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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Garvit Pandya

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  • Lives in Rajkot
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  • 7 Reviews
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"Simply awesome Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The main reason behind visiting this place is Periyar wildlife sanctuary. One can reach Thekkady by bus or taxi from near by places like Munnar, Kochi, Kodaikanal, and Trivandrum. The stay should be prefixed. You must reach there before 6 in the evening so that, if you face any trouble with your booking, You can easily short it out. 24 hours is enough for Thekkady. For Periyar wildlife sanctuary.

There are a lot of ferry services available for boating in the jungle. It starts from 7 am. It's good to go early morning there, so that you can keep yourself away from heat and you can have the whole day for some other stuffs.

To book the seat in the first ferry. You will have to reach the main sanctuary gate by 5:30. You will get an auto easily for that. No worries. Take the tickets there. After gate opens, auto wallah will take you straight to the ticket booking counter for ferry, the previous ticket was just for entering the main gate. After reaching inside the sanctuary, you will have to run to get yourself booked first. I repeat you will have to literally run. Get the tickets, enjoy the 2 hours ride in Periyar.

When you come back, you can ask the same auto wallah (who took you to the sanctuary, the same will take you back. ) for elephant ride and he will take you to his known place and you can get some discount for that. These are the two main places to visit in Thekkady particularly. The external sightseeing should be covered while travelling from one place to the other.

You can purchase spices and flavoured tea and coffee. North Indian? You can get Gujarati, Rajasthan food from a restaurant there in, on the main road itself. I hope the review will help you.
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Mukesh Singh

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  • Mukesh Singh
  • Lives in Bokaro Steel City
  • 10 Reviews
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"Not a great place to visit"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is not at all worth to waste one day at this place. A far below average place which is just being maintained for the sake of it. The tiger reserve boating is also a shear waste of time and effort as you just have a boating and that too not very comfortable. There is no question of sighting any animals as the boat makes lot of noise and even if any animal is nearby, they will runaway hearing the loud noise. I strongly suggest not to include this place in your itinerary when you are planning a Kerala trip.
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Pratik Gore

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"Periyar, it was a best visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Recently I have visited Thekkady(Periyar), Kerala. Awesome experience I have received. Wonderful nature. Jungle safari through Mahindra commander through tiny road. Best time to go for jungle safari is morning 6am. Evening there is always 1 hour show of 'Kathakali'-the traditional dance of Kerala culture. We can go to Periyar by rent car or ST bus. Road is zig-zag.
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Sanjeev Sarma

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  • Sanjeev Sarma
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"Nice destination -Periyar"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The destination, nestled in the hills, is a ideal tourist spot for all ages & round the year. The weather gods are unpredictable but the surrounding hill sides are blessed with greenery & not to miss the tea plantations en route. Drive slow & let the surroundings sink in. Remember the journey is to be enjoyed & not the destination alone. Three days two nights would be sufficient. Periyar boat ride, Kalari show, Kathakali performance, Bharatnatyam performance, elephant safari, Jungle scout night hike, Jeep safaris are options for the tourist.
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Renny George

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  • Renny George
  • Lives in Cochin
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"Great Place for sightseeing & adventure activities"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Thekkady is a great place if you want to spend a few days away from the crowded down town areas. It is pretty quite and since there is a tiger reserve, the place is protected from any kind of environmental damage. Travellers will have a good time with all the activities that are available in Thekkady.
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Santosh joshi

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  • Santosh joshi
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Overrated and overpriced place- Plan a half day visit if must"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Got to visit for one day only that felt never ending visit, full of boredom.

Places to visit:Elephant ride: 400/- INR private and 350/- at Periyar for 30 mins. Spice plantation: 150/- Just for visit of 60-90 mins. Can purchase spice there, however you can find better rates in market. Periyar reserve and lake A boring creeping boat ride costs 200+ bugs. That also has a tight schedule and need to wait a lot sometimes due to time difference between 2 rides.
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Sandeep kumar

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  • Sandeep kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Periyar a nice place to enjoy wildlife"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Overall good place, Periyar wildlife sanctuary is place worth visiting. Boat ride on the Periyar lake is amazing, one can see wild elephants on the sides of lake drinking water and eating grass. Wild bull can also be seen. Deer in large number can also be seen.
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Ahmed  Ansari

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  • Ahmed Ansari
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Boating & elephant rides are the best"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Do not miss the boating and elephant ride if travelling with family. These are highly enjoyable activities. There are other adventurous activities also. The food will depend on the hotel. We stayed in Hotel Tigers Roar and there the food was great. The tiger reserve is a very good place to visit and spot tigers.
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Ziad Hassan

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"Tiger reserve-Periyar"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was sudden decision when we we're about to leave Munnar to visit Periyar tiger reserve, so we came to Thekkady with out any hotel booking. Once we reach Thekkady we had viewed many hotels in and at last we found The Elephant Court comparatively good and worth for its price. Tiger reserve they have timings and we need to book the ticket in prior. Inside you have take separate ticket for the boat safari. Tickets are sold outside illegal, don't pay them. You can you buy from counter itself. Safari and is worth going in life at least once.
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Mrudula Patil

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  • Mrudula Patil
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"It was a nice visit & Elephant ride was excellent"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The elephant ride was one of our most wonderful experience in Thekkady, Kerala. Its almost for 30 minutes and an amazing experience. The mahwat was talking with the elephant and it was responding back to him with actions, that's the binding of animals with their trainers. Then we had the Jeep safari, which almost took 3 hours, and was a bumpy ride. The Kalaripayattu (Kerala martial arts)/was splendid too. Overall a very spending of time at Thekkady.
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