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Tourist Places To Visit In Thekkady
Walk into the heart of Kerala’s evergreen forests in Thekkady. 257 kilometeres away from Trivandrum, this is a town in Idukki district, located near the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. The place is famous for a variety of reasons: its fauna, the Western Ghats, a wildlife sanctuary, and much more. Here are our pick of the 8 best tourist places to visit in and around Thekkady.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Drift down the Periyar River on a bamboo raft witnessing the flora and fauna of Western Ghats. Sprawled across 777 square kilometers, this wildlife sanctuary is home to around 40 tigers and 1000 elephants besides bisons, sambars, langurs and wild boars. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary also houses the Periyar lake (26 sq.km) which was created in 1895 by the British. There’s an entry fee of Rs. 25 for domestic and Rs. 300 for international tourists.
Kadathanadan Kalari Centre
Visit the Kadathanadan Kalari Centre in Thekkady for an encounter with the traditions and culture of Kerala. This renowned performance center hosts an hour long performance of the Kerala martial arts form of kalarippayat and the famed dance form of Kathakali, every evening. Buy tickets at the counter outside for Rs. 200.
Something interesting happens at Ramakkalmedu. It’s quite literally the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. Watch the Western Ghats end suddenly and drop down a 1000 meters to form the plains of Tamil Nadu. Enjoy the constant wind and the panoramic view of the small villages of Tamil Nadu sprawled out for miles below.
Quite a bit like Ramakkalmedu, Chellarkovil village too is situated on the eastern limits of Kerala’s Western Ghat hills, revealing a thought-provoking aerial view of Tamil Nadu’s plains. This ancient village has many legends and lore to offer to those who care to listen. All this with the sound of the Aruvikuzhi waterfall cascading down. This just had to be on the list of the best places to visit in Thekkady.
Situated right by the banks of the Periyar lake, Vandanmedu is the largest producer of cardamom in the world. Take a walk through aromatic spice plantations, visit the tea processing factory, go on mountain safaris and more.
Mangla Devi Temple
There’s nothing like coming across a 1000 year old temple nestled deep within a forest. Situated in the folds of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, visit the Mangla Devi Temple to be awed by ancient Pandyan architecture. Your visit to Thekkady is incomplete if you don’t visit this temple.
Murikkady cultivates about twelve different varieties of spices such as clove, ginger, pepper, turmeric, cardamom and vanilla, besides also growing coffee and tea. Come here to explore the plantations and buy your fresh stock of the famed Kerala spices.
Picturesque Pandikuzhi sandwiched between Chellarkovil and Tamil Nadu, boasts of dainty waterfalls, streams and deep valley views. A perfect spot for lovers of nature and photography, this definitely is one of the best places to visit in Thekkady.