Friday, 25 September 2015

Boating in Thekkady - Book your seats online!

Boating in the Periyar Lake is a wonderful experience. The lake was formed by the construction of the Mullaperiyar dam in 1895. The lake is surrounded by the lush greenery of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. There is a good chance of seeing wild animals drinking, bathing and resting along the shores of the lake.
Periyar Lake

Boating in periyar lake is arranged by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation. The ride will be for 1-2 hours and the boat trips are scheduled at 7 am, 9.30 am, 11.30 am, 2 pm and 4 pm. Seating capacity of the boats vary from 15 to 150. Lower deck fare: Rs 25 + 10 (entrance fee) Upper deck fare: 50 + 10 (entrance fee). Boating is a low intensity activity that everyone can enjoy. This was the first activity introduced in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. 
Herd of elephants

A herd of elephants or a wandering family of deer is common sights near the lake. In the hot months of March and April, visitors stand a better chance of viewing wildlife as the animals come to the lake frequently for drinking water. You may be able to spot herds of Gaur, Sambar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer and wild boars in the grasslands adjacent to the shores during the boating in thekkady.
Common kingfisher

A variety of avian fauna such as darters, egrets, great pied hornbill, pigeons, galliform birds, and kingfishers can be seen resting on dead tree trunks that stick out over the lake. During your boat ride, there is also a high probability of observing the antics of the Smooth Indian Otter. It’s more fun if one is lucky enough to see the elephants playing with their babies in the lake!

Online booking option is available for boating. 25% of the total boat tickets in each schedule will be available online. Following is the link to book your tickets online. Plan a trip to thekkady and explore wildlife.

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