Periyar Jungle Scout Thekkady


  • A night trek in the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
  • Organized by Periyar Tiger Conservation Foundation (PTCF).
  • Gaur, sloth bear and elephants are often sighted apart from birds and butterflies are spotted.
  • Thekkady - One of the most visited place in Idukki, Kerala.
  • Periyar Tiger Reserve - One of the best Tiger Reserves in India.


Wondering how to spend your day in Periyar tiger reserve, Thekkady or what are the things to do in Thekkady. Here's the list of things to do in Thekkady. The Ecotourism center in Thekkady conducts Periyar tiger reserve ecotourism programmes. Ecotourism center provides 7 community-based Eco tourism programmes in Periyar tiger reserve. Enjoy!

People-oriented community-based and park centered ecotourism is the hallmark of Periyar Tiger Reserve. These programmes are conducted by locals who are responsible for the surveillance. By taking tourists along they not only interpret the values of Periyar and enhance the visitor experience but also add to the protection of the park and earn a livelihood out of it. Hence, when a visitor joins in all these programmes, he/she is directly contributing to the cause of conservation and community welfare.

Apart from the eco-tourism activities, boating at Thekkady lake is another facility that is often explored by travelers who visit Thekkady and Idukki.

Things to do in Thekkady - Periyar Tiger Reserve Eco Tourism Programmes

Periyar tiger reserve ecotourism programmes include:

  1. Nature Walk,
  2. Green Walk
  3. Jungle Scout
  4. Border Hiking
  5. Bamboo Rafting
  6. Bamboo Groves
  7. Jungle Camp

More details about the above programmes are as below:

Read more: Kerala Forest Stay packages from Kerala Forest Department

Jungle Scout - Shepherding the Jungle

A three hour night trekking that starts from two points, the Entrance Gate of the Periyar Tiger Reserve and from the Bamboo Grooves which intends the guest a feeling of wilderness during night accompanied by an Armed Forest Guard and two Guides.

The Timing of this trek is 7 pm, 10 pm, 1 am in which maximum 6 persons and minimum 2 persons to run this programme.

Programme Name: Jungle Patrol
Starting Time: 7.00 pm, 10.00 pm, 1.00 am
Reporting Venue:  Information Centre
Time Required: 3 hours
Known for: Night patrolling programme


Indian Adult: Rs. 1200/- per person
Indian Child: Rs. 0/- per person
Foreign Adult: Rs. 1200/- per person
Foreign Child Rs. 0/- per person

Rules & Guidelines

  • Minimum of 2 persons required per trek.
  • Minimum rate is applicable if the number of persons is less than 2.
  • The guests are accompanied by an Armed Forest Guard and two Guides.
  • Torch and Leech Socks are provided.
  • Kindly report 15 minutes before the commencement of the program.
  • Children below 12 years are NOT allowed for this program.
  • Park Entry Fees & bus charges will be extra.

Getting there

Thekkady is well connected to major cities by road. The nearest town is Kumily, which is just 4 km from Thekkady. The nearest railway station is at Kottayam which is 114 km from Thekkady. The nearest airport is at Madurai in Tamil Nadu, about 136 km from Thekkady. The Nedumbassery airport in Kochi is about 190 km away.

  • By Air: Cochin International Airport -124 Km
  • By Rail: Aluva Railway Station- 125 Km, Ernakulam Railway Station – 143 Km
  • By Road: Ernakulam- 142 Km, Thekkady- 115 Km


Contact information

For more info or on any inquiry you can contact Periyar Tiger Conservation Foundation (PTCF). who is responsible for arranging the trekking, camping, staying packages inside the Tiger reserve. The Periyar Foundation was formed in 2004 for supporting tiger conservation and allied activities of the reserve. It was re-established to Periyar Tiger Conservation Foundation in 2010 as per the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

For Tourism related enquiries:

Eco Tourism Information Centre,
Periyar Tiger Reserve,
Kerala, India
Ph: 8547603066 / 9946046025
Email: [email protected]

For enquiries related to the Tiger Reserve:

Office of the Deputy Director (Project Tiger),
Periyar Tiger Reserve,
Kerala, India
Ph: 04869 222027
Email: [email protected]

Covid-19 Travel Advisory

COVID-19 restrictions are applicable. All Sundays (Except 15 & 22 August 2021 as of now) will be closed as per Government lock down measures. Click here to view for more details of Covid-19 travel advisory at Periyar Tiger Reserve

7:00 pm - 1:00 am
  • Monday 7:00 pm - 1:00 am
  • Tuesday 7:00 pm - 1:00 am
  • Wednesday 7:00 pm - 1:00 am
  • Thursday 7:00 pm - 1:00 am
  • Friday 7:00 pm - 1:00 am
  • Saturday 7:00 pm - 1:00 am
  • Sunday 7:00 pm - 1:00 am

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