Thekkady in Kerala State, India's largest wildlife sanctuary is a dream destination for any tourist visiting India. The 120 years old 'Surki' dam built across Peryiar, Poorna in Vedic parlance, is a major tourist attraction. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 777 Sq.Kms, surrounded by an artificial lake over an area of 25 Sq.Kms.
The Country's sole Tiger reserve, Thekkady, with its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna is the ultimate reservoir of many an endangered species and a rich tribal culture. Thekkady is a pleasant heaven on earth for those who love nature in its wild manifestations.
Thekkady is placed at an altitude of 700m above the sea level. Located in the Idukki district of Kerala, Thekkady is a perfect retreat for anyone who loves adventure, fun, wildlife and nature. Nestled between the ever-green and semi-evergreen forests of Western Ghats, Thekkady has so many things to offer for the tourists who visit this place. In the biggest wildlife sanctuary, you can sight Asian elephants, bison, sambar deer, boars, tigers, leopards, wild squirrels, lion tailed monkeys etc.
Ferry boats are arranged by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation and you can enjoy the wildlife and the surrounding nature while having a ride through the river. The sight of herd of elephants is an unforgettable experience. It will take around two hours to complete one boat ride. At the end of the ride you will be able to sight the walls of Mullaperiyar Dam.
Thekkady offers a very peaceful and calm atmosphere. The chill climate of Thekkady will refresh your mind and body. The forest areas around Thekkady is strictly uninhabited by the Forest Department to preserve the Mother Nature. The nearest town to Thekkady is Kumily, which is 4 kilometer apart. You can plan a calm walk though this town. This town is also a place for shopping. You can shop here handicrafts, spices and cloths.
Don?t miss the elephant rides here at reasonable price. With these rides, you can dwell deep into the forests and enjoy the thrilling experience of sighting wildlife very near. Trekking also can be done with the help of foresters. Thekkady is also blessed with several luxury hotels, resorts and homestays. So, you will not find any difficulty in accommodation. You can enjoy the serene and tranquil atmosphere of Thekkady, while having a stay in this resorts and hotels.
Other than the National Park, you can roam around the places like Murikkady, Chellar Kovil, Anakkara, Mangala Devi Temple etc at Thekkady. To reach Thekkady, you can get down at Cochin or Madurai Airport. Frequent buses are available from there. Nearest railway station is at Madurai and Kochi.
Thekkady is a destination for all season. At any time you can make a visit to Thekkady. But, winter will be the best time to be at Thekkady. The cool and pleasant climate will help you to explore this place beautifully. Most of the festivals at Thekkady take place during winter season. Though summer season will not be a comfortable time for you to visit Thekkady, this will be a time, when you will be getting hotels and resorts in cheap rates. If you want to visit Thekkady without any rush, choose this season. Monsoon is another time to explore the real beauty of Thekkady. If you are a monsoon lover, don't miss this opportunity.