Thekkady, a small town with astounding beauty, is located in Kerala, which is also known as God's own country'. This serene town is frequented by tourists from all over the world who come here to catch a glimpse of its amazing wildlife sanctuary. But that is not the only place worth visiting; Thekkady is dotted with numerous attractions that make it a traveller's delight. Situated in the wildlife sanctuary at Periyar, the lake is a prominent site in Thekkady. It is an artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam. Here one can witness herds of animals that come to drink water. Spanning over an area of 777 sq km, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is the main attraction of the town. In 1978, it was declared a Tiger Reserve. The sanctuary has some rare species of flora and fauna and is considered one of the finest wildlife reserves in the country. The sanctuary is home to animals such as tigers, elephants, sambar and others. It can be easily accessed through boat, jeep safari or trekking.
Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady, is an example of nature’s bounty, with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Sprawled over an area of 925 Sq .km., Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India. Zealously guarded and efficiently managed reserve is a repository of rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna and forms the major watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, the Periyar and Pamba. Community Based Eco-Tourism People oriented and park centered community based ecotourism is the hallmark of Periyar Tiger Reserve. These programmes are conducted by local people responsible for the surveillance of the vulnerable parts of the reserve. By taking tourists along, they are involved in the conservation of the forests of Periyar and some valuable revenue is generated for community welfare. People who once made a living by illegal operations in the forests have since become forest protectors and earn their livelihood through these programmes. Hence, as a visitor, when you join them in any of these programmes,you are directly contributing towards forest conservation and community welfare. An appeal to the visitor You are supporting a noble cause of forest conservation and community welfare by participating in these ecotourism programmes. The interest and participation shown by you is higly appreciated. Let’s make Periyar a heitage for all time to come
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 wilderness, shopping! Popular for its good eating joints, you can also enjoy its vast stretches of spice gardens and various adventure sports. One can also enjoy a night-trek in the wilderness of Periyar. The early mor
September to April is the best time to visit Thekkady because of weather conditions. March and April are the driest months and that makes a lot of animals come near water and hence is the best time to spot animals.
Madurai airport located at a distance of 150 kilometres from Thekkady is the nearest domestic airport and The nearest international airport is the Cochin International Airport, which is 160 kilometres away.
The nearest railway station to Thekkady is in Kottayam, located 114 kilometres away. The railway station in Kottayam is well-connected to major cities across India.
Thekkady does not have many big shopping areas, but one important area is Kumily, which is located at a distance of 4 kilometers. Shopping in Thekkady is fun and really entertaining. There are many Small colorful stalls of the markets.You can find all spices of fenugreek, white and green pepper, rolls of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, star anise, coriander and cloves etc . Must buy nice quality t-shirts for your kids that have tiger and elephant motifs on them as a memoir of your Kerala visit.
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