an interpretive programme offering excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trails often pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands.

The programme is offered between 7.00 am. and 10.30 am. and between 2.00 pm. and 3.00 pm. and lasts for about 3 hours. A maximum of 5 persons can go for trekking at a time along each nature trail, accompanied by a trained tribal guide. The Nature walk is the right programme to feel nature, hear her whispers and smell her flowers

Tariff Rs. 200/ person with Minimum 5 pax per group/trek

Program : 2 
The Periyar Tiger Trail - Adventure trekking and camping
The gentle scented breeze under a million stars, the dinner over a hurricane lamp, the glow of fireflies and the backgrounds sonata of crickets, frogs and nocturnal birds.Watch the first rays of the sun filtering through the mist over the canopy and listen to the forests coming alive…
The programme is unique in being conducted by a team of poachers who turned protectors of the forests. The team members are hardy and dependable with an intimate knowledge of the forest terrain. The programmes are 1 night/2 days and 2 nights/3 days. The first day’s trek starts at 12 noon and ends by noon in the second or third day. The team consists of a maximum of 5 visitors, 5 guides and 2 forest officials. Normally 20 to 35 kms. of trekking distance will be covered, depending on the route chosen.

Here, one may chance to encounter much indigenous wildlife like Nilgiri langur, giant squirrel, elephant and who knows, even the tiger! The trek route passes through hills and valleys with a variety of tropical plants and wide-open spaces. Enroute vegetarian meals will be prepared and served and country tents will be pitched for holing up in the night. Trekking groups are accompanied by armed forest guards with good communication equipments, and geared to face any emergency situation. Remember to listen to unusual and strange adventure stories of the former poachers, now your guides and protectors of the forests.

Preconditions for joining the tiger trail
Visitors who are medically fit and aged between 15 - 65 are advised to take the tiger trail. Visitors should be serious nature lovers willing to sacrifice some of the luxuries and comforts of a hotel

Tariff: Program: 1: (1 night/2 Days) – Rs. 4000/person (Rs.6000/group with max. 5 pax)

Tariff: Program: 1: (1 night/2 Days) – Rs. 6000/person (Rs.8500/group with max. 5 pax)

Program : 3  
Border Hiking - Protection oriented range hiking
A feather wafted down from an eagle in her flight A chink to the strange wilderness that lay ahead A wanton call from the hillocks Deer, bear and bison came all along my way Now I wonder how different was the world I knew so far…

This is a conservation oriented hard trek taking up a full day. The trekking starts at 8 o’ clock in the morning and ends in the evening.

The route passes through undulating terrains. Hight ranges of 900 meters to 1300 meters will be covered and the trekkers could glimpse the lofty escarpments bordering the park watershed and the vast plains down below. Gaur, sloth bear, elephant, etc. are often sighted along this route apart from birds and butterflies.

Maximum of 10 tourist can take the programme in two different groups. The trekkers will go with two guides and an armed forest guard. Vegetarian refreshments can be had en route

Tariff: Rs. 1000/person (minimum 1500 per Group)

Maximum no. of person : 10 persons in 2 group /day

Program : 4  
Bamboo RaftingDawn to dusk range hiking ( 8 am to 5 PM)
When the cool breeze takes your hair and the ripples sweep through the lake, Where the dead trees of forgotten valley emerge like ghosts from the water stretch, It’s fun to paddle in bamboo rafts to see a small Elephant run behind its mother safe, It’s thrilling, if you are there to meet a Leopard in it’s den, To remould yourself … To run away from your destiny …...far into the rain forests…

This is a dawn to dusk range hiking and rafting program through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve. Starting at 8 am from the boat landing, a mosaic of habitats will be traversed before the party gets into rafts made of bamboos.

The forests are rich in bird life and arboreal animals like giant squirrel and Nilgiri langur. The rafting is for about three hours and one gets a panoramic view of forest-clad hills reflected on the lake. Animals like elephant, gaur and sambar are sighted keeping close to the edges of the lake.

The team hitchhikes back to the boat landing by about 5 pm. An armed guard and 4 guides will accompany a maximum of 10 tourists. Tea, snacks and packed lunch will be served enroute.

Tariff : Rs. 1500 per person (Minimum Rs.3000 per Group)

Maximum No. of person : 10 person / day

Program : 5  
Jungle Patrol (OPTIONAL – 5) Shepherding the jungle (7 PM TO 4AM)
The beaten path into the wood was dark when the moonlight slept on valleys elsewhere I started exploring the jungle to find trees attained strange shapes deep in the forest. I waited for a tiny cry to creep in my ear.A soft lullaby of a nightjar and I feel the jungle thick and full.
Hundred eyes staring at me… Yes, I am the ranger of dark forests.

This programme is part of the regular night patrolling in the fringe ecodevelopment zones of the tiger reserve. By participating in this, one is actually helping in the protection of the forests of Periyar. 

The trekking could be at any time between 7 pm. and 4 am. and could be taken by persons having proper physical and mental fitness to trek through the wilderness in the night. The maximum duration for a slot is 3 hours and the maximum capacity of one slot is limited to 8 visitors (to move in two separate teams). They will accompany two protection watchers and one armed forest guard!

Try the limits of your senses-sight, hearing and smell and take in the totally different world of nocturnal jungle life

Food : Tea , snacks and dinner are provided

Tariff: Rs. 1000 per person

Max No. of person : 24 persons ( 4 person each in 2 group on 3 times slots/day)

Program : 6  
Tribal Heritage - A peep into the past( OPTIONAL –6) (8 AM to 12 Noon and 2 PM to 4 PM) 
I am the ancestor… I am the aboriginal… 

Mannans are among the oldest indigenous group of people to inhabit Periyar Tiger Reserve. Till as late as 1940’s, they used to live in the remotest areas of the tiger reserve eking out a simple living by fishing in the lake and cultivating a few crops.

Tribal Heritage Museum

A tribal heritage museum built inside the Mannan settlement featuring various types of artifacts related to their ancient agricultural practices, marriage ceremonies, cultural events, dress code, rituals and death ceremonies is the hub of this ecotourism programme. Display of fishing gear, hunting weaponry, indigenous medicine and vessels, cereals, medicinal herbs, bamboo furnitures, etc. are other attractions providing a peep into their original culture.

Tribal heritage visit is a two hour programme available on all days from 8 am. to 12 noon and 2 pm. to 4 pm. 

It involves mainly the tribal museum visit and trekking through the tribal hamlet situated within the periphery of Periyar Tiger Reserve accompanied by a tribal guide.

Food : Tea , Snacks and dinner are provided

Tariff : Rs. 200 per person (Minimum of Rs. 1000 per group)

Program : 7  
One night in the Periyar Jungle (OPTIONAL -7) (4 PM. and 7 am.)

A shrill call from the depths of wild makes the wood calm and still, hoofs searching for shelter and you don’t see the big shadow… with bated breaths you watch the emergence of the tiger, the master hunter…

ACCOMMODATION

The forest cottage at Kokkara, about an hour walk from the Forest check post is an ideal place to board two persons hoping to share the quietness of the jungle night. Here one could relax, read a book, listen to the cicada or simply watch the forests outside.

The high point of the programme is walking through different forest types at prime time when animals tend to be more active. One can watch troops of langurs, giant squirrels, etc., besides many birds along this stretch. Who knows, if the goddess of fortune blesses you, a tiger could come out of the bushes chasing a herd of sambar deer!

The check in time and check out time are 4 pm. and 7 am. the following day respectively.

Food :Tea, snacks and dinner are provided.

Tariff : Rs. 3000 per cottage 2 person per day

Maximum NO. of Person : 2 person per day

Program : 8  
Green Mansions - Far from the madding crowds...
Gavi, a picturesque land is one of the off-the-track destinations ideal for a wilderness retreat replete with trekking, birding, canoeing and facilities for boarding.

There are hills and valleys, tropical forests, sprawling grasslands, sholas, cascading waterfalls and cardamom plantations. Endangered species including the elephant, Nilgiri tahr, lion-tailed macaque are often sighted at the outskirts of Gavi.

There are two programmes run by the Kerala Forest Development Corporation and Eco Development Committees, one where three families could stay in the ecolodge at Gavi and the other where 15 persons can go for a day’s visit of the area.

Hosted and accompanied by trained local people, the visitors can go for trekking and bird watching in the many trails around, paddle in still waters to cool off or perhaps settle down for watching sunset in this oasis of peace and tranquility. Native vegetarian food and snacks will be provided to the visitors

Tariff: Rs. 2000/per person(Minimum Rs. 6000 / group)

Maximum no. of persons: 14 person /day