Top Tourist Places to Visit in Thekkady where you should befall

Thekkady, located in the district, is one of the most impressive tourist places to visit in Kerala. However, it is especially known for the “Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ”. This fascinating tourist destination caters to the interests of trekkers, nature lovers, adventurers, wildlife lovers, picnickers and backpackers. We will explore top places to visit in Thekkady through this post.

Thekaddy is situated close to the border of Kerala Tamil Nadu, so a special culture and tradition is seen here. Its special location makes it special to reach this place from both Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The wildlife Sanctuary of Thekkady attracts  lakhs of domestic and foreign tourists every year. The diverse flora and fauna found in this region adds to the charm of the region. The unique geographical and ecological structure of Thekaddy sets it apart from other hill stations and sanctuaries. In this hilly area there are beautiful natural landscapes and expanses of gardens. The fragrance flowing in the air from the spice plantation re- energizes the travelers. The cool climates and the availability of excellent resorts and hotels make tourist places in Thekkady more favorable for picnics and honeymooners. Recreational activities like hiking, wildlife train, rock climbing and bamboo rafting attracts tourists in this area. Covered with dense evergreen forests, Thekkady Sanctuary is home to a variety of exciting wildlife such as elephants, sambar , tigers, wild bears, lion tailes macaques, Nilgiri tahrs, Malabar giant squirrels and Nilgiri Langurs.

Top 8 Places to visit in Thekkady :-

1. Bamboo Rafting, Thekkady : –

Bamboo rafting makes this tourist attraction of Thekkady different from other tourist destinations. It is a special tour program that takes passengers on a fleet made of bamboo. Rafting , once the only mode of transport in the dense forests separated by rivers, has become a hugely popular outdoor adventure activity. The program includes wildlife sightings, trekking, and boat trips. Passengers are only allowed to raft in teams and usually a rafting team consists of ten passengers and five tour guides. An armed guard in each team ensures security as the areas to be visited are prone to wild animals. Travelers get to enjoy the lush green scenery, beautiful lakes, magnificent animals and thrilling trekking in the dense forests. The duration of the program is one day which starts from 8 am to 5 pm. The tour program includes meals and snacks.

  • Location : –  4 km from Kumili, Periyar Reserve, Idukki.
  • Opening and Closing Time : – Morning 8 : 00 am to 5 : 00 pm.
  • Entry Fees : – INR. 25 for Indians and INR. 300 for foreigners.

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2. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary : –

One of the most visited tourist places in Thekkady, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park has unexpectedly changed the face of Kerala’s wildlife tourism. Situated on the bank of Periyar Lake ( which is an artificial lake) this sanctuary is surrounded by dense evergreen forests, surrounded by misty mountain terrains and lush green meadows. No traveler would want to miss the splendid sight of a herd of elephants strolling around the lake. The protected area of the wildlife sanctuary is around 777 sq. km and was made a national park in 1982, later given the status of a tiger reserve. Due to the presence of  diverse wildlife, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary attracts travelers from all over the world. As per the latest records, 53 tigers are protected in the Tiger Reserve and it is home to 62 different mammals. Rare species like gaur, sambar, mongoose, foxes, mouse deer, dhols ( Indian wild dogs ) and leopard’s can also be seen here. About 320 bird species and 45 different types of reptiles can also be found here. This makes it an essential tourist sanctuary of the country. The fascinating and useful flora and wildlife of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary offers an unique and exciting experience to wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

  • Location : –  Kumily, Thekkady, Kerala, 685539, India.
  • Opening and Closing Time : –   Morning 6 : 00 am to 7 : 00 pm
  • Entry Fees : – INR. 45 for Indians and INR. 500 for foreigners.

3. Vendiperiyar : –

Vendiperiyar  is a small town located at a distance of 18 km from Thekkady in Idukki district. The Periyar River passes through this green area and enriches its culture and agriculture. The region is famous for its long expanse of green and healthy plantations. Premium quality tea, black pepper and coffee are cultivated in these well maintained plantations. This tourist attraction of Thekkady is known as a major commercial center of spice products. The Government Agricultural Farm and Flower Garden located in this area offers a spectacular view of flower beds and greenery. There are tea gardens and factories in this area with  a large area of famous plantation groups AVT and Harisan Malayam. Travelers can visit some of the factories in the region with the prior permission of the authorities.

  • Location : – 18 km from Thekkady, Idukki, Kerala, 685533.
  • Opening and Closing Time : – Open 24 hours.
  • Entry Fee : – No entry fees are required.

4. Marikkedu : –

Merikkedu is a beautiful place located at a distance of 5 km from Thekkady. Known more for vast expanses. it is close to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and it would be better to visit both these places in a single trip. The whole area is filled with the aroma of spices and the winds passing through the gardens definitely energize the visitors.

The various plantation tours organized in the area of Marikkedu attracts a large number of travelers. This tourist places in Thekkady is perfect for trekking and family picnics. Enchanting black pepper wines, wholesome greenery, aromatic fresh air, misty mountain ranges and green sheet covered valleys make this place a favorite holiday destination the picturesque beauty of this place is sure to interest both for nature lovers and photographers.

  • Location : – Near Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala.
  • Opening and Closing Time : – Morning 8 : 30 am to 9 : 00 pm.
  • Entry Fees : – No entry fees are required.

5. Vandanamedu : –

Vandanamedu is another one of the best places to visit in Thekkady . It is a small hamlet near Thekkady surrounded by a green environment and gardens. The region is known for exporting quality spices products and holds the records for being the largest producer of cardamom. The hilly areas of the region are dotted with plantations where various spices are cultivated  and visit this place on weekends. It is really a joyous experience. Vandanamedu is located at a distance of 28 km from Thekkady  and can be reached by road. Several eco-tourism areas such as Marikkadu, Pandikuzhi, Gavi,  and Chelarakil are also located close to this area. Outdoor activities like casual walks and nature and nature walks can be done in this area. The spectacular greenery views, ripe fruits and beautiful orchards add to the delight and vibrancy of the visitors.

  • Location : – Thekkady, Vandanmedu, Kerala, 685508
  • Opening and Closing Time : – Open twenty four (24 ) hours
  • Entry Fees : – No entry fees are required.

6. Kadthandan Kalari Kendra : –

Kadthandan Kalari Kendra is a place to see in Thekkady, located in Kumili, is an organization for the age – old martial arts lovers and practitioners called Kalari. It was started to awaken the interest of people towards this very famous art in Kerala. Kalari ( also known as Kalarippayattu ), performed by intense  physical activity and flexibility, has a grand history that is steeped in the cultural and martial history of Kerala. Visitors can also learn about this traditional system which includes both physical training and self – defense techniques. Kalari is staged daily from 6 pm to 7 pm and the show is sure  to enthrall the audiences with its superior physical agility and dexterity. Kadthandan Kalari Center offers various levels of training to those interested in this ancient martial system. Mastering physical moves and body balance is tough at the basic level, while training becomes difficult at the intermediate level. It is only at the advanced level that training is given in wielding weapons such as the sword, spear, and spring sword ( known as urumi).

  • Location : – Kumily Thekkady Rd, Thekkady, Kumily, Tamil Nadu 685509.
  • Opening and Closing Time : –  Open twenty Four ( 24 ) hours.
  • Entry Fees : – No entry fees are required.

7. Pathiramannal :-

Pathiramanal, also known by  the names Ananda Padmanabhan Thoppu  and Pathira Thoppu, is a small beautiful island located near Kumarakom. This tourist attraction of Thekkady is a  beautiful place  spread  over 10 acres and is  situated on the Vembanad Lake. Situated  on the borders of Kottayam and Alleppey districts, this island can be reached by ferry from Kumarakom. Through the watershed of Kumarakom, the  journey to this place is very pleasant. The island is home to a wide variety of birds and 50 ( fifty ) species of migratory birds and 91 ( ninety one ) species of local birds have been sighted here, this little secluded spot is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the wonders of nature. Those who are interested in photography will love this beautiful place surrounded by water in an instant.

  • Location : – Muhamma, Kerala, 688525, India.
  • Opening and Closing Time : – Morning 9 : 00 am to 8 : 00 pm.
  • Entry Fee : – No entry fees are required.

8. Mangla Devi Temple :-

Mangla Devi Temple is a major tourist attraction located at a distance of about 15 km from Thekkady. The temple is situated on top of a peak which is at an altitude of 1337 meters above sea level and it offers a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and terrain.

 The structure of this magnificent stone temple attests to the grandeur of the traditional Pandian architectural style. Goddess Mangala, also known as Kannaki,  is the presiding deity of this temple. Visitors are not allowed to visit this  temple on all days. They can only come daily during the festival period of Chaitra Purnima celebrated in the month of May. However, with the prior permission of the Chief Conservator of Forests, visitors can enter the temple on other days. The only way to reach this 2000 year old temple is by jeep which is available from Yatri Kumili. Visitors to the temple have a beautiful and serene environment and this is a must place to visit in Thekkady.

  • Location : – H6XC + 6VV, Keelagudalur, Tamil Nadu, 625525.
  • Opening and Closing Time : – Morning 6:00 am to 10:00 am, 12:00 noon to 12:30 pm and evening from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
  • Entry Fee : – No entry fees are required.

How to reach Thekkady :

By Air : –

The nearest airport to Thekkady is Madurai ( 140 km ) but the nearest international airport is Kochi International Airport, also known as Nedumbassery International Airport, located at a distance of 190 km. Kochi airport is well connected to all major cities of India and airports of some foreign cities. Commuters by air can either avail taxi services or can reach Thekkady by buses from the airport.

By Train : –

The nearest railway station from Thekkady is located at Kottayam ( 120). Regular trains are available from Kottayam Railway Station to all major cities of India namely Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram and New Delhi. Taxi services are available from Kottayam to Thekkady for around rs. 2500 to 3000. Buses are also available which are much cheaper.

By Road : –

Thekkady is well connected by road to all major cities of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation runs regular buses from Kochi, Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram to Thekkady. Being a major tourist destination, there are many tour packages available for Thekkady.


  • Why  Thekkady is famous for itself ?

Thekkady is famous for its moist deciduous forests, dense ever green, semi – evergreen and savanna grasslands. It is also a home to herds of elephants, tiger, gaur, lion – tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs.

  • How many days are sufficient to cover Thekkady ?

The best part is that anyone can cover Thekkady in one or one and a half days so you can add this hill station to your next tourist destination.

  • What is the best time to visit Thekkady ?

In between October to February is the best time to visit in Thekkady as the weather is cool and pleasant, making it ideal for sightseeing. So winter is the best season to visit in Thekkady.

  • Which places can be covered at Thekkady in one day ?

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Spring  valley Mountain, Bamboo rafting, Marikkedu, Kadthandan Kalari Kendra, Mangla Devi Temple and Pathiramannal can be covered easily in a one day trip in Thekkady.

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