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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.


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 Nate from, US, October 7, 2021 12:07: PM

Famous in Munnar

What is Munnar famous for?


Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), October 7, 2021

Popular as “Kashmir of South India”, Munnar is a beautiful hill station located in Western Ghats at 1700 metres above sea level an is famous for its lush green hills and tea plantations.

Asked by Blaire from, UK, October 7, 2021 12:06: PM

Famous in Thekkady

What is Thekkady famous for?


Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), October 7, 2021

Thekkady is one of the most beautiful and heartwarming hill stations which is a true treasure trove for visitors.Nestled in the heart of a protected jungle area, Thekkady is famous for its wide variety of wildlife and trekking routes.

Asked by Helen from, US, October 7, 2021 12:04: PM

Things to do in Munnar and Thekkady

What are the things to do on the Thekkady and Munnar tour?


Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), October 7, 2021

From bamboo boating to energizing night safari through profound woods and from outlandish legacy strolls to finding zest ranches, there are tremendous activities to do on Thekkady and Munnar tour. A safari in Periyar National park, boat cruise across alluring lakes, evergreen tea and plantation visits and bamboo rafting are some of the top things to do on Thekkady to Munnar tour.

Asked by Kelly from, US, October 7, 2021 12:02: PM

Best vacation package deals for Munnar and Thekkady

Where can I get the best vacation package deals for Munnar and Thekkady?


Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), October 7, 2021

No matter your style, Iris Holidays can help you get the perfect Munnar to Thekkady package deal. Browse through a wide range of Thekkady and Munnar tour packages with exciting deals at Iris Holidays.

Asked by Ian from, US, October 7, 2021 11:22: AM

Best outdoor activities in Vagamon

What is the best outdoor activities to do in Vagamon?


Answered by Niranjana(Travel Advisor), October 7, 2021

Untouched by recent developments, Vagamon is a captivating hill station that renders ample outdoor activities for tourists who wish to explore. Trek to Murugan Mala, exploring Vagamon Pine Forests, trekking and camping at Vagamon waterfalls, walk through Barren Hills, boat ride at Vagamon Lake, paragliding, and trekking to Suicide point are the best things to do when in Vagamon.

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