Home to the country's largest Tiger Reserve- Periyar, Thekkady is a great way to enjoy a jungle vacation.
Periyar National Park, being a major attraction, is one place where you can enjoy bamboo rafting in the catchment area of Mullaiperiyar Dam, hiking, and in the midst of the wilderness, shopping! Popular for its good eating joints, you can also enjoy its vast stretches of spice gardens and various adventure sports. You can also enjoy a night trek in the wilderness of Periyar. The early morning ride in the boat within the sanctuary is an extremely awesome experience and you might be able to spot wild elephants, bisons, wild boars, various kinds of birds, etc. Anakarra is also located nearby which is a great place to enjoy nature. Murikaddy is located around 5 km from the city and is famous for coffee and spices plantations. Chellar Kovil is another area located nearby with a lot of picturesque waterfalls and cascades. Mangala Devi Temple, located at an altitude of 1337 m and at a distance of around 15km from Thekkady opens only on the Chitra Pournami Festival.
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The Tiger Trail is probably the closest I have been to wildlife. We camped over night in the middle of the forest after going in for 2 hours by boat, and another 1 hour of trek. We were pretty cut off from 'rest of humanity' and pleasantly, there was no sign of any human intervention in our surroundings. Our camp site was right by the lake, in the middle of the forest, and all night we kept hearing sounds of wild animals from Elephants to God knows what. I had also never seen so many stars in my life before. This 1 day of Tiger Trail became the highlight of my 12 day trip to Periyar.
Wonderful weather throughout the year. Is pristine and has beautiful natural attractions like forests and plantations.
Is almost always crowded. Limited eating options.
Thekkady is ideal for people who love nature and want to try cycling and trekking in adventurous areas. Also perfect for people who want to relax and unwind in a tranquil place.