Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
One of the major attractions in Thekkady is this fantastic sanctuary, which is also a tiger reserve, that is spread across an area of 777 sq. km, around the man-made lake of Thekkady. The sanctuary is also home to the endangered lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, elephant, sambar, gaur, deer, Indian bison and bear.
This placid lake is located near the Periyar national reserve. Tourists can go for boating and enjoy the serene surroundings. If you are lucky you may even get a chance to see herds of elephants bathing on the lakeside.
A very pleasant and warm town, nestled between cardamom hills, Kumily is an interesting tourist destination in Idukki district. Enveloped by tea and spice plantations, this town is a must-visit to understand the rural lifestyle of the region. Tourists can enjoy typical Kerala cuisine also in this town.
Very famous for breathtaking views of scenic spice plantations, Murikkady is situated at a distance of around 5 km from Thekkady. Beautiful with misty mountains, lush green valleys, cardamom, tea, and pepper plantations, this is a picture-perfect picnic spot.
Another pretty and idyllic town which is an excellent picnic spot is Pandikuzhi. Small wild streams and lush vegetation are the main features of this attractive spot. Situated at a distance of 10 km from Idukki district, this spot is excellent for trekking also.
Mangala Devi Temple
An ancient temple (almost 2000 years old) designed in Pandian style of architecture, this temple is dedicated to Devi Kannagi or Mangala and is at a distance of about 15 km from Thekkady. Situated on the top of a cliff and surrounded by trees, this temple is visited by many pilgrims. Please note that it is necessary to get permission from the wildlife authorities in Thekkady to visit the area.
Kadathanadan Kalari Centre
Well known for martial arts, Kalaripayattu, this center is a place where you can get a firsthand experience of the renowned art. A sport which is unique to Kerala and well designed for self-defense, Kalari is popular in the world of martial arts. In Kadathanadan center visitors can watch this art form through a specially designed gallery.