The timeless wilderness of Periyar Tiger Reserve is just a short distance away from us. Its 925 sq. km sprawl includes forests, marshes and aquatic habitats that together support 62 species of mammals, 320 species of birds, 27 species of amphibians, 45 species of reptiles, 38 species of fish. Innumerable medicinal plants round off this incredibly rich collection of biodiversity. Some 25000 tribals also draw on the reserve’s resources for subsistence.
On treks, tours and safaris with our guides, you can spot sambar deer, bison and elephants in their natural habitat. And if the gods are smiling down on you, you may even catch a glimpse of a leopard- or that elusive ghost, the tiger!
A night’s trek into the reserve will plunge you neck-deep into the mystery and magic that is Periyar. The real romance of the forest comes into play after dark, when a completely different side of it comes alive. As you trek the night trails, you experience a haunting silence, broken only by the cries of nocturnal denizens of the wild. This is when elusive creatures such as the rare fruit bat, nilgiri-flying squirrels, owls and nightjars make an appearance. Experienced tribal guides will open a doorway into this magical realm, leaving you with a new insight into the wonders of Mother Nature. This is another universe altogether - one that cries out to be experienced.
Did You Know?
An elephant´s trunk, a union of the nose and upper lip, is a highly sensitive organ with over 100,000 muscle units.