Archive for the ‘Thekkady Wildlife’ Category

Green Passports for Wildlife Enthusiasts and Nature Lovers

Nature lovers in the state have something to cheer about – some of them will be issued green passports! This venture will encourage conservation of forests and wildlife among wildlife enthusiasts. It was first introduced to environmental organisations and school forest clubs near the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Pathanamthitta district, by the Forest Department. Using this passport, around 40 students from 17 schools visited the reserve forest.

A green passport runs into about a hundred pages, with photos and details of the holder, do’s and don’ts during trekking and the number of visits and forests visited, etc. They can go trekking in inner forests and protected regions in Kerala, and the passport will be verified at each check post in reserve forests and protected areas.

New Nature Trail in Thekkady – Forest Dept Initiative

The Forest Department of Thekkady is planning to open a 2.5-km trekking path, ‘Nature Trail’, in the area. The path will start at the Thekkady gate and go on up to boat landing. The area will have information boards about plants and sculpted figures of animals endemic to the Periyar Tiger Reserve.

The work will be completed in three months, with a budget of 50 lakhs. This venture will be a boon to interested tourists, locals and researchers.

History Of Mullaperiyar Dam – Thekkady

The much controversial Mullaperiyar Dam stands after the confluence of the Mullayar and Periyar rivers in Idukki, and has been so named. In 1886, the then Maharaja of Travancore, forced by the British, signed an indenture with the Secretary of State for India for Periyar irrigation works for a lease period of 999 years. And by this clause, parts of Tamil Nadu such as Theni, Madurai, Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram will be irrigated by the water diverted by the dam and at a later stage, the electricity produced from it. The construction of the dam started in 1887 and it started operations in 1895. It is a masonry gravity dam running a length of 1,200ft and a height of 176ft.

The dam and its reservoirs are located within the Periyar National Park, Thekkady. More than two lakh acres of land is irrigated by the dam’s waters. The water is transported via a 1.6-km tunnel that reaches the Churuliyar and Vaigai rivers in Tamil Nadu.


Wildlife Week in Thekkady

October 2nd to 8th is observed as Wildlife Week in India, and this year it is the 57th such one. Wildlife-rich areas such as Periyar, Munnar, Wayanad and other forest divisions of the Western Ghats celebrate this with many programmes and functions. Thekkady, the gateway to Periyar Reserve, has planned no less. The whole week will be alive in this town. forest and environment protection yatra, exhibition of documentaries and poster-writing competitions, music and dance contests, arts and cultural events, drawing and colouring competitions, quizzes and elocutions are being held as part of the official celebrations. Read the rest of this entry »

Save Our Tigers – A Campaign by Aircel and NDTV

This isn’t the first project to save tigers. But it’s certainly the most known and widespread one. Thanks to NDTV and Aircel for that. The latter started this campaign almost a year ago along with WWF-India, to initiate tiger conservation in India. Many national parks and natural forest areas house about a thousand tigers. In Thekkady, Periyar Tiger Reserve is known for its tiger population. A couple of projects have been successful in the area. Several new ones have sprung up on the heels of many NGOs. Read the rest of this entry »

Bird Watching In Thekkady

Thekkady, in the Idukki district of Kerala, has a large portion of forests. And, there are more than 300 different species of birds in Thekkady. The Periyar Wildlife sanctuary and nearby forest areas are their home. With a penchant for bird watching, all you need is a pair of binoculars and lots of patient time. To spot birds in the forest, right in their habitat, is a great experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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