Thekkady Sightseeing and Periyar Wildlife

Thekkady with the ranges of hills, wildlife reserves and spice plantations is a treat for any tourist. With many picturesque locations one can find various opportunities to make the holiday memorable. Some places of interest could be the following.

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 777 sq.km, of which, 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest. It was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The wildlife sanctuary attracts visitors from world over due to the rich diversity of wildlife and beauty. There is a lake inside the park in which boating can be done. Tourists can see the animals from close while boating in the lake. Elephants on the banks of the lake are a common sight here.

Periyar

Kumily Town

Kumily is about 4 kms from Thekkady and a busy place. It is the largest Grama Panchayath in Kerala and a major tourist destination. Kumily is plantation town and a spices trading center. Kumily is on the border and to the other side is Tamilnadu.

Mangala Devi Temple

Mangala Devi temple is at about 15 km from Thekkady. It is in a dense forest on the top of a peak which is 1337 m above sea level. It is on the northern boundary of the Periyar Tiger Reserve and the temple can be reached only by jeep. It is believed to be built for Kannagi by the Chera King. The views one can get from the temple are of the eastern slopes of Ghats and hill villages of Tamilnadu. Special permission has to be taken from the Wildlife Warden at Thekkady. The temple is open only on one particular day in the year ie on Chitra Pournami in April-May.

Kathakali

Theatre Performances

An introduction to Kerala’s rich culture – Kathakali. It is a classical dance- theatre form developed over 300 years though it has been in existence for over 1000 years. The themes are usually based on mythological stories and is enacted with elaborate costumes, gestures and expressions. The music that accompanies Kathakali is mainly drums and songs with a distinct style of plain-note rendition, which is known as the Sopanam style. The most interesting facet of Kathakali is the makeup used by the actors.

Kerala’s Martial Training – Kalaripayattu

It is the martial art style which originated from kerala around 13 th century and supposedly the oldest fighting system. Kalaripayattu techniques are a combination of steps (Chuvatu) and postures (Vadivu). Chuvatu literally means ‘steps’, the basic steps of the martial arts. Vadivu literally means ‘postures’ or stances are the basic characteristics of Kalaripayattu training.

Kalaripayattu Weapons
Spices

Spice Plantation Tour

A walk through the plants in the plantation area in Kumily lives you enchanted with the aroma of different spices and its beauty. You can smell cloves, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg etc. the cool climate of Kumily makes it an ideal place for spices cultivation. Tourists are given spice plantation tours wherein they can gain an insight into the growing, harvesting and processing of spices. The peeling and drying of cinnamon, and the painstaking task of hand-pollination of vanilla can be observed on such trips.

Bamboo Rafting on Periyar Lake

This is a dawn to dusk program which includes trekking through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve. The forests are rich in bird life and arboreal animals like giant squirrel and Nilgiri langur. Later the group will be taken to the lake for bamboo rafting. The rafting is for about three hours and one gets a glorious view of forest, hills and its beauty reflected in the lake. Animals like elephant, gaur and sambar from the forests can be sighted close to the edges of the lake. An armed guard during trekking through and 4 guides will accompany a maximum of 10 persons. Tea, snacks and packed lunch will be served en route.

Kerala Eco Tourism Destination
Tribal Village

Tribal Village Visiting

The Program includes the tribal heritage museum visit which features various types of artifacts relating to the tribal’s ancient agricultural practices, marriage ceremonies, cultural events, dress code, rituals and death ceremonies. Also trekking through the tribal hamlet within the periphery of Periyar Tiger Reserve accompanied by a tribal guide. Mannans are among the oldest indigenous group of people to inhabit Periyar Tiger Reserve. Till as late as 1940’s, they used to live in the remotest areas of the tiger reserve eking out a simple living by fishing in the lake and cultivating a few crops.

Vandi Periyar

Vandiperiyar is about 18 km from Thekkady. It is a major trading centre and has many tea factories. The River Periyar flows through the centre of the town making it more beautiful. There is a Government agricultural farm and flower garden in which lovely Orchids, beautiful roses and Anthuria are grown. It is a favourite picnic spot.

Vandiperiyar
Chellarkovil

Chellarkovil

Chellarkovil is a serene village ideally located in the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. It is to be one of the best tourism spots. It is famous for its beautiful mountains, gorgeous waterfalls and picture perfect beauty. ‘God’s own balcony’ – a watch tower with a telescope placed on the balcony provides a beautiful view of the sunrise and the sunset.

Ottakathalamedu

Ottakathalamedu is situated about 4 km from Thekkady at an altitude of 1300 metres above sea level, a vantage point atop a hill that provides an excellent panoramic view the surrounding mountains, Kumily town, the Periyar National Park and even the plains in the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. It is worth to take a trip to watch the spectacular sunrise or sunset. The aerial view from the top is the magnificent to say the least.

Ottakathalamedu
Ramakkalmedu

Ramakkalmedu

Ramakkalmedu is about 40 km from Thekkady and 75 km from Munnar, So visiting this place on the way from Munnar to Thekkady will be a good idea to save time to visit other places. Beautiful hills and cool breeze makes Ramakalmedu a favourite picnic spot. The panoramic view from the top of the hill shows villages of Bodi and Cumbum on the Eastern slope of the Western Ghats. There is statue of Kuruvan and Kuruthi on top of the hill.

Pandikuzhi

Beautiful Pandikuzhi is about 5 kms from thekkady. Its lush green hills, exotic flowers, gurgling streams makes it a photographers paradise. This wonderful place is located between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu border. A most favoured picnic spot it offers great opportunities for trekking.

Pandikuzhi
Pullumedu

Pullumedu

Pullumedu is about 43 km from Thekkady, and 26 km from Periyar. The road towards Pullumedu in itself is mesmerizing. Hills covered in green can be seen as far as the eye goes. Pulumedu can be reached only on jeep. And once we reach the top the view is breath taking. Sabarimala and the Makara Jyoti can be seen from here. Special permission has to be taken from the Wildlife Preservation Officer.