Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary boat ride is one of the must’s in Thekkady. The morning ride (7:30 A.M.) is more pleasant as there is a mist that is formed over the lake that is beautiful to witness. However, the morning ride is over hyped and there is a frenzy to get the tickets of the upper deck. Do not expect to see animals here. We saw an elephant by chance but otherwise it is just boat ride to see birds. There is an entry fee of Rs. 25 that one must pay at the entrance along with vehicle charges etc to ride into the sanctuary. Vehicles are allowed to ride that 3.5 kms distance upto the last 400 mts that one must walk. The boat tickets are issued near to the lake and you can see a lot of people run to get the upper deck tickets. We saw a couple of upper decks half empty laters, so do not worry and run. Upper deck is priced at Rs. 150/-
The afternoon trips are usually sunny and you can witness herds of elephants and other animals come to the banks of the lake to drink water.
There are a lot of adventure things you can do in Thekaddy. Please visit the Eco-Tourism office to know more about the trips/packages that are available.
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