Located in Idukki, the drive to Thekkady itself is enchanting as the
road winds through tranquil countryside, rich plantations & thick
jungles. The wild life sanctuary, lies on the Western Ghats and is
approximately 4000-5000 ft above sea-level, 60 km from Idukki, 190 km from
Cochin and 114 kms away from Kottayam. It is open throughout the year , but
the best season is from September to March.
The sanctuary is centered around the large (24 sq km) artificial lake
formed by a dam across the Periyar river. The main attraction is a boat trip
over this man-made lake of Thekkady. The forest department would also
arrange Thekkady elephant rides and trekking inside the sanctuary. One can see deers,
monkeys, tigers, herds of elephants and other exotic flora and fauna here.
For the more adventurous, trekking into the jungle would be an exciting
thing to do.
There are bus regular bus services from the major towns and cities in
Kerala to Thekkady.
Some of the main attractions of Thekkady Travel are:
Plantation Eco-Tours are arranged
from the District Tourism Information Office at Thekkady jn. in Kumily.
Tours cover cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantations, tea factories,
tribal settlements and the surrounding hill regions.
Thekkady Elephant ride:
The forest Department, Thekkady
offers facilities for elephant rides through the jungle. Time : 1000 to 1700
hrs. Duration of a trip : 30 minutes. Tickets are available from the
Main trekking areas in Thekkady are
Kurisumala near Kumily, Pullumedu, Ottakathalamedu, 5 km from Kumily, Grampi
Boat cruises on the Periyar Lake:
What would be better than to take a ride of the boat cruise in the beautiful green surroundings.