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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Ganeshkumar Pansare
  • Ganeshkumar Pansare
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 10 Reviews

"A place with lot of adventurous activities" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 days 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
  • Jagdish Raut
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"A nice place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week 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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Tasneem raj Burhanpurwala
  • Tasneem raj Burhanpurwala
  • Lives in Agra
  • 2 Reviews

"A very relaxing holiday" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was complete relaxation holiday with greenery and nature high mountains, rivers lakes etc. It was a good 5 nights and 6 days trip to Munnar, Thekkady and Allepey. Munnar and Thekkady was very good. Alleepy back water was average. Once in life time visit. Good for family and friends. There are good hotels and restaurants.
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Harsha Gupta
  • Harsha Gupta
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"Good and relaxing place" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A decent place which I guess is part of the entire Kerala package which many of then offer. There are lot of spice gardens in its vicinity which is a must visit. An ideal place for honeymoon couples, lot of newly married couples we found. It is better to use the Munnar route to come here albiet a bit longer is very scenic and beautiful.
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Dhanesh
  • Dhanesh
  • Lives in Agra
  • 3 Reviews

"Excellent climate and lively atmosphere" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Thekkady is very good place for visit. We enjoyed elephant ride and jungle safari.

Thekkady, where you will find the Periyar park entrance, has nice restaurants, nice shops and a lively atmosphere. The perfect climatic conditions are the icing on the cake.
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Vivek k Chaurasia
  • Vivek k Chaurasia
  • 3 Reviews

"Good holiday destination"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months 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 3 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 3 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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"Good place for the weekend trip"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Dec 30, 2014
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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