One of the finest wildlife reserves in India is Thekkady’s Periyar forest. Hill town and scenic plantations which nestle pretty trails for and mountain walks and treks is spread across the entire district. Along with cardamom, tea and coffee a delight for tourists its unending chain of hills with scented spice plantations that are why which is Thekkady. In this region 143 orchid species, 171 grass species are over 1965 flowering plants. Periyar National Park is an important tourist attraction in the state of Kerala. A paradise of nature lover is Thekkady with its un-spoilt tropical forests and plant life and incredible wealth of animal. Many scenic Thekkady towns hold best chance for mountain walks and trekking.
The scenic plantations and hill towns which nestle pretty trails for mountain walks and treks are spread across the entire district. The herds of bison, wild elephants and deer which come down to drink in the lake are the greatest attractions of Periyar. The true abode of the Gods is Thekkady if Kerala is own country of God. The word conjures of Thekkady’s very sound up images of unending chains of hills, spice scented plantations and elephants. It has a pleasant heaven for those who love nature on earth in its manifestation of wild. You can sight wild squirrels, Asian elephants, lion tailed monkeys, bison, tigers, sambar deer, wild squirrels etc in the biggest wildlife sanctuary.
You can make a visit to Thekkady at any time. For all seasons destination is Thekkady. The climate of cool and pleasant will help you to explore Thekkady place wonderfully. During winter season take place most of the festival at Thekkady. Another time to explore the real beauty of Thekkady is Monsoon season so you don’t miss this chance if you are a monsoon lover.
PLACES TO VISIT
Periyar National Park
One of the most famous for bio- diversity regions is the National Park of Periyar. Also it is the great protected reserve area which is one can lay eyes on in India. You will instantly fall in love within your first glance of this captivating park whether you are a wildlife lover or not. You can easily spot Bengal tigers, wild pig, sambars, Indian giant squirrel, white tigers, Nilgiri Tahr and elephants of India among the dwellers of Periyar National Park. One must take go for rafting of bamboo of this amazing destination in Thekkady to enjoy the real pleasure.
Periyar Tiger Trail
A unique program is Tiger Trail of Periyar has high opportunities of spotting tigers. If you love being a part of bounty of nature you must visit Periyar Tiger Reserve which is one amongst the 27 tiger reserves in India and mainly known for being a sanctuary of elephant and tiger. There tourists can also spot tigers, elephants and sambhars. This trail of tiger gives tourists with a chance to explore wildlife deep inside the forest of Thekkady. An experience worth remembering is tourists trek along the Tiger Trail and along with guide’s thick vegetation of the reserve and official of Forest Department.
You simply cannot miss out the alluring Periyar Lake in Thekkady while visiting the abode of the wild. A popular for its wide varieties of wildlife is Lake of Periyar or Thekkady which is tucked in the heart of the jungle which is located near the National Reserve of Periyar. Here very common are views of an elephants bathing on the lakeside if you are lucky. One of its own kinds is Periyar Lake which is an artificial lake making its way through the wildlife protected area.
Yet another splendid place to visit in Thekkady is Pandikuzhi which is tucked away between the borders of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Among the visitors an ideal picnic destination is Thekkady which is located within a close proximity to Thekkady. Amongst thickets of stream of gushing and greenery a delightful spot for spending a day picnicking is Pandikuzhi. A humble little village that’s popular for its scenic beauty is Pandikuzhi. A cradled in scenic exotic fauna and flora and landscape is Pandikuzhi. It can simply be called a paradise of shutterbug in Own Country of God.
You can an amount of ecological projects most of which are being initiated by the local village in Chellarkovil. Among the famous places to visit in Thekkady the village of quaint has started figuring prominently. Chellarkovil is the small village which is famous for its Cumbum coconut grooves, waterfalls and green plains. It was also famous for a splendid view of hilly terrains which covered in an enchanting waterfall and lush green vegetation. This place is known for its luscious beauty and ecological balance.
A famous place for species but it is also known for cardamom gardening and coffee is Murikkady. Also a picnic spot is Murikkady which is located in proximity to the Tiger Reserve of Periyar. One place is Murikkady which can easily majestic you with its promising beauty in Thekkady. A true delight to the eye of visitor is the richness of beauty of nature and tranquil ambience, serene, panoramic views and pleasant climate is Murikkady. An equally exciting experience and a fun frolic is Murikkady which is adorned by unending plantation of coffee, cardamom and pepper.
Located near Periyar and Thekkady is Kumily which is a small town in the Hill of Cardamom in Kerala in the district of ldukki. This boast of township of being the largest Gram Panchayat in the entire of Kerala that seated in the hill of Cardamom. Also this place is a major spice- trading centre other than being a major tourist destination. An ideal tourist town in Own country of God is Kumily and also is embraced by pleasant climate throughout the year. Extremely popular place is Kumily for its tea plantations and spice.
You will reach a pictorial village called Gavi which drive around 14 km from the Thekkady’s heart. Gavi is also known for its rich fauna and flora in addition to all these. Here, along with a garden and museum which a range of accommodations are available. Around some of the most commonly found species is Nilgiri Tahr, an array of avifauna such kingfisher, hornbill and woodpecker, elephant and lion- tailed macaque. They can embark on enthralling camping choice in Gavi and pump up there for the thrill seekers.
One of the oldest temples of the region is Mangaladevi Temple which is dedicated to Mangaladevi or Kannagi. One of the major attractions in this tourist place is the Mangala Devi Temple in Idukki. Every year this temple is opens only once to pay their respects by devotees to the temple’s deity on a full moon day in between the month of April and May. Construct within the premises of the renowned Reserve of Periyar Tiger within the northern boundary is Mangala Devi Temple in Idukki. Another name of Mangala Devi is Kannaki which is a symbol of moral powers possessed by women. A highly sacred and revered temple hidden deep in the Thekkady’s forests is this temple.
This place is popular for the cultivation of its scenic natural terrain, herbs and species through a quaint little town with the enchanting River Periyar flowing. From the Thekkady located 18 km the large town of Vandiperiyar on the banks of Periyar River. Throughout the year, Vandiperiyar offers a satisfying atmosphere. Lover of nature can explore the Flower Garden and the Government Agricultural Farm other than in this region exploring the expansive tea and coffee plantations in fact which is a major source of income for the locals. In the town, a river makes activities such as fishing and boating possible.
Kadathanadan Kalari Center
A renowned center of the traditional form of Kalaripayyattu, martial arts that was invented by Sage Parshuram is Kadathanadan Kalari Center. The place where you can get a firsthand experience of the renowned art is the Kalari Center of Kadathanadan. The gallery is constructing keeping of the viewers in mind the safety. From a special gallery you can watch this splendid art form in sightseeing of Thekkady. Here, Kalaripayattu is the complete name of the art practiced which is more of traditional martial arts form of self- defense discipline representing unique culture of Kerala.
The silent town of Ramakalmedu is Nedumkandom from here this city is located 16 km. ramakalmedu lies in the mountain region on the border of Tamil Nadu which is located alongside the road of Thekkady- Munnar. Also a best trekking destination is Ramakkalmedu. The highest point in this area is the view point on top of the hill. Due to this you can always feel strong winds you can also find windmills around the vicinity while in Ramakkalmedu. Ramakalmedu lies on the Tamil Nadu border in the mountain region.
HOW TO REACH
By Road: The only and main approach which takes you directly to Thekkady is by road. The private or government buses run are the inexpensive way to get to Thekkady from nearby cities such as Kottayam, Cochin and Trivandrum.
By Train: In Kottayam is the nearest railway station to Thekkady which is located 114 km away. The railway station is well- linked to major cities.
By Air: Madurai is the nearest airport to Thekkady that located 136 km away. And the Cochin International airport is the nearest international airport to Thekkady.