Thekkady is one of the best places in India to do bamboo rafting . 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. The facility is offered by the Forest Department at Thekkady where one can enjoy the activity in the catchment area of the national park.
This dawn to dusk activity consists of range hiking and rafting jaunts, traversing through the thickest tract of forests in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. For nature-lovers, here is a chance to have some great times in the lap of Mother Nature. A comforting, yet exciting bamboo rafting through some of the dense forests of Periyar Tiger Reserve! This bamboo rafting is part of the ‘nature walk’ of eco-tourism project by the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
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. Tourists will be taken through the thick forests on trek followed by a 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 bio-diversity spots in the Western Ghats, one can get a panoramic view of forest-clad hills reflected on the lake.
Whilst rafting, keep your eyes and ears wide open to take in several stunning visuals and enchanting sounds. The photographers travelling through the forest does not get time to take their fingers from the shutter button. The actual beauty of the nature can be admired when flowers with glittering hues, butterflies with mesmerizing wing patterns, wild animals like gaur, elephants, sambar all are here by the bank welcomes you.
The best time to raft is during the early mornings amidst the morning fog or during sunset. If you want to spend some romantic time, the best option is sunset rafting. This rafting would take you through dense forest rich with wildlife and unique species. The forests are rich in bird life and arboreal animals like giant squirrel and Nilgiri langur. Animals like elephant, gaur and sambar are sighted keeping close to the edges of the lake
On playing with the gurgling water of the lake, the team of rafters happen to come back to the Boat Landing by 5 pm in the evening. As a part of security, an armed guard with 4 guides happen to accompany the rafters; so that the tourists may not come across any trouble on their way. And what’s more, the tourists happen to get tea, snacks as well as the packed luncheons on the way to the rafting.