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The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. In the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great apportunities for treks and mountain walks.

Tourist Attractions in Thekkady

The various tourist attractions in Thekkady are Kumily, Murikkady, Pandikuzhi, Mangala Devi Temple, Chellarkovil, Vandiperiyar, Vandanmedu, Pullumedu and Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve.


Kumily is the plantation ton which is closely associated with Thekkady. This plantation town is located about 4 kms from Thekkady and offers excellent experiences of the spice scented plantation towns. Kumily is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar national park. Shopping centre, spice trade centre, the main bus stand and most of the medium range accommodation are situated in Kumily.


Murikkady is situated about 5 kms. from Thekkady. Washed in fresh spice scented air, Murikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.


The river Periyar flows through the centre of Vandiperiyar and nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations. Vandiperiyar is a major trade centre and also home to a number of tea factories. The Government Agriculture Farm and Flower Garden have a delightful array of rose plants, orchids and anthurium at this place.

Tea Plantation, Vandiperiyar


Pullumedu is a famous hill town in Thekkady, located about 43 kms from Thekkady. The winding journey to this hill town, along the Periyar river, offers a stunning view of the rolling hills draped in lush greenery. Velvet lawns, rare flora and fauna add to the beauty of Pullumedu which can be accessed only by jeep. The famous Sree Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala and the Makara Jyothi illuminations at the shrine are visible from here. Since it is part of the restricted forest zone, special permission to visit Pullumedu has to be obtained from the Wildlife Preservation Offer or the Range Officer.

Mangala Devi Temple

Mangala Devi Temple is hidden in the dense woods at the top of a peak 1337 m above sea level. The ancient temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture. Visitors are allowed here only on the Chithra Pournami festival day. The peak commands a panoramic view of the eastern slopes of the ghats and some hill villages of Tamil Nadu.


Chellarkovil, about 15 kms from Kumily is the sleepy village. This little village offers breathtaking view of the plains and cascading waterfalls. The village slopes down to the famous coconut groves of Cumbum in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.


Pandikuzhi, about 5 kms from Kumily is cradled between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu border. It is a popular picnic spot and offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer’s delight. This picturesque region is famous for its exotic flora, fauna and gurgling streams.


Vandanmedu, about 25 kms. from Kumily is one of the world’s largest auction centres for Cardamom. A walk through the sprawling cardamom plantations of Vandanmedu is a heady experience.

Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve

The Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is situated within the confines of the Western Ghats in Kerala. This park is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world and also one of the largest and finest wildlife reserves in India. This national park is known for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty and attracts visitors from all over the world. The major wildlife attractions in the Periyar National Park are the wild elephants, Tigers and Nilgiri Tahrs. Besides these animals various other animals, birds, snakes and frogs are also found in this park. The best time to visit the park is from October to June


Wildlife Attractions in Periyar National Park
About 35 species of mammals are found in the Periyar National Park. The major wildlife attractions in the Periyar National Park are the wild elephants, Tigers and Nilgiri Tahrs. There has been considerable increase in the population of tiger due to proper conversation. Besides these animals various other animals are also found in this park which include Gaur, Bison, Leopard, Sambar, Bear, Wild oxen, Wild boar, Spotted deer, Wild dog, Barking deer, Mouse deer, Nilgiri langur, Bonnet macaque, Porcupine, Squirrel and Sloth bear. Along with animals, the Periyar National Park is also the home of various reptiles and amphibians like Monitor lizards, Pythons, King cobras and Flying lizards, Frogs, toads, limbless Aeolians including the colourful Malabar gliding frogs, common Indian toads, fungoid frogs and bicoloured frogs. About 265 species of birds including the migratory birds like Darters, Cormorants, Ibises, Grey herons, Mynas, Flycatchers, Orioles, Wood pigeons, Kingfishers, Ospreys, Thrushes, the great Indian hornbill, peafowl, brahminy kite, black-winged kite and Parakeets can be seen here. The Periyar lake and stream is rich with several species of fish including the masheer, the famous and endangered game fish of India. Otter, the only mammal of the lake can be seen from the boat.

Jungle Safari in the Periyar National Park

The Periyar National Park is the only park in India from where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. You can watch the activities of various animals by just having a walk or having a elephant ride in the Periyar National Park. You can also watch the animals from the watchtowers but only after prior permission. A guide will always accompany you during the safari in the park.

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