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Thekkady Weather And Best Time To Visit Thekkady
Thekkady, the location of the Periyar National Park and a popular tourist attraction of Kerala, is located about 257 km from Trivandrum. Its very name invokes images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. Periyar National Park is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns. Given its pleasant climate most of the year, Thekkady makes for an all year round destination. However for those looking for a more detailed description of weather of Thekkady, here’s the season-wise break-up with the best time to visit Thekkady.
Summer (March to May)
The maximum temperature during this time of the year goes up to 36 degrees Celsius. March marks the beginning of summer in Thekaddy. Since there’s not much rush during this period, good deals on hotels can be availed.
Monsoons (June to September)
June to September is the time of monsoons here and the temperature drops slightly with the surroundings draped in rich greenery. The rains are a great time to enjoy the rain washed beauty of Thekkady. In fact monsoons probably are the best time to be in Kerala. There's nothing more romantic or calming than the mad tropic showers here.
Winter (October to February)
The maximum temperature in winter goes up to 15 degree Celsius and this is a great time to go for wildlife safaris and to admire the natural beauty of Thekkady. Hence, by far the best time to visit Thekkady is winters when the weather is cool and pleasant and almost beconing for sightseeing. Many festivals take place during this time in Thekkady too, so it's quite an eventful period to be here.
Since Thekkady is surrounded by forests on all sides and has a wide variety of wild animals, you will find many insects in the area. Take proper precautions and carry along insect repellents. During excursions to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, it is advisable to wear long sleeved shirts and long pants to avoid mosquito bites.
For someone looking to escape the monotony of city life, Thekkady’s cool and tranquil air is a welcome relief. But yes, Thekkady is not as laid back a town as it seems at first glance; there are a whole bunch of recreational activities that would keep you in trance for the duration of your stay here.