Thekkady is one of the major destinations of the state of Kerala, the God’s own country. Due to its unmatched natural beauty and serenity, this small town is visited by a large number of tourists every year. The town also houses one of world’s most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries. Thekkady is also the major base point to access some of the other exotic sites in Kerala as well as in Tamil Nadu. A visit to Thekkady also provides you the opportunity to see wildlife at close ranges, besides the varied vegetation and a wide variety of birds.Periyar is the bestknown wildlife sanctuary in south India. Though billed as thekaddya tiger reserve, Periyar is really famous for its wild elephants, 100yearold artificial lake and its setting in the beautiful thickly forested Western ghats.In the crisp, cool air of the Western Ghats you will experience the most enchanting holiday. With the animals of the wild and the simple mountain people. In the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India, and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks. This is not your best shot at spotting the Bengal Tiger considering there are less than 40 of them that inhabit an area of 777sq.km but there’s plenty of other game like the Nilgiri langoor, Nilgiri tahr, bison, deer, antelope and about 700 elephants to make the trip worthwhile.Thekkady with its unmatched natural beauty and serenity is one of the major destinations in the state of Kerala.A visit here provides you the chance to see wildlife at close ranges, along with varied vegetation and a wide assortment of birds. At an altitude of 7001900 m above sea level, this place has a cool and comfortable climate suitable for treks and mountain walks.

The Asian elephant is diminutive compared to its larger African cousin but the thrill of spotting a herd of them lumbering through the dense shola (forest) or wading into a lake is going to be no less than seeing the African elephant in the Masai Mara grasslands. There are more than 700 of these large grey animals thasend online queryt have for a long time been a symbol of Indian exotica. Over a 100 species of butterfly and at least 240 species of birds inhabit the area.Around the park are some interesting aromatic spice gardens. Many have good guides who’ll tell you about the medicinal value of each spice and maybe startle you with how much of the research is millennia old. Trekking, especially night trekking, is also an exciting option for all those who have the energy level to carry of a difficult expedition. Permission has to be obtained for this purpose from the forest department. For night trekkers, the forest department also provides armed guards. Camping is done when tourists are on a Tiger Trail programmed. In this, usually, five guides and two forest officials accompany tourists in order to guide them and also to prevent them from getting lost in the forest area.

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Thekkady, located in central Kerala, is a popular hill station and a wildlife centre.


The climate of the city is tropical in nature. The average maximum and minimum temperatures of the city is 31 and 16 degrees C respectively. Though the climate of the city is pleasant throughout the year but the city can be best visited during September to May.

History of Thekkady City (Periyar) :

Educational Institutions Thekkady City (Periyar) :

Pullikkanam, Vagamon, Idukki,, Idukki, Kerala 685503 - 09846133338 - 45 km

Government Engineering College Idukki
Painavu, Idukki, Idukki, Kerala 685603 - 048 62233250 - 44 km

NSS College, Pandalam, Pathanamthitta, Kerala - 04734 252221 - 67 km

Mar Thoma College
Kuttapuzha ( P.O), Tiruvalla, College Road, Pathanamthitta, Kerala 689103 - 0469 2630342 - 69 km

ANJAC- Sivakasi
Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu - 61 km E

Titus II Teachers Training College
Thiruvalla, Pathanamthitta, Kerala - 0469 2601383 - 70 km


The local language spoken here is Malayalam the mother tongue of the people of Kerala known as keralites or Malayalees


How to reach Thekkady City (Periyar) ?

Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam, Madurai, Teni, Changanaserry are the major railheads near Thekkady.
Nearest Airport:The nearest airports are at Madurai and Kochi, which are well connected to all the major cities of India.
Road Transport:The city is connected to various destinations of South India by frequent bus services.

Tourist Attraction of Thekkady City (Periyar)

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary :
The rich forest area of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves. Spread in an area of 777 sq km, of which 360 sq.kmsend online query is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 1978.The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mulla Periyar dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. Here, you can enjoy the unique experience of observing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. Though the greatest attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants, you can also see gaur, sambar deer, tiger, jungle cat, sloth bear and wild boar which can be sighted from the boats. There are about 265 species of birds including migrants, which make your boat ride more lyrical.

Located at a distance of 25 km from Thekkady, the town is known as a large auction centre for cardomom. A visit to its spectacular spice plantations offers a unique experience.

Yet another spectrum of nature’s flora and fauna is Pandikuzhi. Sandwiched between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu border it is an ideal picnic, trekking and photographic spot as well as a favourite day and weekend destination for localities.

Around 44 kilometres from Thekkady, Peermede is situated at an altitude of 915 -1100 m above sea level and is famous as a plantation town. The town has been named after Peer Mohammed, a famous Sufi saint who was a close. Peermede is also known for its tea, cardamom, rubber and coffee plantations. Moreover, Kuttikanam, Thrissanku Hills, the Mausoleum of the Sufi saint, the summer palace of the royal family, the residence of the Diwan, and the lofty peaks and streams are other major attractions of this place.

This is about 5 kms away from Kumily. Cradled between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu State border, this picturesque place is a popular picnic spot. Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer's delight.

Lies between the palm-fringed backwaters on the west and the wild Western Ghats to its east. It is characterised by picturesque backwaters couples with the lush countryside brimming with rubber, tea, coffee, teak, cardamom and pepper plantations. Besides there are churches and houses built in the colonial style and many important religious places. Kottayam is the first fully literate town of India. It is also the home of Kerala’s publishing industry. Kottayam houses some revered temples of south India like Thirunakkara Mahadevar Shiva Temple, Valiapalli and the Cheriapalli. Moreover, it also has the famous Thazhathangadi Mosque and the wonderful Good Shepherd Church that add to its beauty and importance.

Located about 128 km from Thekkady, Kumarakom is a must visit. The main attractions here include the Kumarakom bird sanctuary with a large variety of migratory birds. Sailing in the furnished boathouses here is an exquisite experience. Kumarakom is also famous for old churches and the popular form of ayurveda treatment.

About 4 kms from Thekkady, this plantation town is closely associated with Thekkady. Situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary, Kumily is an important shopping centre and spice trade centre.

Mangla Devi Temple
Just about 15 km from Thekkady, lies Mangla Devi at an elevation of 1337 m above sea level. This temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture and is an important Hindu pilgrimage site. From here you can have a panoramic view of the slopes of both the eastern and western ghats and of some hill villages of Tamil Nadu.

Just 5 kilometres from Thekkady, Murikkady is particularly famous for its cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.

Thekkady (Periyar) Travel Guide
The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up imageselephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations.

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

A plantation town easily accessible from Thekkady, this is located just on the brim of the Periyar wildlife Sanctuary. Apart from being an important tourist destination, Kumily is also an important centre for spice trade.

Also called the temple city of India, it is one of the most visited religious destinations in southern India on the rocky banks of the river Vaigai..Madurai is also a modern industrial city of the state. Having been the political capital of the Pandyan and the Nayakan dynasties, Madurai was the centre of learning South Indian culture and tradition for the past 2,500 years. The magnificent gopurams of the Meenakshi Temple are the main attraction of the city. Apart from this, the Mariamman Teppakulam, Tirumalai Nayak Mahal, Thirupparankunram, Azhagar Koil, Gandhi Museum and Koodal Alagar Temple are other important sites to visit in Madurai.

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation in Thekkady City (Periyar) :

Aranya Nivas & Lake Palace Hotel
Thekkady, 685 536 04862 322023 0.1 km N

Hotel Mount Sinai
Thekkady Junction, Idukki district, PO Box 14, Kumily, Kerala State, Kerala 685509 048 69222605 8.9 km NW

Paradisa Plantation Retreat
Kottayam Kumily Road, Murinjapuzha, Kumily, Kerala 685532 0469 2602828 7.7 km N

Hotel Treetop Rated 3.5 out of 5.0 15
Thekkady P.O, Thekkady, Kerala 685536 09895077199 8.2 km N

Hotel Ambadi Rated 3.8 out of 5.0 8
Ambadi Junction, Thekkady, Kerala 685536 048 69222193 8.4 km N

Taj Garden Retreat Rated 3.5 out of 5.0 37
Amalambika Road, Via Kumily, Thekkady, Kerala 685 536 04869 322401 11 km NW

SH 17, Munnar, Idukki, Kerala 685612 09349157077 63 km N

Wild Elephant EcoFriendly Resort, Munnar, Kerala 4
Kallar Mankulam Road, Viripara, Mankulam Village, Munnar, Kerala 682026 09447159171 63 km N

Hill View Hotel Rated 2.6 out of 5.0 18
A. M. Road, Munnar, Munnar, Kerala 04865 230567 63 km N

Camp Noel Nature Resort and Hotel, Munnar, Kerala, India. Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 37
Pazhathottam, Munnar, Kerala 685615 09447166295 63 km N

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