Thekkady - The heart of God's own country!
The very sound of the name conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of
hills and spice scented plantations. Here, in the crisp, cool air of the
Western Ghats you will experience the most enchanting holiday. With the animals
of the wild and the simple unsophisticated mountain people. In the Periyar
forests 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 opportunities for treks and mountain walks.
IN AND AROUND THEKKADY
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (Entry: 0600-1800 hrs):
Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is
one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves-the Periyar
Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick
evergreen forests, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger reserve
in 1978. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty,
the reserve attracts visitors from all over the world.
The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar dam across the Periyar
River adds to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in India where
you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from
the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction Of Periyar, however,
are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.
The Sanctuary Watch Towers:
There are two watch towers in the sanctuary at Edappalayam and Manakkavala.
Reservations can be made at the forest Information Counter, Thekkady. Ph:
Kumily (4 km from Thekkady):
This plantation town, closely associated with Thekkady, is situated on the
outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary. An important shopping centre and spice
trade centre, the main bus station and most of the medium range accommodation
in the Periyar region are in Kumily.
Murikkady (5 km from Thekkady):
Washed in fresh spice scented air, Murikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee
and pepper plantations.
Pandikuzhi (5 km from Kumily):
This Picturesque spectrum of exotic flora, fauna and gurgling streams is
cradled between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu border. A popular picnic spot,
Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer's
Mangala Devi Temple ( 15 km from thekkady):
The ancient temple is hidden in the dense woods at the top of a peak 1337 m
above sea level. The temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of
architecture. Visitors are allowed here only on the Chithra pournami festival
The peak commands a panoramic viewof the eastern slopes of the ghats and some
hill villages of Tamil Nadu. Permission to visit the area can be obtained from
the Wildlife Warden, Thekkady. Ph: 322027.
Chellarkovil (15 km from Kumily) :
This sleepy little village with its breathtaking view of the plains and
cascading waterfalls is a feast for the eyes. The village slopes down to the
famous coconut groves of Cumbum in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
Vandiperiyar ( 18 km from Thekkady):
The River Periyar flowing through the centre of this town nourishes its vast
tea, coffee and pepper plantaions. A major trade centre, Vandiperiyar is also
home to a number of tea factories. The Government Agriculture Farm and Flower
Garden have a delightful array of rose plants, orchids and anthuria.
Vandanmedu ( 25 km from Kumily):
This is one of the world's largest auction centres for cardamom. A walk through
the sprawling cardamom plantations of Vandanmedu is a heady experience.
Pullumedu (43 kmfrom Thekkady, 26 km from Periyar):
The winding journey to this hill town, along the Periyar River, offers a
stunning viewof 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 Officer, Thekkady Ph: 322027 or the
Range Officer, Vallakkadavu Ph: 352515.
THINGS TO DO IN THEKKADY
Plantation tours are arranged from the District Tourism Information Office at
Thekkady Jn. in Kumily. Tours cover cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea
plantations, tea factories, tribal settlements and the surrounding hill
regions. Ph: 322620.
The forest Department, Thekkady offers facilities for elephant rides through
Time 1000 to 1700 hrs.
Duration of a trip: 30 minutes.
Fare: Rs. 30/- per person.
Tickets are avitable from the Wildlife Information Counter. Ph: 322028.
Main trekking areas in Thekkady:
Kurishumala near Kumily
Ottakathalamedu: 5 km from Kumily .
Grampi near Vandiperiyar.
The forest Department conducts daily treks from the boat landing station at
Thekkady to the Nellikkampetty area and Manakkavala.
Starting: 0700 hrs.
Fare: Rs. 10/- + entrance fee.
Bookings can be made with the Wildlife Preservation Officer, Thekkady, Ph:
Boat cruises on the Periyar Lake:
0700, 0930, 1130, 1400, 1600 hrs.
Fare: Lower deck: Rs.25/- + 10/(entrance fee), Upper deck: Rs. 501-+ 10/-
The Forest Departmet (contact Ph: 322028) and the Kerala Tourism Department
Corporation Ltd. (contact Ph: 322023) conduct boating trips from Thekkady.
Entrance fee at check post:
Foreigners: Rs. 501- (valid for 3days),
Domestic tourists: Rs. 2/-
DISTANCE OF A FEW MAJOR TOWNS FROM THEKKADY
Kumily: 4 km ( 15 mts)
Sabarimala via Pullumedu: 50 km (2 hrs)
Idukki: 65 km (2 1/2 hrs).
Munnar: 106 km (4 hrs).
Kumarakom: 128 km (4 hrs).
Sabarimala via Erumeli: 134 km (4 hrs).
Kodaikanal: 149 km (5 hrs).
Alappuzha: 164 km (5 hrs).
Kollam: 220 km (6 hrs).
Ooty: 390 km (11 hrs).
Banks / currency exchange:
State Bank of Travancore,Near bus stand, Kumily Ph: 322041.
Central Bank of India, Central Jn.,Kumily Ph: 322053
Ayurvedic Hospital: Sree Sankara Gardens Anakkara, Kumily Ph: 363222.
Resorts offering Ayurvedic massage:
Shalimar spice Garden, Murikkady Ph: 322132.
Spice Village, Kumily 322314.
Travel agents/tour operators:
Global Tour Operators & Travel Agents, Kumily Ph: 322101
Mauria Tour & Travels, Kumily Ph: 322366
Mickey Travels, Kumily Ph: 322196.
Thekkady Tours and Travels, Kumily Ph: 322988.
Local transport: Tourisr cars, taxi jeeps, mini buses and autorickshaws are
available in Kumily
Periyar Hospital, KKRoad, Kumily Ph: 322045 .
CentralHospital, Thekkady Jn., Ph: 392045
St. Augustine Hospital, Spring valley, Kumily Ph: 322042.
Indian classical dance theatre:
Natyagriham, Thamarakandom Road,near Ambady Jn., Thekkady.
Lectures and demonstrations of BharathanatyamKalaripayattu DailyBharathanatyam
perfomance: 1730 to 1830 hrs. Ticket:Rs 100/- per person Ph: 322941.
Peermede Marketing Cooperative Society Ltd., Thekkady jn. Ph:322256.
Grama Silpa, Kumily Ph:322247.
Kirali handicrafts, AranyaNivas Ph: 322023.
|Hotels in Thekkady
||Tariff in Indian Rs
|ThekkadyLake Palace (KTDC)
|Taj Garden Retreat
|2300 - 6500
|Aranya Nivas (KTDC)
|Shalimar Spice GardenResort (cottages)
|Mukkumkal Regent Tower
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