186 kms, south east of Trivandrum
Thekkady Attractions :
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Periyar Lake,
Best Time to Visit Thekkady :
September to March
is located in the Iddukki district of South Indian state, Kerala. Thekkady
is situated towards the lower end of the state and close to the borders of
the adjacent state, Tamil Nadu. The place is about 60 kms from the central
Idukki and exists as a wonderful tourist place featuring hill stations,
plantations and wildlife sanctuaries. Thekkady weather remain quite pleasant from Sep to Mar.
Introducing Thekkady Tourism
Thekkady India with its panoramic views of nature, is a popular tourist
destination in the state of Kerala. The landscape is dominated by the
wildlife sanctuary, low lying hills and plantation lands. The nature has a
good hold on the lands in Thekkady Kerala. The wildlife sanctuary that lies
sprawling here is one of the largest in India. The boat safari on the
Periyar lake exposes one to the realms of natures and provides a chance to
spot the wildlife in its natural habitat. For a clean and green place there
Places to visit in Thekkady
Sanctuary - Wilderness Thekkady:
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, spread over 777 square
kilometres is a very famous wildlife reserve and one of the largest in
India. Periyar Lake, an artificial reservoir, is the cynosure at the
reserve. The core area of the park constitutes a national park. The
sanctuary supports great many species of woodland, aquatic and arboreal
animals. The sanctuary is dominated by dense forests, open fields at many
places and waterways. The fauna supported by the park includes elephants,
tigers, leopards, sambhar deer, wild boars, bears, wild dogs, bison, gaurs,
flying squirrels, civets and snake species.
Periyar Lake lies within the sanctuary area.
The Thekkady boating in the Periyar Lake is one thing you shouldn't miss at
Thekkady. The boat cruises often have encounters with elephant herds
crossing the lake, gaurs, bison, wild boars and many other species.
Kumily is a small plantation town about 4 kms from
Thekkady which is a famous shopping centre and a leading spice plantation
site in the state. The town supports plantations including pepper, cardamom,
cinnamon, cloves, tea and coffee.
Nature and Bird Watching Treks:
The Nature Treks and Bird
Watching Treks started by the Forest Department at Periyar Sanctuary are
wonderful exercises amidst the rich bio diversity of the park. The guides
for these treks happen to be some selected and trained local tribes men who
know the place well. The Pandikuzhi area, some 5 kms from Thekkady, also
offers great trekking experiences.
Places Where You Can Stay
Some known hotels and cottages that provide accommodation at Thekkady
include Lake Palace Thekkady, Taj Garden Retreat, Spice Village, Shalimar
Spice Garden. These include the high budgeted ones. The economical class
includes Hotel Ambadi, Periyar House, Hotel Kumily Gate, Michael's Inn, etc.
How to Reach Thekkady
The Kerala State Road Transportation Corporation (KSRTC) run their buses to
Kumily, which is about 5 kms from Thekkady. Mant private operators also
provide the service to Kumily. The nearest railhead to Thekkady is at
Kottayam, some 110 kms away from the place. One can reach Madurai by air,
which is the nearest airport and about 140 kms from Thekkady.
Thekkady to Alleppey Distance:153 Kilometers / 95 Miles.
Distance from Munnar to Thekkady :100 Kilometers / 62 Miles
Distance from Madurai to Thekkady : 145 KM
Distance from Bangalore to Thekkady :515 km Time by road is 10 hrs
Distance from Trivandrum TO Thekkady :250 km Time by road is 3 hrs, 50 mins
Thekkady Tour Packages
Features : Starting from
Cochin, the package provides the touch and feel of major tourist
attractions. The sojourn is accompanied with tours to the famous hill
stations, beaches, historic places and backwaters of Kerala. Places to
be visited include Cochin, Periyar, Munnar, Kumarakom, Kovalam and more.
Features : Kerala Vacation
Package provides a customized tour to spend vacations at some prized
attractions of Kerala. The tour emphasizes on leisure and provides for
guided city tours including that of famous city Mumbai. The destinations
covered by the tour are Cochin, Kumarakom, Periyar, Kovalam and Mumbai.
Features : The tour is an
ideal way of spending the vacations at Kerala backwater destinations.
The package provides for a complete experience at famous lakes and
lagoons of Kerala. Cruises, boat rides, city exploration and beach
leisure are some of the events covered in the tour. It is an extensive
tour of some selected destinations like Cochin, Periyar, Kumarakom and
Features : This extended tour
provides for a mix of adventure and leisure. The tour showcases
important tourist destinations of Kerala encompassing hill stations,
beaches, plantations lands, backwaters and more. Local city tours,
adventurous treks, cruises and leisure at beach are some of the events
covered in the tour. The destinations covered include Trivandrum,
Munnar, Madurai, Thekkady, Cochin, Alleppey and Kovalam.
Features : The tour features
some selected places in the state of Kerala. It is a complete leisure
trip at destinations including Cochin, Periyar, Kumarakom and Marari
Beach. The package incorporates activities like boat safari, sunset
cruise, bird watching and beach activities.
Features : An extensive tour
through popular attractions of Kerala, capturing the beauty and
experience of backwaters, spice towns, hill stations, wildlife and some
popular shrines. The tour features most of the destinations of Kerala,
with the exception of Madurai. The destinations covered include Quilon,
Alleppey, Cochin, Munnar, Madurai, Periyar, Kumarakom and Kovalam.