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Thekkady Travel Guide

Periyar Lake Tiger Reserve - Thekkady Travel Guide

Thekkady Travel Guide: One of India’s most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries, you can watch wildlife here at eyeball distance. An inimitable admixture of elephants, unending chains of hill and spice scented plantations, here the animals of the wild and the simple mountain people. The tigers, the majestic Asiatic wild elephants and the distinctive Nilgiri langur, the wild boar, wild dog, bison, bear and leopards are just some of the wild treats. The herons, egrets, darters, kingfishers and the great Malabar grey hornbill make your spirits fly high. Periyar Lake around which the wild -life sanctuary lies, for a soul – stirring experience.

Place To Visit in Thekkady

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

The Tiger Reserve lies close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar .in Thekkady is one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife reserves – the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq. km and comprising of 360 sq. km thick evergreen forest, it is noted for its geo-morphological diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty. The wondrous artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar adds to its charm. It also makes it the only sanctuary in India where you can experience wildlife at close quarters even as your boat undulate. The large herds of wild elephants on the lake’s edge are every tourist’s dream. On the other hand, you can also observe wild life in the sanctuary from the three watch towers.

Kumily

An important shopping centre and spice trade centre, the main bus station and most of the medium range accommodation, this plantation town is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary.

Murikkady

Washed in fresh spice scented air, Murikkady offers a panoramic view of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.

Pandikuzhi

Cradled between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu State border, the popular picnic spot offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer’s delight.

Mangala Devi Temple

Hidden in the dense woods at the top of a peak, it affords a panoramic view of the other side of the ghats and the vast plains of Tamil Nadu; this ancient temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture.

Chellarkovil

This sleepy little village slopes down to the famous coconut groves of Kambam and affords a spectacular view of the plains and sparkling waterfalls during the monsoons.

Vandiperiyar

Home to a number of tea factories, it has the river Periyar flowing through its centre, nourishing its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations.

Pullumedu

Velvet lawns, rare flora and fauna add to the beauty of Pullumedu which can be accessed only after a splendid winding journey that offers a stunning view of the rolling hills draped in lush greenery.

Do’s and Don’t’s

  • Don’t stay with or be coaxed into staying with people you meet at Railway platforms, Bus stands or shopping areas.
  • Don’t think you are getting a bargain if a free ride is given by any transporters to a hotel, check with tourist information office first.
  • Don’t allow any one into your room for a drink and snacks or just a chat unless the person is really well known to you.
  • Free rides can culminate in trouble at hotel suggested by the driver.
  • Don’t leave your valuables, luggage with the driver.

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