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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Tagore

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Not many activities" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Not many activities. We visited tea plantations, jeep ride to forest (not so good. They show us animals that are 10 km away using Binoculars, waste of money). Kathak show, elephant (Rs. 350 per head) and scooter ride(Rs. 1000) which are too costly but ok. Viewpoints are ok not better than Munnar.
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Amit Garg

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  • Lives in Sonipat
  • 5 Reviews
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"Good place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Good place to visit for people who love adventures. Elephant ride, safari, vegetable and fruit farms, Tamil nadu safari all were good. Kerala massage was very relaxing. Kathakali dance and kerela marshalarts cannot be missed, as they are something that we don't encounter anywhere else.
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Mahesh

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"A romantic place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Very memorable romantic place, cool nature, curving road is good, beautiful houses, very clean city, and beautiful location. The place is very high risky jeep trekking trip, natural food items in city, shopping for more things, beautiful garden in place. Totally I have enjoyed Thekkady elephant savari in my life.
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Anil Sharma

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  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 4 Reviews
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"Good destination"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This destination is too good. It is worth while to visit this place. This place have tea plantation. This place is also having spice gardens. Good place to have herbal treatment. Spa is also there to take treatment of your body and good massage. One can have Ayurvedic medicine. Tea spices were available.
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Sreeram

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  • 4 Reviews
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"A good experience"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Its a good place. We went to boat ride. We had seen Bison, Deer and other few animals. We had stayed in a pleasant hotel near to this location and we got the very good tamil nadu taste kind of hotel called ariya bhavan. We stayed for one day in Thekkady and 2 days in Munnar.
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Haresh

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  • Lives in Chengannur
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"Adventerous Thekkady"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Thekkady is such a adventurous place for those who loves adventure. It includes jeep safari. Which was so cool it tooks us to many different places including mountains, river, border, farm etc. Elephant ride which was sooooooo romantic and adventurous too it includes rides and feed and bathe elephant, that the feeling of wow will automatically come out from our heart. Many cultural programs are also there. Overall, its such a cool and dashing place. Must visit place.
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Shailendra

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"An average trip"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months 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"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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"Visit only if you are a true nature lover"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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"An average trip"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months 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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