Thekkady Hill Station - Kerala
Thekkady is famed as India's largest wildlife Sanctuary. It is famous for its tiger reserve. Thekkady is situated in the Idukki district of Kerala and is placed at an altitude of about 700m above the sea level.
The place is adorned with dense green jungles, the unending chain of misty hills, lovely streams, beautiful lakes, and emerald valleys. Thekkady is nestled between the evergreen and semi-evergreen forests of the mighty Western Ghats and is a treasure trove of tropical flora and fauna.
Variety of species of animals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fishes are found here. Asian elephants, Malabar grey hornbill, the Indian pied hornbill, lion-tailed monkeys, sambar deer, bison, and leopards are some of the inhabitants of Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary. It is well-known for its spice cultivations like tea, coffee, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, nut mace, ginger and clove.
Activities like mountain walks, trekking trail, boating, elephant ride, bamboo rafting, Periyar tiger trail, night jungle patrolling etc are provided here. One can view the walls of the Mullaperiyar Dam during the boat ride. This picturesque place attracts a lot of domestic as well as international tourists from all over the world. It is really a wonderful holiday destination for family and honeymoon couples. It is a must-visit destination for nature lovers, adventure seekers and wildlife enthusiasts.
The chill climate and the natural beauty of Thekkady is an excellent retreat for the tourists. Thekkady offers a calm and peaceful ambience that refresh the body and mind. Thekkady is an ideal place for shopping as well where you can buy handicraft items, fresh spices and clothes.
- Thekkady is also known as Periyar.
- With great scenic charm and abundance of wildlife creatures, Thekkady is one of the prominent eco-tourism spots in Kerala.
- It is one of the splendiferous wildlife reserves in India, famed for its tiger reserve.
- It is a haven for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, adventure seekers as well as honeymooners.
- Thekkady is famous for cultivating natural spices such as cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, nut mace, ginger and clove.
- Thekkady offers night jungle patrolling to spot the nocturnal splendour of the reserve.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Thekkady is October to February.
October - February is the Winter season in Thekkady which is ideal for sightseeing and wildlife safari. The temperature ranges between 15°C and 27°C and also can expect sudden showers during this season. This is the peak tourism season in Thekkady as well as ideal time for honeymooners. This is the best season to enjoy activities like plantation tours, elephant riding, bird watching, canoeing, boating, and you can spot numerous migratory birds as well.
Way to Reach
By Air : Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to Thekkady which is 190 Km away.
By Rail : Kottayam Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Thekkady which is 114 Km away.
By Road: Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses are available from Cochin, Kottayam, and Trivandrum to Thekkady at regular intervals.