Trekking in Thekkady
Thekkady in Kerala is the perfect spot for adventurous people and thrill-seekers. Although it is known mainly for its reserve forests and exotic wildlife, Thekkady has to offer much more than that. Speaking of wildlife, the place is home to some unique species of animals, such as wild boars, sambar, spotted deer, langur, lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri Tahr, Indian bison and elephants, tigers and leopards and more. You are more likely to have wildlife sightings in Thekkady, than anywhere else.
A trip here offers to entice and bring you close to nature. There is a lot to do here – sail on a bamboo raft on the Periyar Lake, take informative tours of coffee, tea, and spice plantations, set out on jungle explorations, soothing nature walks, and trek through the jungles. Thekkady has the right ingredients for making a fun-filled, adventurous break.
If you are planning to do jungle trekking in Thekkady or spend a few days in, we suggest you book the best luxury resorts in Thekkady. The Spice Grove would be an ideal option to choose if you are coming alone or even as a team or family. During your stay at one of the best hotels in Thekkady, you can visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary which has the jungle cottages and jungle rooms that has cozy and exude positive vibes and provide a feel of the jungle. While staying at the premium resorts in Thekkady, you will be able to enjoy each moment with numerous packages. You get a buffet breakfast, with free Wi-Fi to help you stay connected with your world. And there are also other modern amenities to make your stay comfortable and convenient.
Trekking programs on Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
You can try trekking in The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary as there are several trekking itineraries offered at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Short treks: A short trek is about 4-5 kilometers long and takes approximately three hours to finish. It is suitable for those who want to try trekking through the jungles, without pushing themselves. You get to see a variety of birds and butterflies and a few wild animals as well. The trail takes you through meadows and deciduous and evergreen forests. It is conducted in combinations of a maximum of 4 people.
Experienced treks: These treks are long and severe and suitable for experienced trekkers. Trekkers stake deep into the Periyar Sanctuary, to reach the wrecks of the Mangaladevi Temple. It is advised to Attempt this trek only if you are physically fit and have experience in trekking. The total trek is double that distance but is worth a try.
Border Hiking: Arranged out in the morning, in a group of 10 hikers (maximum strength) on a full-day hike that takes you through difficult areas. Groundless to say, this difficult trek promises to be quite thrilling. The hiking group is guided by an armed forest guard and two guides.
Jungle patrol: This is a pleasant activity that usually happens at night. Two guides and an armed forest guard guide the trekkers through the forest, on a three-hour journey
Permission from the Forest Department is needed for undertaking a trek through the protected area. Treks administered by the Forest Department, to Manakkavala and Nellikkampetty start at the Thekkady Boating Centre. The other popular routes continue from Kumily – Pandikuzhi and Kurisamala – Kumily.
Best Time for Trekking
The best time to visit Thekkady would be in the months during September and May when the weather is good, the rains subside, and the forest is lush green. Furthermore, trekking in Thekkady is allowed only during this period.