Project Description

It’s an unlikely partnership that’s a shining example of ecotourism in India. At the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (trekking and camping from `4,000 per person inclusive food and tent arrangements; periyartigerreserve.org), erstwhile poachers and illegal timber loggers have received training as naturalists and guides, enabling secure livelihoods and dignity for them by directing their knowledge about the forests toward conservation. Camping and trekking programmes in the scenic, wooded terrain are their particular specialty. Then there are interpretative sandalwood protection programmes, a cloud walk with great views, a jungle patrol, a border hike, and bamboo rafting.