#1 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

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. ..... more


#2 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

Elephant rides are famous in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The elephant rides through the spice gardens are arranged by Elephant Junction. This park is situated 4 Km away from Kumily Bus Stand. It offers a rare opportunity to experience the safari on an Elephant through a Spice Plantation where the gentle breeze refresh ones, with the spice scented air.

Elephant Junction is a place where one can actually interact with the elephants getting indulged into activities such as bathing elephant, elephant ride and enjoying getting around with playful elephants. Elephant safaris are equipped with a howdah on the back of the elephant on which two tourists sit, with an umbrella over the riders head. Elephant trainers will be at side, walking along with the elephant.

Package Cost:

30 minutes elephant safari: Rs.350 per person
60 minutes elephant safari: Rs.750 per person
90 minutes elephant safari: Rs. 1500 per person

Elephant Safari Timings: 6 AM to 5 PM. more

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#3 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

The Bamboo Rafting is an interest programme with the mix of rafting and trekking.

The programme starts at 8 AM from the boat jetty. After a couple of hours rafting, tourists are taken for trekking into the forest. 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. Snacks and Lunch will be provided on the way and trekking will be finished by 3 PM. The rafting is continued in the return path and whole programme will be completed by 5 PM.

The programme costs Rs. 2000 per person for full day and Rs.1500 per person for half day. An armed guard and 4 guides will accompany a maximum of 10 tourists. Tea, snacks and packed lunch will be served enroute. more


#4 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

Several trekking programs are offered in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Short trekking programs are available that cover 4-5 Km and completed in 3 hrs. This is a good option to watch birds, butterflies and some wildlife. The trails often pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests and grasslands. It costs Rs. 300 per person and a group can have a maximum of 4 persons.

A 12 Km trek (one way) to the ruined Mangaladevi temple in middle of the Periyar Sanctuary is a great option to experience beauty of the park in depth. It is recommended for experience trekkers.

Border Hiking is a conservation oriented hard trek taking up a full day. The trekking starts at 8 AM and ends in the evening. The route passes through undulating terrains. Maximum of 10 tourists can take the programme in two different groups. The trekkers will go with two guides and an armed forest guard.

Tourists can also participate in jungle patrol, which is a night trek programme intended to conserve ..... more


#5 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

The tribal heritage programme is intended to provide a glimpse of tribal life to the visitors. It mainly involves a visit to tribal museum and trekking through the tribal hamlet situated within the periphery of Periyar Tiger Reserve accompanied by a tribal guide. Five tribal communities live within the sanctuary. Mannans are among the oldest indigenous group of people to inhabit Periyar Tiger Reserve.

A two hour programme is conducted, where the visitors are taken to a tribal hamlet. The tour also includes a visit to the tribal heritage museum. The tribal heritage museum was built inside the Mannan settlement featuring various types of artifacts related to their ancient agricultural practices, marriage ceremonies, cultural events, dress code, rituals and death ceremonies. The museum has several objects like traditional hunting weapons, armors, cooking vessels, paintings, etc.

Program Timings: 8 AM, 10 AM and 2 PM. more


#6 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 13 km from Thekkady, Connemara Tea Factory is located at Vandiperiyar, Kerala. It is one of the top tea factories in Kerala and among the popular places to visit in Kerala as part of Thekkady - Munnar Tour Packages.

Connemara Tea Factory was built in the year 1940 and one of the oldest one in Kerala. The estate is covered with rolling hills of tea dotted with tall trees covered in Pepper vines. This beautiful place draws domestic tourists along with others who have travelled all the way from Britain, Russia, France and United States of America. The tea factory offers a one hour guided tea garden cum factory tour for tourists. It is an educative, informative and entertainment program. Visiting a Tea Factory and understand the process of making tea was a lifetime experience.

The program starts with an Audio Visual Presentation which is having everything you need to know about Tea. After that, you will be taken to visit the Tea Factory. The process of Tea making ..... more


#7 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 1 km from Thekkady Bus Stand, Kadathanadan Kalari Centre is a cultural center situated in Kumily. It is one of the top places to witness the intriguing martial arts form as part of the Thekkady - Munnar tour packages.

Kadathanadan Kalari Centre is famous for performing Kalaripayattu martial arts and representing Kerala's unique culture. A team of seven well-trained men conducts regular Kalaripayattu performances in a designed gallery here. The gallery is built in such a manner that one will get to watch various cultural and other sporting functions from a safe distance. Visitors will be delighted to watch this life-saving art, which is the oldest fighting system in existence.

Along with Kalaripayattu, Kadathanadan Kalari Center is also popular for Kathakali performances. Kathakali is the classical dance of Kerala and is used to tell stories from the Indian epics. Interestingly, this dance style is a blend ..... more


#8 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 1 km from Kumily Bus Stand, Jungle Night Patrol is a regular night patrolling program in the fringes of the Eco development zone of the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Thekkady. It is one of the top thrilling things to do in Thekkady.

Jungle Night Patrol is a trekking activity which begins at two points in the Periyar National Park- Entrance Gate of the Periyar Tiger Reserve and from the Bamboo Grooves. The activity is performed under the supervision of an armed guard and two professional guides. The thrilling activity is surely going to give you an adrenaline rush and a memory for a lifetime.

Jungle Night Patrol is a unique and adventurous activity offered in Thekkady. It provides participants with an opportunity to explore the forested areas of the Periyar Tiger Reserve at night, and allows you to witness the activities of various wildlife species that are active during the night, such as ..... more


#9 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

Jungle Safari is a fascinating program which includes Jeep Safari, Jungle Trek, Rafting and Night Camping.

The 40 Km scenic drive program starts at 5.30 AM through the jungle by Jeep. The trail passes through dense forest where truly man meets nature in all its majesty and glory. After crossing Periyar Tiger Reserve by jeep early morning, breakfast will be served at Gavi's forest lodge, followed by a jungle trekking for three hours. Lunch is offered here and you can have canoeing in the Gavi Lake. The visitors are taken to the camping area in the Jeep from the Gavi Lake. The accommodation is provided in tents and dinner is offered here with camp fire. Next day morning after the breakfast, visitors are taken back to Thekkady. The Jeep will arrive at the hotel for picking up the guest at 5.30 AM.

Jungle Safari Day Package is also available. The visitors are taken back to Thekkady after evening tea by 4.30 PM.

Tariff: Rs. 2200 per person.

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#10 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

Periyar Tiger Trial is a unique programme which has high chances of spotting tigers. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is also called as Periyar Tiger Reserve and it has rich tiger population with about 40 Tigers. The tiger trail provides tourists with an opportunity to explore Thekkady's wildlife deep inside the forest. One may get a chance to encounter many indigenous Birds and mammals like Nilgiri Langoos, Sambar deer, Wild Boar, Indian Goat, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Elephants etc.

There are two programs - 1N/2D and 2N/3D. It includes 25-30 Km of trekking through the dense forest covering the most beautiful parts of the sanctuary. Tourists will trek along the trail during the day and camp in pitched tents at night in the Periyar Tiger Reserve, one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala. Vegetarian food is prepared and served en route. This programme is offered only for physically fit tourists. Each group will have 5 tourists, ..... more


#11 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 23 km from Kumily, 34 km from Idukki, & 66 km from Munnar, Vandanmedu is a wonderful hill resort located on Thekkady - Munnar route in Kerala. It is one of the popular tourist attractions in Idukki.

At an altitude of 4000 feet, Vandanmedu is a wonderful village located in the high mountain ranges of the Western Ghats of Kerala. This place is famous for its large production of Cardamom in the world. It is said to be that British planters were the first ones who found out the opportunities for planting cardamom, coffee, and pepper in this region.

Most of the area in this place is covered with green dense forest and rough mountains. Taking a cardamom plantation tour is one of the interesting activities in Vandanmedu. This is also a good place for trekking. This place is connected by frequent buses running between Kumily and Munnar. more

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#12 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 13 Kms from Kumily, Mangaladevi Temple (also known as Kannagi Temple) is 2000 years old ruined stone temple located in dense forest at the northern boundary of the Periyar Sanctuary. It is located at an altitude of 1337 meters.

Built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture, this temple is dedicated to Mangaladevi (or Kannagi), the principal character of the Tamil epic Sillapadhikaram. According to the epic, Mangaladevi burnt down Madurai after her husband was mistakenly accused of being a thief and killed.

This temple is open for public only on the full moon day of April-May (Chithra Purnami). Since it's located inside the Periyar Sanctuary, special permission is required to visit the place. Permissions can be obtained from Wildlife Warden, Thekkady. more


#13 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 15 km from Kumily, Chellarkovil is an Eco Tourism destination located between Anakkara and Gudalur near Thekkady. It is one of the most scenic places to visit as part of Thekkady tour.

The beautiful village of Chellarkovil stands unique with its eco-tourism project. Famous for its greenish mountains, cascading waterfalls, and picturesque beauty, it is considered to be one of the best tourist places in Thekkady as well as in the Idukki district.

Placed around 1200 m above sea level, the place provides spectacular views of surrounding valleys. There is a watchtower located here to catch the views of the beautiful hills. There is a beautiful waterfall here which is fantastic during the monsoon season. Other activities here include Border Trekking, Spice & Ayurvedic Garden Tours, Spice Shopping, etc.

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#14 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 14 Kms from Kumily, Vandiperiyar is located on the banks of Periyar River on NH220 towards Kottayam. This is a major trade center for coffee and pepper products and it has many tea factories.

Vandiperiyar offers a pleasant atmosphere throughout the year. The Government Agriculture Farm and Flower Gardens are places worth to visit in Vandiperiyar. more


#15 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 35 Kms from Kumily and 20 Kms from Vandiperiyar, Pullumedu is lovely place surrounded by rolling hills. Sabarimala can also be reached from this place, which is 8 Kms by trek.

This is part of the restricted zone of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and special permission is required to visit this place. Permissions can be obtained from Wildlife Preservation Officer, Thekkady.

Pullumedu has no public transportation and it can only be reached by private vehicles (Jeeps) from Vandiperiyar. There is a watch tower at Pullumedu offering magnificent views of the surrounding valleys. more


#16 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 23 km from Kumily, Mullaperyiar Dam or Mullaiperiyar Dam is a masonry gravity dam situated near Thekkady in Kerala. It is one of the must-include places in Thekkady sightseeing packages.

Mullaperiyar Dam was built on the Periyar River between 1887 and 1895. The dam is so-called because the dam is located after the confluence of the Mullayar and Periyar rivers. The dam is located at an altitude of 881 m (2,890 ft) on the Cardamom Hills of the Western Ghats in Thekkady. The dam is 175 feet tall and 1,200 feet long. Though the dam is situated in Kerala, it is operated by the Tamil Nadu Government. It was according to a 999-year lease agreement made during the British rule that the operational rights were handed over to Tamil Nadu.

Boating in the reservoir is available from the Boat Jetty at the Thekkady side of the reservoir.

Timings: 10 AM - 6 PM

Entry: Free more


#17 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 123 kms from Madurai, 22 Kms from Thekkady (via Gudalur & Karuna Muthevan Patti), 10 Kms from Kambam (via Suruli Patti) & 548 Kms from Chennai, Suruli Falls are situated amidst rich flora fauna and serve as a perfect picnic spot.

The falls originate from the Megamalai hills and descend from a height of 150 feet. They are surrounded by the astounding beauty of the dense forest. The best feature of Suruli Falls is that they are round-the-year Falls, best time is June to October.

The falls serve as the venue of Summer Festival, organized every year by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Department. The Kailasanathar Temple Cave is also an added attraction of the place. There are also other 18 caves in and around the Suruli Falls. The Kailasanatha temple and Suruli Velappar temple are also nearby the falls.

The falls are reachable by road from Kambam and Gudalur towns. About 1-2 Kms trek through dense forest is required to reach the falls from nearest road.

Distance (From Thekkady): 22 Kms
Trip Duration (From Thekkady - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
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#18 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 40 Kms from Idukki, 38 Kms from Kumily, 57 Kms from Munnar, 15 Kms from Nadumkandam & 18 Kms from Kambam (on NH220 towards Palani), Ramakkalmedu is a lovely tourist place with rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air.

The hilltop also offers a panoramic view of the picturesque villages of Kambam and surrounding places on the slope of the Western Ghats. Kerala Tourism Department has provided additional facilities for tourists with resting points & statues of Kuravan & Kurathi (local tribes) at Ramakkalmedu.

Ramakkalmedu is also a great trekking destination. The view point on top of the hill is the highest point in this area, which can be reached by 3-4 Kms trek from the Ramakkalmedu Junction.

This place is connected by bus service from Munnar, Kottayam and Ernakulam.

Distance (From Thekkady): 38 Kms
Trip Duration (From Thekkady - Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
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#19 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 7 km from Peermade and 25 km from Thekkady, Parunthumpara is a hill top situated at Perunthumpara village in Idukki district of Kerala. Situated between Thekkady & Peerumedu, it is one of the top places to visit in Thekkady.

Also known as Eagle Rock, Parunthumpara Viewpoint is located in one of the beautiful mountain top near Peermade. The word parunthu denotes Eagle and para denotes rock and so it is called as Perunthumpara because of a large area around like an eagle. The viewpoint provides a spectacular 360 degree view of Peerumedu hills and the surrounding plains. On a sunny day, one can get the view of the Sabarimala forests and Periyar Tiger Reserve. Sabarimala devotees visit the area to witness makarajyothi, making it a busy place during the pilgrimage season. During winter the hilltop will be under mist which may reduce the visibility.

Parunthumpara is a perfect choice for those who wish to have a holiday off the beaten track and to explore the unseen ..... more


#20 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 3 km from Thekkady Bus Stand, the Green Park Ayurvedic & Spice Plantation is an ecological park situated in Kumily, Thekkady. It is one of the top places to visit in Thekkady, especially for nature lovers.

Set amidst the amazing landscape of Thekkady, the Green Park Ayurvedic & Spice Plantation was founded to grow medicinal herbs and spices and disseminate the knowledge of growing them with the help of advanced agricultural techniques. It offers a natural and calm environment which gives ample space for visitors to relax and rejuvenate their bodies and minds. The aroma and the environment of the place connect you to nature in a perfect way. One can also learn a lot about spice plantations and medicinal plants.

The park spreads over five acres and has a Spice Garden and an Organic Farm. The spice garden houses numerous spices, including the tiny orchids of cardamom, amorous coffee, cherries, ..... more


#21 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 4 km from Thekkady Bus Stand, Abraham's Spice Garden is a well-maintained garden located at Spring Valley in Thekkady. It is one of the most exciting places to visit in Thekkady, especially for Botany enthusiasts.

This spice garden is totally an organic farm and is run by Abraham's family. Mr. Varkey, who is the grandfather of Mr. Abraham, started the farm in 1952. Spread across 2 acres, the gardens offer hands-on experience in the cultivation of various spices of fruits and spices like Banana, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Pepper, Cloves, Vanilla, Ginger, Turmeric, etc. They use natural methods instead of pesticides to grow the spices.

One can see some extraordinary spiders, and minute Asian honey Bees in the garden. Also, in the Ayurveda garden, one can feel the healing power of various medicinal plants. The spice garden is open for tours and lunch can be booked. During a 1-hour comprehensive ..... more


#22 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 1 km from Thekkady Bus Stand, Mudra Cultural Centre is a cultural center situated in Kumily. It is one of the top places to witness the intriguing martial arts form as part of the Thekkady tour packages.

Mudra Cultural Center is famous for cultural events that specifically involve the traditional dance form, Kathakali and Kalaripayyattu - India's oldest form of martial arts. Tourists can also witness the laborious preparations of the artists before watching their spectacular dance performances. The center offers visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of Kerala through the shows.

The area of the center is designed in an enchanting way while keeping in mind the safety of the audience. Martial arts performed here are not just for entertaining purposes but also to teach people self-defense practices in a very efficient manner. The activity takes place in a spacious and beautifully ..... more


#23 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 5 km from Thekkady, Pandikuzhi is a fairytale-like place situated between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu border. It is an ideal spot for trekking enthusiasts to indulge themselves and also for picnickers to enjoy some of the exotic flora and fauna as part of the Thekkady - Munnar tour packages.

The picturesque hill station of Pandikuzhi is endowed with lush greenery, a natural waterfall, and a myriad of flora and fauna. It is heaven for those travelers who love to indulge in nature and want to be one with a greenish environment. The area offers a variety of hiking trails, ranging from leisurely strolls to more challenging hikes, making it a perfect destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. The picturesque surroundings provide ample opportunities for photography, bird-watching, and picnicking.

Don't forget to visit the cascading waterfalls of Pandikuzhi. The waterfall, splashing from 1200 ..... more

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#24 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 11 km from Kuttikkanam, and 45 km from Thekkady, Panchalimedu is a small hill station near Peerumedu in Idukki district in Kerala. It is an ideal spot for hiking in Kerala and among the top Thekkady tourist places.

Situated at an altitude of about 2,500 feet, Panchalimedu is known for its climate and viewpoint. The place is surrounded by deep valleys and hills, accompanied by meadows and grasslands. According to the legend, the Pandavas of Mahabharata along with their wife Panchali took shelter at Panchalimedu during their exile. Hence, the name Panchalimedu is derived from the words 'Panchali' meaning Draupadi, and 'medu' meaning hill.

There are two hills at Panchalimedu, one has a temple dedicated to Bhuvaneswari Devi. Several Shiva lingams, Trishulas (trident), and Naga idols are also placed near the temple. A small circular pond known as Panchalikulam is situated here, which is ..... more


#25 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 8 km from Peermedu, and 36 km from Thekkady, Kuttikkanam is a small hill town located in the Idukki District of Kerala. It is one of the scenic places to visit near Thekkady.

Situated at an altitude of 3500 feet, Kuttikkanam is surrounded by lush green tea plantations and is situated within the territory of Peermade. During the 16th century, the territory of Kuttikkanam was under the rule of Changanacherry kings and was uninhabited. In the year 1756, the king of Travancore conquered Changanacherry and brought the place under his supremacy. A Church Mission Society missionary, Henry Baker, started coffee plantations, and under the regency of Sri Moolam Thirunal. Under the rule of the British East India Company, Kuttikkanam became an up-market resort.

The pristine hill town of Kuttikkanam is between high-range and low-range terrain. Dew from the valley to the mountain will make your ..... more

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#26 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 26 km from Kumily, 80 km from Kottayam, 128 km from Kochi, and 184 km from Trivandrum, Peermedu is a hill station in the Idukki district of Kerala. Also known as Peermade, it is one of the least-explored hill stations in Kerala, and among the most famous places to visit in Thekkady.

Peermedu is situated at an altitude of 915 m in the Western Ghats between Kuttikkanam and Thekkady. The town takes its name from Peer Mohammed, a Sufi Saint who is believed to have been the first trader of spices in the region and close associate of the royal family of Travancore. Peermade once served as the summer retreat for the Rajas of Travancore and the palace here is an important monument. It is one of the lesser-known hill stations near Kochi.

The landscape of Peermedu includes spectacular waterfalls, rubber plants, tea, coffee, pepper, ..... more

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#27 of 27 Places to Visit in Thekkady

At a distance of 45 km from Thekkady, 58 km from Idukki, 76 km from Kumarakom, 64 km from Kottayam, 92 km from Munnar, 99 km from Alleppey, 103 km from Kochi, 181 km from Madurai, and 196 km from Trivandrum, Vagamon, or Wagamon is an enchanting hill station situated in Idukki district of Kerala. Located on the Kottayam-Idukki border, it is one of the offbeat hill stations in Kerala, and among the must-include places in Kerala Tour Packages.

Perched at an altitude of 1100 m, Vagamon is surrounded by 3 hills namely, Thangal hill, Murugan hill, and Kurisumala at the foothills of Western Ghats. Also known as the Scotland of Asia, Vagamon was discovered by the British who found the place ideal for tea plantations, and they were followed by Christian missionaries who built their abode of service at Kurisumala in Vagamon. National Geographic Traveler has listed Vagamon on their directory .....

Distance (From Thekkady): 45 Kms
Trip Duration (From Thekkady - Including Travel): Full Day
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Most Asked Questions on Thekkady

  • What is the best time to visit Thekkady?

    The ideal time to visit Thekkady is between Sep - May while the peak season is from Feb to May and hotels are usually very expensive in this season. This is also the time to explore the beauty of Kerala backwaters.

  • How many days are required to visit Thekkady?

    Thekkady usually requires one full day to visit the most important attractions. However, there are several wonderful places to visit around Thekkady like Idukki which usually take additional one day. Thekkady can be mixed with near by wonderful destination like Alleppey, Munnar, Kumarakom & Kottayam by adding few additional days to your trip.

  • What is the budget required to visit Thekkady?

    Budget of Thekkady trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Thekkady tour packages offered by start from as low as INR 5500 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 7700 per person for 3D/2N vacation.

  • What are some must visit places & things to do while visiting Thekkady?

    Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Thekkady like Boat Cruises, Elephant Rides, Bamboo Rafting, Trekking / Nature Walk and Periyar Tiger Trail. Alleppey which is around 120 km from Thekkady and can be visited along with Thekkady.

  • Any Jeep Safari in Thekkady?

    The Sancutary is primarly explored through boat safari only. There is no Jeep safari, the boat safari is the most opted one by all tourists. The boat safari might be temporarily stop during heavy rains. Elephants are the most common wildlife you can see on the shores of the reservoir. Apart from Elephants, the sight of Wild Boar and Sambar Deer is also possible.