Thekkady (Periyar Tiger Reserve, and wild life sanctuary)
Thekkady - is one of the most popular tourist destination in Kerala State. The artificial lake created by the MullaperiyarDam(above 100 years old) across the Periyar river became an ecosystem for all type of species (if the Dam collapses, the Thekkady lake will vanish from the picture)?.
The Wild Life Sanctuary was declared as Tiger Reserve in 1978. After the sanctuary was built around the lake, it gradually became an interesting place and tourist destination. The unending chains of hills and picturesque plantations spread across the entire district of Idukki gives the best opportunities for boating, trekking and mountain walks.
The thick evergreen forest is spread across 777 km² (300 sq. miles) with large number of species of mammals like elephants, sambar (the largest deer in India), tigers, lion-tailed Macaques, gaur, and Nilgiri Langurs most of all are rare, endemic and endangered. Thekkady is known as heaven for natural spices like black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove etc.
Main attractions and activities in Thekkady
Thekkady is the best place for- Ecotourism, Birds watching, and Nature Walk, Wild Life Watching, Night Saffari, Jungle Saffari, The Periyar Tiger Trail, and Elephant rides, Trekking, Plantation Tours and Adventure Tourism.etc.
Bamboo Rafting on Periyar Lake: Starting at 8 am from Thekkady boat landing and travelling through some rare used forest tracts in Periyar Tiger Reserve. The rafting is only for about three hours and back to the boat landing at 5 pm. armed guard with guides will accompany the Team.
Boat Cruise on Periyar Lake: The Forest Department and the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. conduct boating trips in Periyar Lake. Entrance fee at check post: for Foreigners: Rs.50 and for Domestic tourists: Rs.2.
Places nearby Thekkady
Kumily- the border town is very close to Thekkady, 4 km from the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary. Kumily is the main shopping centre and spice trading centre in this region.All type of accommodation facilities for visitors available here.
Mangala Devi Temple: The ancient, more than 2,000 years old temple is situated in the dense woods,and 15 km from Thekkady. You need a permission from the Wildlife Warden to visit the area.
Grampi is 28 km form Thekkady and 5 km from Peermade. Grampi is known as Paruntumpara (Eagle rock) by panoramic view from its high peaks. Watch film- Nsrani (Malayalam,mammooty)
Other places to visit
Chellar Kovil (15km), Murikkady ,Spring Valley Mountain (Kurisumala),Pandikuzhi (5 km from Kumily), Vandiperiyar (18 km from Thekkady),Vandanmedu (25 km from Kumily), Pullumedu(43 km from Thekkady, 26 km from Periyar, Panchalimedu, Peermade (32 km), Pattumala (25 km),Wagamon (60 km)
Ramakkalmedu (40 km from Thekkady)
for further information and unseen pictures-http://www.windiaw.com/2012/11/ramakkalmedu-hill-station-for-winds.html
Idukki dam is the biggest Arch Dam in Asia. Visitors allowed during Onam Holidays (August/September) and Christmas - New Year Holidays. Boating facilities are also available.
For further information and unseen pictures -
Distance from Thekkady:
Kumily - 4 km, Idukki - 65 km, Peermede - 40 km, Vagamon - 70 km, Sabarimala -134 km
Kodaikanal -149 km, Ooty - 390 km, Cochin(Kochi) -190 km,,Munnar -106 km, Kumarakom -128 km, Kottayam -114 km, Alappuzha -164 km, Kollam - 220 km
Thiruvananthapuram - 265 km.