How to Reach Periyar Tiger Reserve

Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady is about 4 km from Kumili in Idukki district, central Kerala and is well connected by road from all the major towns of Kerala.


By Air
Cochin International Airport : 190 Kms.
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport : 267 Kms.
Madurai: 140 Kms.

By Rail
Kottayam : 114 Kms.
Changanassery: 120 Kms.
Ernakulam : 190 Kms.
Madurai : 135 Kms.

By Road
Direct bus links to / from Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Kottayam, Munnar & Madurai.

When To come

Best time to visit the Reserve is September to May.
The months of March and April constitute the driest part of the year, because of which the animals spend a lot of time near the lake in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Even the tiger may be spotted approaching the waters in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Animals may be seen from motorboats on the lake or from watchtowers set up in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. June, July and August is the monsoon season. The park is at its best greenery during this period and you can enjoy the showers of monsoon.

What to bring

Periyar Tiger Reserve provides unparalleled opportunities to observe and photograph wildlife at very close quarters. A camera and binoculars are must-haves on a visit to Thekkady. Binoculars can also be purchased or rented on a daily basis from Thekkady. A water-bottle, adequate warm clothing during the colder months of November to January, raincoats and umbrellas during the monsoon season and basic medication for minor illnesses will ensure that you enjoy your close encounter with nature and wildlife to the utmost. Visitors who intend to hit the outdoors on one of the Community Based Eco -Tourism (CBET) programs can consider packing their own hiking and camping gear including leech-socks, although these will also be provided as part of the camping package.

Above all, come with open eyes and ears, and more importantly, an open heart!!

Do's & Dont's

There are some expectations from the responsible visitors coming to Periyar Tiger Reserve. These are otherwise can be called as Reserve Rules.

Our expectations from you - The Green Soldier


Note: Under the Wildlife Protection Act, one can be penalized up to amount of Rs. 25,000/- and an imprisonment up to seven years for the wildlife offence. Please you don’t add your name in the list.