Thekkady is one of the important tourist destinations in India, stationed at the Idukki district of Kerala. 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. Situated about 4000 ft above sea level, 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 on Kerala packages. Well linked with both Kerala and Tamil Nadu through roadways, one can easily get a bus from Madurai, Kumbam, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram and various other locations to reach Thekkady.
Category : Wildlife
Time Zone: UTC + 5:30 Hours
STD Code: 4869
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Best Time to Visit: Sep – Mar
Thekkady (Idukki district) is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in the Kerala state of India.Thekkady is one of the important, serene tourist attractions in kerala. It is located in Kerala -Tamil Nadu border town called Kumily. The primary attraction of Thekkady is its Wildlife Sanctuary, is Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. It was declared as Tiger reserve in the year 1978 and the whole part is spread across 777 square kilometres. It is primarily famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands, where toursists get opportunity to see the natural living of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs. Watching the elephants playing in the lake is one of its unique scene that should not be missed.
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By Air : Nearest airport to Thekkady is Madurai, which is located at a distance of 136 km away from Thekkady. Madurai is air connected to Chennai and Coimbatore. Nearest major international airport is Nedumbassery airport in Kochi, at a distance of 165 km. Kochi airport is well connected to all cities in India and many cities abroad, including many gulf cities. Tourist taxi services are available from Kochi to Thekkady, charging around Rs 4,000 – 6,000.
By Train : Nearest railhead is at Kottayam, which is at a distance of 114 km from Thekkady. Daily trains are available from Delhi (Kerala Express), Mumbai (Kanyakumari Exp), Kolkata (Ghy Tvc Express), Bangalore (Kanyakumari Exp) and Chennai (Trivandrum Mail). All express trains towards Trivandum passes through Kottayam. Taxi services are available from Kottayam to Thekkady at the rate of Rs 2,500.
By Bus : KSRTC public transport buses connect Thekkady with other nearby cities. Super fast buses are regularly available from Kottayam, Kochi and Trivandrum to Thekkady. The charge is less than Rs 5 per km.
By Taxi : Taxis in Thekkady have fixed rates, and taking a taxi is a very safe mode of travel in the region. You can opt for taxis from all the major points in the city, and opting for a taxi can make your travel plan very easy. Taxi fares may range from Rs 40 to 150, depending on the distance covered.
By Other : Auto rickshaws in Thekkady do not run on meter, and fares are normally fixed and predetermined. Auto fares will range around Rs 20 to Rs 60, and you can talk to the locals in order to get a fair idea on how much to pay or spend.
Deluxe – Up to Rs. 801 to Rs. 1200
Hotel Ambadi ; Ambadi Junction, Thekkady, Idukki, Kerala 685536 ; Ph – 04869 222 193 ; Facilities – Doctor-on-call, laundry, room service , telephone, TV, travel desk, 24hours H/C running water.
Luxury – Rs. 2501 and above
The Elephant Court ; Thekkady P.O, Thekkady, Amalambika Rd, Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala 685536 ; Ph – 04869 224 696 ; Facilities – Doctor-on-call, laundry, room service , telephone, TV, travel desk, 24hours H/C running water.
- Happins Restaurant ; Kollam – Theni Hwy, Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala 685509 ; M – N.A ; Food Serve : Indian
- Green Lake Inn ; Near Private Bus Stand, Thekkady By Pass Rd, Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala 685509 ; M – N.A ; Food Serve : Indian
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Onam ; Venue: Thekkady ; Period : N.A ; Details: It is one of the cultural festivals of Kerela which is full of colors and joy
Pookkalam ; Venue: Thekkady ; Period : N.A ; Details: It is a flower bed competition and a traditional Kerala Feast called ‘Sadya’.
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- Ambulance : 102