One of the best ways to explore the Periyar Tiger Reserve is by taking a boat ride through the Periyar Lake. It offers travelers the opportunity to view the natural beauty of the forest with its tall trees and resident wildlife.
The Periyar Interpretation Centre is a visual and audible treat for nature lovers who visit the Periyar Tiger Reserve. It is a one stop destination for all the knowhow related to the flora and fauna that is home to the Periyar Tiger Reserve and it also serves as a guide for those seeking a better appreciation and understanding of the various nuances of the jungle and its diverse and complex eco system, Located near the Periyar Tiger Reserve, the Centre is just a few minutes’ walk from Kumily town. It is a must visit for all those visiting the reserve.
Kozhukkatta is one among the most popular Kerala sweet which is prepared from rice flour, grated coconut and jaggery. The dough for Kozhukkatta is made similar to that of Idiyappam.
Thekkady has long been viewed as a one night destination for tourists. Popular tourist attractions like the Periyar Lake and Periyar Tiger Reserve have been frequented by nature enthusiasts and tourists alike as part of this traditional one day/night visit.
Calvary Mount nestled in the high ranges of Idduki district where the Great place of tourist interest in Kerala. It is located at a distance of about 12 kilometers away from Idduki and just 43 Kilometers form Greenwoods Resort, Thekkady and is a worth visiting tourist destination in the god’s own country.
Another interesting activity that can be taken up at Thekkady is the ‘Trail of the Big Six’. The Big Six are the six dams that provide irrigation to this region. They are Mozhiyar, Kakki, Anathodu, Pamba, Kochu Pamba and Gavi. This 210 km long trail is done on an open top jeep and it begins at 4.30 am and ends by 5.30 in the evening.
About a three hour drive from Kumily lies Meghamalai. Popularly called the High Wavy Mountains, Meghamalai is a cool and misty mountain range situated in the Western Ghats in Theni district of Tamil Nadu.
The Periyar Tiger Reserve is shining example of how indigenous tribal communities live harmoniously in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The tribal communities like the the Mannans, Palliyans, Malayarayans, Mala Pandarams, Urails and Ulladans are examples of how man can still live in a peaceful coexistence with nature in this modern era.
The word Sathram means ‘a resting place’ in Malayalam. The place called Sathram in Thekkady was traditionally used by pilgrims and devotees of Lord Ayappan on their way to the Sabarimala Temple. It was a resting point for these pilgrims before they began their 10 km long arduous trek through the dense forests all the way up to the famous temple to pay their homage to Lord Ayyappa.
The Wooly Necked or White Necked Stork or the Karivarakkuru as it is locally called, is one of those species that is like one of those rare guest who visits our home on very seldom occasions and yet manages to leave us with a treasure of memories. Such is the impact that this particular feathered guest has on visitors to the Periyar National Park.