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Thekkady Tourism, Kerala

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Tourism in Thekkady

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Best time to visit
Nov - Feb
Ideal Duration
2 - 3 Days
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Rs. 2,500
  • Honeymoon
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  • Ideal for families

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A breathtakingly beautiful little district in God’s own country, Thekkady is home to the largest tiger reserve in the country. Hence, Thekkady tourism offers an amazing opportunity to get on a jungle vacation and enjoy a rendezvous with wildlife. So, gear up for an exhilarating experience filled with bounty of sightseeing options that take tourists to little streams winding through dense forest over all kinds of terrain, from hills and valleys to the neat, orderly plantations that dot the landscape of Kerala.

With a pleasant climate in Thekkady throughout the year, this tour let tourists enjoy boating, bamboo rafting, trekking and much more, and all that amidst wilderness. Spice markets and elephant safaris are all a part of the charm of this little slice of paradise. Along with the many beautiful sights to see, tourism in Thekkady has a number of unique activities that can only be experienced here.

Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary

On a tour of Thekkady, one of the biggest attractions is the nearby Periyar Tiger Reserve. This sanctuary is one of the best places to observe wildlife and perhaps even catch a glimpse of the magnificent tigers. People who love flora and fauna, lush vegetation and bird watching, here is a great experience awaiting for them. And that’s not all! Various activities like elephant rides and jeep safaris are available for tourists to have some fun in this reserve. Apart from the tigers, the reserve is home to a large number of elephants and quite a few rare and endangered species as well. The funny thing about Thekkady tourism is that this fact is not publicized as much as the presence of the tigers. Some of these other species of animals that can be observed in the reserve include the Gaur, the Nilgiri Tahir and the Lion Tailed Macaque among others.

Tourist Attractions in Thekkady

Besides the famous Periyar Tiger Reserve, there are many more attractions that offer amazing travel experiences. The other places that can be visited while enjoying the sightseeing tour include the Mangla Devi temple, various plantations around Murukkady, Odamade and Vellaramkunnu, and the sleepy little village of Chellarkovil.

Have a wonderful experience while enjoying a guided tour through the Periyar tiger trail. What’s more? Jeep and elephant safaris through the tiger reserve can also be enjoyed. There is also an option to go for bamboo rafting and take nature walks among other things.

Romantic Places in Thekkady

To make the most of their honeymoon in Thekkady, couple can always visit Periyar Lake located within the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. And, grab a chance to add some beautiful moments to their romantic sojourn while cherishing the enthralling views of the wilderness along. Murukkady is another famous attraction where couples can savour natural beauty and panoramic views of coffee, pepper and cardamom plantations. While, to cherish the true gift of nature, one must visit to Parunthumpara where one stroll on a carpet of lush greenery. Blessed with glorious views, as one hop on to this hill, the charm of the place will leave them spellbound.

Apart from sightseeing experiences, Thekkady tour can be a great experience as the place offers everything from basic homestays to fairly luxurious resorts in terms of accommodation. Thekkady tourism is quite well developed as it sees a number of tourists from all over the world visiting around the year and the Kerala government helps out a fair amount as well.

So, if it is a complete experience of Kerala that tourists are searching for, then Thekkady is an absolute must visit. The opportunity to see the majestic tigers, going rafting through the backwaters, riding on the back of an elephant all in the same day is a tantalizing thought for any traveller planning a trip. Any visit to Kerala is incomplete without a few days spent exploring this little pocket of serenity. A taste of tourism in Thekkady will leave travellers wanting more.

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Anakkara In Thekkady

Anakkara is a small village in the Idukki district of Kerala. Anakkara lies in the Western Ghats at a height of 4000 feet above the sea level. Anakkara is famous for its spice plantations and is situated at a distance of about 13 km from Thekkady and 120 km from Kottayam. It has comfortable climate throughout the year with ...

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Periyar Lake In Thekkady

The Periyar lake in Thekkady is part of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala. The Periyar Lake was formed during the construction of the dam across the Mullaperiyar river in the year 1895. Periyar Lake offers one of its kind of animal watching, where the tourists can watch the animals very closely, sitting comfortably ...

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Mangladevi Temple In Thekkady

Mangaladevi Temple in Thekkady is a 1000 years old temple which is located in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. This temple is located at a distance of 15 kilometers from Thekkady. Mangaladevi Temple is situated at an altitude of about 1300 metres above the sea level.

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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary In Thekkady

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady is located in Kerala. This national park and wildlife sanctuary is a protected area for elephants and tigers. It is located in the Pandalam Hills of the Western Ghats. The total protected area of this wildlife sanctuary covers an area of about 900 sq km. A vast variety of plants and an...

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Bamboo Rafting In Thekkady

Thekkady or Periyar, as it is sometimes known, is famous for its backwaters. And bamboo rafting in Thekkady is one activity that lets you witness the beauty of backwaters at its best!

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Jeep Safari In Thekkady

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Periyar Tiger Trail In Thekkady

The Periyar Tiger Reserve in Thekkady is one of the biggest and most well maintained wildlife reserves in India. The Reserve is full of picturesque scenery. You are not required to pay any entry fee here. The Periyar Tiger Trail is an exciting project started by the forest department. It gives all the thrill-seeking individ...

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Elephant Ride In Thekkady

Elephant ride in Thekkady is one of the most popular activity for tourists in the city. A Thekkady elephant ride offers a chance to enjoy a breathtaking view of the tea and cardamom plantations to tourists. While on an elephant, you can access the otherwise inaccessible areas of the Periyar National Park, due to the rough t...

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How To Reach Thekkady

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By Air

The nearest domestic airport to Thekkady is Madurai airport, which is about 136 km away. There are flights connecting Madurai to various important Indian cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata. From Madurai airport, travellers can take cabs to reach Thekkady and Periyar.

The closest international airport to Thekkady is the Cochin International Airport. With flights coming from various Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cities and countries, the airport is accessible to a number of international travellers. There are flights to and from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Bangkok among other cities from the Cochin International Airport. There also cabs available to take visitors from the airport to Thekkady.  

By Train

Thekkady also lacks a train station which means that directly reaching the city by train is out of the question. The nearest train station is in Kottayam which is roughly 110 kms away. Connected to other big junctions in the area, you can reach Kottayam from any Indian city including the ones that are fairly far like Delhi and Kolkata.

There are many trains to Kottayam from Ernakulam as well. From Kottayam, cabs are an option to take visitors onwards to Thekkady. State run buses are also available from Kottayam to reach Thekkady.

By Road

By road is the main and only approach that takes you directly to Thekkady. The two options when reaching by road are by bus and by car. There are Kerala State Department buses to Thekkady from a bunch of cities, including important travelling destinations such as Kochi, Kottayam and such. These buses are usually fairly comfortable and easy to travel in.

Thekkady can also be reached in cabs and self driven cars. With respect to cabs, they are also available from a number of places and cities in Kerala. However, they tend to be a little expensive. going by road to Thekkady is not a bad idea as the routes into this heavily forested area are scenic and worthy of travelling. By road, it’s a 4-5 hour journey from Kochi, around 160 kms. A drive from Bangalore is also possible as the route is roughly 9 hours long and some 510 kms long, coming through Karnataka and passing towns like Dharmapuri and Dindigul.

There are other routes available as well. However, they are both at least 50-60 kms longer. When driving to Thekkady, it is advisable to carry a certain amount of petrol/diesel with you as there are not that many fuel stops around. Also, inside Kerala, the roads can be tricky as they are in dense forest and rural areas. This is also something that needs to be noted when driving there.

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    Ideally, how long should someone stay in Thekkady?

     

    The ideal amount of time spent in Thekkady would depend on the traveller's reason for going there. While there are quite a few places around that are not to be missed to see the true beauty of the place, one can ideally see most of them in 3 or 4 days. However, as the biggest attraction is Periyar National Park, anyone visiting Thekkady to spend a few days observing the animals could do with staying a week and seeing some of the other nearby attractions as well.

    What should someone pack when going to Thekkady?

    In terms of clothes, muted colours like green, brown, grey are recommended as the national park is a main attraction. The clothes should ideally also be comfortable and easy to walk around in. Since the other attractions around Thekkady are nature oriented as well, it makes packing the essentials of mosquito repellent, flashlight and good shoes necessary as well.

    Is it better to visit Thekkady with friends or family?

    Thekkady is a place that you would visit to be close to nature and as such, it is a peaceful and luxurious experience. A visit with family is ideal and it is an excellent place to spend some down-time with the family and relax. Of course, if you have friends that share a common interest with you, for example, wildlife/nature photography, then it is a great place to visit with them as well.

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