Thekkady – Nature’s Abode in the Western Ghats

Nestled in the lush landscapes of the Western Ghats, Thekkady is a mesmerizing destination that unfolds the beauty of nature in its purest form. Famous for the Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, Thekkady offers a unique blend of biodiversity, spice plantations, and enchanting wildlife experiences. Here’s a glimpse into the treasures that await you in Thekkady:

Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary: The heart of Thekkady is the renowned Periyar Tiger Reserve, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Embark on a jungle safari to explore the diverse flora and fauna. Witness herds of elephants, sambar deer, gaurs, and if you’re lucky, spot the elusive tigers. The boat safari on Periyar Lake is a tranquil journey offering panoramic views of the sanctuary.

Spice Plantations: Thekkady is synonymous with spices, and a visit to the spice plantations is a sensory delight. Walk through aromatic plantations of cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, and cloves. Engage with local farmers to learn about the cultivation and processing of these spices. Spice shopping in Thekkady is an opportunity to take home a piece of Kerala’s fragrant essence.

Elephant Junction: Experience the majestic charm of elephants at Elephant Junction, an elephant camp in Thekkady. Participate in activities like elephant rides and bathing sessions. Gain insights into the life of these gentle giants and create unforgettable memories with these intelligent creatures.

Bamboo Rafting in Periyar River: For adventure seekers, bamboo rafting in the Periyar River offers an exhilarating experience. Traverse through dense forests, catch glimpses of wildlife, and savor the untouched beauty of nature. The guided rafting expedition provides a unique perspective of Thekkady’s wilderness.

Mangala Devi Temple: Situated atop a peak, the Mangala Devi Temple is a revered religious site with a history shrouded in mystique. Though the temple is open to devotees only during the Chitra Pournami festival, the trek to reach the temple offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and forests.

Chellarkovil Viewpoint: For panoramic vistas of the plains of Tamil Nadu, visit the Chellarkovil Viewpoint. Surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills, this viewpoint is an ideal spot to witness a spectacular sunset. The distant waterfalls add to the charm of this picturesque location.

Periyar Lake: Enjoy a boat cruise on the serene Periyar Lake, surrounded by dense forests and hills. The boat ride provides an opportunity to spot wildlife at the water’s edge. The cool breeze and the sound of nature create a serene ambiance during the cruise.

Kadathanadan Kalari Centre: Immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of Kerala by attending a traditional Kalaripayattu performance at the Kadathanadan Kalari Centre. This ancient martial art form, with its swift movements and vibrant choreography, showcases the martial prowess of Kerala.

Practical Travel Tips:

  • Permits and Tickets: Check for permits and entry tickets required for national park visits and activities.
  • Clothing: Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes for wildlife safaris and nature walks.
  • Local Cuisine: Try local Kerala dishes and traditional cuisine at the eateries in Thekkady.

Thekkady invites you to explore its untamed beauty, from wildlife adventures to spice-scented plantations, creating an unforgettable escapade in the lap of nature.


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Tour details

  • Tour Type Impression
  • Price 300$ - 500$
  • Categories Destination
  • Capital Bridgetown
  • Language English
  • Currency Dollar
  • Time Zone UTC-4
  • Drives on the Left
  • Calling code +1 -246