Top things to do in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Nature Reserve in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Bison, sambar, wild boar, langur, over 1000 elephants and around 46 tigers inhabit South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary, which encompasses 777 sq km and a 26-sq-km artificial lake created by the British in …
Multicuisine in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary


For a dining splurge, head to the cavernous palapa-style restaurant at the new Kofiland Resort on the outskirts of town. Overlooking the pool and lagoon through floor-to-ceiling glass windows, it has a vast menu of …
Live Performance in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Mudra Cultural Centre

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

Chrissie’s Cafe

A perennially popular traveller haunt, this 1st-floor rooftop cafe is clean and airy and satisfies with cakes and snacks, excellent coffee, well-prepared Western faves like pizza and pasta, and even a Middle Eastern…
Multicuisine in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Ebony’s Cafe

This long-standing breezy rooftop joint has lots of pot plants and traveller-friendly tunes, while the menu serves up a simple assortment of Indian and Western food from mashed potato to basic pasta dishes and cold …
Live Performance in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

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. Tickets are available from the box office throughout the day.
Cafe in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

French Restaurant & Bakery

This family-run shack set back from the main road is a good spot for breakfast or lunch, mainly for the fluffy tuna or cheese baguettes baked on-site, but also for pasta, pizza and noodle dishes.
Factory in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Connemara Tea Factory

About 13km from Kumily, this 77-year-old working tea factory and plantation offers guided tours of the tea-making process and tea garden, and ends with some tea tastings. Regular buses from Kumily pass by the entran…
Indian in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Ambadi Restaurant

At the English-manor-style hotel of the same name, Ambadi has a more formal feel than most with an almost church-like decor, but the broad menu of North and South Indian dishes is very reasonably priced and the food…
Farm in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Abraham’s Spice Garden

Abraham’s Spice Garden, 3km from Kumily, is a family-run farm that's been operating for more than 50 years. Informative one-hour tours here take you through the spice gardens.