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Bamboo Rafting in Thekkady, Idukki

Bamboo Rafting in Idukki

Thekkady is one of the best places in Kerala for bamboo rafting. And it is the most thrilling activity  to do in Thekkady. A comforting, yet exciting bamboo rafting in Thekkady through some of the dense forests of Periyar Tiger Reserve! This is something a great experience. This bamboo rafting is part of the 'nature walk' of eco-tourism project by the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The concept of bamboo raft tourism in Thekkady owes its existence to these simple rafts built and used by the tribals in the sanctuary and only tribals are permitted inside the Periyar wildlife sanctuary in Kerala.

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.

Trek in Thekkady

Tourists will be taken through the thick forests on trek followed by three hours through the catchments area of the Periyar Tiger Reserve on a bamboo raft.The area being one of the richest and most diverse biodiversity spots in the Western Ghats, one can get a  panoramic view of forest-clad hills reflected on the lake.

The forests are rich in bird life and arboreal animals like giant squirrel and Nilgiri langur. The rafting is 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.

Butterflies with fascinating wing patterns, flowers with dazzling hues, wild animals like elephants, gaur, sambar... all are here by the banks to welcome you. This is one of the richest and most diverse biodiversity spots in the Western Ghats. The reflection of the forest-clad hills on the lake is an arresting spectacle.

Thekkady Hotels

Each team comprising ten tourists will be accompanied by an armed forest guard and four guides. Most of these guides belong to the tribal communities, who are familiar with every nook and cranny of these dense forests. They are part of the Eco-Development Project launched by the government. The travellers will be provided breakfast comprising bread, jam, and fruits. Tea, snacks and packed lunch will also be served the en route. 

Getting there:
Nearest Railway station: Kottayam, about 114 km from Thekkady.
Nearest Airport: Madurai in Tamil Nadu, about 136 km; Nedumbassery airport in Kochi, about 190 km.

For more details: Kofiland Resorts, Thekkady


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  1. Thekkady is also famous for its rich spices, tea and cardamom plantations. There avail various plantation resorts in Thekkady that may be a space for travelers to be beholden in the haste of life. For more details visit us http://www.khplantation.com/

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