Thekkady is the largest wildlife sanctuary in India and a dream destination for both domestic and foreign tourists. The place is covered with hills and picturesque plantations that is home to myriad wildlife animals and birds. The beauty of the enchanting lakes, lush greenery and magnificent surroundings of Thekkady will surely take your breath away. It is one of those holiday destinations that you can never get weary of.
Location : State/District
Thekkady is located in the Idukki district in the state of Kerala in India. The latitudinal and longitudinal co-ordinates of Thekkady correspond to 9.5330° North and 77.2200° East respectively.
Thekkady is a very prominent and popular wildlife destination in India. It is also a favourite adventure destination with natural hilly trails and hills.A great family holiday destination
Thekkady is a perfect family holiday destination. Enjoying the bliss of wildlife with your loved ones makes the experience even more pleasurable. It is a great weekend retreat for people living in Kerala. Thekkady is also famous for outdoor activities like mountain walks and trekking, making it a sought-after holiday destination for adventure enthusiasts.
There is no exact time to visit Thekkady however travellers must avoid visiting the place during the monsoons. Thekkady experiences pleasurable climate all year round. Summer months from March to May remains only moderately hot. The monsoon season from June till September is marked with heavy rainfall. Due to the rains, landslide is a common occurrence, therefore it is best to avoid the place during this time. The winters in Thekkady is comfortable and cool and starts from October till February. Thekkady is an all-year round destination, however the best time to plan a holiday is from the months of September to March. The place looks extremely beautiful during this time.
Travelling to Thekkady to witness untamed wildlife is free from any restrictions for the citizens of India. Foreign travellers need visa permission from the government for travelling to Thekkady. Their passports should also stand valid for the next six months from the designated time.
Places to Visit
The visit to the Periyar Lake is the first and the foremost thing tourists undertake during their visit in Thekkady. It is an artificial lake formed from the waters of the Mullaperiyar Dam. Periyar Lake is characterised by awe-inspiring sceneries and wildlife sanctuary. The boat ride in this lake gives you an unforgettable experience. While on the ride, you get the marvellous view of elephants cooling down, spot wild boar and deer and enjoy the music of birds chirping. The Periyar boat ride starts at 6 or 7 in the morning depending on the season. Do not forget to take your binoculars with you.
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is an important destination for tourists. Located on the banks of Periyar River, this place is renowned for the best wildlife sighting experiences in India. The wildlife sanctuary is an abode for wild animals like elephants, tigers, wild boar, deer, Malabar squirrels, black langurs, lion-tailed macaques and a lot more. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary offers the most picturesque view of the lush green surroundings. This place is a paradise for nature lovers and shutterbugs.
The Periyar Tiger Trails in this sanctuary is the place you can visit to spot the magnificent tigers, if you are lucky. This adventure trekking experience is a must visit for adventure seekers and animal lovers. The trek into the wilderness is guided by tribal guards who know the place in and out. You can be lucky and spot the daring tigers just few feets away from you in the Periyar Tiger Trails.
The Mangala Devi Temple is a popular temple located amidst the Periyar forests, at just 3 kms from Thekkady. Dedicated to Goddess Mangala Devi, this temple holds immense religious significance among local people and tourists. Large numbers of devotees visit the Mangala Devi Temple each year and also enjoy the beautiful architecture of this place.
Kadathanadan Kalari Centre in Thekkady is world famous for Kalaripayattu, the martial arts form of Kerala. This display of this traditional martial art form is immensely enjoyed by travellers.
Thekkady is popular for its spice plantations. Abraham’s Spice Garden is a huge organic garden of different spices. The place is located between Kottam and Thekkady. The picturesque view and scenic charm of the Abraham’s Spice Gardens will surely enthral you. Murikaddy is the site for finest spice plantations in the world. Located in Thekkady it is a renowned destination known for the exotic aroma of its spices. These places are a must visit for individuals interested in organic farming and spice cultivation.
Kumily is a beautiful destination located close to Thekkady at the foothills of Cardamom. The place is an extremely famous for its cardamoms cultivation and is popular tourist hub all year round.
Peermedu is located at a distance of 33 kms from Thekkady and is local getaway known for its natural scenic beauty. This place is also a chief spice and tea-coffee plantation site of the region.
Vagamon is located at 55 kms from Thekkady and is a wonderful hill station surrounded by meadows and tea gardens. It is a quiet getaway for nature seekers. Vagamon is bordered by plantations of pepper, coffee, rubber and vanilla.Food & Accommodation
Thekkady is the place to enjoy traditional Kerala cuisine. Some of the popular south Indian delicacies that your must try are idli, dosa, kuppa, rice and different curries. Most of the restaurants serve these delicacies while the roadside eateries are not to be missed. Being a prime tourist destination, Thekkady has restaurants that serve all kinds of cuisines. Some of the popular eating joints are Chrissie’s Cafe, Periyar Cafe, Bar-B-Que, Coffee Garden Restaurant, Spice Haven Annexe and Bamboo Cafe.
Thekkady has hotels to suit every traveller’s budget. If you want pocket-friendly options, take a look at the Kerala House Home Stay, Haritha Home Stay, Periyar View Home Stay, White House Home Stay, Elephant Hills Home Stay and Hotel S N International. These hotels have room tariffs from INR 1000-2200 per night. If you want world class service and facilities, pick any of these luxurious choices like Elan Hill Resorts, Abad Green Forest, Spice Village, Shalimar Spice garden, Muthoot Cardamom County, Thekkady Wild Corridor and Caramelia Haven The Plantation Resort. These hotels are priced at INR 6000+ per room/night.