Night Walk Thekkady
Thekkady in Idukki district is one of the best tourist destinations in Kerala to enjoy a jungle vacation. As Thekkady is located very close to the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, it enjoys a distinct culture and tradition. The unique geographical pattern and ecological structure of Thekkady make it stand out from other wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala.
Night Walk Thekkady - Kerala
The salubrious climate of Thekkady is another factor that attracts swarms of tourists to this location. Thekkady is a blessed land with dense forests, rolling blue hills, green valleys, lush green tea plantations filled with aromatic air, pristine lake, rivers, and lovely waterfalls will show you nature in all its glory. This tourist destination is famous all across the globe for being the home to the world-renowned Periyar National Park, also known as Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
It is considered to be the largest tiger reserve of India and is also home to herds of elephants, Nilgiri langurs, sambar, gaur, and lion-tailed macaques.
Its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grasslands also make this sanctuary famous. Thekkady is visited by lots of domestic and international tourists. Thekkady is not all about its wildlife sanctuary.
You will get an opportunity to interact with the local art forms like Kathakali and Kalarippayattu, you can enjoy the authentic local cuisine of Thekkady, relaxing spa treatments are available here, also you can shop fresh spices from the spice market of Thekkady. This tourist destination is highly recommended for every type of travelers, whether a nature lover, wildlife admirer, adventure seekers or even a backpacker, you will be sure to find something to meet your need in the rich biodiversity of Thekkady.
Thekkady offers myriads of unique activities both thrilling and adventurous which can only be experienced here. This tourist destination is famous for bamboo rafting, hiking, border hiking, nature walk, tribal walk, spice plantation walk, elephant safari, jeep safari, etc. Apart from this, one of the best and most interesting things to do in Thekkady is the night forest walk.
A late night walk inside the forest area, mainly the Periyar Tiger Reserve of Thekkady is a different experience that will be etched in your memory for a long time. The night patrolling inside the forest is organized daily and has three timings: 7-10PM, 10PM-1AM, 1AM-4AM. 3 hours is the maximum duration for a slot. The night trek through the Thekkady forest cost INR 1400 per person.
Children under 12 years are not allowed to take part in the night patrolling. One is actually helping in the protection of the forests of Periyar, by participating in this night patrolling. A maximum of two teams is allowed that contains 5 to 8 patrollers. Each team is accompanied by an armed forest guard and two guides who will guide your path and gives you information.
Travelling through the wilderness requires a good level of mental and physical fitness. To explore the world of nocturnal jungle life is quite a different experience. The cool ambience of the forest with starlit sky will make you feel like heaven. The journey through the jungle is both thrilling and exciting, moreover, the eagerness to seek the wild animals is the best part of it.
The jungle voices seem to be scary as well as stirring. The sight of wild elephant, samba deer, bison, wild rabbit and porcupines from such proximity is so amazing. If you are lucky enough you can also witness mouse deer, civets, flying squirrel, and even various nocturnal bird species. Make sure to wear trainers or walking boots and long sleeved tops during your trek.