Thekkady

The lush green surrounding, the picturesque and serene lakes will take the breath away and make your holiday memorable. Nestled in the Idukki district of Gods own country, Thekkady Kerela is one of those impressive places people love to visit again and again. This verdant region offers various attractions which give you a splendid insight into the flora and fauna of this region. It is mainly a wild life destination and it is quite close to the border town of Kumily sandwiched between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. This is the perfect place for those who love to watch wildlife in a non-invasive manner; this is also a paradise for bird watching. Boating on Periyar Lake you can witness a herd of elephants and other big mammals like bison and deer in their natural habitat. Another important attraction here is the spice plantations of Kumily, which happens to be the world’s largest cardamom auction centre.

Weather

The summer season starts from the month of March and lasts till May. The temperature ranges between a maximum of 36°C and a minimum of 26°C. The days are on the hotter side but during the evening, the climate is quite pleasant.
The region welcomes the monsoon season in the month of June and it lasts till September. During this period, the region experiences heavy rain fall.

This superb region of Kerala offers a cool and comfortable winter. During this period, the minimum and maximum temperature ranges between 15°C and 21°C respectively. It begins from the month of October and the temperature remains cool till the month of February. It is also seen as the perfect time to visit as this is the festival season.

How to Reach

The Madurai airport is the nearest airport to Thekkady and it is well connected with different parts of India. It is around 136 km from the centre of Thekkady. The other international airport nearby to Thekkady is Nedumbassery airport in Kochi. It is approximately 190 km away from the heart of Thekkady. There are various flights to reach Madurai.

The nearest railway station is Kottayam at the distance of about 114 km. All the trains which get to Trivandrum will go via Kottayam as well. There are various types of trains such as local, express and super-fast which connect the city with different parts of the country.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Kumily: Thekkady mesmerizes one to the core with its tranquil countryside and exuberant jungles that make it an idyllic, sleepy getaway destination. Kumily, located approximately 4 km from it, in contrast is busy and buzzing with activity. Kumily is extremely famous for its spice and tea plantations. Its picturesque landscape-views attract tourists at large. The town of Kumily is frequented by Sabarimala devotees as well.

Mangala Devi Temple: The Mangala Devi Temple in Thekkady, Idukki, is one of the most popular attractions in the South Indian state of Kerala. It is built within the premises of the world renowned Periyar Tiger Reserve and is located at its northern boundary. This 1,000 year old temple stands at an altitude of approximately 1,300 m above mean sea level. The presiding deity of the temple is Mangaladevi, to whom the temple is dedicated. Mangaladevi, also known as Kannaki, has been a symbol of the moral powers possessed by women, enabling them to achieve whatever they want as long as their cause is just. It is surrounded by dense forests, making the surroundings of the temple very serene and soothing. The temple is also visited by those in search of a quiet spot with a pristine and divine ambience, thus being a total delight for photography enthusiasts. The temple is also a popular destination amongst architecture fanatics for being constructed in huge stones and granite with intricate work of scriptures on the stone walls.

Abraham’s Spice Garden: Abraham’s Spice Garden is placed on the way between Thekkady and Kottam, it is a magnificent organic garden of spices. The scenic charm and picturesque views of this garden fill this place with an entrapping beauty. It is also a perfect place for those who want to understand spice cultivation, organic farming and Ayurveda.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary: This magnificent place is located on the banks of the River Periyar, which offers some of the best wildlife sighting in India. To enjoy the real pleasure of this beautiful place, one should take a boat ride. One might see a number of wild elephants as well as other animals bathing in the lake. The picturesque views and lush green surroundings of this magnificent place in Thekkady not just give a reason to smile but also provide great photo options.

Murikkady: The beauty of this place is quite an eyeful. It is a region of the world’s finest spice plantations in Thekkady. Encounter the aroma of various spices of Kerala while touring this region.

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