The alluring aroma of cardamom, vanilla, cloves and coffee await you at Thekkady, one of the most picturesque mountain towns and an important wildlife reserve of Kerala. The very mention of this amazing place brings to mind the image of trumpeting elephants and captivating wildlife amidst unending chains of green hills.
For adventure enthusiasts who love trekking, mountaineering and wildlife spotting, Thekkady is a one stop destination.
Wildlife spotting in Thekaddy
The resplendent Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary of Thekkady is home to tigers, elephants,wild boars and deer. You can even spot a variety of birds in the thick evergreen forests reaching out for 777 sq. kms. The land over here flashes with pride numerous flowering plants, orchids and species of grass. Apart from terrestrial animals in the forests, you can also witness amazing aquatic life in the huge marshes and lakes here.
What makes Thekkady sospecial is the “never-before” experience of spotting wildlife from a boat cruising in the Periyar Lake. Besides boat cruises, you can even enjoy an elephant ride from 10 AM to 5 PM in the sanctuary.
Trekking In Thekkady
Trekking in the wilderness is the best way to explore the forest of Periyar. Kurisumala near Kumily, Pullumedu, Ottakathamedu and Grampi are the trekking areas around Thekkady. Daily treks are undertaken from the boat landing station at Thekkady at 7 AM to the Nellikkampetty area and Mana-kkavala.
Plantation tours to cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantations, factories, surrounding hills and tribal settlements are also included in the trekking trip.
Mannan, Paliya, Urali, Mala-araya and Malampandaram are the main tribal communities residing around the wildlife reserve. They earn their livelihood by agricultural activities. The tribal museum in Mannan settlement, showcases medieval artifacts, tools, outfits worn and much more. You would be able to have a wonderful glimpse of the original lifestyle of the tribes living there.
Location of Thekkady
Thekkady is 170 kms from Cochin and it takes approximately 5 hours by a car to reach there. For most of the package trips, people go Thekkady after Munnar which is 110km away or from Alleppey which is about 140km away. The route is lovely with a combination of hills as well as normal roads.
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