Nearest Towns:

Thekkady, Theni, Palani, Madurai, Kodaikannal, Chinnar, idukki.

Location info: India-->Kerala-->Idukki District-->Near Kumili-->Thekkady.

Distances: Approximately 100 km east of Alappuzha, 110 km west of Madurai and 120 km southeast from Kochi.
Camping Sites: Staff Eco Developmet Committee, Camping sites are ideally located near water sources.
Trek Length: Area of 777 Sq km(Altitudinal ranges of 900 meters to 1300 meters)

Route Info:

Thiruvananthapuram which is 270 km away, The other approach roads are from the cities of Cochin (200 km), Kottayam (115 km), and Madurai (140 km). To access the place from Cochin, take the NH49 to Thripunithara. From there, state highway 15 will take you to Ettumanur via Keecherry, Thalayolaparambu and Vaikom. Take the SH1 to Kottayam and finally NH220 to Thekkady via Kanjirappally, Peermade, Vandiperiyar and Kumily.

Best Time To Visit:

Mid-November to Mid-March

Worst Time To Visit:

June to August.

Difficulty Level:



The Periyar Tiger Trail is located at Thekkady, about 4 km from Kumili in Idukki district of Kerala.In Periyar Tiger Reserve there is a rich diversity of vertebrates. The diverse forest types, vayals, marshes, and a large aquatic habitat together support 62 species of mammals.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.Periyar tiger Reserve, Thekkady, is an example of nature’s bounty, with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Sprawled over an area of 777 Sq km(Altitudinal ranges of 900 meters to 1300 meters). Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India. Zealously guarded and efficiently managed reserve is a repository of rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna and forms the major watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, the Periyar and Pamba.It is an adventurous trekking and camping programme in dense forest. It is offered in two packages, one- night and two-night stays, depending upon the preference and the budget of the tourist. Trekking in the Thekkady Tiger Trail is in reality participation in forest patrols within Periyar Sanctuary and National Park. Trekking with tourists during peak season is normally limited to two occasions a week. Each trekking is unique in the sensethose different paths are chosen randomly. The physical condition of the trekking tourist determines to some degree the difficulty of the path chosen.From the beginning, the trekking follows an easy footpath, but then the team enters terrain and vegetation of varying difficulty to penetrate, in an untouched landscape without tracks.

The beautiful trail is crisscrossed with hills, streams, wide open areas and unique flora. You can come across giant squirrel, Nilgiri langur, monkeys, and elephants while on rare occasions, even tigers.Periyar Tiger Reserve (PTR) is the oldest and largest protected areas of Kerala.Other important places to be visited in the village are:school of dancing , mural arts and architect (ancient thought) and the very famous metal mirror making family(only one family involved in this).In forest campsites only vegetarian food will be provided but in village camps both vegetarian and non vegetarian food peculiar to kerala will be serve.

Things To Look for:

Kumily :

Situated just 4-kms from Periyar, Kumily is a growing town where tourism is fastly catching up just like the spice trade, the major occupation of this small town. The town is also well equipped with the excellent hotels and resorts for accommodation.

Cradomom Hills :

Periyar and Kumily are the most convenient points from which visitors can easily explore Kerala's beautiful Cardamom hills. Guide will approach you at offers of trips via jeep or taxi to the hills and if you can get a group together, these trips work out as a good travel value.

Boat Cruises :

Boat cruises make the best option to check out the wilds of Periyar Sanctuary.Today the Periyar lake presents an excellent boating spot for tourists. Although it is unusual to see many animals from the boats, still you spot a family of Elephants, Wild Boar, and Sambar Deer by the water's edge. The upper deck is best for wildlife viewing when taking a boat cruise, but better turn up half an hour early to get the best seat.

Avian Species :

There are about 260 species of Birds and about 100 varieties of Butterflies that can be seen in the territory of the park. The major types of Birds spotted are the Blue-winged Parakeets, Great Indian Horn bill, Nilgiri Wood Pigeons, Black-winged Kite,White-bellied tree Pies, Laughing Thrushes, Fly Catchers, Darters, Cormorants, Barbets and Plovers amongst the many.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary:

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is located at Thekkady, about 4 km from Kumili in Idukki district of Kerala, Situated within the confines of the Western Ghats Periyar National Park Kerala and Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. Elephant in Periyar is another major attraction. Over 250 species of birds have been seen at Periyar National Park. Reptiles seen in the wildlife sanctuary include crocodiles in the lake, tortoises, frogs and snakes including King Cobras and Kraits.

Eravikulam National Park:

Eravikulam National Park attracts the travellers with its irresistible grace and beauty. It is spread over 97 sq km in the Rajamalai hills. This park was established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr also known as the Nilgiri Ibex.

Periyar Lake:

It is an enriching experience to take a boat cruise along the Periyar Lake. If you wish to see the varied topography of the forests of Periyar then arrange for a boat cruise on the Periyar Lake. If you are a keen observer you might get to se the spotted tigers, playful elephants or the red eyed bisons.

Murikkady :

It is Situated 5 kms from Thekkady. Washed in fresh spice scented air, Murikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.

Pandikuzhi :

This is about 5 kms away from Kumily. Cradled between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu State border, this picturesque place is a popular picnic spot. Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer's delight.

Periyar River:

The Idukki Dam is built across the river and generates the major chunk of electrical power for the state from its many big and small hydroelectric projects. It rises in the Western Ghats range near the border with Tamil Nadu state and flows north to Periyar Lake near Kottayam. The lake, 12 square miles (31 square km) in area, is an artificial reservoir created by damming the river.

Things To Be Aware Of:

Some wild animals, physical injuries can occur. Due to unfamiliar weather and water, visitors should be prepared for minor sickness.


Important Phone Numbers :
Tel. 91 4869 224571


Need Permission from Forest Department.

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