Thekkady in Kerala is India’s largest wildlife sanctuary and is a dream destination for any tourist visiting India and it is a great way to enjoy a jungle vacation. This place has various picturesque towns which hold good opportunities for trekking and mountain walks and the chill climate will refresh your mind and body. Thekkady is the sole tiger reserve, with its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna is the ultimate reservoir of many endangered species and a rich tribal culture. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 777 sq.kms, surrounded by an artificial lake over an area of 25 sq.kms.
It is the pleasant heaven on earth for those who love nature in its wild manifestation and a perfect retreat for the one who loves adventure, fun, wildlife and nature. In this biggest wildlife sanctuary one can see Asian elephants, bison, sambar deer, boars, tigers, leopards, wild squirrels, lion tailed monkeys etc. The forest areas around Thekkady is strictly uninhabited by the forest department to preserve the Mother Nature.
Thekkady has a bite for everyone from local snacks and cuisines cooked in fresh coconut oil to a large variety of Keralan delicacies representing the exotic food culture of Kerala. Idli, dosa and kappa are the things one can discover at all joints in this beautiful place. Rice and curry made of vegetables or fish is the stable sustenance of the general population in Thekkady.
Tourist can also enjoy Bamboo rafting in Thekkady, is a perfect activity for all the water sports enthusiasts. This facility is offered by the Forest Department where one can enjoy the activity in the catchment area of National park.
Best place to visit
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary It is the most popular tourist attraction and is located on the bank of the river Periyar and it offers some of the best wildlife sighting in India. This wildlife sanctuary is famous for its gorgeousness, greenery and stillness and is a dwelling place of abundant significant species including royal tigers and majestic elephants apart from other reptiles, fishes and birds. To enjoy this beautiful destination one must go for bamboo rafting.
Mangla devi temple The Mangla Devi temple in Idukki is one of the major attraction to visit. It is built in the premises of the renowned Periyar Tiger Reserve within the northern boundary. It is also known as Kannaki which is a symbol of moral powers possessed by a women.
Abraham’s spice garden This place is situated between the way of Thekkady and Kottam. It is a organic garden of spices with scenic charm and picturesque view of gardens and is considered as a perfect place for spice cultivation, Ayurveda and organic farming.
Thekkady lake It is the heart of jungle, Thekkady or Periyar Lake is famous for its wide varieties of wildlife.one can also take boat ride in the reservoir that provides water to the forest.
Pandikuzhi This place has picturesque landscape, flora and fauna. This place is a delightful spot for spending a day picnicking among the greenery and gushing streams.
Kadathanadan Kalari centre This place is famous for its renowned Kerala art known as Kalaripayattu. This spot is unique to Kerala and well designed for self-defense. One can watch this beautiful art form in Thekkady sightseeing from a special gallery.
There are many more places to visit such as Kumily, Chellarkovil, Anakkara, Mudra cultural centre etc.
Best time to visit
Tourist can visit this beautiful destination at any time in all season. But winter will be the best time to travel at Thekkady. The cool and pleasant climate will help you to explore this place beautifully and most of the festival in Thekaddy will take place in this season.