PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 777 sq .km, of which 360 sq.km is thick evergreen forest. The sanctuary was declared a Tiger reserve in 1978 and is noted for its geo-morphological diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty. The magnificent artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar dam across the Periyar river adds to the aura and beauty of the place.
This is a plantation town 4 kms from Thekkady and is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary. It is an important shopping centre for tourists and spice trading centre.
Murikkady is 5 km from Thekkady, washed in fresh spice scented air, it is a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.
This picturesque place is cradled between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu State border and is a popular picnic spot. Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer's pleasure and delight.
The famous Sree Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala and the Makara Jyothi illuminations are visible from here. Velvet lawns, rare flora and fauna add to the beauty of Pullumedu.
MANALA DEVI TEMPLE
This is an ancient temple hidden in the dense woods at the top of a peak which is 1,337 m above sea level. The temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture. The peak commands a panoramic view of the other side of the Ghats and the vast plains of Tamil Nadu.
This little village with its spectacular view of the plains and cascading waterfalls during the monsoons is a feast to the eyes of the tourists. The village slopes down to the famous coconut groves of Kambam in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
Peeru Hills are 4 km from Peermede and 1 km from Kuttikanam. This idyllic hill station is a favourite haunt of trekkers and picnic-goers. The hill is named after Peer Mohammed the Muslim Sufi saint, who spent his last days here. The mausoleum of the saint, the summer palace of the royal family and the residence of the Diwan situated nearby are all worth a watch.