Thekkady is a dream destination for any tourist visiting India. Thekkady is the location of the Periyar National Reserve and is the largest wildlife sanctuary in India. The 120 years old 'Surki' dam, Mullaperiyar built across the Peryiar River is a major tourist attraction here. This wildlife sanctuary is surrounded by an artificial lake part of the Mullaperiyar Dam and the Boat Cruise experience will provide a chance to see the wild animals in the sanctury.
Spots & Specialities in and around Thekkady:
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary: Periyar National Park is a protected Wildlife Sanctuary in the districts of Idukki and Pathanamthitta in Kerala. It is set as an elephant reserve and a tiger reserve; which was awarded the U.N.-India Biodiversity Governance award instituted by the Government of India and United Nations Development Programme for best managed Protected Area in the country for the year 2012. The Periyar Reserve is one of the major Eco-Tourism destinations in Kerala and is promoting community based eco-tourism and you could enjoy Nature Walk, Cloud Walk, Green Walk, Border Trekking, Bamboo Rafting, The Bamboo Grove & Jungle Inn, Bullock Cart Safari etc…
A boating cruise on Periyar Lake is an enchanting experience as you could see a variety of wildlife ranging from elephants, sambar, bears, and a variety of birds. If you are lucky, you might even see a Tiger.
Mullaperiyar Dam: The Mullaperiyar Dam is a masonry gravity dam built across the Periyar River in 1895 and thus formed the artificial lake Thekkady Lake. The boating cruise on Periyar Lake might give a chance to see a variety of wildlife ranging from elephants, sambar, bears, and a variety of birds. Periyar Reserve is the only sanctuary in India where you can enjoy the viewing of wildlife at close quarters safely in boats.
Kumily Town: Kumily Town is the major Spice trade centre in Kerala; that too especially the cardamom as the in and around areas are famous for the Cardamom Plantations. Kumily Town is situated on the outskirts of Periyar Tiger Reserve. It is a major border town between Kerala & TamilNadu. Kumily Town occupies most of all the resorts & home stays in Periyar region. Also there is Martial Art (Kalaripayattu) and Traditional Art form (Kathakali) performing centers every evening and the shows attract lot visitors.
Lower Camp: Water from the Mullaperiyar dam is taken through huge pipes to TamilNadu for generation of power and after for irrigation purposes. This spot is also gives a panoramic view of Tamil Nadu fields and valleys. The valleys near to Lower Camp region are full with grape plantations and can do visit it.
Gavi: Gavi is a picnic spot situated inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Gavi is about 28 kms from Thekkady and is an enchanting place for nature lovers & bird lovers. The entry to the area is limited to 100 members per day and the leisure activities are coordinated by the Kerala Forest Department. The eco-tourism project here offers activities including Trekking, Jeep Safari, Boat Ride, Jungle Camping, Guided Tours etc…
Murikkady: Murikkady is famous for the panoramic view of the spice plantations spread across hectors of land. This is the main centre in Kerala for Cardamom, Pepper & Coffe Plantations. The presence of reputed Homestays inside these spice plantations is a different experience to people from outside and it attracts travelers from cities.
Pandikuzhi: Pandikuzhi is panoramic view point offers a scenic view of the near TamilNadu villages and is situated at the border between Kerala & TamilNadu. It is a prime Trekking destination in Thekkady.
Mangala Devi Temple: Mangala Devi Temple is a beautiful old stone temple dedicated to Goddess Mangala located inside the thick forest ranges in wildlife santury of Periyar Reserve. This temple is situated in Kerala – Tamilnadu border and will open for visitors only once every year during the Chitra Pournami festival in the month of May.
Vandanmedu: Vandanmedu is known as the Land of Cardamom is about 25 kms away from Kumily on the way to Thekkady- Munnar road. The entire sides of the roads to Vandanmmedu are full with Cardamom plantations and are a rare beauty to watch. World’s largest auction centre of cardamom is situated in Vandanmedu. There is certain eco-friendly resorts part of these plantations and the experience of trekking through the cardamom hills is a mind-blowing experience to travellers.
Vandiperiyar: Vandipperiyar is a small plantation town near Thekkady which is about 18 kms from Kumily. Vandiperiyar is famous for vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations. Vandipperiyar is also a major spice trade centre, especially the Tea Trades. There are a large number of tea factories at Vandiperiyar with major plantation groups like AVT, Kannan Devan and Harisson’s Malayalam have large area of tea plantations near Vandiperiyar. The Government Agriculture Farm and Flower Garden situated in Vandiperiyar have a variety of rose plants, orchids and anthuriam which attracts the garden lovers.
Pattumala Church: Pattumala Church is in the name of The Velankanni Matha and is a major Marian pilgrim centre in Kerala. The church is built entirely of granite and attracts a lot because of its architectural beauty. Pattumala church is situated top of a hill near to Kuttikkanam on the Kumily-Kottayam road and offers a panoramic view of the tea plantations nearby.
Kuttikkanam: Kuttikkanam is the entrance to Highrange and is surrounded by lush green hills and tea plantations with a cover of misty atmosphere. Kuttikkanam is a prime adventure tourism destination with facilities including Trekking, terrain cycling, and mountain climbing. The other speciality with Kuttikanam is the off-road terrain competition events carried out at the sloppy areas of plantations attracts lot off-road race lovers to this pleasant and cool place. The Valanjanganam Waterfall near Kuttikanam in Kumaly-Kottayam road is a prime spot for all the travelers.
Parunthumpara: Parunthumpara is also known as Grampi or Eagle Rock. It is a beautiful hill station near Kuttikanam filled with big rocks. It gives a scenic view of the entire Peermade region attracting lots of tourists who likes adventure spots.
Tourist Destinations near Thekkady
Ramakalmedu: Ramakkalmedu is a hill station in Idukki district with a panoramic view of Tamil Nadu villages and towns. Ramakalmedu is also a prime Wind Farm region in Kerala. It has the highest wind-blow rate in Asian continent and the wind blows at a speed of around 35kms/hour in all seasons here. Ramakalmedu is at a height of about 3500 feet above sea level. People who dare to move up to the tip of the rock on the hill can feel to be at the top of the world.
Munnar: Munnar is a very famous hill station which is located in Idukki district. The highest peak of South India is located near Munnar namely the Anamudi hills and is the most preferred honeymoon tour destination in South India.
Kodaikanal: Kodaikanal is the most beautiful and highly preferred hill station in Tamil Nadu. The beauty of mountains with cool climate, the presence of calm & silent lakes and the Top station are the major attractions here. Kodaikanal is also famous for the apple plantations. The tourist can spend time in varying activities depends on their interests - one can go for cycling, horse riding, boating, trekking and many other adventure activities.
Vagamon: Vagamon is a hill station located near the border of Idukki district which is close to Kottayam. The cool climate and the green meadows attract lot travelers to this location. Vagamon is also known as Scotland of Asia. The enchanting pine forests, mists, fogs, tea estates, waterfalls with the green lush mountains are really striking and are a beauty to watch.
Ilaveezhapoonchira: Ilaveezhapoonchira is an enchating view point which attracts adventure tourist. This is a nice trekking spot which offers panoramic view of large parts of Idukki, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Alapuzha, Pathanamthitta and Thrissur districts. Also is the best place in Kerala to watch sunrise and sunset.
Malankara Dam: Malankara Dam is a major irrigation project in Kerala and the Reservoir is constructed across the tail waters of Moolamattom Power House of Idukki hydroelectric project. Malankara Dam is a gravity dam and the artificial lake created here in the Thodupuzha–Moolamattom Road (SH 33) attracts lot tourists for its breath taking beauty.
Naadukani: Nadukani means ‘to see the country’ is an ideal location offering panoranmic view of Malankara Reservoir, Moovatupuzha River and the cloud touching mountains. The view of a vast area of landscape is a beauty to watch.
Idukki Dam: Idukki Dam is one of the highest arch dams in Asia and is the third tallest arch dam in the world. Idukki Dam is the major hydroelectric project in Kerala. It is surrounded by the Idukki wildlife sanctuary. Wild Elephants are the major attraction in the sanctuary and is also famous for the rich flora & fauna.
Kalvarimount: Kalvari Mount is one among the popular hill station in the whole of Idukki. This view point provides a panoramic view of the Idukki Reservoir from Idukki to Ayyappancovil on one side and lush green mountains on the other side.
Kumarakom: Kumarakom is famous for its backwater tourism and is located near the city of Kottayam. Kumarakom is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in Kerala. The boat cruise on the backwaters is an enchanting experience to be remembered for lifelong.
Cochin/Kochi: Cochin/Kochi is popularly known as the “Queen of Arabian Sea” and is famous for its enthralling backwaters. The name Kochi is derived from the Malayalam word Kochazhi meaning small lagoon. Cochin/Kochi city includes Willingdon Island, Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, Ernakulam city, Kumbalangi, and outlying islands and is about to become one of the metropolitan cities in India. The new Vallarpadam transshipment terminal, first of its kind in India is taking Kochi to the Industrial Hub of India.