Paddle on the beautiful Periyar,the longest river in Kerala.At Thattekad,Periyar is calm and wide,thaks to Bhootattankettu dam down stream. EvergreenThattekad bird sanctuary forest on one side and rubber plantations on other bank make this a picture perfect location with unpolluted water and serene environment. One can use kayak or pedal boat to explore the lagoons spread across the forest. Motor boats are available for small groups to cruise along the main river.
Bicycles are the most eco friendly and efficient way to explore less travelled and pristine areas around .THATTEKAD CIRCUIT,LAGOON CIRCUIT,INCHATTOTTY CIRCUIT AND PERIYAR CIRCUIT are a few from our list of local cycling programs that take you around local attractions ,village life,plantations and pristine nature.You can select or tailor a trip according to your physical and cycling capabilities.
Experience the serenity and beauty of rural Kerala as you walk aorund the lagoons formed by Periyar river ,through paddy fields,rubber plantations and spice gardens.You will get a glimpse of many varieties of wet land birds,village birds and a few forest birds on the way.Thus you can enjoy local birding and local village life in a short walk.
Kerala is the leader in rubber production in india.It accounts for 90 percent of natural rubber production in India.Palamattom,near Thattekad is home to india`s first commercial rubber plantation .Established on the banks of periyar river in 1902 ,it was known as Periyar sindicate.
While driving through Thattekad area,you can find lot of big and small rubber plantations.There you can watch the process of making small cuts on the rubber trees to collect white milk like natural latex and processing it in to sheets of rubber.Also you can`t miss the pineapple cultivations along the way. coconut,bananas,tapiocca,coco,nutmeg,ginger,turmeric,coffee,pepper ,rice,cashew are among other main crops.