Down the river, into the wild

Quiet by the River

Quiet by the River


Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
, Kerala
, India

Downstream of the Bhoothathankettu Dam, the Periyar River splits forming 8 to 10 islands. Quiet by the River is located on one of the larger islands, surrounded by the verdant canvas of the Malayattoor forest range.

With a wide variety of flora and fauna, the lodge offers the opportunity to spot rare species of birds and animals amidst the evergreen and semi-evergreen forests of the mountain reserve.

Our Rating: Premium
Property Type: Wildlife/Nature Lodge


Quiet by the River is less than an hour’s drive from the Cochin International Airport. Your exploration begins at the last stretch, with a 30-minute ride in a 4×4 vehicle down a narrow, rugged road through the forest, to an embarkation point for a short ride across the river in a country canoe, to reach the lodge.

However, do keep in mind that the forest reserve gates close at 5 PM and open at 6 AM in order to preserve the habitat of the animals and birds in the forest.
With the gurgling waters of the Periyar River on both sides, life here offers opportunities to explore the surrounding wilderness and its flora and fauna, as well as time to relax and enjoy the river.


Whether you are a river lover, a nature enthusiast or a serious birdwatcher, Quiet by the River is the ideal riverside setting for you.
Quiet by the River has four lodges, right on the banks of the river, that oer exquisite views of
the gushing streams and the lush forest.


Join a naturalist-led trek that offers an intimate experience of the surrounding forest. While on the trek, you will be able to spot a wide variety of birds and other small creatures in the forest.
Night treks offer an entirely unique experience of the forest and are especially mesmerising on full moon or new moon nights. Discover the nocturnal life of the forest, and take in the magnificence of the stars in the night sky, making it a stargazers paradise.
Engage with the winged wonders of this habitat by going birdwatching around the Malayatoor forest where over 100 birds have been sighted. The forest is an extension of Thattekad Bird Sanctuary which Dr. Salim Ali, the best known ornithologist, described as the richest bird habitat on peninsular India.
Quiet by the River offers spectacular views of the sun setting over the forest canopy. Experience this magic moment while exploring the Periyar River in our country boat.
The natural pools in the streams near the lodge offer an opportunity to immerse yourself in the crisp, invigorating waters.

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Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)