Thattekkad Ecotourism, along with the guided support of the locals and natives, is a venture aimed at informing and entertaining the community at large. This specially designed set of community-based eco-tourism programmes, enhances visitors’ experience at the sanctuary.
This also focuses on the better conservation of bird-habitats with people participation ensuring the livelihood development of the forest-dependent community. The programmes are conducted by locals who are responsible for the surveillance of tourism zone as well as the other areas of the sanctuary. While taking tourists along with them, they not only interpret the values of Thattekkad but also add to the protection of the park and thus earn a livelihood for themselves.
Therefore, through each visitor’s ticket charge, one is directly contributing to the cause of conservation and community welfare. The Idukki Forest Development Agency and Eco Development Committees (Forest dependent community) in Thattekkad Sanctuary are the authorised agencies for conducting the eco-tourism activities in the Sanctuary.
Jungle Night camping at Frogmouth Tower or Nestling in the wild Stay there in the solitude of Nature and feel yourself camouflaged in the cool green shades of tree crowns.. The Rarest sight of a pair of Frogmouth will dismay you. The Package covers all costs including accommodation, bird watching, food, entry fee etc. Rs.2500/ two people. Rs.500/ one additional person .
Jungle Night Camping at Hornbill Tower . Get sensitized to the sweet lulls and wakeup calls of Nature. Explore the mysterious world of birds to spend a day. The Package covers all costs including accommodation, bird watching, food, entry fee etc. Rs.2500/ two people. Rs.500/ one additional person .
Buzza Trail The wild world of birds invites you for a guided trail in the restricted zone of the Sanctuary. The package covers charges for guiding, entrance fee and cost of one bottle drinking water. Rs. 100/person (Rs. 600/- minimum). 2 hours’ time. Timings-7am, 7.30 am, 9.30am, 2 pm, 4pm.
Camping at tree top machan at Ovunkal Live one day in the Nature’s way giving ear to the holy inexplicable ‘mantras’ Nature. A package of night accommodation on the tree top machan and birding in the Forest. Package covers all costs including accommodation, bird watching, food, entry fee etc. Rs.2500/ two people. Rs.500/ one additional person.
Paid Nature Camp A package of paid Nature Awareness Camps for students, NGOs, professionals, self financing students and business groups. Different tariffs are offered for different types of target groups. 1) Minimum of 15 persons required for conducting Paid Nature camp.
Birding at specific locations Birding for sighting birds in specific locations is the lifeline for passionate professional bird watchers. For satisfying such passionate birders the Sanctuary offers specially designed birder’s programme. Tariff not fixed.
Boating in Periyar One hour Boating in river Periyar – 30 minutes to Kolumbe route and 30 minutes back to starting point. Cruisers may get the joy of cruising as well as may get opportunity to see some birds, especially, cormorants, teals, snake birds, kites, king fishers, owls etc. in activity or idling in their fond premises.