Travel Guide - Thekkady


The land of wealthy wildlife, Thekkady is a wonderful tourist paradise which attracts nature lovers as well as every type of travelers. Renowned for its Tiger reserve, Thekkady is one of the splendiferous wildlife reserves in India. The popular Periyar National Park is in Thekkady and is a treasure house of tropical flora and fauna.

Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary is the home for a variety of species of animals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fishes. You can also spot Asian elephants, Malabar grey hornbill, the Indian pied hornbill, lion-tailed monkeys, sambar deer, bison, and leopards at this sanctuary. The beautiful lake surrounding the sanctuary adorns this place. Thekkady is quite a marvelous place full of rich coffee and spice plantations, never-ending chains of hills, thick dense forests and beautiful lakes.

A myriad of thrilling activities awaits you at Thekkady. Jungle safari, elephant ride, boating, trekking, bamboo rafting, and Periyar tiger trail are some among them. Spotting herd of elephants and other wildlife animals during cruising along the lake leave you awestruck.

The sight of the Mullaperiyar dam on your boat ride is also a great experience. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy mountain walks and trekking trail in Thekkady. Experience the pleasure of Elephant ride and jungle safari to cherish your lifetime. Thekkady is an alluring vista of nature's finest work. Visit Thekkady with your loved ones and enjoy each and every moment here.

Tourist Attractions




Periyar Lake


Suruli Waterfalls

Mullaperiyar Dam

Mangla Devi Temple

Kadathanadan Kalari

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Must Visit Places

  • The most popular Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • The Placid Thekkady or Periyar Lake.
  • The most peaceful Mangla Devi Temple.
  • The famous spice plantation, Murikkady.
  • The adobe of martial arts, Kadathanadan Kalari Centre.
  • The tranquil town, Kumily.
  • The prominent trekking destination, Ramakalmedu.
  • The masonry gravity Mullaperiyar Dam.

Travel Tip

  • Always wear life jackets while cruising.
  • Don't forget to carry light cotton clothes and sunscreen during summer.
  • Umbrella or raincoat is a must during monsoon season.
  • Don't forget to carry woolen clothes along with other clothes.
  • Make sure to carry a binocular.

Things to Do


Boat Cruise

Nature Walk

Jungle Safari

Elephant Rides

Bamboo Rafting

Periyar Tiger Trail

Tribal Heritage Program

Best time to Visit

September to March is the best time to visit Thekkady. Winter season (October - February) is ideal for sightseeing and wildlife safari. March to May (Summer season) is marked with hot weather. And the temperature goes up to 36°C. June to September is the monsoon season and is a great time to enjoy the beauty of Thekkady.

Way to Reach

By Air : Madurai Airport, located at a distance of 149.9 Km is the nearest airport.Cochin International airport is 152 Km away

By Train : Kottayam Railway Station, located at a distance of 114 Km is the nearest railway station.

By Road : Thekkady is well linked to major cities of Kerala like Kochi, Kottayam, Munnar, Trivandrum, etc. KSRTC buses are always available from these places to Thekkady.

What to Shop

  • Purchase Garments and Clothes made up of silk, cotton, and linen from Chola handicraft centre.
  • Own some Souvenirs, postcards, message T-shirts, WWF products and wildlife books from the Eco Shop.
  • Shop some organic spices from the Eco Spices Shops.
  • The Kashmiri emporiums sell white or light-colored costumes with elegant embroidery.
  • The Lord’s spice supermarket is one stop store for spices and handicraft items.

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