Resting in the Idukki District, Thekkady is adorned with a lush green carpet all around. The place is best known for Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary as it caters to travellers with almost all different kind of hobbies. Trekking, nature lovers, bird watching, wild life enthusiasts, picnicking, and you name it. Thekkady is a one stop solution to all your holiday tourism needs.
Thekkady is originally bordered by the state of Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. There is no denying it that the wildlife sanctuary is the main attraction of this place. Whether it is family packages to Thekkady or something else, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary appears to be the main reason why people choose to visit this stunning place. People from both India as well as abroad flood this place every day to enjoy the aesthetic beauty and calm atmosphere. Additionally, Thekkady is also home to a wide range of flora and fauna which adds to the value of tourism packages.
Places to visit
Periyar national park
Spread over 257 miles is a wondrous haven of nature with its gorgeousness and a place abundant for protected animals, including tigers, elephants, reptiles, birds and fishes. The rivers Periyar and Pamba flow through the park giving it all the nourishment it needs.
The Thekkady Lake also called as Periyar Lake is the tank for the forest life. You can take a boat ride on the lake rich with wildlife.
This is a fascinating island with thick flora surrounded by the Vembanad Lake where you can go by boat. The name Pathiramanal means the Sands of midnight. You can watch hundreds of rare migrating birds every year on the island.
This border place in Kerala and Tamil Nadu is a spice and tea plantation town and a great getaway from the heat to a wonderfully cool climate. For those travelers seek for a calm cool place Kumily is a great option.
The name Pullumedu means green meadows and the place justifies to the name. It is a wonderful hill station along the side of the river Periyar.
Mangala Devi Temple
A 1000-year-old temple deep inside the forest. The myth of this temple is that Kannaki, a legendary Tamil woman sat here and transformed herself to Mangaladevi after removing all her grudges.
This place 5 km away from the town is famous for spice plantations. Take a spice walk to the viewpoint.
On the top of the hill there is a telescope installed to give you a fascinating view of Thekkady. This is a green hilly landscape with a captivating waterfall.
Mudra Cultural Center
This center is famous for Kerala’s cultural dance form Kathakali. Watching the show or even the preparations for it will give you a glimpse of the state’s deep-rooted art culture. The traditional and oldest martial art ‘Kalaripayattu’ is also performed here.
A natural green terrain 9 km away from Thekkady is famous for a flower garden and agricultural farm. This is a small town with Periyar flowing by the side.
Things Not To Miss
The forest department has arranged bamboo rafting for all those water sports enthusiasts. Enjoy your ride through the forest water embracing the dark green nature.
Once you reach here, you cannot miss a boat ride in the Thekkady Lake. The cruises will take you around the Periyar national park providing you an opportunity to observe the natural wildlife to the fullest.
Periyar National park has many protected wild species for you to visit for a full day, including Tiger, Nilgiri Tahr, Elephant, fishes, snakes, etc.
The hills nearby Thekkady forms trekking trails for the enthusiasts. The hills and the forest in the Periyar National Park are the most loved among them. Another favorite trail is from Kurisumala to Kumily.
Best Time to Visit
Winter (November- February)As for the most regions of Kerala, winter is the best season to visit Thekkady. This season makes Thekkady most alluring and perfect for sightseeing.
Summer (March-May) summers in Thekkady are hot and that usually reduces the tourist visit during this time. If you can bear with the heat or just want to visit the Periyar wildlife sanctuary, you can plan your Thekkady tour this time, as the expenses will be lesser than the peak time.
Monsoon (June- September) June and September when rainfall is considerably less is ideal for your tour if you like to visit Thekkady during this season. July and August should be avoided if trekking and other outdoor activities are in your list to do.
How To Reach
Air The nearest airport is to Thekkady is Madurai Airport, which is in a 136 km distance. Most of the airlines have regular flights to this domestic airport from different cities in India. And, the international airport and second nearest is the Nedumbassery Airport in Kochi with 190 km distance. Hire a taxi from the airport to your destination.
Train Kottayam railway station in 114 kilometers distance is the nearest railway station to Thekkady. You can get a taxi, private or a state transport bus to Thekkady from Kottayam.
Road For the people in south India, the most cut-price way to reach Thekkady is by road. You can easily get a private or state transport bus to Thekkady from different cities.