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Thekkady is located about 257 km (160 mi) from Trivandrum, 114 km from Madurai City and Madurai Airport, 145 km from Cochin International Airport and 114 km from Kottayam railway station. Thekkady is located near to Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 777 km2 (300 sq mi), of which 360 km2 (140 sq mi) is thick evergreen forest. The wildlife sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attractions of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants, deer and bison that come down to drink in the lake. The sanctuary can be accessed through a trekking, boating or jeep safari. Thekkady is considered as a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, nutmace, ginger, and clove.

Periyar National Park

One of the most bio-diverse regions in the world and the best protected reserve area in the country Periyar National Park has been able to gather quite a cult following of its lovers who are enchanted by its beauty, greenery and of course by the majestic Tiger. A place perfect for lovers of nature and adventure, a place famous for its Tigers - Periyar National Park is one of the major attractions of Kerala and one that should not be missed.
Periyar National Park is an amazing coming together of nature, adventure and beauty. A place which allows you the peace and serenity you so desire, an opportunity to be one with nature and just a normal sighting of a Tiger or two, Periyar National Park is full of beautiful sights and sounds. From the boating in the magnificent Periyar Lake to Border trekking through the dense forest or the chance of living in a secluded tree house to bird watching, the Park has everything to make your visit an experience to remember for a lifetime.

Thekkady Lake

Tucked in the heart of the jungle, Thekkady or Periyar Lake is famous for its wide varieties of wildlife. You can also take a boat ride in the reservoir that provides water to the forest.

Periyar Tiger Trail

Tourists trek along the Tiger Trail and thick vegetation of the reserve along with guides and Forest Department officials is an experience worth remembering. Tourists can also spot elephants, sambhars, and tigers there.

Bamboo Rafting

Bamboo Rafting is a perfect activity for all the water sports enthusiasts. The facility is offered by the Forest Department at Thekkady where one can enjoy the activity in the catchment area of the national park.

Nature Walk

A treat for nature lovers, this activity of Nature Walk is organized by the Forest Department of the region. The program takes you through various trails and routes in the park to enjoy and explore the wilderness.


A small village in the Idukki district, Anakarra is just about 50 sq. km in area. Situated approximately 18 km from Idduki wildlife sanctuary on the Kumily-Munnar state highway, this place is famous for its spice plantations and picturesque waterfalls.
It also offers trekking opportunities and paragliding options depending on weather for adventure enthusiasts. Aruvikuzhi Falls, also known as Chellarcovil falls is a very famous spot which also houses an Ayurvedic destination resorts apart from spice plantations. Ottakathalemedu is another nearby place which offers a panoramic view of Anakkara and surrounding area and a beautiful sunset view. Home Stays are an important accommodation option in this area.

Border Hiking

A trekking program conducted into the wilderness, border hiking is offered by various agencies and also by the Forest Department of the region.

Others Activities

Other places of interests in Thekkady that are worth visiting are Mangla Devi temple (15km from Thekkady), Kurikaddy (5km from Thekkady) and Chellar Kovil (15km from Thekkady).


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