Thekkady is an important tourist destination in Kerala that serves as a prominent tiger reserve to protect Bengal tigers from extinction. Situated amidst aromatic cardamom estates, Thekkady is a perfect getaway for travelers who love adventure and wildlife. Tribal culture is also a significant part of Thekkady. Blessed abundantly by nature, Thekkady has wide areas of unadulterated dense forests that is home to many endangered species. This town is well connected by road to major airports and railway stations, and the closest ones are located in Cochin and Kottayam respectively.
● Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary- This is the prime attraction in Thekkady, as it is a renowned tiger and elephant reserve. Periyar Tiger Trail is an adventurous trekking and camping programme run in the sanctuary, for tourists. Experienced local guides take you on an elephant safari into the depths of the forest to get a closer glimpse of wildlife.
● Periyar Lake- You can enjoy the sight of elephants bathing on the banks of this lake. Boating across this lake is a perfect way to cherish the surrounding greenery, and animals in their natural habitat.
● Kadathanadan Kalari Centre- This centre is famous for showcasing a 3000 year old traditional fighting technique; Kalaripayattu*. The gallery is open for visitors from 6 pm to 7 pm everyday, and the performance will leave you thrilled.
● Spring Valley Mountain Overview- Also known as Kurisumala, Spring Valley Mountain offers a panoramic view of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The hillock is also popular among trekking enthusiasts. It is only 4 km from Thekkady.
● Murikkady- The serene hills of Murikkady are enveloped in a heavenly aroma due to its cardamom, pepper, and coffee plantations. Located at a distance of 5 kms. from Thekkady, the misty mountains of Murikkady is the ultimate destination for a nature enthusiast.
When To Visit:
The winter season, between October and February, is the best time to visit Thekkady, as wildlife safaris, trekking, and other adventurous activities can be best enjoyed during this time. The summer season, which is between March and May, is an ideal time to sightsee. June to September is the monsoon period, and is a good time to enjoy the cool weather and the rain soaked greenery of Thekkady.
Indian Terms Explained:
Kalaripayattu*- An Indian martial art, which originated in the 13th or 14th century, in southern India.