Thekkady Travel Guide

Thekkady, located at a distance of approx 160 miles from Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram, is renowned for its natural wildlife sanctuaries. Mainly it is the site of the Periyar National Park that helps visitors to explore the wildlife prosperity of this South Indian city. Situated at an elevation of 700 to 1900 m above the sea-level, Thekkady witnesses cool as well as comfy climate conditions suitable for mountain walks and treks.


Being close to Periyar National Park, it is a man made sanctuary that in 1978 got declared as Tiger reserve. Straddling across 777 sq kms, this wildlife sanctuary is jam-packed with dense semi-evergreen, evergreen, savanna grass lands and clammy deciduous woods. It also houses several creatures like sambar, elephants, gaur, tigers, Nilgiri Langurs and lion-tailed Macaques.

The history of this site doesn’t contain any such treasure except the fact that it is subjugated by a number of tribes.

Weather Conditions in Thekkady:

Summer Temp: 20 to 36C

Winter Temp: 16 to 32C

Best time Period to Visit: Sep to March

How to Reach Thekkady?

By Rail: Kottayam is the nearest railhead that is located at a remoteness of 114 kms from this natural wildlife city. You can hire taxis to reach there from Kottayam. The railhead of Kottayam is well connected through major railway stations of India. The major express trains running towards Trivandrum pass through this Kottayam railway station.

In fact you can easily catch a bus to reach there from Kumbam, Madurai, Emakulam along with some other locations.

By Air: You can even book a flight to reach its nearest airport Madurai and Kochi.

Distance from Major Cities:

Cochin: 190 kms

Idukki: 60 kms

Kottayam: 114 kms

Major Attractions:

  • Periyar National Park and Lake
  • Chellar Kovil
  • Murikkady
  • Mangala Devi Temple (Opened for people only once in a year)
  • Plantation Resort
  • Anakkara
  • Vandiperiyar
  • Pandikuzhi
  • Wagamon
  • Panchalimedu
  • Grampi
  • Pattumala

There are also some off-beat charms that you can explore during your Thekkady visit.

Shopping Alternatives

With affluence of spice and tea plantation, this city provides best shopping alternatives for tea and spice lovers. One can shop for spices like nutmeg, fenugreek, white, black as well as green pepper, cardamom, rolls of cinnamon, cloves and coriander. Other item purchasing includes tees with distinctive Tiger Reserve motifs as well as elephants and banana chips. You can also find some local handicraft items.

Food: The reasonable use of variety of spices and its emphasis on non-vegetarian delicacies make the Thekkady cuisines exclusive as well as distinctive from other Indian eateries. Kappa, seafood, appam and krimeen are some of its lip smacking cuisines.

Staying Options:Thekkady houses various types of staying options from high-scale to those of budgeted ones. Hotel Periyar Meadows, Greenwoods, Hotel Ambadi and Carmelia Haven along with many others are some of the best accommodation centers that you can prefer to stay comfortably.


Around thekkady you can enjoy a number of exhilarating activities that include:

  • The Periyar Tiger Trail
  • Nature Walk
  • Boating
  • Bamboo Rafting
  • Elephant rides
  • Trekking
  • Plantation Tours

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