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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Vivek k Chaurasia
  • Vivek k Chaurasia
  • 3 Reviews

"Good holiday destination" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We go for boating in periyar lake for which charges of govt was around 225 per head. Its about one and half hour boating but to see the wild life from very near was the main attraction as we saw elephant, deer, birds etc. On the way, weather was also fine during Feb so it s good for enjoyment.
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Srinivas Prabhakar
  • Srinivas Prabhakar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Good destination and must visit place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was overall a very good trip. My family enjoyed the boat ride in Periyar tiger trial and if you like to drink couple of drink then it is good to carry some with you else you will end up in the queue in front of govt wine shop with no great brands like you get in Bangalore.
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Navin varidani
  • Navin varidani
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 16 Reviews

"Overall, a good experience"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We had visited Periyar Wild Reserve, Muttepetty Dam, Tea Gardens, Echo point and Fishing Point. These are the places that you should visit in Thekkady. You get different varieties of tea in Tea Gardens. Fishing Point is a point where you can enjoy fishing and pedal boating. If you have time left than you should watch the magic shows, Kathakali show and music shows.
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Mandeep singh
  • Mandeep singh
  • 4 Reviews

"Amazing place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This place is really beautiful with breathtaking views. Don't miss to do safari as they cover some part of Tamilnadu which includes few waterfalls. December to march is best time to visit this place. Also dont forget to take dry fruits from here as it is cheapest and tasteful.
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Shibojyoti .
  • Shibojyoti .
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 2 Reviews

"Good place for the weekend trip"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This place is famous for Periyar Reserve Forest and Spice Farms. Visit nearby spice garden @ Rs.100 per Indian tourist. However, for not-so-savvy traveller like me, as the guide rattles out the different spices and identifies the plantation, it is difficult to catch up. One can buy spices and Ayurvedic remedial medicines - right from slimming course to cold and cough.

Boat ride looks like a must. However, I missed as I landed in Thekkedy at 2 pm and all rides were full for the day. Next day we were leaving and hence could not plan for that either. Its understood to form long queues to obtain seats. Someone suggested online ticketing is also available. I did not check later - but one can always check.

After missing the forest visit, we attempted to compensate with two local shows - Kerala Martial Arts and Kathakali. Martial Arts show was thrilling to most while the Kathakali show was a bore unless you are an ardent fan. Recommended to have two night 3-day plan for Thekkedy so enjoy most.
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Thukral
  • Thukral
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 5 Reviews

"Slice of the god's own country"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 23, 2014
Visited the spice garden and the lake. There was no tiger trail, so avoid it. Visited the dam and enjoyed the boat ride. Avoid the elephant safari and the jeep safari. See the martial art and the kathakali, it is worth seeing. It is worth a visit. But you need to book the seats before hand for the evening show.
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Subbu Nemani
  • Subbu Nemani
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 5 Reviews

"Good place for bird watching"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 20, 2014
Its a good place to visit. Be prepared to get wet during September. You find a lots of birds for bird watching and if you are early, there are chances that you can find tigers and elephants. Food as this being a new place is better to check for the in house restaurant options.
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Mounika Naladala
  • Mounika Naladala
  • Lives in Adra
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice Experience at thekkady"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Oct 1, 2014
The place was very nice and everyone has to see that place. The food was also very unique. The malls were also nice and the shopping was amazing. It will be good if you travel there by road. All kinds of food were available in that place. And all the sightseeing places were amazing.
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Pratheesh B
  • Pratheesh B
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 5 Reviews

"Relaxing n Romantic Trip"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Sep 25, 2014
Thekakdy, located at Kerala-Tamil Nadu border is the location for Periyar National Park.. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs. Boating at Periyar National Park is a wonderful experience. On your lucky day, you can watch wild elephants, bison and deer in their most natural habitat. Though Thekkady is a Tiger reserve, I did not catch any glimpse of the majestic animal. Enjoy elephant riding, and guided tour of Spice gardens here. There are lot of places offering elephant rides as well as Spice Garden walks. Daily shows of Kathakali, and Kalaripayattu martial arts are arranged by the Tourism Department. One can also buy tea leaves from factory outlets here. If you have time, plan a trip to Gavi, which is just 1 hr away from Thekkady.
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Aditya
  • Aditya
  • Lives in Adoni
  • 4 Reviews

"Nice experience at the Ghat roads"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 25, 2014
It was a nice experience. We enjoyed it. But as we are not used to the ghat road, the journey in the car was a bit of problem for us. We went to Thekkady from munnar which was a 90 km ghat road journey. But the way was full of greenery and scenic beauties. You can find greenery and water every where.
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