The very sound of the word Thekkady evokes images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. Spread across the entire district are bewitching plantations and captivating hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.
Thekkady is also the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake, including the pleasure of watching herds of wild elephants that come down to the lake's edge and offer great views to the tourists that come to the sanctuary.
Indeed, Thekaddy is a nature lover's ecstasy with its unspoilt tropical forests and its incredible wealth of animal and plant life. The Periyar forest has great views and is the best place for photography with its picture perfect landscape. Set off on a memorable plantation tour, spice garden trek, walking through the cardamom, coffee, pepper and tea plantations or, make the most of it by walking into tribal settlements and experiencing their culture up close. And, of course, don't miss out on riding through the jungle on elephant back and see how it feels to walk in grandeur and style of nature.
Did you know?
- The Periyar National Park, Thekkady is located around the Periyar reservoir formed by the backwaters of the Mullaperiyar dam.
- Thekkady is considered a heaven for natural spices such cardamom, cinnamon and clove.
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