Thekkady(Periyar) Tourism
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Thekkady(Periyar) Tourism

Thekkady(Periyar) Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Jungle
  • District: Idukki
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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Periyar Tiger Trail, Thekkady(Periyar)

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Kamal Anand

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  • Kamal Anand
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 1 Review
  •  84 readers

"Nothing great for Nature Lover arom Kerala Government or Forest Department"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Thekkady is a nice place but we had gone for Periyar lake and jungle safari which Govt of Kerala and Forest Department is not running now so it's a waste of visit to Thekkady. Govt must guide and do something for people who visit with hopes. Thanks. Hari Aum
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Vasant Sarkar

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  • Vasant Sarkar
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"No guarantee destination"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Thekkady is not as good as it is sold in adds. All prices are negotiable and that's not fair. You will end up feeling cheated and very dejected. There was no Wow moment.
Lake was half full and no animals were sighted except through binoculars. No fair price shops, most shops sell the same things at highly inflated and varied prices. The hotel we stayed was good and helpful. Every one there knows the best place to do any thing. Beware the are not talking about the same place but about the places that each person has the best kick back. On the whole not a convenient place. Each meal in a half decent place will be a minimum INR500 / head which is a rip off for the taste, quality or quantity.
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Umang Kardani

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  • Umang Kardani
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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  • 37 Reviews
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"Overrated place"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I would like to say this is most overrated place I didn't find anything such attractive except elephant rides that's all, you can see classical dances any where and that Periyar is a holly crap that's all. If you want to see the jungle Buffalo and Sambhar Deer then go there is no chance of spying Tiger! And ya pay very high fees for the boat ride in Periyar I would never suggest this place to visit in any condition.
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A.k. Patel

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  • A.k. Patel
  • Lives in Bhavnagar
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  • 6 Reviews
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"Great experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 17, 2017
We had great experience at Periyar Lake. Water level is less but the boat ride was amazing. We saw many wild animals like Deer, wild Buffalo, a herd of Elephant and various kind of birds.
Limited seats are available at fix time so book online tickets is advisable on Periyar foundation website.
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Umang Kardani

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  • Umang Kardani
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Worst tourist destination I have ever seen"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted Feb 5, 2017
As very well known periyar national park is there I was expecting very much from that
My home town is Junagadh Gujarat. Thus gir national park is near to us
We were expecting to see either elephant or tiger but we just ended up by watching wild Buffalo and sambhar dear !! Which I used to see every morning! And entry fee were also very high compare to any government organisations so better to just go if you like boat ride in lake that's all
One more thing
One of my friend visited some time before me he has taken noon timings for boat ride but they were told that you can see tiger in morning ride of 6. 00 am this by that suggests I prefer morning ride but that was also crap
I would like to say to my friends don't expect anything from this place
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Deepika vinika

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  • Deepika vinika
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 51 Reviews
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"Green Thekkady ..!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 11, 2016
Thekkady is such a wonderful place to visit if you want relaxed time with yourself & loved ones. Open Jeep ride is so beautiful. I enjoyed it, little rain drops pouring on my face & besides green mountains. Other day early morning we went in ship in Periyar lake to watch animals & natural scenery.
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Aditi shinde

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  • Aditi shinde
  • 3 Reviews
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"Surprised to see the lower level of periyar lake"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 17, 2016
One day is not enough to discover periyar. Please book hotels nearby sanctuary to save your time. Jungle safari is up to 3. 30 p. M. If you stay there for 2 days you can cover all nearby destinations. On the way you can do shopping for spices etc as there are outlets on the road.
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Jinil joy

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  • Jinil joy
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"Boating in periyar lake"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 15, 2016
Go for boating in the evening trip, you could wild animals. Morning trip is also good, no chance of seeing wild animals. The best time to enjoy the beauty of nature is morning, but if you wish to see wild animals you could prefer evening trip. There is palace in the middle of the lake, build by maharaj of Kochi. At anytime you could see wild elephants and some birds.
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Abinaya murali

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"Awesome Stay"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Sep 24, 2016
Hi I visited The Mountain Courtyard on 23Sep 2016. It was around 10km from Kumily Check post. The Way the Receptionist welcomed was mind blowing. Check was very fast. The ambience of the Resort was awesome surrounded by Green lush Forest. The room was very well designed and it was very clean. The Room service was good. Have good to WiFi Connectivity. The restaurant and food was too good. Very big appaluse to all staff members they are very kind and helpful of our needs. The over all experience was very good. It's must visit place in Thekkady.
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Mansi vaish

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  • Mansi vaish
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"Beautiful destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 28, 2016
Thekkady has been one of the most beautiful place during my trip to Kerala. I would suggest one in any case not to miss the Thekkady cultural programs especially Thekkady kalari centre. This will add flavor to your trip. Go, enjoy periyar backwaters, elephant safari, jeep safari. I'd recommend two days trip for thekkady.
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