Thekkady is a small town in Idukki district, and is a part of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. It covers 777sq km area of thick jungle. It is home to Indian bison, Sambar, Nilgiri Tahr, Elephant, and 46 Tigers. The most appealing sight in Periyar is the artificial lake which was made by a British engineer, Colonel J Pennycuick. He diverted the water of the River Periyar towards Tamil Nadu and thus the lake was formed flowing through the forests of Western Ghats. The sanctuary was later declared as a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The Forest is unpolluted as there are no vehicles allowed into the forest. The lake is the only means of transport inside the sanctuary. Therefore trekking is not on adventurous here but also healthy and refreshing. Those who are Fond of wildlife and are hardcore nature fans will never leave Thekkady unsatisfied. Tribal communities such as “mannans”, “uralis” and many other live in the Periyar forests. Many of them are trained guides and guards of the wildlife sanctuary as they know the woods well are alert to every movement inside the forest. Thekkady is also known for its spices. The spice plantations in Thekkady are worth a visit, as the aroma of famous Indian spices that is spread in and around the plantation seduce you, touching your highest senses. The visitors can learn how these spices are cultivated, harvested and processed.

Sight Seeing Places

Thekkady is situated at an altitude of 2800 meters above sea level. The air is salubrious and rejuvenating with so many trees growing around. The climate is pleasant throughout the year.

Summer - By March the summer season starts at Thekkady and ends in May. The maximum temperature is 34°c. It is a good time to visit Thekkady. With clear skies, and bright sunlight lighting up the greenery, the visitors get a pleasant feel of Periyar.

Monsoon - By the time Monsoon starts at Thekkady, the tourist inflow decreases as the rain continuously showers upon Periyar, which makes it difficult to enjoy walking around. So those who want a pleasant experience at Thekkady should avoid Monsoon.

Winter - This is the favorite period of the visitors, as the climate is cool and the monsoon leaves Periyar clean and green. The season starts by December and lasts till February.

Travel Mode

By Road - Madurai [138kms], Kochi [158kms], Kottayam [107kms] are the cities near to Thekkady and can be easily connected by driving through the National Highway. Kerala State Government bus service is available from cities within Kerala towards Kumily. Tamil Nadu State bus service is available from Madurai to reach Kumily.

By Air - The nearest International airport is Madurai International Airport and Kochi International Airport which are 136 kms and 190 kms away respectively. Fly down any of these airports and grab a taxi to Thekkady.

By Rail - Kottayam is the nearest railway station 110 kms away from Kumily. There are frequent trains available from all major cities in India to Kottayam.

Why Thekkady?

With 777sq km area of wilderness, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most spectacular wildlife reserves in India. The air is healthy and therapeutic which refresh your mind and body. Enjoy a walk around the famous spice plantations of Periyar enchanted and captivated, feeling the aroma of fresh spices and educate yourself how these spices are cultivated and processed. Trek through the hypnotizing ambient woods of the Periyar, listening to the whispers of the Jungle. Spot some rare birds, mighty elephants, Ferocious Bison, Deer and so on. Ride through the countryside on an elephant, the mightiest of the animal kingdom. Experience the heritage tribal dance of the tribals by which they communicate with the Mother Nature. Make a visit to Thekkady and you will be bewitched in her intriguing wilderness.

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