Thekkady is a small village located in Kerala. It is geographically situated amidst spice plantations. Tourists are attracted by its natural beauty, wildlife and the Spice Plantations. Thekkady might be small in its size, but attracts thousands of visitors every year. Be it scenic charm, biodiversity or rich plantations, Thekkady has endless charm to attract visitors. Giving below some of the most popular places to visit in and around Thekkady :
1.Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is World’s most famous natural wildlife reserves situated in Thekkady. In 1978, it was declared as Tiger Reserve. Periyar is a thick evergreen forest and its scenic beauty attracts visitors from all over the world. The artificial lake is created by the Mullaperiyar Dam across Periyar which makes the scenic beauty of this reserve stunning. A herd of wild elephants adds to the beauty of Periyar. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is open from 6 AM to 6 PM.
If you love trekking, then, Kurisumala is the best place to be at in Thekkady. Trekking tours are conducted daily by the Forest Department. The fee for joining the trekking group is very minimal. Generally the trekking tours start at 7am.
The views of green hills and fresh air above mountains make Ramakkalmedu worth visiting. This destination also gives a glimpse of villages Bodi and Cumbum on Eastern slope of Western ghats. Ramakkalmedu is 40 kms away from Thekkady and 75 Kms from Munnar.
Exotic flora, fauna and gorgeous streams located between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu border make Pandikuzhi best place for visitors. It is popular beautiful picnic spot. If you are keen about photography, then, Pandikuzhi is ideal destination. It also has some trekking areas which nature lovers would find interesting.
This is a small village comprising of mind-blowing views of plains and waterfalls offering visual treat to visitors. Chellarkovil slopes down to popular coconut groves of cumbum situated in Tamil Nadu. The village is in proximity of 15 Kms from Kumily.
6. Spice Plantations
Thekkady is famous for its spice plantations. Cloves, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon and cardamom are some of the major spices grown here. The feeling to get up at dawn in the lap of Nature, smelling the fresh, aromatic air is uncomparable to anything. It gives you a feeling of waking up in a green paradise, far away from our planet.
Things To Do
Trekking: Due to rich hilly areas in Thekkady, there are rich prospects of trekking in this village. Major trekking hotspots are: Kurisumala, Ottakathalamedu near Kumily, Grampi and Pullumedu.
Boat Cruising on Periyar Lake: Periyar Lake offers opportunities of cruising. The fares of entrance vary on their domestic or international authenticity.
How To Reach Thekkady
Thekkady is in proximity to Madurai. Since, Thekkady is a relative small place, it does not have any airport, travelers have to deboard at Madurai which is 136 Km away from Thekkady. You can hire a cab from Madurai to reach Thekkady.
If you are looking for international airport, then, deboard the flight at Cochin International Airport. It is 190 Km away from Thekkady. The connectivity of this airport is smooth from various cities in India and various other countries. To reach Thekkady from Cochin, hiring cab will be an ideal decision or else you can take state transport buses.
If you are looking for the inexpensive option to travel to Thekkady, then, hiring a bus will be ideal choice. Whether you are traveling from Cochin, Trivandrum or Kottayam, then, government or private run buses can be boarded. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses run at regular intervals from Kottayam, Cochin and Trivandrum to Thekkady.
The smell of fresh spices will remain fresh in your mind for a long time!