Activities to Not Miss Out While Being In Thekkady

ECOTOURISM PROGRAMMES

  1. Bamboo Rafting

This is a dawn-to-dusk range hiking and rafting programme 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. Rafting lasts 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 en route. This package is an excellent programme for semi-serious nature lovers to feel the beauty of Nature.

Programme description in brief

  • Guided, full-day trekking and rafting programme; food provided.
  • Time slots: Full day program, from 8am to 5pm
  • Group size: One group of two (minimum) to 10 (maximum) people @ Rs. 1800/- per person for Half day and Rs. 2400/- per person for full day programme

  • Border Hiking

This is a conservation-oriented hard trek taking up a full day, starting at 8am and ending at 5pm, covering 15km. The route passes through undulating terrains. Altitudinal ranges of 900 meters to 1300 meters will be covered and trekkers obtain glimpses of 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. A maximum of 12 tourists 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.

Programme description in brief

  • Guided, full day hiking programme; food provided.
  • Time slots: Full day programme, from 8am to 5pm.
  • Group size: Two groups, each having four to six people @ Rs. 1800/- per person
  • Nature/ Green Walk

Description in brief

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

  • Guided day trekking programme for two-and-half hours.
  • Time slots: 7am, 7.30am,10am,
  • 10.30am,2pm and 2.30pm.
  • Group size: minimum of four, maximum of six individuals @ rs. 350/- per person
  • Jungle Scout

This unique ecotourism programme intends to entertain those who are desirous of experiencing the wilderness during night and contribute towards forest protection by joining the regular forest protection party as a paid volunteer. The programme is offered in three time slots of three hours each, starting at 7pm and ending at 4am.

description in brief

  • Guided, night-time trekking.
  • Group size: Two groups of six people each, at three time slots/night @Rs. 1200/- per person.

THEKKADY BOATING

Boating in the Periyar Lake is one of the most popular things to do in Thekkady. The lake, which lies at the heart of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, is the place where animals of the sanctuary can be seen bathing, drinking, resting, or searching for food. The lucky ones may even spot elephants playing with their babies. The two-hour boat service is provided 5 times daily by KTDC and the forest department.

COMMUNITY TOURISM

Spice plantations

As you take a walk along the streets of Kumily or the winding pathways among the plantations, the thing that strikes you first is the lingering aroma in the air. The scent may be of cloves, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon or cardamom and sometimes a fragrance that combines the scents of two or more spices. The geographical and climatic peculiarities of Kumily such as the cool climate and its elevation from the sea level make it ideal for spice cultivation.

One of the major spices produced in the area is cardamom. The variety, Cardamom Small, botanically known as Elettaria Cardamom, is the one that is mostly grown here. The thick shrub-like cardamom plant usually grows at an altitude of 600 to 1200 metres from mean sea level (msl). Kerala contributes about 70 percent of the national production of cardamom with the major chunk coming from the plantations of Kumily.

Jeep Safari

This is one of the most popular programmes in Thekkady. The jeep safari to Gavi, picturesque land, is the major off-the-track destination ideal for a wilderness retreat replete with trekking, birding, canoeing and facilities for boarding. This biological garden, with hills and valleys, tropical forests, sprawling grass lands, sholas, cascading waterfalls and cardamom plantation, is home for many endangered species like lion tailed macaque; nilgiri tahrs etc.

They also Coordinate jeep safaris to other sight seeing locations like Sathram and Parunthumpara.

Kathakali

Kathakali is one of the oldest theatre forms in the world. It originated in the area of southwestern India now known as the state of Kerala. Kathakali is a group presentation, in which dancers take various roles in performances traditionally based on themes from Hindu mythology, especially the two epics, the Ramayana and theMahabharata.

One of the most interesting aspects of Kathakali is its elaborate make-up code. Characters are categorized according to their nature. This determines the colours used in the make-up. The faces of noble male characters, such as virtuous kings, the divine hero Rama, etc., are predominantly green. Characters of high birth who have an evil streak, such as the demon king Ravana, are allotted a similar green make-up, slashed with red marks on the cheeks. Extremely angry or excessively evil characters wear predominantly red make-up and a flowing red beard. Forest dwellers such as hunters are represented with a predominantly black make-up base. Women and ascetics have lustrous, yellowish faces.

Kalaripayattu

Training: the holistic approach is aimed at the ultimate co-ordination and control over mind and body.the weapons become an extension of the boady,controlled by the mind to achive high degree of protection in both offensive and defensive combats.the inherent beauty of this art from lies in the harmonious synergy of art,science and medicine.

At KadathanadanKalariCentre ,Thekkady,this martial art is performed in kuzhikalari.Ahighly designed gallery has been built in such a way that the viewers will get a clear vision from a safer distance.Kalaripayattu is a traditional psycho-physiological discipline emanating from Kerala’s uniqemytho-historical heritage as well as a scientific system of physical culture training.

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