Day 8 - 9 - Periyar National Park
This morning cross from Tamil Nadu to Kerala, driving into the countryside along a winding road past rubber and pineapple plantations and thick jungle to the spice plantation town of Thekkady (approximately 5 hours). Thekkady is the gateway to Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Periyar is one of the main wildlife sanctuaries of southern India and one of the countries largest. Perched high in the Cardamom Hills region of the Western Ghats, in 1973 the park became part of Project Tiger in an effort to save this wonderful animal from extinction. You’ll have some free time to relax and get used to the sounds of the wildlife in the park before exploring the local area. This region is well known for its spice growing, so this evening prepare for a fragrant tour of a spice plantation and discover local ginger, cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, clove and more. Finish up the day testing your taste buds on an included dinner, which will use many of the spices you’ve seen today.
On the morning of Day 9, venture into the acclaimed Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary for a guided nature walk, with hopes to encounter the park’s rich variety of wildlife. The sanctuary surrounds a picturesque lake, which was formed as result of a dam that was built in 1895. It ambles through the contours of the wooded hills and is a permanent source of water for local wildlife. Wildlife encounters are never guaranteed, but if luck is on your side you may see some elephants, deer, tigers, leopards or gaur – the world's largest species of buffalo. You're more likely to see Bonnet macaques (who are often found near the entrance to the reserve), the Malabar giant squirrel (a species native to India), and of course the odd leech!
Notes: Leech socks will provided for the nature walk around the wildlife sanctuary.
Periyar - Spice farm tour & dinner
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Periyar Green Walk - Guided Nature Walk
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