Around 257 km (160 miles) from Trivandrum, 141 km from Madurai City and Madurai Airport, 145 km from Cochin International Airport and 114 km from Kottayam Railway Station, Thekkady is located. Thekkady is situated close to the border between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The sanctuary is known for its thick evergreen, semi-evergreen, wet deciduous forests and grasslands of savannah. It is home to elephant herds, sambars, lions, gaurs, lion-tailed macaques, and nilgiri langurs. Because of the density of elephant forest sightings, and in particular, tigers are extremely unlikely.
The Sanctuary of Periyar Wildlife is spread over 777 km2 (300 sq mi), of which 360 km2 (140 sq mi) are dense evergreen forests. In 1978, the wildlife sanctuary was proclaimed to be a tiger reserve. The splendid artificial lake created across the Periyar River by the Mullaperiyar Dam adds to the park's charm. The herds of wild elephants, deer and bison which come down to drink in the lake are the greatest attractions of Periyar. The sanctuary can be reached by hiking, boating or safari by jeep.
Periyar National Park, a major attraction, is one location where you can enjoy bamboo rafting in the Mullaiperiyar Dam catchment area, hiking, and shopping in the middle of the wilderness! You can also enjoy its large stretches of spice gardens and diverse adventure sports, famous for its good eating joints. A night trek in the forest of Periyar can also be enjoyed.
An incredibly awesome experience is the early morning boat trip inside the sanctuary where you will be able to spot wild elephants, bisons, wild boars, different kinds of birds, etc. Anakarra, which is a wonderful place to enjoy nature, is also located nearby. Located about 5 km from the city, Murikaddy is famous for its coffee and spice plantations. Chellar Kovil is another place with a lot of picturesque waterfalls and cascades located nearby. The Mangala Devi Temple, situated at an altitude of 1337 m and about 15 km from Thekkady, only opens on the occasion of the Chitra Pournami Festival.
Many threatened and endangered species, such as elephants and tigers, are located in Periyar National Park. White tigers, Indian elephants, wild pigs, flying squirrels, fruit bats, sloth bears and jungle cats can be spotted easily here. More than 266 species of birds also live here, including migratory ones. Malabar Grey Hornbill, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher, Sunbird, Great Hornbill, Black-necked Stork and Nilgiri Wood Pigeon are the top birds to see here.
There are 45 species of reptiles, including lizards, snakes and turtles, 40 species of fish and over 160 species of butterflies. The location's floral elegance is equally enchanting. Teak, mangoes, rosewood, tamarind, bamboo, sacred fig, sandalwood, jacarandas, Indian conifer and others form the top flora of this park. You can also find plants of medicinal value and plantations of coffee, cardamom and tea here.
Thekkady tourist place
The viewpoint of Chellarkovil is renowned for its amazing view of hilly terrain surrounded by lush green foliage and an enchanting waterfall. The viewpoint has a watchtower with a telescope mounted on a terrace that allows visitors to get a glimpse of the picturesque place and the mesmerising sunset from a splendid bird's eye.
Vandeperiyar is a remote, quaint town in the district of Idukki, Kerala, 18 km from Thekkady. At an elevation of 2743 ft. This hilly city has been a treat for travellers who enjoy discovering plantations and spice farms above sea level. Despite the commercial operation, Vandeperiyar has found a way to take you back to nature with greenery swallowing a traveller. The plantations are an ecosystem of their own-as the surrounding forests do, cultivating flora and fauna. Vandiperiyar is renowned for the cultivation of spices , herbs and its stunning natural terrain with the enchanting River Periyar flowing through it. Other than exploring the vast coffee and tea plantations in the area, a major source of income for the locals, nature lovers can explore the Government Agricultural Farm and the Flower Garden.
Pattumalay means hills covered in silk, literally. For its lofty peaks, small streams, tea plantations and tea factories, it is popular. This lovely Idukki area is 8 km from Peermade and 24 km from Thekkady. The Velankanni Matha Church, situated atop a hill, is one of the main attractions in this area. This is a popular centre for pilgrims, and it's made entirely of granite. Pattumalay is also home to the largest names in the tea production market, the small Pattumalay Estate of Harrisons Malayalam. 24 km from Thekkady, the Pattumalay Tea Factory is located. Pattumalay Tea Factory belongs to Harrisons Malayalam Limited and is a major producer of Orthodox tea. It is the oldest Orthodox factory and only the Orthodox Tea Factory owns central Travancore as well. Its regular capacity is 16000 kg. The Pattumalay Estate was created in 1931.
Pandikuzhi is a small, humble village famous for its quaint beauty. Pandikuzhi is a popular picnic destination and no less than a paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers and photographers because of its captivating natural scenery, the thrilling terrain, a pristine stream of water flowing through the valley filled with lush green foliage.
A trekking programme performed on high forest terrains ranging from 1000 to 1200 metres in height. This is a hard trek oriented to conservation that takes up a full day. In the morning, a party of 13 people comprising 10 visitors, 2 guides and 1 armed guard will begin trekking. The trek begins in the morning at 8 o'clock and finishes in the evening. The route goes through undulating terrain. It will span altitudinal heights from 900 metres to 1300 metres and the trekkers will be able to glimpse the lofty escarpments surrounding the watershed park and the vast plains below.
Apart from birds and butterflies, Gaur, sloth bear, elephant, etc. are also seen along this route. During trekking, reformed ex-poachers' guides narrate their interesting storeys about wild life encounters. Their extraordinary knowledge of the jungle's terrain, flora and fauna will help tourists learn a lot about the forest and wildlife.
Thekkady, a gift wrapped in lush green spice plantations, is the heartland of spices, no doubt. Enjoy a true spice tour through Kerala 's real spice city. The world-famous spices such as cardamom, pepper, vanilla, nutmeg, clove, etc. are grown within and around 50 sq km of the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Around this beautiful place, there are many spice gardens. One has to spend two hours understanding the various types of spice plants around this area. Spice plantations including cardamom, pepper, vanilla, clove, cinnamon , nutmeg, ayurvedic spices, etc. are protected by the ride. The path also goes through coffee, tea plantations and tea factories. The state is the world's spice city. In Thekkady and its neighbouring villages, over twelve varieties of spices, including ginger , garlic, cardamom, vannilla, pepper , cinnamon, coffee , tea, clove and nutmeg, are grown.
Thekkady boating river
Enjoy boating and experience its vast calmness along the scenic Periyar lake. The solid, skeletal remains of the trees that protrude from its waters offer a primaeval look to the area. This feeling is heightened by the mists swirling ethereally over the water in the early morning. In the centre of the sanctuary, the scenic Periyar Lake is a perfect venue for boating and watching the elephants frolic. The lake is surrounded by the lush greenery of a wildlife sanctuary called Periyar.
The cruise is special because it's one of the few in the world that gives wildlife such a close view. The lake is an artificial one created by the Periyar (the second longest river in the state) and Mulllayar rivers after the construction of the Mullaperiyar dam. In the lake, more than 30 species of fish are found. The only animal in the lake, the River Otter, can be seen quite frequently on a trip.
- Pickup from Theni.
- After Refreshment at Theni.
- After a wholesome breakfast to visit Suruli falls.
- Located at a mere distance of 6 km, Suruli Falls is a must visit place to witness the beauty of water flowing between lush green trees.
- To visit Cumbam valley grapes garden and 1008 Sivalinga temple.
- Then proceed towards Thekkady on the way visit Penniquick Memorial Hall.
- Hotel Check In.
- Overnight stay @ Hotel –Thekkady.
- Savour a lovely breakfast at Hotel and then proceed towards Boating in Thekkady Lake.
- Tucked in the heart of the jungle, Thekkady or Periyar Lake is famous for its wide varieties of wildlife. You can also take a boat ride in the reservoir that provides water to the forest.
- After that proceed to visit Elephant Ride, Spice Garden ,etc..,
- At evening, we can see Kerala cultural art forms such as kathakali and Kalari.
- Kathakali and India's oldest form of martial arts, Kalaripayyattu, are cultural activities that explicitly include the traditional dance form.
- Then Proceed to visit Theni famous Veerapandi Sri Gowmari amman temple, River and Vaigai Dam.
- Finally drop at Theni with sweet memories of Thekkady.
What 's Included
We can provide stay for ( 2*, 3*, 5*, 7* )
2.Double sharing Rooms
5.Royal Suite Rooms
( as per requirement )
From Trip start to till end the Tour Guide will be take care
Local Speaking Guide - ( English,Tamil,Hindi,Telugu & Malayalam ) *
(As per requirement *)
Chennai to Chennai Transports*
All local vehicle transports