Thekkady

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About Thekkady

  • AttractionsBoating in Periyar Lake

  • Best SeasonSeptember to February

  • Ideal Duration3 Days

  • LanguagesMalayalam, Tamil

A jewel in the crown of Kerala-the land of Kathakali and Kalaripayattu-Thekkady tourism enables you to discover the most pristine spots tucked in the lap of nature.

Thekkady is one of the world's well known and most fascinating wild life reserves – Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Thekkady is also a one of the beautiful hill stations in South India. If you are looking for an idyllic getaway featuring natural splendour in all its glory, there are plenty of places to visit in Thekkady. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady is spread across 777 sq km and is well known for its wild life and scenic beauty. The main attraction in Thekkady is the boat cruise on Periyar Lake. During the boat ride, you can spot the wild life (elephants, Indian Gaur, Monkeys, Spotted deer, barking deer and birds of myriad varieties)in the close quarter.

 

Stay in a Treehouse- Special Activity offered by Iris Holidays

Treehouse stay in Thekkady offers tremendous scenic beauty located in deep thick cardamom plantations. Any one with an adventurous turn of mind can choose to stay in the Erumadam - a tree top wood cabin with local interiors attatched bathroom, surrounded by a balcony.

Thekkady Tourist Places

If Kerala is God’s Own Country, Thekkady is the true abode of God.

Explore this pictorial town amidst the rolling hills and scenic meadows during Thekkady tourism to know how alluring Mother Nature can be.

A journey to the places to visit in Thekkady will take you through unending chains of hills with scented spice plantations.

Whether a nature enthusiast or leisure, honeymooner or a casual vacationer, these rugged terrains and locales of Thekkady district will yearn you for more and more.

Periyar National Park: Pride of God’s Own Country, this wildlife-protected area is one of the best places to visit in Thekkady that is an indigenous home to some of the rarest, exotic, and endangered wildlife species in India.

Periyar Lake: While visiting the abode of the wild, you simply cannot miss out the alluring Periyar Lake in Thekkady. Making its way through the wildlife-protected area, this artificial lake tops the list of Thekkady tourist places. A boat ride or cruise in this alluring lake is one of the best things to do in the Thekkady district.

Murikkady: Seated around 5 km from Thekkady, there is this one place that can easily mesmerize you with its promising beauty. Adorned by unending cardamom, pepper, and coffee plantations, a visit to Murikkady is a fun-frolic experience during your Thekkady tourism.

Mudra Cultural Centre: One of the must-visit places to visit in Thekkady, Mudra Cultural Centre is famous for cultural events that involve the traditional dance form Kathakali and India’s oldest form of martial arts, Kalarippayattu.

Mangla Devi Temple: A major attraction during Thekkady tourism, Mangla Devi Temple is a symbol of moral powers possessed by a woman. 

Abraham’s Spice Garden: With scenic charm and picturesque view of gardens, This spice-scented place tops the list of Thekkady tourist places. 

Truly blessed by abundant natural beauty, Thekkady tourist places boast of beautiful wildlife reserves, pristine slopes, verdant tea and coffee gardens, and religious temples. 

Plan your Thekkady tourism with us and explore this heavenly tourist destination with its cool climate, panoramic vistas and lush greenery.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Why is Thekkady famous?

Thekkady with its unspoiled tropical forests and incredible wealth of plant and animal life is a nature lover's paradise. Thekkady is famous for a lot of tourist attractions and exciting experiences it offers.

What is the best time to visit Thekkady?

September to April is the best time to visit Thekkady because of the favourable weather conditions. Experiencing little rain and humidity, the weather is perfect for sightseeing. However, Monsoons and dry months like March and April can also be a good time to experience lush greenery and wildlife.

What are the top attractions to visit in Thekkady?

Periyar National Park, Periyar Lake, Murikkady, Mudra Cultural Centre,Mangla Devi Temple and Abraham’s Spice Garden are few top attractions in Thekkady. 

How do I get to Thekkady by flight?

The nearest airport by distance is the Madurai Airport which is about 114 km to the east. However, this is a smaller airport with limited flight options. The closest large airport is Cochin International Airport at a distance of 145 km.

Best time to visit Thekkady

Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
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Given its pleasant climate most of the year, Thekkady district makes for an all-year-round destination.

Plan your trip during the best season to experience the best of this stunning destination.

Located in the Idukki district of Kerala, Thekkady district experiences extreme climatic conditions during summer and monsoons.

Thekkady is a beautiful destination any time of the year. Its dense forests provide shade during the hot and humid summer months, while the colder winter months coincide with many colourful festivals. However, since Thekkady is very much an outdoor-adventure destination, monsoon season should be avoided due to heavy rainfall and flooding.

 

The monsoon season spans from June through to October. Torrential rain and widespread flooding make this an imprudent time to undertake outdoor adventure activities, meaning you would lose out on most of what Thekkady has to offer.

 

September, at the tail end of the monsoon season, is the ideal time to visit. Prices are still off-season, but the mountains, forests and waterfalls are at the peak of their luscious green beauty, and it's an excellent time to spot animals profiting from the renewal of nature's bounty.

 

The weather is cooler and drier between October and February. While this is the perfect time for outdoor activities and sports, beware of the peak season prices from December to January, as well as larger crowds.

It is best to explore Thekkady tourist places during winters as it will allow you to enjoy peaceful insights and entices explorers with its vibrant cultural heritage.

Between March and May, Kerala's summer hits its peak, with sweltering and humid weather, making conditions less than ideal for anything but doing nothing. If you enjoy hot, wet heat, take advantage of the off-season prices and hit up the beach!

How to Reach Thekkady

Thekkady, with its dense, luxuriant forests, diverse and exotic wildlife, plentiful tea estates and bountiful spice plantations is a well-known destination for nature enthusiasts. The town of Thekkady is at the centre of the famous Periyar Nature Reserve, India's only tiger reserve. This peaceful yet fertile oasis of evergreens is a focus of eco-tourism, outdoor adventure activities, wildlife watching and quiet contemplation.

  Distance By Air By Road By Train
Thekkady to Munnar 92 KMs NA NA 3 Hours
Thekkady to Kochi 157 KMs NA NA 3 h 45 min
Thekkady to Alleppey 138 KMs NA NA 3 h 16 min
Thekkady to Kumarakom 131 KMs NA NA 3 h 15 min
  • By Flight

    The nearest airport to Thekkady is the Madurai Domestic Airport, from where you can jump on a taxi, train or bus to Thekkady. Pre-booking a taxi is also a convenient and comfortable option. Kochi is the nearest international airport and is well-connected to most major cities in India like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi, as well as South East Asia and the Middle-East. Both airports are regularly serviced by all primary domestic airlines.

  • By Train

    The nearest train station to Thekkady is at Kottayam, although this is still 114 kilometres away from your final destination. Kottayam's railway station is well-connected to major cities across India with frequent and regular services. This is one of the most cost-effective, comfortable and scenic ways to travel around Kerala, and India in general. You can purchase your tickets online or in-person at the station booths, and enjoy a relaxing, scenic journey.

  • By Bus

    Regular bus routes connect Thekkady to Kochi, Trivandrum and Kottayam, serviced by the state-owned KSRTC buses. Although this is a convenient, if more uncomfortable, way to travel, buses are likely to be very crowded. If you are loaded with luggage or uncomfortable in close quarters, this isn't the way to go.

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Asked by Raj from, India, July 21, 2021 11:55: AM

Interested in upto 14 day Kerala Tour

Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey, Kochi, Alappuzha, Calicut, Wayanad, Coorg, Kovalam, Kanyakumari, Mararikulam, Athirapally Arriving 13th Jan Departing 26th Jan. Please advise good itinerary and price.

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), July 21, 2021

Thanks for letting us know your interest to travel in a 14 days Kerala tour with Iris Holidays. Please have a look at the page https://irisholidays.com/kerala-holidays/14nights-15days-kerala-tour-packages where we have shared multiple packages for 14 days holidays

Asked by Michala Vestergaard from, USA, April 30, 2021 21:40: PM

What kind of Houseboat is being offered in this package?

WIll the houseboat experience include all meals and cruise from which destination?

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), April 30, 2021

We offer Premium or Deluxe Houseboat in this Package

Asked by Enrica Paltrinieri from, Italy, March 13, 2021 05:03: AM

Jungle Camp in Thekkady

How is the jungle camp in Thekkady? What all does it include?

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), March 13, 2021

Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling jungle camp at Thekkady. You can opt for the night camp programme of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and experience the dense forest around. The programme offers comfortable tents for visitors in the middle of evergreen dense forests. The camping takes place in the midst of Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills; where one can experience trekking and even taste the tribal cuisine prepared by the local tribe (Urali). You can even get to interact with the local tribal people and get to spot some rare species of wildlife.

Asked by Lena Foo from, Singapore, March 5, 2021 16:43: PM

What is the difference between Premium and Deluxe Houseboats?

The rates quoted by Premium and Deluxe Houseboats is very different in Kerala. What is the difference between Premium and Deluxe Houseboats

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), March 5, 2021

There are multiple differences with respect to interiors and service. Premium house boats is similar to 4 star resorts and will be having better interiors and furnishing, food menu with more options and cruise time will be slightly more. However deluxe houseboat will be similar to 3 star resorts and will have standard interiors and furnishing. In deluxe house boats, AC will be usually operated only at night from 9 PM to 6 AM , whereas in premium houseboats AC will be operated for 24 hours . The cost difference is there , however if you are not on a show string budget, then we recommend premium houseboats

Asked by Kathy Savitt from, UK, March 5, 2021 04:42: AM

Varkala beach for swimming

Is Varkala a good option for swimming lovers?

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Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), September 29, 2019

Yes Varkala is a great place to swim in non monsoon seasons . It is a Cliff Beach and cleaner than Kovalam

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