Wildernest, Thekkady

Defining the eastern border of the Indian state of Kerala are the fabled Cardamom Hills. In the heart of this mountain fastness is a silent tropic wilderness, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. To experience Periyar is to know freedom. And The Wildernest is created to give you the freedom to experience it, your way. Wildernest make Periyar special.Because wildernest keep it simple.

We believe in serving up breakfasts fit for mountain appetites. And so, bright and early each morning, you can choose from a groaning table featuring hearty cereals, fresh breads, eggs to order, a tropical fruit platter, home made peanut butter and preserves, plus all the tea and coffee you want. Enough to keep you trekking all day, actually!

It is best to discover your dining options while walking down the road. It only takes a few minutes and you can pick from Kerala, North Indian, Chinese and continental dishes. Rates differ, based on the classiness of the place, but clean and delicious options abound, at pretty reasonable prices too.

Look around our small but bustling market streets for Kerala and Kashmiri handicrafts, bookstores, speciality nature shops, and of course the spice shops.

Walk about the town, through the market place, through the bus stand and off the main road and further on through the quaint tribal village and spice plantations. Of course, you just need to keep walking south for a few more minutes and you are at the gates of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.


Kochi (Cochin) at 180 kms or Madurai in Tamil Nadu at 140 kms are the nearest airports from Periyar.

Kottayam at 114 kms is the nearest railhead from Periyar.

Kumily, the nearest town from Periyar is well served by both state and private buses from Kottayam, Ernakulam and Madurai in Tamil Nadu.

And the last mile…
When you get off the Kumily main road and turn off from the heart of the town onto the short road leading to the sanctuary, keep your eyes on your left. You’ll be there in a minute if you’re driving, and in 5 if you’re walking. You can’t miss it.