Set high in the Western Ghats, Thekkady in Kerala is known for the Periyar National Park, one of the largest wildlife reserves in India. Located on the banks of a lake created by the construction of Mullaperiyar dam, the park lies in the districts of Idukki and Pathanamthitta in Kerala.
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 1978. This sanctuary offers the unique opportunity to watch and photograph wild elephants from close quarters. While in Thekkady, do take a cruise in the Periyar Lake.
You can also trek to the ancient Mangala Devi temple located inside the reserve. Jungle walks with the help of a local guide are also fun for nature lovers. One can also go for the famous Ayurveda massages and visit tea and cardamom plantations which dot the area.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN THEKKADY
Hotels are generally fully booked during winter (October-January) as the climate is cool and pleasant. A regular room with basic facilities will put you back by about Rs 600. A standard room in mid-range hotels costs about Rs 1,200 which offers 24-hour room service and laundry facilities. Apart from hotels, tourists can also avail of lovely cottages and home-stay rooms. However, the probability of finding room service in home stays is quite low.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN THEKKADY
Keralite as well as continental cuisines are served at many restaurants in Thekkady.
BEST TIME TO VISIT THEKKADY
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Thekkady is as given below. The best time to visit Thekkady is also specified.