For a genuine safari experience, book a jeep into the densest reaches of the spice hills in Gavi. The safari leaves early in the morning and enters Periyar Tiger Reserve.
The jeep will take you through all forms of terrain - valleys, tropical forests, sprawling grasslands and cascading waterfalls. It includes 3 hours of trekking with a local tribal and an optional 2 hours of paddle boating. Try and spot the common Nilgiri Macaques or rare Lion Tailed Macaques, the Yellow Necked Nilgiri Marten, and black Bears. You are almost assured with a close encounter with Wild elephants that criss cross the road at will, or the Malabar giant squirrel that leaps among the tree tops .
And yes look out for one of the rarest animals on earth. The Periyar Tiger Sanctuary is one of the few places where these big cats can prowl freely. Elusive as they may sound, catch even a flash of yellow and black and you will return awed and inspired.
Departure 5:30 am return 5 pm including optional 3 hr trek and 2 hour paddle boating.
Please note that only limited persons are allowed in daily, so advance booking is recommended.We highly recommend that you order a Niraamaya Signature picnic Hamper for this day trip Please contact our Retreat Team to facilitate your booking and ordering your picnic lunch, or better still request online.