Top Tourist Attractions in and Around Thekkady, Kerala

With perfect mixture of rainforest, wildlife attractions and breathtaking backwaters, the state of Kerala is the place of distinctive vacation. One of the important tourist attractions in Kerala is Thekkady, the land of nature’s elegance. Thekkady is an important tourist attraction for numerous reasons.

Anyone looking for wildlife attractions, quiet holiday, exotic activities and more of nature’s beauty should visit Thekkady at least once in their lifetime. We have consolidated the top tourist attractions to visit in and around Thekkady.

1. Periyar Wildlife sanctuary

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is the signature destination of Thekkady. This wildlife destination is a tiger reserve, which is famous for spotting numerous other animals like deer, sambar, elephant, langur, bear, bison and others. This sanctuary holds numerous adventure activities like safari, boat ride, night boat patrol, rafting, trekking, camping and much more. It is important to visit the sanctuary during tourism season to enjoy all the activities.

Periyar National Park

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2. Periyar Lake

This lake is an important part of the sanctuary and yet, this lake can be accessed from outside the park. The lake has a placid environment and the region around the lake is known for its serenity. If you are visiting during tourism season, you can find a lot of small stalls and other activities on the banks of the lake. The lake is famous for boating and if you are lucky, you might see herds of elephants that come down to the lake to quench thirst.

Periyar Lake Boating

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3. Kumily

A little away from the city, Kumily is a warm and small town enveloped by cardamom plantations. This is an important tourist destination for anyone looking to enjoy the culture of the land. You can find numerous types of plantations apart from cardamom like tea and other spices. People looking for luxurious and serene vacation; choose to stay in resorts in the middle of the plantations. Stroll through plantation, sunset view from the plantation, watching spices being harvested and  visit during harvest for a farmers’ lunch are some of the unique activities to enjoy in this town.

Kumily, Thekkady Kerala

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4. Murikkady

Located on the borders of Thekkady, this region is famous for pepper plantations, tea gardens, cardamom plantations, rich valleys and numerous picnic spots. You can find many unique attractions here including a romantic elephant ride. This is a picturesque place for those who love some quiet time to enjoy with family.

Romantic Elephant Ride Murikkady, Thekkady Kerala

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5. Pandikuzhi

This is an interesting town, which is famous for both idle vacation pampered by the beauty of nature and adventurous vacation that includes many outdoor activities. People trek to interesting regions to locate small streams. Picnic near the stream and bathing in the water are other options to enjoy here. This small town is located 10 km away from Thekkady. On the other hand, tourists also enjoy quiet vacation cuddling in exotic picnic spots and enjoying rich cuisine of the land.

Pandikuzhi, Thekkady

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6. Mangala Devi Temple

Located 15 km away from Thekkady, this temple is an important pilgrimage site. This temple is located on top of a hill surrounded by reserved forest area. Tourists should get permission from the authorities to visit the temple. This temple is more than 2000 years old and is famous for its ancient style of architecture. Trekking or driving to the temple is an important adventure activity for many tourists.

Mangala Devi Temple, Thekkady

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7. Vandanmedu

This region is famous for its rich wealth of cardamom. The place is literally filled with cardamom plantations. If you visit during harvest time, certain plantations allow you to stroll through the plants, harvest them, watch them being processed and enjoy the nature. Guided tours are available during peak tourism season. The place will be filled with the aromatic spice odor of cardamom.

Vandanmedu, Thekkady

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8. Kadathanadan Kalari Center

Thekkady is not just about nature. If you love to enjoy the culture of the land, you ought to visit this center of marital arts. Kalari is a renowned marital art technique that is an integral part of Kerala’s culture. Tourists are allowed to watch the performance of marital arts by trained cadets from a secured gallery.

Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Thekkady

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Apart from these, there are numerous other small attractions like ChellarKovil, Cumbum, Pullumedu and many other places near and inside Thekkday. In short, Thekkady is paradise in disguise.

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