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Kerala is a favorite tourist destination with picturesque hill stations, lush valleys and pretty brooks. It is the perfect tourist destination when it comes to natural beauty. These misty, mystical and serene hill stations in Kerala such as Thekkady offer the ideal holiday and vacation to travelers.Most of the hill stations and resorts of Kerala are situated at heights ranging from 200 m above the sea level to 1000 m above the sea level. These hill stations are popular with both Indian and foreign tourists and offer a relaxing and wholesome break from the heat and dust of the cities.These hill stations act as the gateways to the world of peace and serenity.

Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is 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 persity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. This 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.

The winding journey to the hill town of Pullumedu along the Periyar river, offers a stunning view of the rolling hills draped in lush greenery. Velvet lawns, rare flora and fauna add to the beauty of Pullumedu which can be accessed from a jeep. The famous Sree Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala and the Makara Joythi illuminations at the shrine are visible from here. There are three watch towers for observing wild life - at Edappalayam and Manakkavala and Thannikudy.

Kuttikanam is yet another place in Thekkady for adventure tourism and trekking, or a langourous, tranquil break. This picturesque plantation town near Peermade washed in the fragrance of cardamom is surrounded by lush-green, gentle hills.

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