With serene countryside, rich plantations and dense forests, the hill station of Thekkady is veritably enchanting. The cool scented air of the western ghats divulges the unexplored beauty of the place. Thekkady has distinctive flora and fauna especially the birds that differentiate it from other sanctuaries across India. The smell of the spice-scented plantation envelops the hill station. The scenic abode of the hill station of Thekkady offers a multitude of tourist destinations. Thekkady is located in Iduki district of Kerala at an altitude of 700-900 metres above sea level. The climate in Thekkady is tropical and the best time to visit the place is between September to May. The mean minimum temperature is 16 degree Celsius and the mean maximum temperature is 31 degree Celsius.
Places to Visit
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady hill station lays one of the worlds most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geo-morphological diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world. The splendid artificial lake, Periyar Lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. The hill station destination of Thekkady is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar remains the large herds of wild elephants that come down to the lakes edge.
Thekkady in Kerala has one of Indias most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries, where you can watch wildlife at close range. The vegetation, the flora and fauna and the birds of the exotic hill station destination of Thekkady are uniquely rich, vast and varied that it does not bear semblance to any other wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Even a casual visitor to this place will not fail to observe the special ecological pattern of Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary.
Kumily is a must visit destination for any tourists who makes a trip to Thekkady. Located in the outskirts of Four kilometers away from Thekkady, this beautiful town nestled between the cardamom hills is an important shopping and spice trade centre. Tourists can go for typical Kerala cuisine in this town.
Murikkady is an ideal picnic spot around five kilometers away from Thekkady. A panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations, Murikkady is an ideal place to visit various spices plantations.
Fourtyfour kilometers away from Thekkady lays an important excursion destination of Thekkady, Peermede. It is situated at an altitude of 915-1100m above sea level.
Gavi is around 14 km away from Kumily. Many choices are here like trekking, bird watching, outdoor camping etc.