Thekkady(Periyar) Tourism
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Thekkady(Periyar) Tourism

Thekkady(Periyar) Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Jungle
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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Shailendra

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  • Shailendra
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 8 Reviews
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"An average trip" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Thekkady is a situated on Kerala Tamil Nadu borders famous for The Periyar Tiger Reserve. The K. T. D. C boating service in the Thekkady lake is a major attraction. Nothing special at Thekkady to cherish. Periyar lake and elephant safari for the main attraction. We couldn't enjoy the place much because our taxi driver was boring guy and our stay was only one night. My advice for the visitors to book the hotel in the town only. Stay at KTDC aranya Nivas will be good to explore nature in close. Don't go with Triplogin agency as they will make your trip so hasty and tight that you can not see anything except one spot at one place.
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Gupta

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"A memorable experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
It was a wonderful experience to visit the beautiful place with a good environment, a pleasant weather. The boat ride in the Periyar Tiger Reserve was a fun though no wild animal except Bisons and deers were seen. Still it was great to have a boat ride with beautiful scenery.
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Noble  Chacko

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  • Noble Chacko
  • Lives in Thrissur
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"Visit only if you are a true nature lover" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Thekkady is a situated on Kerala Tamil Nadu borders and its nearly 90 KM far from the Munnar hill-station(a drive of 3h from Munnar). It's famous for The Periyar Tiger Reserve. The K. T. D. C boating service in the Thekkady lake is a major highline. There are four trips daily from the boat landing. One could watch elephant herds, wild boars, deer etc during the journey. It is surely a feast to the eye for all nature lovers. Apart from the boating Thekkady is also famous for its local handicrafts, spices, elephant safari, Tiger trail & trekking(in association with forest department). Thekkady is also very famous for its banana chips which has irresistible taste and flavour. Suggested places of stay would be ARANYA NIVAS(K. T. D. C), CLUB MAHINDRA HOLIDAYS, TAJ etc. It also has various other lodging options at affordable rates. So its a destination not to be missed if you're in Kerala. The chill and beauty of nature will blow your mind.
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Harikrishna

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  • Harikrishna
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 10 Reviews
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"An average trip"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nothing special at Thekkady to cherish. Periyar lake and elephant safari for the main attraction. Due to heavy rain, we couldn't enjoy the place much. Out of our entire tour, Bangalore-Kochi-Munnar-Thekkady-Kumarakom-Kovalam-Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram, this was most disappointing. Someone suggested to go on jeep safari. They have packages for 2-3 hours and charge 3,000/-, which will take you along the various farms(Vegetables), small temple, grape garden, which is not worth seeing. In this mess, we missed the main attraction of Thekkady i.e. Periyar lake and Elephants safari, as it started raining heavily by the time we finished jeep safari and we missed it. They will try to misguide us. Be careful and make thorough enquiry and decide on your plans. Otherwise, nothing much at Thekkady to cherish upon.
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Yusuf Gundagi

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  • Yusuf Gundagi
  • Lives in Kalyan
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"Visit only if you are a true nature lover"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is full of dense forest and you are very close to nature. Very peaceful too. Market area is also good. You must not miss the Periyar wild life sanctuary visit. There are lot of shops for shopping handmade articles. You will get home made chocolates too here.
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Karthick Kumar

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  • Karthick Kumar
  • Lives in Salem
  • 3 Reviews
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"A good destination to explore"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Thekkady is in tamilnadu and Kerala border, you can find both type of people there. You can go to lake, sanctuary, Jeep ride to view points, you can go for elephant ride and feed elephant. Its cheap to go to thekkady. You can visit shows of kathakali and kalari in town. 2 shows available each daily, tickets less than watching a movie in theatre. Enjoy your holiday. Happy journey
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Narendra kedari

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  • Narendra kedari
  • Lives in Adalaj
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"Good experience"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We took boat ride to see bird sanctuary. It had various birds but you need to take ride in the morning to see more birds because I took ride little late and I could see very few birds. I took boat which had fare of 1500 for 2 hours and had 6 chairs to sit. Overall good experience in the Thekkady. Also Thekkady is famous for spices so you can shop for spices.
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Asheesh Vishwakarma

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"Aan off beat destination"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Thekkady is an off beat destination. If you want to have a quite time for yourself and not in a rush it is the best place.

Not much rush in April/May. Some of the activities can be:

1. Periyar Boat Ride
2. Thekkady Cycling Trip
3. Nature Walk and Periyar Trek
4. Night Trek
5. Ayurvedic Massage

It refreshes the memory of Malgudi Days set up (R.K Narayan).

Food is on costly side as with any other hill station. Resorts are awesomely good and also economical.

People are very friendly and give you space.
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Ganeshkumar Pansare

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  • Ganeshkumar Pansare
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 10 Reviews
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"A place with lot of adventurous activities"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Periyar specially famous for Spices, Periyar lake, Periyar tiger reserve, kalliri show. Periyar lake ride and safari to tiger reserve was very adventurous. The activities keep you busy all the day. There are lot of monkeys at entry point of tiger reserve. Local food is good. At evening you can enjoy kalliry show.
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Jagdish Raut

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  • Jagdish Raut
  • Lives in Delhi
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"A nice place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We were there in the early morning, it's still foggy from boats, lots of boats, many people. But up in the early worth it, we have seen; elephants and their calves, magical, gazelles, all kinds of birds, bison, wild boar but no tigers or leopards that live there yet. It is cool in the morning you cover, we were cold, the more they require you to put any wet life jackets and smelly. It's a great time, we were very excited.
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