The Wildernest

Periyar Tiger Reserve


The Wildernest is a ten-room bed & breakfast lodge located in the small town of Kumily close to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Run by a team of eight, it is ideal for people seeking to spot wildlife in and around the sanctuary. The Wildernest also has deep connections with the local spice industry. Besides the tastefully donerooms and hearty breakfast, the team here can also guide you to shopping in the local market and nature treks. Traditional Kerala handicrafts, a range of organic food products and world-famous spice shops – all in the local market. There are several spice plantations and indigenous villages nearby; the incredibly diverse Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is within walking distance.
  • Visits to Periyar Tiger Reserve, local market, tribal villages and spice plantations; nature walks; trips to vegetable farms, vineyards; tribal dance, kathakali and kalaripayattu demonstrations in nearby cultural centres
  • Rooms are of two types: Terraced rooms (with an open sit-out upstairs) and Secret Gardens (with a private garden area). No two rooms are the same, but all are equally roomy. Stone and brick facades add a rustic feel to the place. Natural materials have been used wherever possible.
  • We serve up filling breakfasts with all the homemade peanut butter, jams and preserve you want. Tea and coffee are aplenty. For other meals, just take a walk down the road to the market and enjoy delectable Kerala, North Indian, Chinese and continental dishes fit for every budget and taste. 
  • The lodge is open throughout the year.
  • Nearest airports: Madurai (140 km), Kochi (180 km)
    Nearest Railhead: Kottayam (107 km)
    Nearest Park gate: Periyar (500 meters)
  • Children of all ages are welcome.
  • From £69 From price based on lowest category room per night. Enquire direct to get full range of pricing and to book.
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Wifi access

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Periyar Tiger Reserve

The Periyar Tiger Reserve in ‘God’s Own Country’ of Kerala is a spectacular expanse of greenery and seemingly unending chain of hills in the southern region of the Western Ghats, with some of the best wildlife activities for keen wildlife visitors to enjoy. The reserve along the river Periyar, which originates in the heart of these forests, spreads over an area of 925 sq km amidst Thekkady’s spice-scented Cardamom Hills. More than 60 species of mammals are found here; including the Asiat Read more>>

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