Thekkady is another beautiful place to go when you are visiting Kerala. Just like the other places, this is an awesome getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. There are many attractions of Thekkady that you can’t miss and have beautiful views.
Today we will take a look at some of these attractions of Thekkady and enjoy the ecstatic green nature of Kerala.
Murikkady is one of the popular attractions of Thekkady and an ideal picnic spot for families and adventure lovers. You will also come across spice plantations, coffee plantations, pepper, cardamom and so much more.
Murikaddy also offers gorgeous views of lush green gardens and stunning hills encircling the area. A day out in this natural environment can be so good for your body and soul.
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- Kadathanadan Kalari Center
It is one of the most interesting attractions of Thekkady – a place to explore and enjoy Kalaripayattu martial arts, the traditional self-defence practices of Kerala.
You will get to know so much about the culture and heritage of Kerala here. It is designed in a way that all the guests are safe and also enjoy the martial arts performance. You can learn different levels of martial arts here like basic, intermediate and advanced. The performances happen between 6 pm to 7 pm at this centre.
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- Periyar National Park
You might have heard of this name while studying Geography in class. It is a very popular national park in India. The Park is 357 square miles wide and famous for its elephants and tiger reserve. It is one of the most famous attractions of Thekkady.
Other than exotic fauna, you will also see lush green hills and cardamom plantations. You can also get along with different activities like safari, trekking, rafting etc. Two rivers known as the Pamba and Periyar run through the park and offer you a peaceful ambience. The national park is open from 7 am to 9 pm every day.
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If you are looking for some exotic cardamom, you must visit this place. It is one of the most popular attractions of Thekkady for cardamom auctions where tourists buy the rare, unique, high–grade cardamom. This spice is grown, nurtured and sold here that has great national and international demand.
Get to know the ins and outs of the spice right from its sowing, processing and its end product. The lively atmosphere and aroma will leave a mark on you.
It is one of the most gorgeous attractions of Thekkady. It is situated between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu border and just 5 km from Thekkady.
The lush green hills seclude you from your swift city life and you can be at ultimate peace here. The waterfalls, flora and fauna are the best escape one can ask for. It is a great place to visit for all adventure enthusiasts.
- Chellarkovil Viewpoint
It is a great spot to enjoy the natural beauty. Catch a view of the orange sun during sunrise and sunset behind the lush green hills and look over the tall mountains disappearing into white fluffy clouds.
Enjoy the beautiful white waters of the nearby waterfalls and go trekking in the bamboo forest. You will see some unique human settlements, ploughed fields and dense green forests. It is a must-visit attraction of Thekkady.
- Mangla Devi Temple
Located inside the forests of Periyar National Park, it is one of the most enchanting attractions of Thekkady. Mangla Devi Temple is a pilgrim site for the religious.
Apart from the temple, you can also enjoy a stroll in the woods. The trek to the temple and the jungles is a great adventure for all trekkers out there. If you are lucky, you might see the exotic Nilgiri Tahrs and Bison. The temple is open in April and May.
Kumily is a beautiful village with deep forests, you will experience the countryside feel when you come here. It is situated just 4 km away from Thekkady.
It is an ideal weekend getaway for families. The lush green hills around and the exotic aroma of spice and tea plantations will keep you at peace.
- Abraham’s Spice Garden
This spice garden is a privately owned garden that is spread over 2 acres. You will get hands-on experience in the cultivation and processing of various spices.
From species of banana, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, vanilla, turmeric, old spices – it is a great place for botany enthusiasts. The garden is open from 7 am to 6 pm every day.
- Elephant Junction
The Elephant Junction at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most vibrant places to visit in Thekkady. You will see a great variety of flora and fauna here along with wildlife species like elephants, Indian bison and Nilgiri Tahrs.
It is also a place of rich tribal culture in Kerala. You can spend time with the elephants here, you can bathe and feed them.
The wildlife sanctuary is open from 8 am to 6 pm every day.
- Periyar Lake
Do you want to explore the Periyar Tiger Reserve even better? Take a boat from Periyar Lake and witness the beauty of the jungle in a rejuvenating way. The lake and the view is breathtaking where you will see deep forests and wildlife.
The one-and-a-half-hour ride is a wholesome package where you might get a chance to see rare species of birds like the Malabar Grey Hornbill and the Nilgiri Wood Pigeon.
The boat ride timings are 7.30am / 9.30am / 11:15am / 1.45pm / 3.30pm.
So, here we come to the end of our list of places you can visit when you are in Thekkady. All of them are beautiful and peaceful locations you can’t miss!