What is the best time to visit Thekkady?

September to April is the best time to visit Thekkady because of the favourable weather conditions. March and April are the driest months, where a lot of animals gather near the water bodies, and hence it is the best time to spot animals. Monsoons bring freshness and greenery along with it and make the area even more beautiful.

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Monthly Weather in Thekkady

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 23 32
February 23 32
March 25 34
April 27 36
May 27 35
June 26 34
July 25 33
August 25 34
September 25 33
October 25 33
November 24 32
December 23 32

Thekkady in Summer (March - May)

Travelling to Thekkady in summers and touring the region can be tiring because of the rise in temperature; the temperature ranges between 36 degrees Celcius and 26 degrees Celcius. The days tend to be hotter, but the evenings turn cooler, making the weather pleasant. It starts getting hot and humid from the beginning of March and remains so until May. In spite of being an unfavourable time, wildlife sightseeing is well suited during summers. It has become one of the major outdoor activities among tourists in Thekkady, especially in May. The probability of spotting wild animals, gathering near the water bodies, increases in this time. Add a religious spin to your trip to Thekkady during summers by visiting the very famous Mangala Devi Temple, which becomes crowded by pilgrims in this season. The entire setting transforms into a spiritual haven and reaching the temple is an adventurous experience in itself. Temperature starts rising from April, and it is best if you carry light cotton clothes and an ample amount of sunscreen to cope with warm weather.
Boating in Thekkady
Boating in Thekkady
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Thekkady in Winter (October - February)

Winters in Thekkady begin in October and lasts until February. Thekkady experiences very cool and comfortable winters. The temperature ranges between 15 to 21 degrees Celcius, making it the perfect time to visit this place. The cold weather and pleasant temperatures make it ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Even though you might encounter sudden showers, winters are the peak season for vacations and tourism. Events such as bird watching, elephant riding, boating, canoeing, and plantation tours become a centre of attention for many visitors during this time. Another factor contributing towards popularising this season is the occurrence of major festivals. Wildlife safaris can be very fruitful during winters for admiring the natural splendour of Thekkady. Numerous migratory birds can be seen flocking to the region during this season. Honeymooners will find Thekkady very suitable during winters. Since the weather can get a little chilly at times, carrying light woollens is recommended for this trip.
Periyar Tiger Reserve in Winter
Periyar Tiger Reserve in Winter
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Thekkady is appropriate for everyone as it has many beautiful things in store – from adventurous trekking to places like Ramakkalmedu, to a family boating trip in Periyar Lake. One can soak their eyes with the breathtaking views of fresh green vegetation by visiting Pandikuzhi and Chellarkovil viewpoints. With that being said, we can conclude that all seasons are suitable for visiting Thekkady, as different months bring out a different avatar of the place. Nevertheless, the best time to visit remains the winter season.

Thekkady in Monsoon (June - September)

The high temperatures of summer start falling upon the arrival of monsoon to Thekkady in June. The region becomes a recipient of heavy rainfall in July and August, and the area is prone to landslides as well. It is therefore advised to the tourists not to visit Thekkady during monsoons. Nonetheless, on the other hand, it is during these months when Thekkady is brimming with greenery and eye-soothing sceneries. The forests and landscapes in Periyar are worth watching during this time of the year. If you count yourself among rain lovers and nature lovers, monsoon will be the best time for you to visit Thekkady. Hotels are available at discounted prices, as it an off-season, and it is not difficult to have access to several places near Thekkady. Do not forget to carry your umbrellas and raincoats!
Thekkady Mullaperiyar Lake
Thekkady Mullaperiyar Lake
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Events in Thekkady

Wildlife spotting at Periyar National Park

Throughout the year

Nestled among the Cardamom hills, Periyar Tiger Reserve is among the most well known tiger reserves of India. Built around the Periyar Lake, fauna ranging from tigers to elephants, can be spotted here if you're lucky. This is also a popular spot if you're looking for reptiles, amphibians, fish or migratory birds. Avoid visiting during monsoons as chances of a wildlife sighting are quite slim.

Chitra Pournami Festival

19th April

Dedicated to Mangladevi, this temple symbolises the power that resides inside every ordinary women. A 1000 year old temple, it is located deep inside the forests of the Periyar reserve. The temple is opened only once a year to pilgrims during the Chitra Poornima Festival, as poojas are conducted throughout the day.

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