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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

Periyar lake is beautiful... though we did not do a boat ride. We felt that visit to gavi was much more fruitful, we did forest walk, did boat ride with a local boy and also went to a small waterfall. Our local guide was good and had lots to talk about culture and local trees. I think the forest walk made the best impression and the fact that we had a lovely guide, made our day.

I would recommend this, if you are in periyar.

Visited December 2012
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“a real let down”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

since you have to make quite an effort to get to Periyar it is trully a big let down once you get there and there are hardly any animals to be seen (2 kingfisher birds)...we took the morning boat at 07:30 AM which is a huge one and if you get the seats near the middle of the boat you can not see anything anyway...this was on February 28th and it was freezing cold in the morning, small children crying due to unexpected cold and parents unprepared to give them comfort of some warm clothes...tourists on the boat soon realised this was a big dissapointment and made quite a few sarcastic jokes about the animals that weren't to be seen...the only positive thing about this sanctuary is that it is the ONLY unpolluted piece of land we have seen in south India and that was comfort to our eyes and nose.

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Not worth”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Waste of money, did not see any tigers or leopards. On the way back we saw elephants, but we should have done tiger reserve.

Visited February 2013
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New Delhi, India
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“Boat through santuary? Sightings are improbable.AVOID.Try the jeep tour instead.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

We did the boat ride through the sanctuary and it was more of a cruise on any other water body.. Too many people making too much noise, also only spotted some deer at very far distances !

Spotting a tiger / elephant via this mode is heavily improbable. Specially if you're just going to have the ride once on your 1 day stop at Thekaddy.

Try the jeep tour instead. Makes much more sense.

We spotted a few sambhar in our taxi on our way out of the sanctuary boundary, which was better than the sanctuary boat ride itself!

2 Thank Anandit
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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“Nature Walk and Green Walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

Had two amazing walks in the forest with tribal guides! Saw wild elephants, bison, wild boar and lots of amazing birds. Early morning is better because it is cooler. You need a ticket for the walk AND for the reserve! Don't turn up without both! And you get them from two different places. The walk tickets need to be booked in advance and the reserve ticket on the day.

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