Time to visit:
Mon – Sun 10:00AM to 5:00PM
1 day. (suggested)
Oct to Feb
Nov to Feb
Summer: 26°C – 36°C
Winter: 15°C – 21°C
· Easy Activity
Home to the country’s largest Tiger Reserve- Periyar, Thekkady is a great way to enjoy a jungle vacation.
Periyar National Park, being a major attraction, is one place where you can enjoy bamboo rafting in the catchment area of Mullaiperiyar Dam, hiking, and in the midst of the wilderness, shopping! Popular for its good eating joints, you can also enjoy its vast stretches of spice gardens and various adventure sports. You can also enjoy a night trek in the wilderness of Periyar.
The early morning ride in the boat within the sanctuary is an extremely awesome experience and you might be able to spot wild elephants, bisons, wild boars, various kinds of birds, etc. Anakarra is also located nearby which is a great place to enjoy nature. Murikaddy is located around 5 km from the city and is famous for coffee and spices plantations. Chellar Kovil is another area located nearby with a lot of picturesque waterfalls and cascades. Mangala Devi Temple, located at an altitude of 1337 m and at a distance of around 15km from Thekkady opens only on the Chitra Pournami Festival.
Thekkady boasts an amazing and diverse range of unique wildlife, with mountains glistering over boundless waters the picturesque habitat is known worldwide as home to a wide population of Indian Elephants. It also owns what is often referred as ‘the pride of Kerala’ – The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary which has been rooted as one of the largest and most visited wildlife reserves in India. The sanctuary is spread across an area of 777 square kilometres, and with a tiger reserve within its perimeters, it nurtures a splendid habitat for the fauna. A highly protective elephant and tiger reserve have recorded 53 tigers and more than 900 elephants along with over 62 species of mammals thriving in the lush greens. Deer, mouse deer, dholes (Indian wild dogs) mongoose, foxes, and leopards are some commonly found mammals in Thekkady. It also has 300+ species of birds, 45 species of reptiles, 40+ varieties of fish and 160 types of insects. Situated on the bank of Periyar lake, the place has developed a wide variety of flora in its lush forests. Approximately 75 percent of the entire area is covered with evergreen or semi-evergreen rain forest with trees of bacteria indicia, Cullen exarillata, hope parviflora, canarium strictum, Artocarpus 104 hirsutus and bischofite javanica. It has over 2000 species of flowering plants, 170 species of ferns and 145 types of orchids recorded that are often studied and used as resources by locals. With activities like tiger trails and bamboo rafting, one can explore the greens of this place with ease.
Thekkady has a bite for everyone from local snacks and cuisine cooked in fresh coconut oil to a number of keralan delicacies representing the rich and exotic food culture of Kerala.
Day 1 – Go on the famous Nature Walk, a guided tour through the forests in the morning. After that, go boating on the Periyar lake. Try the elephant rides that are offered. Wander around the town area and check out the plantations. In the evening, be sure to catch a Kathakali performance held near Periyar Meadows.
Day2 – Visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. If possible check out the Periyar Tiger Trail. Also, check out the Kalari Payattu performance that takes place at the kadathanadan Kalari Center at Kumily.
Travelling to Thekkady in summers and touring the region can be tiring because of the rise in temperature; the temperature ranges between 36 degrees Celcius and 26 degrees Celcius. The days tend to be hotter, but the evenings turn cooler, making the weather pleasant. It starts getting hot and humid from the beginning of March and remains so until May. In spite of being an unfavourable time, wildlife sightseeing is well suited during summers. It has become one of the major outdoor activities among tourists in Thekkady, especially in May. The probability of spotting wild animals, gathering near the water bodies, increases in this time. Add a religious spin to your trip to Thekkady during summers by visiting the very famous Mangala Devi Temple, which becomes crowded by pilgrims in this season. The entire setting transforms into a spiritual haven and reaching the temple is an adventurous experience in itself. Temperature starts rising from April, and it is best if you carry light cotton clothes and an ample amount of sunscreen to cope with warm weather.
Winters in Thekkady begin in October and lasts until February. Thekkady experiences very cool and comfortable winters. The temperature ranges between 15 to 21 degrees Celcius, making it the perfect time to visit this place. The cold weather and pleasant temperatures make it ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Even though you might encounter sudden showers, winters are the peak season for vacations and tourism. Events such as bird watching, elephant riding, boating, canoeing, and plantation tours become a centre of attention for many visitors during this time. Another factor contributing towards popularising this season is the occurrence of major festivals. Wildlife safaris can be very fruitful during winters for admiring the natural splendour of Thekkady. Numerous migratory birds can be seen flocking to the region during this season. Honeymooners will find Thekkady very suitable during winters. Since the weather can get a little chilly at times, carrying light woollens is recommended for this trip.
Thekkady is appropriate for everyone as it has many beautiful things in store – from adventurous trekking to places like Ramakkalmedu, to a family boating trip in Periyar Lake. One can soak their eyes with the breathtaking views of fresh green vegetation by visiting Pandikuzhi and Chellarkovil viewpoints. With that being said, we can conclude that all seasons are suitable for visiting Thekkady, as different months bring out a different avatar of the place. Nevertheless, the best time to visit remains the winter season.
The high temperatures of summer start falling upon the arrival of monsoon to Thekkady in June. The region becomes a recipient of heavy rainfall in July and August, and the area is prone to landslides as well. It is therefore advised to the tourists not to visit Thekkady during monsoons. Nonetheless, on the other hand, it is during these months when Thekkady is brimming with greenery and eye-soothing sceneries. The forests and landscapes in Periyar are worth watching during this time of the year. If you count yourself among rain lovers and nature lovers, monsoon will be the best time for you to visit Thekkady. Hotels are available at discounted prices, as it an off-season, and it is not difficult to have access to several places near Thekkady. Do not forget to carry your umbrellas and raincoats!
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