Top things to do in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Top Choice Nature Reserve in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Periyar Tiger Reserve

Bison, sambar, wild boar, langur, around 2000 elephants and 35 to 40 tigers wander the lushly green hills of South India’s most popular wildlife reserve, which takes in 777 sq km of glorious Western Ghats country, i…
Multicuisine in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Spice Village

With tables sprinkled across a verandah or an earthy interior adorned with wood carvings, the sophisticated Spice Village resort restaurant serves a regularly changing menu of South Indian and international delicaci…
Multicuisine in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Chrissie’s Cafe

A perennially popular traveller haunt, this 1st-floor and rooftop cafe delivers with cakes and snacks, excellent coffee, free water refills, well-prepared Continental faves like pastas and salads, and fabulous signa…
Multicuisine in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Grandma's Cafe

Hidden down a few steps, this lively indoor-outdoor cafe-restaurant is all bamboo tables, good vibes and bright yellow walls scrawled with messages from past diners. Breakfasts wander the globe from French toast to …
Indian in Periyar Tiger Reserve


At the English-manor-style hotel of the same name, Ambadi feels more formal than most Kumily eateries, with an almost churchlike decor of carved wood and tiled floors. It's popular with locals and visitors alike for…
Live Performance in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Mudra Cultural Centre

Kathakali shows at this cultural centre are highly entertaining. Make-up and costume starts 30 minutes before each show. Arrive early for a good seat; use of cameras is free and welcome. There also two kalarippayat …
Live Performance in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Kadathanadan Kalari & Navarasa Kathakali Centre

Hour-long demonstrations of the exciting Keralan martial art of kalarippayat, as well as Kathakali, are staged here every evening. Timings may change depending on the season.
Farm in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Abraham’s Spice Garden

Insightful one-hour tours weave through perfumed spice gardens at this friendly, organic 12-hectare family farm, 3km west of Kumily, in operation since 1952.
Multicuisine in Periyar Tiger Reserve


Overlooking a pool and a lagoon through floor-to-ceiling glass windows, the cavernous restaurant at the swish Kofiland resort (3km west of town) presents a vast menu of North and South Indian dishes with an emphasis…
Factory in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Connemara Tea Factory

About 14km southwest of Kumily, this four-decade-old working tea factory and plantation offers one-hour guided tours of the tea-making process and tea garden, ending with tea tastings. Buses run from Kumily to Vandi…