Thekkady is all about the untouched beauty of nature. It can be defined as a traveller’s paradise, bliss for nature lovers, and a romantic escape for the honeymooners. The word Thekkady brings up images of elephants, beautiful hills and spice plantations. The Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Decked by captivating Western Ghats, blanketed by the charm of the spice plantations, and stroked by magnificent wildlife, this beautiful tourist destination needs no introduction.

Major Destinations in Thekkady
Periyar National Park - A visit to this National Park is a dream come true experience for every wildlife and nature lovers.
Periyar Lake – Explore the amazing wilderness of Periyar National Park whilst enjoying a boat cruise ride in this lake.
Murikkady – With a panoramic view of spice plantation, and aromatic experience of the coffee plantations, Murikkady will be an experience to remember.

Other popular destinations of Thekkary are

Attractions and Activities
Bamboo Rafting is one of the amazing things you can try in Thekkady, Periyar Tiger Reserve. Bamboo rafting is a full day program from morning 8AM to 5PM. Along with being eco-friendly, Bamboo Rafting is also an entertainment program for the nature lovers. The Bamboo Rafting involves travelling through the thick forests on trek. One can enjoy a panoramic view of the forest clad hills mirroring on the lake.

Thekkady is also famed for its Plantation tours, which are spread over a wide area. The Plantation Eco-Tours covers cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantations, tea factories, tribal settlements and the surrounding hill regions. One can also explore the rural village life along with the plantation tour.

Another interesting activity to enjoy is the Elephant ride. The forest Department of Thekkady offers facilities for elephant rides through the jungle. The visitors are taken on a tour around the spectacular Periyar National Park where they can get to explore the natural beauty of the region.

Other activities to try in Thekkady are

Best time to visit Thekkady
Thekkady can be visited throughout the year. However, with every season the place changes its hues and beauty. The summer season is from March to May. The temperature begins to rise in summers and mercury level can reach upto 36 degrees, in extreme cases.
The monsoon season is from Juen to September. As monsoon hits the region, the greenery of Thekkady embraces it with the most attractive form.
The winter season is between October and February. The winter season brings in a unique charm to the ambience. While the temperature remains pleasant, cool breezes and clear sky add more beauty to the ambience.

How to reach
By Road: Although it’s costly, bus journeys are also the most exciting way to reach Thekkady. You can avail regular buses to Thekkady from major destinations like Kochi, Trivandrum, Kottayam, Bangalore, Chennai, Salem, Tiruchirapalli, Krishnagiri, and others.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Thekkady is the Kottayam Railway Station. Arriving at the railway station, you can hire private taxis, cabs or regular buses to Thekkady.
By Air: Madurai Airport serves as the nearest airport to Thekkady. Other option includes Cochin International Airport.


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