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Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India.Thekkady is the location of the Periyar National Park, one of the most important tourist attraction in the Kerala.Thekkady is in Idukki district of Kerala.Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary spreads across 777 sq.km, of which 360 sq.km is thick evergreen forest.

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The wonderful artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam built across the Periyar river adds to the charm of Thekkady and the Periyar National Park.
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Thekkadi Tourist attractions

  • Boat cruises on the Periyar Lake
Boat cruises on the Periyar Lake restarted recently after the Thekkady boat disaster occurred on September 30 2009.(The double-decker passenger boat Jalakanyaka sank in Lake Thekkady, Periyar National Park).

  • Elephant rides
The Forest Department, Thekkady offers facilities for elephant rides through the jungle.You may get glimpses of real wildlife including a mighty Elephent or Bison or even a Tiger.

  • Trekking
There are several places surrounding Thkkady which are ideal for trekking.Main trekking areas in Thekkady are Kurisumala near Kumily, Pullumedu, Ottakathalamedu near Kumily and Grampi near Vandiperiyar.

  • Plantation Tours
Plantation tours are arranged from the District Tourism Information Offic.The Plantation Tours cover cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantations, tea factories, tribal settlements and the surrounding hill regions.

Eco-tourism Programmes in Periyar Tiger Reserve (KERALA FOREST DEPARTMENT)
Please visit for details: http://www.periyartigerreserve.org
  • Bamboo Rafting
  • Bullock cart Discoveries
  • Tribal Heritage
  • Full day Trekking
  • Jungle Patrol
  • Periyar Tiger Trail (Camping)

How to Reach Thekkady-Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady is about 4 km from Kumili in Idukki district.
Thekkadi is well connected by road from all the major towns of Kerala.

By Air
Cochin International Airport : 190 Kms.
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport : 267 Kms.
Madurai: 140 Kms.

By Rail
Kottayam : 114 Kms.

Kochi: 190 Kms.
Madurai : 135 Kms.

By Road
Direct bus links to / from Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Kottayam, Munnar & Madurai.

Places to visit in and around Thekkady.

  • The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary spreads across 777 sq.km, of which 360 sq.km is thick evergreen forest.
The wonderful artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam built across the Periyar river adds to the charm of Thekkady and the Periyar National Park.
  • Kurisumala -Calvary Mount (48kms))
A place for adventure tourism and trekking. Kurisumala is both a pilgrim destination and trekiking track.

  • Kumily - 4 KM from Thekkady
Kumily is an important shopping centre and spice trade centre.This plantation town, closely associated with Thekkady, is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary.

  • Murikkady - 5 KM from Thekkady
  • Pandikuzhi - 9 KM from Thekkady
  • Mangala Devi Temple - 15 KM from Thekkady.
The temple dedicated to Kannaki is situated on the top of a hill in Periyar Tiger Reserve. You have to cover 12kms of rough forest road to reach here. The temple opens only once in a year for the public during the annual chithrapournami festival.

  • Vandiperiyar - 18 KM from Thekkady
Vandiperiyar is a major spice trade centre.The River Periyar flowing through the centre of this town nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations.

  • Gavi (40kms)
The picturesque place of many choices; trekking, bird watching, outdoor camping and boating.

  • Vandanmedu - 25 KM from Kumali.
Considered as one of the world's largest auction centres for candamom.

  • Pullumedu- 43 KM from Thekkadi
Pullumedu offers a stunning view of the rolling hills draped in lush greenery velvet lawns and rare flora and fauna.

  • Ramakalmedu - 40 KM from Thekkady.
Rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu an enchanting retreat. The hills top also offers a Panoramic view of picturesque villages of Bodi and Cumbum on the Eastern slop of the western ghats.This mountain peak that overlooks eastern slpoes of the Western Ghats and the vast plains of Tamil Nadu.
The place owes its name to the tale that the lord Sree Rama, had set his foot on this rock. Also, Kerala’s biggest statue, Kuravan & Kurathy is here. The rocks, between which the Idukki Arch Dam was built, are named Kuravan & Kurathy, two histrical characters of the local comminity.


Distance of Major Towns from Thekkady:

  • Kumily 4 km 
  • Sabarimala 50 km 
  • Idukki 65 km 
  • Munnar 106 km 
  • Peermedu 40 km 
  • Vagamon 70 km 
  • Kumarakom 128 km 
  • Kodaikanal 149 km 
  • Alappuzha 164 km 
  • Ooty 390 km 
  • Thiruvananthapuram 265 km 

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