Thekkady is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. The town is the site of the popular Periyar National Park, which is also a tiger reserve. Blessed in abundance with the allures of nature, the town is a must visit for every nature enthusiast. Visit the town in your next holiday and for accommodations choose one from the best hotels in Thekkady.
If one is all about nature and exploring the attractions of it, Thekkady is the destination to head to. Located alongside the mighty river Periyar, the town is a small tourist town. It comes under the Idukki district in the state of Kerala, and is one of the premier tourist destinations in South India. The city is primarily known for eco tourism.
The declaration of the dense evergreen jungles of the region nearby has earned the town a top place in the list of popular places to visit in India. The town is basically the site of Periyar National Park, which is a government protected area covered with thick and varied jungles, swamps, and grasslands. The protected jungle is one of the best nature reserves in India, and finds prominence for large herds of wild elephants, bisons, deer, sambar, tigers, and Nilgiri langurs, etc. Other than that, within the jungles there also exist some rare plants and trees, which also have medicinal values. Lastly, but significantly, the greenery capped regions are also known for the natural grown spices, which include: cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and black pepper. When in the city buying the spices is a must do.
The natural diversity of the region has earned Thekkady a prime spot in tourism. However, it is also the fact that the city is in close proximity to the cities like Idukki and Kottayam, that the city sees a large influx of travelers. The tourist town is about 60 km from Idukki, which also houses the district headquarters within whose governance Thekkady falls. Additionally, Kottayam is about 114 km away. The roads are the best modes to reach the tourist town, as they are heavenly, clean, and tranquil. Additionally, Kottam Railway Station is the nearest rail-head to Thekkady. The good thing is that there are a number of hotels in Thekkady that offer transportation services to the railway station. Plus, one can also hire taxis and cabs for that purpose. Meanwhile, there are two airports that can be considered close to the town. They are Madurai Airport and Cochin International Airport. They are 140 km and 190 km away respectively.
Nonetheless, a trip to Thekkady is a getaway from the chaos of the hectic city life. It is a trip to the heart of the nature, as being in the town lets one explore and discover the different allures of nature. There are jungle safaris to relish that gives the opportunity to see and experience the wild up-close. Within the province of the reserved park there exist a serene-tranquil lake where the herds of elephants, tigers, deer, and bisons drink and play in the water. The lake is one of the prime places to visit in Thekkady, and also offers boating services to the tourists.
The other significant tourist attractions of Thekkady that are a must visit include: Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Elephant Junction, Kumily, Chellarkovil, Deepa World Spice And Ayurvedic Garden, Ramakalmedu, Mullaperiyar Dam, and Vandanmedu etc.