Activities

Following Activities can be experienced during your stay at Aanavilasam.
The actual charges of preferred programmes to be paid by the guest.

ENJOY THE RIDE

Elephant Ride


We have  exciting packages of elephant rides for anybody interested. These rides are through plantations. The duration can be stretched to any length of time as per actual requirement of the individuals. Timing : 09:00 to 17:00 hrs.




Enjoy the Village

Bullockcart Discoveries


Visit the farmlands of a village hidden in the valley behind the mountains of Periyar Tiger Reserve in a bullockcart. The village is rich in bird diversity (New explorations for a serious bird watcher, also wonderful beginning for a novice) With vineyards, diverse agricultural crops of mangoes, tamarind, onions, sunflower, jasmine and a score of other vegetables. The village will take your breath away when the guides start to interpret how farming has woven delicately with the culture and the life of the natives. To feel the slow pace of the village life and to be part of the innocence.

The programme starts at 06:00 hrs in the morning and at 14.30 hrs in the afternoon and it lasts two & half hours.




Enjoy the Nature

Bamboo Rafting


This is a dawn to dusk hiking and rafting programme through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve. Starting at 08:00 hrs from the boat landing, a mosaic of habitats will be traversed before the party gets into rafts made of bamboos.
The forests are rich in bird life and arboreal animals like giant squirrel and Nilgiri langur. The rafting is for about three hours and one gets a panoramic view of forest-clad hills reflected on the lake. Animals like elephant, gaur and sambar are sighted keeping close to the edges of the lake. The team hikes back to the boat landing by about 17:00 hrs. An armed guard and 4 guides will accompany a maximum of 10 tourists. Tea, snacks and packed lunch will be served en route.




Enjoy the Cruise

Boat Cruise on the Periyar Lake


The sanctuary is centred around the large artificial lake formed by the dam across the Periyar river. The main attraction is a boat trip over an area of 26 sq. kms. in the man-made lake of Thekkady. This is a one & half hour boating programme. One can see wild animals along the shore of the lake bathing, drinking, resting and foraging. Also it is a rare experience to go deep into the forest. Timings: 07:30 hrs, 09.30 hrs, 11.15 hrs, 13:45 hrs & 15:30 hrs.




Enjoy the Safari

Jeep Safari


Jeep Safaris can be done in Private 4-wheel Drive Jeeps. Visit neighbouring villages and Gavi. Gavi is an eco-tourist spot in Kerala which has widely become popular after ‘Alistair International’ the world acclaimed tourism major listed it among the leading eco-tourism centres and one of the must-see places in India. A must visit place for all nature lovers as Gavi is preserved in its natural scenic beauty untainted by the mighty hands of modernity. Gavi is mainly known for its wildlife. Endangered species including the Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-tailed macaque are often sighted at the outskirts of Gavi. Kerala’s very own treasure elephants can be sighted abundantly. If you are a bird watcher, Gavi is the place for you. With more than 260 species of birds including the great pied hornbill, woodpecker, and kingfishers, Gavi is a heaven for birdwatchers. A splendid spot to be visited at least once for all those who love nature.




Enjoy the Jungle

Jungle Patrol


This programme is part of the regular night patrolling in the fringe of the eco-development zones of the tiger reserve. By participating, one is actually helping in the protection of the forests of Periyar. It could be taken by persons having proper physical and mental fitness to trek through the wilderness in the night. The maximum duration for a trek is 3 hours. They will accompany two protection watchers and one armed forest guard! Try the limits of your senses-sight, hearing and smell and take in the totally different world of nocturnal jungle life.




Enjoy Hiking

Boarder Hiking


This is a conservation oriented hard trek taking up a full day. The trekking starts at 08:00 hrs and ends in the evening. The route passes through undulating terrains. Altitudinal ranges of 900 meters to 1300 meters will be covered and the trekkers could glimpse the lofty escarpments bordering the park watershed and the vast plains down below. Gaur, sloth bear, elephant, etc. are often sighted along this route apart from birds and butterflies. Maximum of 6 people can take the programme. The trekkers will go with two guides and an armed forest guard. Vegetarian refreshments can be had en-route.




Enjoy the Tiger Trail

The Periyar Tiger Trail


The programme is unique in being conducted by a team of former poachers who turned protectors of the forests. The team members are hardy and dependable with an intimate knowledge of the forest terrain. The programmes are 1 night/2 days and 2 nights/3 days. The first day’s trek starts at 09.00 hrs and ends by noon in the second or third day. The team consists of a maximum of 5 visitors, 5 guides and 2 forest officials. Normally 20 to 35 kms. of  distance will be covered, depending on the route chosen. Here, one may chance to encounter much indigenous wildlife like Nilgiri langur, giant squirrel, elephant and who knows, even the tiger! The route passes through hills and valleys with a variety of tropical plants and wide-open spaces. En route vegetarian meals will be prepared and served and country tents will be pitched for holing up in the night. Trekking groups are accompanied by armed forest guards with good communication equipment, and geared to face any emergency situation. Remember to listen to unusual and strange adventure stories of the former poachers, now your guides and protectors of the forests.

Only visitors who are medically fit and aged between 15 – 65 are advised to take the tiger trail. Visitors should be serious nature lovers willing to sacrifice some of the luxuries and comforts of a hotel.