Thekkady is a nature lover's delight of unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. Thekkady, with its unspoilt tropical forests and incredible wealth of animal and plant life is a naturalist's paradise. The journey to Thekkady takes you through quaint little hill towns and softly contoured hill slopes surrounded by plantations of tea, coffee and spices like cardamom and pepper. Thekkady is well known for the Periyar National Park and elephants are the major attractions here. The climate in Thekkady is cool and pleasant in summers.
Location: Kerala, In District Idukki
Altitude: 1337 Meters
Temperature: (summer 20 to 36°C) & (winter 16 to 32°C)
Languages spoken: Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English
Nearest Airports: Cochin International Airport is the nearest Airport
Main Railway Station: The nearest railway station is Kottayam
Main Bus Station or Road: KSRTC buses are available to reach Thekkady
Distance of a few Major Towns from Thekkady:
Kattappana - 30km, Idukki - 49km, Munnar - 91km.
Ras, Bhatt ki Churkani, Baadi are some famous dishes found here.
Places of Tourist interest:
Thekkady offers immense potential to various adventure activities. Nature walking programs are arranged regularly covering various trekking routes around 4 to 5 km. Nature walk provides excellent opportunity to explore the nature in its own turf. Normally, nature walk routes pass through forests and grasslands providing unique experience to watch rare birds and other small wildlife.
Bamboo Rafting is a unique program available in Thekkady. This eco friendly program takes the tourists to the thick forests on trek and then to the catchments area of the Periyar Tiger Reserve on a bamboo raft. The bamboo rafting team consists of maximum 10 tourists, 5 guides and one armed guard for protection from the wild animals.
Border Hiking is a trekking program conducted on the high terrains of the forests ranging to heights of 1000 to 1200 meters. A group of 13 people comprising of 10 tourists, 2 guides and 1 armed guard begin trekking in the morning at 8. During trekking, the guides that are reformed ex-poachers narrate their fascinating stories regarding encounter of wild lives. Their exceptional knowledge about the terrain, flora and fauna of the jungles will help the tourists to know much about the forest and wild life.
Getting around the destination:
KSRTC buses are available
Shopping Areas & Entertainment:
Banana chips are good to buy from Thekkady
Best time to visit:
One can visit this destination throughout the year September to March.