Being synonymous with the Thekkady Wildlife sanctuary and the Periyar Lake, Thekkady in Idukki district of Kerala is a tourist site that attracts a large number of wildlife enthusiasts and the photographers. Visit to this location means viewing a herd of the wild elephant drinking water on the banks of a lake. Besides its wildlife attraction it is an ideal site for the trekkers and hikers. The wildlife sanctuary of Thekkady is set an altitude of 4000-5000 feet; it is the only tiger reserve in Kerala. While penetrating into the forests of Thekkady on can discover a world on his own due to its rare animal population and natural vistas.
The lake formed by the construction of the Mullaperiyar dam is the most beautiful one to have a dream boat ride overlooking the scenic surroundings. The other attraction of Thekkady is the Mangala Devi temple sleeps in the dense forests. Thekkady is visited by tourist as a part of wildlife tour to Kerala.
Season Timing :
The peak season to visit Thekkady is from September to May. However, one can visit Thekkady throughout the year due to its pleasant weather. From February onwards it is recommended to visit Thekkady due to the animals seen on the banks of the river.
How to Reach :
One can easily reach Thekkady from Kumili bus stand which is just 2 kilometers away from Thekkady. Kumili has bus service to Ernakulam.
Thekkady has well road networks to all major cities of Kerala.
Kottayam is the nearest railway station to reach Thekkady. One will get private taxi at the railway station.
Temple Processions :
Elephant being used for lots of cultural activities is an important part of Kerala cultural life. One will sure have a look of the elephant while visiting Kerala, God’s Own Country. Even elephant is a member of a family symbolizing the economic condition of a family. Like other parts of Kerala Thekkady witnesses lots of festivals, mostly temple festivals where elephants are decorated. The most well celebrated festival is the Chithra Pournami festival of the Mangala Devi temple. Only on this festival this temple is open for visitors. Tourists while visiting Thekkady at the festive time of the temples can explore all its colorful temple processions accompanied with the music and dance.
Cycling paths are available here which traverses through the hilly areas as well the scenic cardamom plantations.
Thekkady has so much in store for a trekker. Here are routes to the mountain ranges; one can choose the less risky one. The route of Periyar reserve to Munnar is a revered one. While trekking through this route one has to cross the Periyar River via bamboo rafts. Camping at the tropical rainforest of Periyar is sure to a mesmerizing one where one can spot various wild animals, but be careful as it is a little bit risky.
Plantation Tours :
One can also experience plantation tours to explore the tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as the tribal life in the surrounding hills.
Elephant rides :
An elephant safari is the best way to explore the jungle life and natural surroundings of Thekkady. Indian Memoirz arranges you an elephant tour to explore the wild life and the greeneries.
Tourist Places in Thekkady
A Thekkady tour to Kerala includes sightseeing of the places like.
1Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary :
While in Thekkady the nature and wildlife fan can visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary located at Thekkady in Idukki district of Kerala. Being known as the only tiger reserve in Kerala, Thekkady or Periyar Sanctuary is a worth visiting one in Kerala. One can explore here the wild animals like elephants, deer, bison, sambars, gaurs, lion-tailed macaques and Nilgiri Langurs. The rare birds can be spotted here are herons, egrets, darters, kingfishers and the great Malabar grey hornbill. This sanctuary is also home to a variety of reptiles like Cobras, Vipers, Kraits, monster lizards and even pythons. Trekkers can also trek to the hills of Thekkady to have the best glimpse of the scenic surroundings along with the Periyar Lake dotted on a stunning location.
Located at a distance of 4 kilometers from Thekkady in Kerala, Kumily is spice plantation town in Idukki. Being one of the most renowned spice manufactures of Kerala, Kumily has a shopping zone of spice where one can buy the spices at a cheap rate, and the spices are fenugreek, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom and cloves.
To please a fastidious eye, one must visit Pandikuzhi beautified with its silver waterfalls, flowing streams, hills and valleys. The villages are beautiful with natural surroundings. One can also visit Perapara where a dome-shaped rock is dotted on a high land.
4Mangala Devi Temple :
One of the most famous temples of Kerala, Mangala Devi Temple attracts tourist from all over the world. But it is open to the visitors during the time of Chitrha Purnima festival celebrated in the months of March-April as it is located amidst the thick forests. This temple is dedicated to deity of Kannaki of ancient Tamil literature.
Vandanmedu, a small village famous for its cardamom plantation, is a worth visiting site. One can explore the spice gardens here.
A hill station in Thekkady, Vandiperiyar is renowned for its tea factories, coffee and pepper plantations. One can also visit the Government agriculture and flower garden to view the rare species of orchids.
More great destinations can be found in the Explore India page.
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