Location – Idukki district, Kerala
Languages – Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English
Main tourist attraction – Thekkady wildlife sanctuary
Thekkady is one of important tourist destinations of the Kerala state. This beautiful town is situated in Idukki district of gods own country. Thousands of tourists visit this small town because of its serenity and unmatched natural beauty. This town is situated on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala state as well as it is major gateway to access some of exotic destinations in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The town offers excellent tourists facilities such as luxurious hotels, budget cottage and cheap transportations. This small town is an ideal location for shopping lovers. Tourists can see number of shops selling curios and handicrafts on the both sides of the road.
The city is also famous for its world class hospitality. Tourists are always welcome her with open hearts by local people. The town is also well known for different varieties of species. Travelers can buy these species in very reasonable prices here. The town lies at an altitude of more than 1200 meter above the sea level. The place is admired for its cool as well as comfortable climate. Tourists can enjoy here mountain walks as well as do trekking. A visit to the pristine town also provides opportunity to see wildlife from close. The area is full of vegetation as well as an extensive variety of birds. It is wonderful stopover for every tourist for adventure, wildlife, nature and fun. It offers something for everyone.
Bamboo Rafting, Thekkady
Major tourist’s attraction at Thekkady
Periyar wildlife sanctuary is situated on the bank of artificial lake. The sanctuary is fully covered with green grasslands and dense forests which makes it an ideal location for numerous wildlife like Indian tigers, lion, elephants, deer, sambars , gaur and lion tailed macaque. Tourists can enjoy here elephant rides while jungle safari as well as go for cruise ride on the lake.
The quaint city Kumily is situated at a distance of 4km from this town. The city of Kumily is located in the realms of the splendid cardamom hills. This plantation city is surrounded by spice and tea plantations. The scenic beauty of the town is accentuated by its lush greenery, mist drenched mountains and crisp blue skies. This spice hub is an ideal spot for adventure activities like trekking.
Murikkady view point offers breathtaking views of the tea and spice plantations, verdant valleys and the mist clad mountains. This place is also popular for pepper cultivation and cardamom plantations. Tourists will experience here tantalizing aroma of exotic spices with salubrious climate.
The ancient temple of Mangala devi is situated on the outskirt of city. This temple is unique example of Pandian style architecture and located in dense woods. The temple is hanging on the peak of cliff at an altitude of 1340 meters above sea level. Tourists can see panoramic views of surroundings from the cliff.
Chelllakovil is nearby town and popular for the magnificent views of the gurgling mountain brooks, lush green valleys as well as the sparkling waterfalls. The breathtaking views of the sloping valleys and the plains attract number of tourists to this place. Tourists can see number of lush coconut groves of cumbum here.
Tourists will surely fall in love with the plantation town of Vandiperiyar because of hills, woods, plantations and meadows. This town is situated at a distance of 18 km from Thekkady and famous for its coffee as well as tea plantations with myriad spice plantations. So many tea factories are located here.
Things to do at Thekkady
Nature walk offers opportunity to see nature in its own turf and routes pass through grasslands and forests. Tourists can spot wildlife and birds while walk. These programs are regularly arranged by forests department with the help of well trained guides.
Bamboo rafting is eco friendly program and takes tourists in the dense forests on trek. This program offers panoramic views of forests and lake to the tourists. It also provides rare opportunity of encountering birds and wild animals.
Border hiking is conducted on the high terrains ranging to heights of 900 to 1200 meters. During this program tourists are protected with the help of armed guards. This activity offers exceptional knowledge about flora, fauna and terrain to the tourists.
Thekkady experiences moderate climate throughout entire year. Summers are hot and humid here and temperature goes above 37 centigrade. This area receives heavy rain falls in the monsoon as well as area experiences unexpected landsides. Winters are cool here with average 15 centigrade temperature.
Best time to visit
Between Septembers to March because of pleasant climate. The weather remains cool and ideal for sightseeing.
How to reach
By road – Thekkady is well connected by road with other cities of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Daily bus services are available from the cities like Madurai, Kochi, Trivandrum, Coimbatore and many more.
By rail – Kottayam is nearest railway station to reach this town by rail, at a distance of 114 kilometers. Kottayam is well connected by daily trains with major cities of south India.
By air- Madurai is nearest airport to reach the town by flight, at a distance of 136 kilometers. Madurai is major domestic airport and well connected with regular flights with cities like Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Indore and many more.