Thekkady in Kerala, is famous for its wildlife sanctuary, series of hills and spice plantations. The special ecological pattern of Thekkady, makes it a hot-bed for tourism in Kerala . Unlike other tourist sites in Kerala , Thekkady in Idukki district draws its mileage from the Periyar wildlife sanctuary which grew around the Periyar Lake in Periyar forest. So tours to Periyar (Thekkady) conjure up images of elephants, birds, Periyar River and a collection of exotic trees .
Tourist Attractions in Periyar (Thekkady)
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary spreads across 777 sq. km and hosts a unique variety of wildlife. Declared a tiger reserve in 1978, the sanctuary is also the natural habitat of the elephant, bison, spotted deer, sambar, bear, antelopes, reptiles etc. The artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river with herds of wild elephants, attracts many tourists.
You should also visit the watch towers at Edappalayam and Manakkavala and Thannikudi for observing wild life.
Kumily is a plantation town on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary
Murikkady is famous for cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.
Pandikuzhi is a popular picnic spot
Also visit Mangala Devi Temple built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture on a hilltop commanding a view of Western Ghats
The river Periyar river flows through Vandiperiyar, a town with tea, coffee and pepper plantations.
Pullumedu is a hill town along the Periyar river, from which you will get stunning view of the hills wrapped in lush greenery. Sree Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala and the Makara Joythi illuminations at the shrine are visible from here.
How to Reach Periyar (Thekkady)
- Kottayam Railway Station and Ernakulam Railway Station are very close to Periyar
- You can also fly down at Cochin International Airport, about 190 km from Thekkady
- There are frequent buses from Kumily to Periyar. The place is also connected by roads to other mega-cities
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