Thekkady Tourist Places

Periyar National Park, Elephant Junction, Kadathanadan Kalari Center, Kumily, Pandikuzhi, Mangla Devi Temple, Periyar Lake, Green Park Spices, Mullaperiyar Dam and many more.

There are a plethora of places to visit in Thekkady. It is a nature lover’s heaven, with its enchanted tropical woods and varied diversity of flora and fauna. Thekkady doesn’t just give you one reason to visit, it gives you numerous. If you enjoy spending time with animals and boating around in beautiful lakes watching the beautiful sunsets, then Thekkady is definitely the place for you. No matter if you are a family man with children or a solo traveler, Thekkady has something for everyone - starting from tiny little hamlets hidden away in the middle of nowhere to natural reserves with gorgeous elephants and dangerous tigers.

You are guaranteed to have the time of your life in the various Thekkady tourist places. Heading over to Periyar wildlife Sanctuary, you can enjoy one of the greatest diversity of flora and fauna and visiting the picturesque township of Chellarkovil, you will be able to enjoy the enthralling natural beauty in the midst of absolute seclusion.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Thekkady:

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Discover the untamed beauty of Periyar National Park! Located in Kerala, India, this biodiverse haven is home to exotic wildlife and lush forests. Embark on thrilling jungle safaris, witness majestic elephants, tigers, and rare species in their natural habitat. With boating opportunities on Periyar Lake, immerse yourself in nature's wonders. A perfect destination for wildlife enthusiasts and eco-lovers.

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Elephant Junction, located in Thekkady, offers a heartwarming experience with elephants in Kerala's lush settings. This unique place lets you ride, bathe, and learn about elephants in a way that respects their natural behaviour. It is situated near Kumily, making it a perfect addition to your Thekkady visit. The activities are designed for all, whether you are a family with kids or a group of friends looking for adventure.

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One of the most interesting Thekkady tourist places is Kadathanadan Kalari Center – a place famous for enjoying Kalaripayattu martial arts, the traditional self-defence practices of Kerala.

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Embark on a journey to tranquillity and serenity in Kumily, one of the most mesmerizing places to visit in Thekkady. The quaint village features deep forests and idyllic countryside to transport you to an otherworldly feeling where none of the worries of daily life can follow you.

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One of the most gorgeous thekkady tourist places, the hill station is located between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu border and just 5 km from Thekkady.

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Tucked away deep inside the forests of Periyar National Park is one of the most enchanting Thekkady tourist places, the Mangla Devi Temple. The temple is a pilgrim site for the religious.

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Periyar Lake is nestled cosily within the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Thekkady. It is an artificial lake which is formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam. This tranquil lake located amidst the lush greenery of the Western Ghats is surrounded by dense forests. Tourists can marvel at the serene natural beauty of the place and spot diverse wildlife. Periyar Lake attracts nature lovers from far and wide and serves as an important ecotourism destination in Southern India.

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The Green Park in Idukki has a plethora of activities to indulge in and spend a few hours making unforgettable memories. Go for a leisurely stroll in the park and learn about a host of Ayurvedic medicines and enjoy the sights of lush green plantations of spices. Take the two hours guided tour and explore the various steps of commercial production of the spices. Spend a few moments away from everyday city life in the tree houses or click stunning pictures in the picturesque surroundings.

Location: Attapallam, Kumly, Thekkady

Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM every day

Entry fees: INR 1000 per person.

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Enjoy the unique sights of water cascading down from a towering height of 155 ft at Mullaperiyar Dam. Located in the Periyar Tiger Reserve, the dam offers exquisite views of the tiger reserve and the Periyar Lake.

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Chellarkovil Viewpoint is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Thekkady, with picturesque views of nature in all its glory. Catch a glimpse of the orange sun setting behind lush green hills and crane your neck to see tall mountain ridges disappearing into white fluffy clouds.

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Deepa World Spice and Ayurvedic Garden, situated in Munnar, Kerala, is a haven for those seeking an aromatic and healing experience. The garden showcases a diverse array of spices, herbs, and medicinal plants intrinsic to Ayurveda. Visitors embark on an educational journey, learning about spice cultivation and Ayurvedic principles. The lush surroundings and fragrant air make it a sensory delight, offering insights into the region's rich natural bounty.

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One of the most invigorating places to visit in Thekkady, Murikkady is an ideal picnic spot for families and nature lovers. Spice plantations stretch through the area and the aroma of coffee, pepper, and cardamom wafts through the air and enlivens the senses.

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Parunthumpara Hill Viewpoint in Thekkady, Kerala, offers breathtaking panoramic vistas of the Western Ghats. Known as the 'eagle rock,' the viewpoint provides a bird's-eye view of verdant landscapes, tea estates, and Periyar River winding through the valleys. The serene ambiance, coupled with cool breezes, makes it a popular spot for nature lovers and photographers seeking a tranquil escape in the heart of Kerala's scenic beauty.

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The Green Park in Idukki has a plethora of activities to indulge in and spend a few hours making unforgettable memories. Go for a leisurely stroll in the park and learn about a host of Ayurvedic medicines and enjoy the sights of lush green plantations of spices.

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People Also Ask About Thekkady

  1. Which are the famous places to visit in Thekkady with your family?

    1. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary: This refuge is located at the confluence of the Periyar River, which has some of India’s greatest diversity of flora and fauna. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary boasts a beautiful vista of lush green surroundings that will not only make you delighted but might provide you with some great photographic opportunities.

    2. Chellarkovil: The picturesque town has become one of the most famous thekkady tourist places. A large number of people visit this location because of its magnificent natural beauty, as well as its seclusion and calm.

    3. Periyar Lake: The tranquil lake is a major tourist attraction close to the Periyar National Reserves. You may go boating and relax while taking in the natural spectacular scenery. If you are lucky, you could witness the elephant herds taking baths by the lake.

    4. Elephant Junction Thekkady: Elephant Junction is among the popular thekkady places to visit. The visitors will get an opportunity to spend time with the loving and nurturing elephants of Kerala. The location is tranquil, making it an ideal spot for families.

  2. Which are the best waterfalls in Thekkady?

    1. Suruli Falls: Suruli falls are a series of waterfalls that start in the Periyar Mountains and drop into a warm pond beneath. One must visit during the ‘summer festival’ to see the most stunning colours in the area.

    2. Suranganur Waterfalls: The Suranganur Waterfalls are a sight to behold and one of the beloved thekkady places to visit. This is a wonderful spot where you can relax and appreciate the beauty of nature. This waterfall is surrounded by beautiful foliage on all sides.

    3. Thommankuthu Waterfalls: The Thommankuthu Waterfalls are one of Thekkady’s most magnificent waterfalls. This wonderful location will allow you to see all of nature’s gorgeous colors. It has a distinctive seven-step creek that attracts a lot of visitors each year.

    4. Marmala Waterfalls: The peaceful sounds of running water are certainly comforting to the human soul. Hence, the Marmala Waterfall is a well-loved place in Thekkady. This place has a really serene and tranquil sense about it. It is an ideal spot for weekend getaways and relaxing with your family and friends.

  3. What is special in Thekkady?

    Thekkady is a nature lover’s heaven, with its enchanted tropical woods and varied diversity of flora and fauna. The road to Thekkady passes through lovely tiny hill villages and gently sloping hill ranges. Visitors' love for Thekkady can be understood by the endless line of hills with perfumed spice crops.

  4. What is the best time to visit Thekkady?

    The best time to visit Thekkady is during the winter months of October to February. The temperature is pleasant which provides a delightful atmosphere for day trips, animal safaris and admiring Thekkady’s natural splendour.

  5. How to reach Thekkady?

    The closest airport to Thekkady is Madurai Airport, which is connected to major cities across India. Kottayam, about 114 kms away, is the closest railway station. All trains to Trivandrum will also pass through Kottayam. To go to Thekkady, a private cab or taxis can be rented from the station itself.

  6. What are the best places to visit near Thekkady?

    1. Vandanmedu: Vandanmedu offers an unparalleled exotic experience – relish in the yearly cardamom auction held where tourists flock to buy the rare, unique, and high-grade cardamom. The spice grows, nurtured and sold here in Vandanmedu and is high in demand both in national and international markets. Bask in the sweet and spicy fragrance of the spice, as well as gain a unique insight into the commercial processing of cardamom. The lively environment and intoxicating aroma will leave an indelible mark on you and you will find it unable to leave the place.

    Idukki, Kerala
    Timings: no specific timing restrictions
    Entry fees: no entry fees.

    2. Abraham’s Spice Garden: Abraham’s is a privately run spice garden that is unique in its own right and one of the most interesting places to visit in Thekkady. Spread over 2 acres, the gardens offer a hands-on experience with an interactive tour that explains the cultivation and processing of various spices. Featuring a myriad of species of banana, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, vanilla, ginger, turmeric, and old spices – the place is truly a delight for botany enthusiasts.

    Location: Spring Valley, Idukki, Kumily
    Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM every day
    Entry fees: INR 100 per person for the tour, INR 200 per person for an entry fee.

    3. Vandiperiyar: A small town next to the Idukki district of Kerala, Vandiperiyar is known as such as the river Periyar flows through the centre of the town. The town is swamped by plantations of various spices and coffee lending the town a fragrant ambience. The river cascading through the town, the flower garden featuring an array of rose plants, orchids and anthuriums – all make it an idyllic getaway destination for weary souls and nature lovers. The eye-pleasing vistas of Vandiperiyar will make an indelible impression on you.

    Location: Idukki, Kerala
    Timings: no time restriction
    Entry fees: INR 25 per person, INR 50 per vehicle.

    4. Pullumedu: Embark on a journey replete with green hills and the majestic River Periyar singing along with you as you reach Pullumedu, a gorgeous gem hidden in Idukki’s embrace. Get a fleeting glimpse of Sree Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala and the Makara Jyothi illuminations at the shrine on the way. The area is truly secluded from the modern world and offers solitude and serenity to heal you spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Come visit Pullumedu to experience a true getaway.

    Location: Idukki, Kerala
    Timings: no timing restrictions
    Entry fees: no entry fees.

    5. Ramakkalmedu: The little hamlet is situated in the Idukki district of God’s own country, Kerala and is considered as a place of religious significance by locals and tourists. Besides offering some of the best views of Thekkady hills covered with plantations of tea, cardamom, coffee, pepper, and rubber – the village also features the famous statue of Kuruvan and Kuruthi.
    The 300 m high pillar is an excellent vantage point to observe the awe-inspiring and scenic natural landscape of Ramakalmedu.

    Location: Idukki, Kerala
    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
    Entry fees: no entry fees.

    6. Anakkara: The quaint little hamlet of Anakkara is sandwiched between Munnar and Thekkady and is slowly becoming a prime destination for tourists. The village offers guided interactive tours that feature a stroll around the area and scenic views of gorgeous waterfalls along with lush green plantations of various spices. You can buy fresh, high-quality spices from the little shops sprinkled around the area. Or buy intricate handicraft items crafted by local artists in a traditional manner.

    Location: Idukki
    Timings: no specific timing restrictions
    Entry fees: no entry fees.
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