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Thekkady Guide

ocated in the Idukki district of Kerala, Thekkady makes a wonderful stopover. No matter whether you are here for adventure, fun, wild life or nature, Thekkady will never leave you unimpressed! Thekkady tourism offers something exceptional for every visitor here. There is a bevy of interesting outdoor leisure activities like bird watching, wild life safari and boating in the Periyar lake, which will give you a wonderful chance to spot herds of elephants and other large animals like bisons and deer in their natural habitat.



Tourist Attractions in Thekkady

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary which is one of the last homes of the Indian tigers, holds the repute of one of the best maintained wild life sanctuaries in the country. Spread over an area of 777 sq km, dotted with thick evergreen forest, the sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is also a treasure trove of some of the rare species of flora and fauna that are native of Kerala. The flora of the park includes over 1965 flowering plants, 171 grass species, 143 species of orchids and the only South Indian conifer. Apart from the tigers, the park has a diverse wild life including wild elephant, gaur, wild boar, lion tailed macaque, Nilgir Tahr and Malabar giant squirrel among others. The best time to visit animals is during summer (March- May). The Sanctuary Watch Tower situated in the forest interior gives you a panoramic view of the park.

Kumily

Kumily is the plantation town which is closely associated with Thekkady. This plantation town is located about 4 kms from Thekkady and offers excellent experiences of the spice scented plantation towns. Kumily is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar national park. Shopping centre, spice trade centre, the main bus stand and most of the medium range accommodation are situated in Kumily.

Murikkady

Murikkady is situated about 5 kms. from Thekkady. Washed in fresh spice scented air, Murikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.

Mangala Devi Temple

Mangala Devi Temple is hidden in the dense woods at the top of a peak 1337 m above sea level. The ancient temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture. Visitors are allowed here only on the Chithra Pournami festival day. The peak commands a panoramic view of the eastern slopes of the ghats and some hill villages of Tamil Nadu.

Vandiperiyar

The river Periyar flows through the centre of Vandiperiyar and nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations. Vandiperiyar is a major trade centre and also home to a number of tea factories. The Government Agriculture Farm and Flower Garden have a delightful array of rose plants, orchids and anthurium at this place.

 

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