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Kerala, ‘Gods Own Country’ is well for its serene environment and tourist attractions such as its beaches, vegetations, backwaters, traditional art forms, vivid demography, vibrant culture and of course the wonderful spicy “Nadan” cuisine. Thekkady is one of the major attractions in Kerala, which is known for its amazing scenic landscape, hills/hill stations and plantations. That’s why we have already added Thekkady to our Kerala Holiday Package list.
Thekkady (Idukki District) is located about 257 Km from Trivandrum and 185 Km from Cochin International Airport near to the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. Major Tourist attractions in Thekkady include Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Murikkady, Kumily, Spring Valley Mountain, Panchalimedu and more. Lets discuss more about Thekkady in detail.
Periyar National Park is one the well known wildlife sanctuaries in South India and it is situated on the banks of the Periyar Lake. It is one of the best spot ideal for both nature and wildlife lovers. Periyar wildlife reserve spreads over an area of 777 sq km. Moreover, the Periyar lake adds the extra beauty to this place. The Periyar sanctuary is the only sanctuary in India, where tourists/ wildlife watchers can view wild animals in a close distance while cruising over the Lake. The other specialty is the vegetation of the Periyar National park consisting of the tropical and semi evergreen forests with an abundant family of animals, plants and bird species. Most tourists will get an opportunity to see wild elephants, tigers, rare bird species and more while cruising over Houseboats. If you are a birdwatcher, Periyar National Park is a must visit place for you, because there’s about 260 species of birds you have to watch for.
The nearest town from Periyar national park is Kumily which is well connected with Kottayam. It is located at a distance 114 km away from Kottayam and 271 km away from Thiruvananthapuram.
Murikkady is a picnic spot 5 km away from Thekkady famous for lots of coffee, pepper and cardamom plantations. Murikkady’s spice scented ambiance will surely give the visitors a thrilling experience. Even if you leave Murikkady, panoramic views of spice and coffee plantations will always stay alive in your memory bank for a lifetime.
Kumily is also a famous plantation located 4 km away from Thekkady. Kumily is well known for vast acres of tea and spice plantations there. Kumily is also known as a good spice trade center. Trekkers often choose Kumily for adventure in all seasons. Other attractions of Kumily are the best local markets that offer handloom fabrics, spices, sandalwood and other antique items.
Panchalimedu in Thekkady is considered as to be the historic place which can describe the Vanavasa Kalam is Mahabaratha epics. And it is also believed that the Pancha Pandavas still hide there in Panchalimedu. Even though its an epic history, tourists have got lot of places to roam in Panchalimedu exploring some ancient sculptures on their way.
Vandanmedu is a small village near Thekkady famous being the largest cardamom producer in the World and one of the largest cardamom auction centers. Blessed with abundant natural beauty, Vandanmedu is a must visit place for tourists. Vandanmedu is exactly located 27 km away from the Periyar Wildlife Reserve.
Vandanmedu is located 25 Kilometers north of Kumily on the Thekkady- Munnar highway. It is at a distance of 27 kilometers from Thekkady and 85 km from Munnar. Excited about visiting Thekkady ? Be sure to check the other Kerala Tour Packages in our website.