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at Periyar River

The Hornbill Camp is located on the banks of the River Periyar. On the opposite bank of the river are some of the finest lowland forests of Kerala. A kayaking trip amidst these great swathes of forests is an ideal sport for those inclined to be adventurous and explore the bio-diversity within these forests. You can also kayak to some of the villages upstream to get a first-hand glimpse of life in a typical spice growing and agrarian village of Kerala.


Kayaking will be chargeable for all in-house guests and others, will be done under the strict supervision of our kayaking guide with all safety features.

Half day kayaking from Neriamangalam with guide


After an early breakfast at Hornbill Camp, you will head towards Neriamangalam which is about 12kms by car. You will commence paddling from Neriamangalam at the foothills of the Western Ghats where the River Periyar finally meanders on to the plains. Kayaking will be a fascinating experience with dense tropical jungles on one side and spice plantations on the other side of the River. You will also see the first ever rubber estate in India set up over a 100 years ago by Mr. Murphy, who built a huge mansion which is now in ruins, admist what was once dense impenetrable lowland forests. Along the way, you will also come across a “Kavu” or sacred grove, a holy forest preserved in its pristine state around an ancient temple. Besides the myriad birds along your way (over 275 species), you may also come across wildlife, notable elephants on the banks of the River.  You will continue kayaking till you reach the world famous Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Thattekkad and Hornbill Camp on the opposite side.

Time needed – 04 to 05 hours

NB: Service will be applicable only for the people who are above 12 years.

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