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Thekkady - Land of Rich Wildlife OR Periyar National Park OR India’s only Tiger reserve

STATE - KERALA

DISTANCE - 530 KM From Bangalore

 
CONNECTION

AIR : Nearest airport to Thekkady is Madurai, Thamilnadu. Madurai is placed at a distance of 136 km away from Thekkady. Madurai Airport is connected to Chennai and Coimbatore. The major international airport near to Thekkady is Nedumbassery airport in Cochin, at a distance of 190 km away.

RAIL : Nearest railway station is Kottayam, which is located at a distance of 114 km from Thekkady. Kottayam is well connected to all railway stations in India. All express trains have stop at Kottayam station.

ROAD : Thekkady is just 4 km away from the town Kumily on NH220, which links Kollam to Theni in Tamil Nadu via Kottayam, Peermade and Vandiperiyar. there is frequent buses, Taxi, Auto Rickshas available it will be more pleasure to have a walk from Kumily to Thekkady. Kumily is well connected with all major cities of Kerala and Tamilnadu. KSRTC(Kerala State Road Transport Corporation) public transport buses connect Thekkady with other nearby cities. Super fast buses are regularly available from Kottayam, Kochi and Trivandrum to Thekkady.

ABOUT THEKKADY

Thekkady is one of the important tourist destinations in India. Thekkady is located in Iddukki district of Kerala in a distance of 160 miles from Thiruvanandpuram. The place has gained utmost popularity and is well known for wildlife preservation.It is unique and abundantly rich with flora, fauna and varied ranges of birds that cannot be seen in any other wildlife sanctuaries. In Thekkady, one can watch wildlife in a close range. Thekkady wildlife sanctuary offers unique opportunity to watch and film the wildlife while they are in action. Thekkady is a paradise with its natural scenic beauty, clear waters and the serene atmosphere literally captivates the visitors.The man made Thekkady Lake with its partially submerged trucks became the synonym of Thekkady. Thekkady is situated about 4000 ft above sea level. It is a perfect holiday destination with its unique chill weather, endless scenic beauties, aroma of spice plantations and friendly people. Thekkady provides various opportunities for adventurous tourism such as trekking, wildlife train, bamboo rafting, border hiking and rock climbing.

PLACES OF INTERESTS IN THEKKADY

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary : Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geo-morphological diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world.

Kumily : This plantation town, closely associated with Thekkady, is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary. It is an important shopping centre and spice trade centre, the main bus station and most of the medium range accommodation in the Periyar region is in Kumily.

Pandikuzhi : This picturesque place is cradled between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu State border is a popular picnic spot. Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer's delight.

Chellarkovil : This sleepy little village with its spectacular view of the plains (and cascading waterfalls during the monsoons) is a feast for your eyes. The village slopes down to the famous coconut groves of Kambam in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

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

Calvary Mount : Both a pilgrim destination and trekiking track. The view of Idukki Arch Dam from here is sure to enthrall you. The State Forest Department conducts trekking expeditions exploring the wilds.

Ottakathalamedu : An off-beat trekking spot. With the guidance of Tourist Amenity Centre here, you can explore nature and go adventurous.

RELIGIOUS PLACES IN THEKKADY

Mangladevi temple : This ancient temple is hidden in the dense woods at the top of a peak 1337 M above sea level. The 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 other side of the ghats and the vast plains of Tamil Nadu. Permission to visit the area can be obtained from the Wildlife Warden at Thekkady.

Ramakalmedu : This mountain peak that overlooks eastern slpoes of the Western Ghats and the vast plains of Tamil Nadu. The place owes its name to the tale that the lord Sree Rama, the Hindu mythological god had set his foot on this rock. Also, Kerala’s biggest statue, Kuravan and Kurathy treats you here. The rocks, between which the Idukki Arch Dam was built, are named Kuravan and Kurathy, two histrical characters of the local comminity.

Kurisumala : A trekker’s paradise and the highest peak in Thekkady. Literally means the ’mountain of the cross’, this hill offers a panoramic view of surroundings including a glimpse of Periyar Lake, Kumily town and vast areas of nehbouring Tamil Nadu state.

WHEN TO GO

November to March is considered an ideal time to visit. If you plan your visit during summer season, your chances of spotting wildlife is much better. Monsoon season is the ideal time for ayurvedic treatment.

WEATHER

Thekkady enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year. Summers could he hot and sultry with temperature climbing up to 31 degree Celsius.

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

  • Aranmula Vallamkali (Boat Race)
  • Champakulam Boat Race
  • Flavor Food Festival
  • Elephant Pageant
  • Onam Festival
  • Temple Festival Thrissur

FOOD AND RESTURANTS

The eating habit of the locals here is a mix of cuisines from both sides. Idli, dosa and kappa are the items that you will find at almost all food joint in Thekady. Rice and curry, made of vegetables or fish, is the staple food of the people of the region.

The in-house restaurants in Thekkady hotels and resorts offer a delectable variety of cuisines to choose from, in addition to some scrumptious traditional Kerala fare. Relish the fiery and tangy taste of Kerala cuisine at Thekkady restaurants.

The Elamala Restaurant, located on Thekkady main road, is one of the best known restaurants in Thekkady. Cuisines on offer here include the best of Indian, Continental, Chinese dishes.

The gourmet Restaurant attached to Hotel Treetop is stylishly laid out and serves a wide array of cuisines from all around the world apart from traditional Kerala dishes.

 

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