Thekkady is located in the mountainous district of Kerala, Idukki, is one of the world’s most fascinating places to visit. Presenting a panorama of majestic mountains and verdant valleys draped in stunning green, Thekkady is the ultimate gateway for the traveler looking for a tranquil holiday in the lap of nature. Munnar Thekkady package is the most popular packages among travellers to Kerala. The vast stretches of plantations and the luxuriant forest cover offering great trails, make Thekkady a trecker’s delight. There are many tourist places in Thekkady, however the main attraction of ‘Thekkady’ is the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Tiger Reserve, set in the mountains district of Idukki, is India’s finest and most picturesque wild life reserve.
The reserve covers 777 Sq. Kms and is made up of diverse habitat which includes mainly tropical evergreen, semi-evergreen forest and moist deciduous forest, grasslands and eucalyptus. The Periyar Wild Life Santury was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Attracted by its geomorphology, diversity of wild life and scenic beauty, visitors come from all over the world. This is the only sanctuary in India where one can have the unique experience of viewing wild life at close quarters from the safety of boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however, is the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. There are about 2000 species of flowering plants, 145 varieties of Orchids, 35 species of mammals, namely elephants, Gaur (Indian Bisorn), Leopard, Tiger, Barking Deer, Bear, Nilgiri Langur and the highly endangered Lion tailed Macaque.
The diverse collection of 45 reptiles species which includes the famous King Cobra, Russels, Viper, Fresh water Tortoise. Also 27 Amphibians has been recorded. Periyar is also rich habitat for Birds. More than 320 species of birds have been identified namely, the Malabar Parakeet, Waynad Laughing Thrush, Ruforus Babbler and the endangered Great Malabar Hornbill, the state bird of Kerala.
The first and foremost activity of a tourist in Thekkady is Boating in the Lake around wild life sanctuary. One can see the wild animals along the sides of the lake foraging, bathing, drinking and resting. It would be a greater fun if one is lucky enough to see the elephants playing with their baby elephants in the lake. KTDC and Forest Departments are operating the Boat Services around the laske and there are daily 5 Trips and each trips is of two Hours around the lake.