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Bamboo rafting trips on Periyar Lake - questions

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Bamboo rafting trips on Periyar Lake - questions

The Rough Guide November 2010 version suggests the following -

"By far the best option for wildlife-viewing form the lake is to sign up for one of the Forest Departments’s excellent bamboo rafting trips, which start with a short hike from the boat jetty ar 8 a.m. and return at 5 p.m., with a minimum of 3 hours spent on the water. The rafts carry 4 to 5 people and can approach the lakeshore in silence allowing you to get closer to grazing animals and birds. Tickets cost Rs1000 and may be booked in advance from the Eco-Tourism centre. They sell out fast."

Does anyone know if these trips still exist and whether it is possible to buy the tickets in advance at the Eco-Tourism centre?

Has anyone been on one of these trips and what was it like?

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1. Re: Bamboo rafting trips on Periyar Lake - questions

Yes, These trips do exist and are very popular among most of our foreign tourists who visit Thekkady. This is a great trip if you are an outdoors traveller who wants some adventurous items in your itinerary.There is a popular night trekking trip as well in addition to rafting and trekking tour

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2. Re: Bamboo rafting trips on Periyar Lake - questions

This and a lot other options are available at Thekkady. To know more about the trips offered in Thekkady, check the Periyar Tiger Reserve website.

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Thanks to you both for your response

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4. Re: Bamboo rafting trips on Periyar Lake - questions

We took the half day bamboo raft trip.

It involved a 4km walk to the water, 1 hour on the raft around midday and then 4kms walk back to the start point. We did not see any animals. They were probably hiding in the shade to avoid the midday heat.

Overall it was pretty average.

The 3 hour Nature Walk is less expensive and more informative and includes a short bamboo raft ride in the early morning. Perhaps a better option

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Many thanks everyone for all your advice

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Nomadic traveller - How was your rafting trip ?. A guest from Croatia just emailed us their rafting images and has uploaded the same at http://www.putovanjenavrh.com/kerala-6-dan

Hope that will be useful to you.

You can view more of his images at http://www.putovanjenavrh.com/kerala1

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8. Re: Bamboo rafting trips on Periyar Lake - questions

Hello Ratheesh ,

how do you make payment in advance ? online ??

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9. Re: Bamboo rafting trips on Periyar Lake - questions

They are asking to send DD in advance

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10. Re: Bamboo rafting trips on Periyar Lake - questions

Thanks ,

that is clear now

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