Renowned for its wildlife preservation, Thekkady is one of the important tourist destinations in India. Thekkady is located at a distance of about 160 miles from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. The place with its natural scenic beauty, clear waters and the serene surroundings is literally a paradise and captivates the visitors with its charm. Thekkady is known for its sense stimulating natural beauty, unending chains of hills and spice plantations. The aroma of the spices from the plantations lingers in the air making a traveler feel rejuvenated.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, lying close to the plantations in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady, is one of the world’s most amazing natural wildlife reserves. Spread across 777 sq. km, it was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Apart from the tigers, the park has a diverse wild life including, gaur, lion tailed macaque, wild boar, wild elephant Nilgir Tahr and Malabar giant squirrel among others. It is a treasure trove of some of the rare species of flora and fauna that are native of Kerala. The cool climate and the pleasant diversity in the flora and fauna of this place make it quite a fascinating destination for those who hold nature close to their heart. A boat ride on the serene Periyar lake located right in the heart of Thekkady offers a chance to see all these wildlife from close quarters. You will be able to watch large herds of elephants, monkeys and other animals who come to this lake to quench their thirst. Have a great time watching all these wildlife going about with their daily life.
On your trip to this part of Kerala, you have a great chance to explore the lush vegetation of God’s own country and you will find out that it really lives up to its image. Apart from the wildlife sanctuary, you could indulge in ayurveda treatments for which Kerala is especially popular. Renew your spirit by indulging in the wide range of ayurvedic massages which is good for your body, mind and soul. Spend your evening watching the classical dance of Kerala called Kathakali which is a unique blend of dance, music and acting or check out Kerala’s oldest martial art of Kalarippayattu. Thekkady is also known for its spice plantations and tea gardens. Make a visit to its wonderful spice plantations. You can shop for some spices and tea which are undoubtedly of excellent quality and available at a very reasonable price.
Your trip to Thekkady would be filled with lot of fun, excitement and a sense of wonder. You will undoubtedly be surprised by the lush greenery and rich fauna. It would remain etched in your minds for a lifetime.