Thekkady(Periyar) Tourism

Thekkady(Periyar) Tourism

Thekkady(Periyar) Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Jungle
  • District: Idukki
Thekkady, located in the Idukki district of the state of Kerala, is the place where the Periyar National Park is located. Thekkady lies very close to Kumily, which lies on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, spread across an area of 300 square miles, is home to thick evergreen forests, deciduous forests and a host of animal species, viz. elephants, sambar, tigers, Nilgiri Langurs, etc.

Things to do in Thekkady

The Mullaiperiyar Dam has been built across the Periyar River here, resulting in the formation of an artificial lake, which adds to the scenic beauty of the place. Apart from the park, Thekkady has a few more tourist attractions. Tourists can also try various attractive packages options to tour Thekkady.

There is the Mangala Devi Temple here which opens only during the Chitra Pournima Festival. The Chellarkovil which is known for its waterfalls and the Anakkara are other attractions. Thekkady is also known for its natural spices which are found in abundance here in the form of clove, cardamom, cinnamon and black pepper. In recent times, the government has made concerted efforts to promote spice tourism in the area. The area of Anakkara along with Murikkady is known for its spice plantations.

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is surrounded by the Cardamom Hills, with the highest peak being that of Kottamalai at 2019 metres. The varying altitudes of the sanctuary give it different temperature conditions, which results in different types of vegetation. The temperature during the summer months could be between 15-20 Celsius, depending on the altitude.

Apart from being an ecotourism destination, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or Thekkady as it is often called, also attracts a lot of pilgrims every year who come here to visit the Sabarimala Temple here. The temple receives more than 3 million pilgrims every year.

The Periyar Wildlife sanctuary, which dates back to 1950, is largely a protected piece of land with tourist activity restricted to the northern end of the park. It has been done so to protect the flora and fauna of the region.     

Food and Shopping in Thekkady

Thekkady offers quite a few places to shop, for the most produces are spices and small knicks-knacks. Market places are very few and not big on scales. But, there are a few attractive stalls centrally located in those areas. One can buy fenugreek, rolls of cinnamon, white and green pepper, cardamom, star anise, coriander, nutmeg, cloves and more. Traditional banana chips should be missed out, which are fried in fresh coconut oil and this is also a speciality.    

Travelling to Thekkady

To reach Thekkady, the nearest airport is at Madurai in Tamil Nadu, which is located at a distance of around 136 km away from Thekkady. The nearest international airport is Nedumbassery airport in Kochi, which is at a distance of about 190 km away.  

Thekkady has the nearest railhead at Kottayam at a distance of about 114 km.  All the express trains that go to Trivandrum, passes through Kottayam as well. There is KSRTC public transport buses connecting Thekkady with nearby cities, along with super fast buses regularly available from Kochi, Kottayam and Trivandrum to Thekkady..

Accommodation options in Thekkady

Hotels in Thekkady range from mountain resorts and budget hotels to jungle resorts.  Most of these hotels also offer transfers for sightseeing and pick-up from railway and bus stations.

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Thekkady(Periyar) Traveller Reviews

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Abinaya murali

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  • Abinaya murali
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  49 readers

"Awesome Stay" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Hi I visited The Mountain Courtyard on 23Sep 2016. It was around 10km from Kumily Check post. The Way the Receptionist welcomed was mind blowing. Check was very fast. The ambience of the Resort was awesome surrounded by Green lush Forest. The room was very well designed and it was very clean. The Room service was good. Have good to WiFi Connectivity. The restaurant and food was too good. Very big appaluse to all staff members they are very kind and helpful of our needs. The over all experience was very good. It's must visit place in Thekkady.
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Mansi vaish

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  • Mansi vaish
  • 4 Reviews
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"Beautiful destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Thekkady has been one of the most beautiful place during my trip to Kerala. I would suggest one in any case not to miss the Thekkady cultural programs especially Thekkady kalari centre. This will add flavor to your trip. Go, enjoy periyar backwaters, elephant safari, jeep safari. I'd recommend two days trip for thekkady.
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  • Pream
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Great place for trekking. Maximum within a day you can cover whole Thekkady in less than a day. Try planning to spend half a day in Thekkady. Thekkady boating in reservoir and Kathakali art shows are the main attractions. Visit Thekkady post monsoons - beat time to visit.
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  • anngr
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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 122 photos
  • 144 Reviews
  •  460 helpful votes
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"A nice place for a leisure trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 2, 2016
This is a place for nature lovers. The place's main attraction is the boating and gardens with wild lives. This is a wildlife sanctuary, tiger reserve, forest area and also a tea estate. We get hill teas, coffees, aromatic spices like pepper, cardamom, cloves, bay leaves, freshly packed. Since its in the border of tamilnadu and kerala restaurants serves both the cuisines that are a must try in the package. Trekking is also conducted we were told. If you plan for trekking do carry the shoes and creams as the forest is so dense with thick flora. Do carry cameras as one can be lucky enough to get a glimpse of a tiger:).
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 151 Reviews
  •  426 helpful votes
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"Beautiful Thekkady"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 23, 2016
I had been to Thekkady by road in the month of February 2016. Thekkady is one of the natural wonders in the state of Kerala. The must-visit attractions around Thekkady include the Periyar wildlife sanctuary, Periyar lake and Peermade. The Periyar Wildlife sanctuary is located on the Periyar river and spans 780 square kilometers. This was declared as a tiger reserve in 1978. The beautiful Mullaperiyar dam adds to the natural charm of this sanctuary. The main feature of the Periyar Lake is a magnificent palace located at the heart of the lake. This lake attracts heron and hornbills among other flora and fauna. Peermade is located 1100 meters above sea level and is located 44 kilometers from Thekkady town and is better known as a plantation town.
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Shoury bansal

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  • Shoury bansal
  • Lives in Haldwani
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  • 22 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
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"Good place to relax"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 21, 2016
It's a very good place to relax and enjoy the wild life. Take the extreme pleasure of periyar wild life. It is awesome by visiting it by boat.

Elephant ride is famous. There are many certified massage parlors available and it feels very relaxed after the massage.

Also enjoyed mashar arts and kathakali in the evening.

In simple world a very nice place.
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Himanshu Negi

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  • Himanshu Negi
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1298 readers

"Good place to unwind with nature"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 23, 2016
Nice place to unwind and relax in nature's lap. One get to visit Tamil Nadu as well and enjoy various farms and reserves. Sightseeing and tour are awesome, the temperature at that time of year was good so one use summer clothes to the fullest. Great place.
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Priyanka sengupta

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  • Priyanka sengupta
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Wonderful Experience"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 7, 2016
I visited this place with my family. Its a beautiful lake surrounded by hills, wild animals and deep forest. We saw wild dogs, sambars, bison and elephant as we took early morning boat safari. The breeze was too cold and shivering at morning. You can see many wild animals in the river bank if lucky. Don't forget to carry your binoculars as they will never take the boat closer to the animal spotting area as the route is fixed.
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Papai Sinha

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  • Papai Sinha
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Heaven for spice lovers and massage lovers"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Feb 25, 2016
Roadside beauty during travelling from Munnar to Thekkady is awesome. Two sides of roads are full of Tea gardens, cardamom trees and also full of other different spice trees. Boating experience at Periyar lake also beautiful. If you are lucky enough then you could see Elephant, Bison, Deer and many types of birds. Also Kakhakali dance show and Martial Arts show are must watch events at Thekkady. And the last but not in the list is massage at Thekkady. One must do the massage experience.
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Shrirang Patil

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  • Shrirang Patil
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"A good destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 18, 2016
Thekkady is well known for tiger reserve. One must book the tickets online for boat ride in the Periyar lake to avoid inconvenience. Though we didn't get to see tigers, early morning boat ride in itself was a good experience. One must watch Kathakali, a folk art of Kerala and Kalari Paitu, a martial art of Kerala.
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