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Best Places To Visit In Thekkady

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Thekkady is a vital part of any itinerary for a visit to the state of Kerala. There are a number of places to visit in Thekkady. Covering most of the aspects of an ideal vacation for tourists, there are views of pristine natural beauty, of religious significance and of cultural importance. Due to the main attraction being the nearby Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady tourist places are more oriented towards nature and its beauty. However, hidden amidst the beautiful forests are a few different sights that are unique to this region. This is an attempt to make a list of Thekkady’s places to visit in a comprehensive yet brief manner.

The main attraction in terms of places to visit has to be the Periyar Tiger Reserve. One of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in the whole of India, The Tiger Reserve is the crown jewel of places to visit in Thekkady. Blessed with a large variety of flora and fauna, there is much more to see in the sanctuary even for those not particularly interested in nature. Home to many indigenous species, not the least of which is the majestic Bengal tiger, a lot of Thekkady’s tourism related activities are based around it. Apart from the tiger, the reserve is also home to a number of birds, some of them exceedingly rare like the Steppe Gull and the Paddyfield Warbler.

The reserve is also very well known for the number of elephants that are present here. Rounding off the list of mammals are also the Nilgiri Tahir, the lion tailed Macaque and Salim Ali’s fruit bat. The Periyar Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary is the most commonly visited and loved of the various places to see in Thekkady.

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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 ...

  • Spice plantations
  • Wildlife
  • Sightseeing
  • Nature
  • Adventure
  • Family Trip

Periyar Lake In Thekkady

Idukki, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta, Kerala state, India

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 ...

  • Lake
  • Nature
  • Boating
  • Tea plantations
  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Cardamom Plantation
  • Family Trip

Mangladevi Temple In Thekkady

Mahatobar Shri Mangaladevi Temple, Kumily, Idukki District, 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.

There is a very interesting phenomenon behind the Manga...

  • Temple
  • Wildlife
  • Historical Sites
  • Family Trip
  • Sightseeing

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary In Thekkady

G 66, Elders Forum Road, Panampilly Nagar, Cochin, Kerala,India.

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...

  • Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Jeep Safari
  • Tea plantations
  • Cardamom Plantation
  • Family Trip
  • Honeymoon

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    • Trip to Thekkady

      Overall my experience to Kerala with family is a memorable. The customer service support is very good and prompt. The hotel at Munnar -White Myst is a resort on a hill lock with beautiful nature surrounding. However, the food and restaurant of the hotel is not good. The break fast included inthe package is disappointing and dinner also we don't have any choice nor there is a restaurant near by. The maintenance of the hotel is not good like lighting, swimming pool etc. The hotel at Thekkady is average and not having restaurant but near by hotels are available. The cab driver was bit hasty but customer support took good care as required. We missed boating trip to Periyar laje.House boat experience in Aleppy was good but we felt we should have engaged house boat for day cruise and could have covered one more day at Thekkady or Munnar or a trip to Guruvayur temple. The food for vegitarian is not upto the satisfaction Munnar visit and cruise in house biat at Alleppey
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      Knarsimlu

      Hyderabad, 12 hours ago

    • Trip to Thekkady

      I travelled Kerala (Munnar/Thekkady/Alleppy/Athiapally/Kochi) in Oct 2019 with friends. Prebooking response was very good with Mr. Abdul (agent) from KING FOREST HOLIDAYS. He has suggested overall plan, resorts as per our requirement and we could close on the booking soon with them. Immediately after booking, agent informed us we are not getting rooms in one resort for which we agreed upon. This disappointed us as this should have been checked with hotels/resorts just before paying token amount. Later involved Travel Triangle and this issue was sorted out. Small thing but without involving traveller if this would have got sorted it would have been much better. We started our travel and overall experience if I want say, it was awesome, we were happy at the end. Positives: 1) Cab driver was very good/polite and good guide, not faced any issue. Cab cleanliness was maintained throughout the trip. Driver was always very punctual and excited to take us to places 2) Munnar resort provided was a very beautiful property 3) Houseboat experience was excellent, flawless, safe. Food was simple and delicious with varieties. The best stay. Should never miss houseboat experience in Alleppy 4) Mr. Abdul was taking our feedback every day and felt engaged/reliable Improvements Required: 1) In Munnar, the resort was far from the city which was ok as the resort was very good. Second half day, we spent in Wonder Vally Adventure park which was nice experience but after that driver took us to the next spot without telling us how much time it will take. It took almost 2.5 hrs and we were totally disappointed. Driver should keep telling these things as well so that we can decide if we want to go or not. 2) Same evening, with our first cab, faced a small accident (basically minor dashes from a vehicle behind), which damaged the car dicky. To sort out overall thing including FIR, it took ~3 hrs and then as heavy fog and traffic., we reached our resort very late. Lost that evening which we wanted to spend in the beautiful resort. Here, some alternate cab should have been arranged soon. We stay just 1-2 nights at some place and pay for that, so something to take care. 3) In Thekkady resort, room given was small but we got an upgrade and had nice stay there. Very polite Hotel Manager. 4) Food was ok ok in all resorts except Houseboat. 5) Kerala Massage suggested by cab driver was not at all good. They should know real good places to suggest as money spent was not small.
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      Renu Kela

      Bangalore, 12 hours ago

    • Trip to Thekkady

      It was a nice and refreshing trip. Infact, tentative detailed itinerary and the hotels for stay were proposed by us. Only thing which could have made this trip better and which was missing during the entire trip was expert refinements in the itinerary and the hotels from the Travel Agent i.e. BookItForgeIt to make the trip better and more enjoyable. Cab services were good and the driver was well conversant with the topography of the area, the local rituals, culture and food of the area and he was good both in hindi and english speaking. Hotel at Munnar, The Fog Munnar, was an excellent choice but the hotel at Thekkady i.e. The Coffee Routes, though a very good property was a bit disappointing due to poor management and maintenance. This is my sincere rating. I am looking forward for another trip managed by BookItForgetIt but that time I would be expecting more expert inputs from them.
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      Amitabhgarga

      New delhi, 17 hours ago

    • Trip to Thekkady

      I booked the Tour Programmed more than one month. After check out Munnar (2 days) we reached Thekkady as per your mentioned in your hotel vouchers ( 2 hotels) , we went to hotel room for check in ....But you people are not booked in hotels. we struggled a lot. I called many times Around 4pm your people are allotted some new hotel. But in that also one room not at all good. I feels very embracing situation. Finally that day my Thekkady Half day tour programme spoiled. Total I intracted 3 people (Mr Anmol, Mr. Nimit & Mr. Suresh)
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      Reddybrs

      Hyderabad, 2 days ago

    • Trip to Thekkady

      My first visit to southern India and chauffeur at our disposal was horrible with no understanding of family needs. He will just have his way throughout trying to save parking fees, some kilometres, driving rash, abusing other commuters and so on. Travel agent was nice but not adhering to service standards and commitments. Trip could have been better if the chauffeur was slightly compassionate. Kerala is beautiful at every bit, corner. This is actually a traveller's heaven and dream destination. Best places are Munnar, Thekkady and Allepey. Cochin to be avoided.
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      Nikhil Vashisht

      New delhi, 3 days ago

    • Trip to Thekkady

      Travel triangle support was very good helped me to get my trip completed successfully as per my requirements and in budget. All hotels, house boat, cab service, everything with our trip was awesome. We really had a great time in Kerala. Elite palazzo Cochin - food and supporting staff & restroom, Summit hampton hotel thekkady - Peaceful delux spacious room, Misty Mountain Munnar - Mesmerising views Cozy room & fresh calm environment , Alleppey house boat stunning views with rain was out of the world. Misty Mountain Hotel in Munnar was superb. One should try that once if plan to go there.
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      Lovekesh Gaba

      Delhi, 3 days ago

    • Trip to Thekkady

      Travel triangle support was very good helped me to get my trip completed successfully as per my requirements and in budget. All hotels, house boat, cab service, everything with our trip was awesome. We really had a great time in Kerala. Elite palazzo Cochin - food and supporting staff & restroom, Summit hampton hotel thekkady - Peaceful delux spacious room, Misty Mountain Munnar - Mesmerising views Cozy room & fresh calm environment , Alleppey house boat stunning views with rain was out of the world. Misty Mountain Hotel in Munnar was superb. One should try that once if plan to go there.
      LG

      Lovekesh Gaba

      Delhi, 3 days ago

    • Trip to Thekkady

      Travel triangle support was very good helped me to get my trip completed successfully as per my requirements and in budget. All hotels, house boat, cab service, everything with our trip was awesome. We really had a great time in Kerala. Elite palazzo Cochin - food and supporting staff & restroom, Summit hampton hotel thekkady - Peaceful delux spacious room, Misty Mountain Munnar - Mesmerising views Cozy room & fresh calm environment , Alleppey house boat stunning views with rain was out of the world. Misty Mountain Hotel in Munnar was superb. One should try that once if plan to go there.
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      Lovekesh Gaba

      Delhi, 3 days ago

    • Trip to Thekkady

      House boat is basic just basic even the honeymoon inclusions just sucks. Candle light dinner means they just keep one deepa with oil in middle of a room. Cake means they have got a plum cake from a normal bakery without a name or mention on it. So house boat is just an average experience but remaining hotels are good in ambience. Food is not so great in spice jungle it is just average. Should also mention about the driver assigned to us. He doesn't know itenarary, he doesn't know who will pay for him. This shows a bad co co ordination between driver, his representative and our holiday agent. I pushed him alot to make him drive to the places that are there in the plan. Overall it's just an average experience with travel triangle. Not so great. Could be definitely a better one if they handled it in a better manner. Munnar is the best. Elephant camp in thekkady is also a memorable one. Jungle cruise is just time waste. Houseboat is new but not a great experience
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      Sree Kaushik

      Chennai, 5 days ago

    • Trip to Thekkady

      It was amazing. Mr. Shobhit planned a good trip. Munnnar and thekkady hotels were amazing. But when it comes to alleppey boat house I can say it was okay.
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      Swarnamakkitaya

      Bengaluru, 6 days ago

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    In Thekkady the cost of a one and a half hour ride from the Elephant Junction is roughly Rs. 1300. 

    There is boating, border hiking, Bamboo rafting and Jungle safari to Gavi. The safari includes trekking, pedal boating, visit to cardamon plantations as well as the museum.

    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.

    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.

     

    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.

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