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Elephants, scenty spice plantations, unending greenery and hills- all these elements make up Thekkady. It is the perfect refreshment destination for someone who is adventurous, fun loving and nature loving. Aromatic plantation tours, the vegetation, the birds, the elephant rides, the rich and varied flora and fauna, distinguished tribal culture, bird watching, boating and trekking- all these makes Thekkady an attractive tourist destination and one of the most captivating wildlife sanctuaries offering a thrilling experience to the visitor. The close watch of the wildlife and the extraordinary ecological pattern makes Thekkady as the most versatile wildlife sanctuaries. You will experience an enchanting holiday feeling the cool breeze of the Western Ghats, capturing photographs of the wild animals and enjoying long walks and treks across the simple mountains.

Places to Visit in Thekkady

Thekkady has numerous things to offer the tourists such as sightseeing of Asian elephants, boars, bison, sambar deer, tigers, leopards, etc. Thekkady offers a cool and tranquil atmosphere and many opportunities to shop things such as clothes, spices and traditional handicrafts. Some of the famous and nearby places to visit in Thekkady are-

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Spread across an area of 777 sq. Km, this exotic wildlife reserve is a rich culture of wildlife and scenic landscapes. The herds of elephants who come to play in the artificial lake surrounding this sanctuary attracts a large number of tourists.Bamboo rafting in the calm rivers here is a unique experience

Kumily

Kumily plantation town is located four km from Thekkady. It comprises of the major bus station, provides reasonable accommodation and is a huge shopping centre especially of the spices.

Murikkady

The distance is 5 km from Thekkady and it is scented with the flavours of coffee, pepper and cardamom plantations.

Pandikuzhi

It is situated five km away from Kumily town and contains splendid plantations and wildlife. It is a great picnic and trekking spot. It is a source of delight for the photographers.

Mangaladevi Temple

The temple is very ancient and is constructed in the Kerala Style. It is located on the crown of a famous hill in the Periyar tiger reserve. The temple can be accessed by the tourists only once a year during the chithrapournami f festival. Must haves in Thekkady: Jungle walks, plantation visits, boating, elephant safari, Ayurvedic massages as well as bamboo rafting. All the places are covered in the Thekkady tourism packages and various other attractive facilities are provided.

When to Visit

The best time to visit Thekkady is from September to May. The wildlife sanctuary is usually open all through the year, but the best time to visit it is from September to march only. 

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How to Reach Air

To arrive at Thekkady, tourists can get off at Madurai (149 km) or Cochin International Airport (138 km).

How to Reach Road

There are numerous regular buses that move to and from Thekkady from all leading South Indian destinations, as this is a popular tourist destination in South India.

How to Reach Rail

The nearby railway station is at Cochin and Madurai. From there, frequent buses are available to Kumily, which is just 4 km away, to this attractive tourist destinations.

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