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What You Should Know More About Periyar

  • Travel advice

    • You can take a flight to the Cochin or Madurai airport and take a bus from there. You can also reach Periyar by train and get down at the Kottayam railway station.

    • There are budget hotels, homestays, and cottages available near the national reserve.

    • The climate of Periyar is pleasant throughout the year and you can visit this national reserve anytime in the year.

    • Carry trekking and camping gear, casual clothes, torches, mosquito repellents, sunscreen, hats, shades, and a camera.

    • Do not litter in the forest or take anything away from the forest during trekking or camping.

    • Do not make loud noise, play music, or beckon wild animals.

    • When you spot a wild animal, view them from a safe distance.

    • Do not feed wild animals and birds in the forest.

    • Carry energy bars, bottled water, and do not carry meat when taking jungle safaris.

    • Be on the scheduled time and keep a list of train and bus timings handy with you.

    • Always travel in groups; travelling alone in any of the areas is prohibited.

    • Do not smoke or carry any inflammable items with you in this area.

    • Do not leave anything behind in the forest or reserve when taking jungle safaris or camping.

    • You need a permit to enter and camp at the areas inside the national reserve.

  • Drinking law

    You cannot consume or bring alcohol inside the reserve. Drinking during treks or camping is strictly prohibited.


  • What you will like there?

    Eco tourism and hiking activities

    There are numerous trekking and hiking tours that are a day long that are available in this area. These are guided and paid trekking tours. They have a fixed schedule and itinerary. You can also take up some water sports activities that are part of a few trekking packages. Canoeing, bamboo rafting, and boat cruises are the only water sports activities available in Periyar. Most of the trekking and camping tours are group tours that comprise of at least 30 people. You cannot take to independent camping or trekking tours at any spots in the Periyar reserve.


    Food and shopping

    You must taste the spice local cuisine that is made in coconut oil and has distinct taste. You can buy local spices, t-shirts, hats, and terracotta showpieces outside the reserve. You must try the pepper omelette when you visit this reserve. Banana chips are staple snacks in this area and a must buy. Most of the food is served on the banana leaves. Restaurants also serve meat and sea food. There is a bar attached to most of the restaurants. You can have continental, south Indian, Chinese, and authentic Kerala cuisine at most of these restaurants.


  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website

    Periyar Tiger Reserve

    Books

    Periyar Tiger Reserve: sanctuary for the soul by Kerala Tourism


Listings in Periyar