Thekkady

Introduction & Travel Information

Thekkady

Introduction

Thekkady is known for its Periyar Tiger Reserve and situated in Idukki district, Kerala, India. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands.

Periyar Tiger Reserve
The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs. The Periyar Wildlife sanctuary is spread across 777 km² (300 sq. miles), of which 360 km² (139 sq. miles) is thick evergreen forest. The Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. This is the best place to spot Indian elephants which graze on the shores of the reservoir. You can see it by taking a trip on a boat.

Boating on the Lake
The best chance to spot wild animlas is to take a boat trip. Kerala Forest Department and Kerala Tourism Development department operates boat service. Tickets availabe at Boat landing point.

Trekking, Elephant, Horse ride
Availabe inside the Reserve at a fees.

Ayurvedic Massage
Treat yourself to a traditional Ayurvedic massage at many of the Ayurvedic Massage Centers around and in Spas at Hotels/Resorts.

Kalarippayat, Kathakali shows
Kerala unique matial art in practiced in traditional local gyms nearby. Kayhakali shows operated by private operators . Contact your hotel for timing and rates

Jeep Safari & Bullokart ride
Avaialbe with private operators for to experience.

Spice Shops
Fresh and orinal spices and condiment available at many of the shops on Kumily - Thekkady roadside.

Spice Plantations
For those who has not seen spice trees can enter any spice plantation and see Cardamom, Pepper, Clove, Vanilla, and any other spice plants.

Tamilnadu View Point
The nearest state Tamilnadu can be viewed from top of the hill. Very spectacular view.

Gavi Eco-tourism
Managed by Kerala Forest Department Gavi Eco tourism spot is a place nature and adventure lovers like.

Travel Informations

Location
Thekkady sitauated just 5 km from Kerala Tamilnadu border town Kumily on NH 212.

How to reach
Airport: Cochin International airport 200 km, Madurai airport 120 km
Railway Station: Kottayam 115 km, Theni 60 km
Bust Station: At Kumily 5km

Mode of Transport in Thekkady
Local Taxis, and 3 wheeler autos available.

Bank Timings
Most banks open from 10.00 to 15.30 hours on weekdays. Closed on sundays and 2nd & 4th saturdays. 24 hours ATM's available around the town.

Foreign Exchange
Hotels and Foreign Exchange outlets exchange foreign currencies and travellers cheques.

Postal & Telephone
Government post offices open 09.00 to 15.00 hrs. Private courier services are also available.
Public telephone with international and national dialling available at hotels and STD/NSD booths.

Shopping
The main shopping items are Spices, Artefacts and special Souvenirs made by local tribals.