Tribal Heritage Programme
#5 of 18 Places to Visit in Thekkady
Distance (From Kumily Bus Station): 4 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
Transportation Options: Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: This activity can be booked at Eco Tourism Information Center in Kumily, on the way to Thekkady Boat House.
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.