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Thekkady in Kerala State, India's largest wildlife sanctuary is a dream destination for any tourist visiting India. The 120 years old 'Surki' dam built across Periyar, Poorna in Vedic parlance, is a major tourist attraction. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 777 Sq. Kms, surrounded by an artificial lake over an area of 25 Sq.Kms. The Country's sole Tiger Reserve, Thekkady, with its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna is the ultimate reservoir of many endangered species and a rich tribal culture. Thekkady is pleasant heaven on earth for those who love nature in its wild manifestations.

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.

Periyar Lake

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.

Coordinates: 9.533 N 77.200 E

State: Kerala
Clothing: Warm Clothes and Rain Gear
Temperature: Min. 0 c - Max. 25 c

By Air

Thekkady does not have an airport of its own and the Madurai airport located at a distance of 136 kilometers from Thekkady is the nearest domestic airport. From Madurai, you can hire a cab to get to Thekkady. The nearest international airport is the Cochin International Airport, which is 190 kilometers away. This airport is well-connected with all major cities in India and abroad. The best way to get to Thekkady from Cochin is by hiring a cab.

By Rail/ Train

The nearest railway station to Thekkady is in Kottayam, located 114 kilometers away. The railway station in Kottayam is well-connected to major cities across India. You can hire a cab from Kottayam to get to Thekkady, or even board a government or privately run Bus.

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