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Thekkady

Thekkady

From pristine beaches to famed wildlife reserves, Kerala offers its travellers an experience that will completely rejuvenate their mind, body and soul.

Thekkady is home to one of India’s finest wildlife sanctuaries, known for its large elephant population. It is located at an altitude of 900 m in Kerala’s Idukki district, on the border with Tamil Nadu. The area is also known for its rich cardamom plantations, along with those of vanilla, cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, tea, pepper and coffee. Vandanmedu, one of the world’s largest auction centers for cardamom is located less than 20 km away. It houses as many as 12 of the world’s 20 cardamom auction centers. Apart from these, Thekkady is also blessed with undulating hills, placid lakes and cool aromatic air. There are many opportunities for treks and other nature-related activities. But Thekkady’ s prized possession of course is its wildlife, the primary object of all visitors here.

Periyar Lake

This placid lake is located near the Periyar national reserve. Tourists can go for boating and enjoy the serene surroundings. If you are lucky you may even get a chance to see herds of elephants bathing on the lakeside.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

In the banks of Periyar Lake lays the pride of Kerala – The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park.
Entering deep into the forests, you will be able to sight around 35 species of mammals like Bengal tiger, Indian elephant, gaur, sambar, wild pig, Indian giant squirrel, jungle cat, Nilgiri tahr, lion-tailed macaque etc. The sanctuary is also unique with its bird population.

Murikkady

Located at a distance of just 5 kilometres from Thekkady, Murikkady is another important site to visit. Murikkady is particularly famous for its panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations. A must visit to include in your excursion itinerary.

Pandikuzhi

Another enchanting destination for nature lovers is Pandikuzhi. They are heaven for those travellers, who love more to indulge with nature and want to be one with the greenish environment.

Vandiperiyar

Vandiperiyar is located 18 km from Thekkady in Idukki district. The River Periyar flowing through the centre of this town nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations. A major trade centre, Vandiperiyar is also home to a number of tea factories.

Managala Devi temple

Mangaladevi Temple is a 1000-year-old temple inside the dense forests of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Made of huge pieces of granite, it stands at an altitude of 1337 m above the sea level. . You have to cover 12kms of rough forest road to reach here. The temple opens only once in a year for the public during the annualchithrapournami festival.

Gavi

The picturesque place of many choices; trekking, bird watching, outdoor camping and boating. Heading towards Gavi by Periyar Tiger Reserve is a thrilling experience as the ride goes past hills and valleys, tropical forests and abundant plantations giving you the closest look at wildlife.