There are two ways to experience the Periyar Tiger Reserve. You could either stay with the rest of the crowd in the built-up and touristy Kumily town and visit the touristy Thekkady from where the boating and other jungle activities start or you could get away from it all and stay in one of the only private estates deep inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Accommodation is in simple but comfortable and stylish lodging by a perennial stream, overlooking the jungle. For people who love the outdoors and nature there is no better place to be to experience the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The estate is a haven for wildlife that roams freely as they are undisturbed and protected on the estate. It is common sight to see elephants who come to the stream below the bungalow. Sighting of Gaurs and Sambars are common in addition to numerous small and large animals. During the nesting season the Pied Hornbill is often sighted. Wildlife experience at the Forest Bungalow is by either jeep or on foot exploring the estate. For people interested in birds you dont need go far... just sitting on the lawns is good enough!
Welcome to Periyar Forest Bungalow, Downton Estate, Pachakanam, Periyar Tiger Reserve
History : The Estate, which has an original title deed dated 1912, was granted to a band of local planters hailing from Kuruvinakunnel and Kallarackal families along with a few other energetic planters from the neighboring plains by the Maharaja of Travancore. J.R.Vincent, the brother of A.D.Vincent, a prominent rubber planter in Mundakayam Valley, bought the initial clearing of over seven hundred acres in 1926, and named it the Downton Estate. He built a colonial style ranch home, the Downton Bungalow in 1930, which is still seen at the entrance of the Estate. The Downton Estate was brought by the K.I. Varkey in 1947, and is now with the Karimpanal family.