Thekkady is a place known for its exquisite charm and beauty situated in the Idukki district of Kerala, Southern India. The much acclaimed Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Thekkady. It is considered as one of the most famous holiday tourist spots of India.
The very name of Thekkady brings before us the sight of wandering elephants, the winding hills and the placid lake, flowing rivulets and tea plantations. It is a manifestation of nature in its most beautiful avatar. It houses the Periyar Tiger Reserve one of the best tiger reserves in India.
The uniqueness of the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary is that you can view the wild animals at close quarters. The sanctuary is centered on the large artificial lake which is formed by the Mullaperiyar dam across the Periyar River. You can go for trekking, elephant ride and boating here.
Taking a boat cruise in the lake is the best choice if you are interested in watching the wild animals. It is one of the best places in Kerala to see herds of wild elephants. As you go for boating, you can spot gaur, sambar deer and wild deer here. Other mammals like the Nilgiri Tahr, the lion tailed macaque, the Malabar Giant squirrel etc. are also seen rarely here. Tiger cannot be seen due to the thickness of the deep forests, but its foot marks are visible across the tiger reserve.
Thekkady is the abode of a wide variety of flora and fauna. The avian population here is also quite impressive noted for their variety. Around 265 species of birds has made this epitome of natural beauty, their abode.
Thekkady is considered as the Eden of aromatic spices like cinnamon, cardamom etc. The aroma of spice plantations in Thekkady is elusive and will transfer you to a new world.
Thekkady is a heaven for adventure tourists. Nature walk, Periyar tiger trail, Bamboo rafting are arranged here by the forest department. Nature walk is a guided walk through the forests. It is the best opportunity to watch butterflies, birds and wildlife.
Periyar tiger trail is organized by a group of poachers who have turned into protectors of the forest. They are dependable experts having a deep knowledge of the forest and its surroundings. It can last for 3 days. If you are a nature lover and if you are serious about absorbing the wilderness of the woods, then you are made for the Periyar tiger trail. You should be enthusiastic enough to sacrifice the luxury to venture for this experience.
How to get Thekkady
There are buses from Kumily, the near by place which is 4kms away from Thekkady.