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Thekkady is one of the important tourist destinations in India. It is located at a distance of about 160 miles from Thiruvananthapuram and is well known for wildlife preservation.
Unlike other wildlife sanctuaries, Thekkady is unique and abundantly rich with flora, fauna and a wide range of birds. Here, you can get a glimpse of wildlife in a close range, and one can also have an opportunity to see and film the wildlife while they are in their natural habitat. Thekkady is a paradise with its natural scenic beauty, clear waters and the serene atmosphere literally captivates the visitors.
The man made Thekkady Lake with its partially submerged trucks is synonymous of Thekkady. the place is a perfect holiday destination with its unique chill weather, endless scenic beauties, aroma of spice plantations and friendly people. Apart from this, the destination has various other opportunities for adventurous tourism such as trekking, wildlife train, bamboo rafting, border hiking and rock climbing.
The Mullaiperiyar Dam has been built across the Periyar River here, resulting in the formation of an artificial lake, which adds to the scenic beauty of the place. Apart from the park, Thekkady has a few more tourist attractions. Tourists can also try various attractive packages options to tour Thekkady.
There is the Mangala Devi Temple here which opens only during the Chitra Pournima Festival. The Chellarkovil which is known for its waterfalls and the Anakkara are other attractions. Thekkady is also known for its natural spices which are found in abundance here in the form of clove, cardamom, cinnamon and black pepper. In recent times, the government has made concerted efforts to promote spice tourism in the area. The area of Anakkara along with Murikkady is known for its spice plantations.
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is surrounded by the Cardamom Hills, with the highest peak being that of Kottamalai at 2019 metres. The varying altitudes of the sanctuary give it different temperature conditions, which results in different types of vegetation. The temperature during the summer months could be between 15-20° Celsius, depending on the altitude.
Apart from being an ecotourism destination, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or Thekkady as it is often called, also attracts a lot of pilgrims every year who come here to visit the Sabarimala Temple here. The temple receives more than 3 million pilgrims every year.
The Periyar Wildlife sanctuary, which dates back to 1950, is largely a protected piece of land with tourist activity restricted to the northern end of the park. It has been done so to protect the flora and fauna of the region.
Thekkady offers quite a few places to shop, for the most produces are spices and small knicks-knacks. Market places are very few and not big on scales. But, there are a few attractive stalls centrally located in those areas. One can buy fenugreek, rolls of cinnamon, white and green pepper, cardamom, star anise, coriander, nutmeg, cloves and more. Traditional banana chips should be missed out, which are fried in fresh coconut oil and this is also a speciality.
Road: kumily,on the north of park boundary is 4km.from Thekkadi.it is well connected by buses with kottayam, alappuzha, kochi,Thriuvananrhapuram and munnar etc. Thekkadi is at the centre of the park Where KTDC hotels and boat jetty are located .The Wild life information center lies near the boat jetty.