Boating in Thekkady is arranged by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) in the Periyar Lake and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. Nothing quite matches the fun of a boat ride in calm and peaceful waters, something that Thekkady offers aplenty. The lake was formed by the construction of the Mullaperiyar dam in 1895. The Periyar lake harbors a unique aquatic ecosystem and the land surrounding the lake is commonly frequented by wildlife.
Boat rides usually span a duration of one to two hours and typical timings are 7.30 AM, 9.30 AM, 11.15 AM, 1.45 PM, 3.30 PM. These numbers tentative and subject to the discretion of the organizers. Seating capacity of the boats vary from 15 to 150.
Equipped with high standards of safety, boating in Thekkady is a hassle-free low intensity experience suited for tourists of all age groups.
This unique initiative to aid tourists in understanding the harmonious co-existence of aquatic and subterranean life in the Periyar National Park is worthy of commendation. Shutterbugs are encouraged to take advantage of the sublime nature of the lake and its surroundings to capture those perfectly timed photos. After all, a photo of elephants bathing and playing with their calves is one for the "awesome clicks" library.