Get immersed in the Wilderness at Pachakanam

Febin Kuriakose Kochi "I am not a big fan of a jungle safari with a group of unfamiliar people and always try to avoid crowded or touristy sanctuaries. Imagine staying in a guest house inside a Tiger Reserve and seeing wildlife at close quarters –where they roam free and enjoy the absence of tourists."

The overnight stay at the Periyar Reserve Bungalow at Pachakanam will feature at the top of my list of unforgettable wildlife experiences. The Bungalow is located inside a cardamom plantation of 600 acres, sandwiched between the Ranni reserve forest and the Periyar Tiger Reserve; you have to do a bit of off-roading on the Jeep provided by the guest house. The Bungalow is simple but neat and clean; there are three rooms – with a lot of wood work – on the first floor. The care taker and staff make every effort to ensure that guests have a comfortable stay, and cook local yet sumptuous meals. The safaris here are the major highlight, especially the night safari. Dating back to 1921, the estate is located by a perennial stream with rock bedding ideal for a cool dip. The area is abundant in several species of both wildlife and birdlife.

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