Lake / Backwaters
Boat Cruise is the best mode in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary to watch the wildlife from a close distance. Boating in Periyar Lake is arranged by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) and is one of the most popular things to do in Thekkady. The lake was formed by Mullaperiyar Dam constructed in 1895. The land surrounding the lake is commonly frequented by wildlife.
Elephants are the most common wildlife you can see on the shores of the reservoir while boating in the lake as part of Thekkady holiday packages. Apart from Elephants, the sight of Wild Boar and Sambar Deer is also possible. The upper deck in the boat is best for wildlife viewing. The tickets for boating is issued at Thekkady Boating Point which is 4.5 Km from Kumily Bus Stand. The boats are mostly crowded and better to come early and allocate a good amount of buffer time for boating. Early morning and evening are the best times to spot wildlife.
The duration of the boat ride is usually one to two hours. The seating capacity of the boats varies from 15 to 150. Equipped with high standards of safety, boating in Thekkady is a wonderful experience suited for tourists of all age groups. Small two-seater boats are also available at Rs. 350.
Advance booking is possible through KTDC with additional cost. To do advance booking for boating at Thekkady, you may contact KTDC Lake Palace on 04869 222014 or send an email to [email protected]
Boating Charges (1-2 Hrs): Rs. 225 for Person
Boating Timings: 7.30 AM, 9.30 AM, 11.15 AM, 1.45 PM, 3.30 PM