Thekkady – Periyar Wildlife

 

 A journey through the land of mysterious secrets.

Its a pleasure to visit a tourist spot and explore a new world that fascinates your body and soul.Here you are getting a chance to discover a land that makes you feel the spirit and sound of nature.Plan a tour to Thekkady and enjoy the rare moments and realize how sincere is our nature.

Thekkady is one of the India’s most captivating tourist spot with a rich combination of flora, fauna and a wide range of birds.Unlike other wildlife sanctuaries, Thekkady is a dream destination for any tourists for its unique and endless scenic wonders.

Stationed at Idukki district of Kerala, Thekkady is well known for its wildlife preservation and tribal culture.It’s situated about 4000 ft above sea level and covers an area of 777 Sq.kms with an artificial lake over an area of 25 Sq.Kms.

Periyar wildlife sanctuary falls in the southern segments of Western Ghats in the Cardomom Hills at an altitude of  2900-6,000ft and is the largest reserve in the state of Kerala.This area was declared protected in the year of 1993 by the Maharaja of Travancore.The only gateway to this wildlife reserve is through the small village of Thekkady, 4 kms from Kumily and 160 miles from Trivandrum.This small village is a paradise on earth offering all nature lovers an ample sight of tropical flora and fauna, unending beauty of hills and vegetations, clear waters and chill weather.

The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi- evergreen, moist deciduous forest and savanna grasslands. A trip through the waters of Periyar lake around which the sanctuary is situated offers a soothing experience.For the whole Kerala, its a location that sounds up images of elephants wandering in the vast green patches of forest area.This place was well known for elephant poaching since not long back and now things have changed as the poachers have become the protectors of animals.

Periyar Forest is the Country’s sole Tiger reserve with many endangered species and uniquely vast and varied varieties of wild life. Its a home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, guar,
lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs. Other animals include wild boar, wild dog, bison, bear and leopards. Amongst the avifauna, the most profuse are herons, egrets, darters, kingfishers and the great Malabar grey hornbill. Visitors can get a glimpse of wild animals and birds in a close range offering you an opportunity to take snaps while they are in action.

Apart from the views of wildlife, the picturesque plantations and hill towns hold opportunities for adventurous tourism like trekking, rock climbing and border hiking.Trekkers and climbers can enjoy the most overwhelming hours here with the wildlife and simple tribal inhabitants. Even a casual visitor to this place never fails to observe the enchanting mountain ranges, lush valleys, lakes and rain forests.The ecological pattern and unique combination of nature and tribal culture makes this destination a heaven on earth.

Thekkady is on the border with the state of Tamil Nadu, and well linked with both Kerala and Tamil Nadu through roadways, one can easily get a bus from Madurai, Kumbham, Ernakulam, Trivandrum and various other locations.The nearest railway station here is Kumarakom,114 km and airport is Madurai which is 140 km from Thekkady.Government agencies such as TDC, KTDC, TTDC arrange package tours on a regular basis.Thekkady  provides tourists good accommodation facilities as well as local and continental food varieties.Thekkady also entertains visitors in the form of various colorful shops and stalls where one gets pretty little gift items, quality cloths and almost all Indian spices well packed.

Thekkady talks about Kerala’s outstanding beauty and hidden natural facts and a day with the land is a celebration of life and nature.

What To See

Periyar National Park – Largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala

What To Do

Trekking, Mountaineering, Bamboo grafting, boating and fishing

Getting There

Air: The nearest Airport is Madurai, which is 140 km and Kochi (185 km), and Thiruvananthapuram (265 km).

Rail: The nearest railway station is Kumarakom, 114 km and Madurai station is about 136 km.

Road: An excellent road network from Kumily (4 km) links the town to all major towns and cities in Kerala and India.

 

Ref: Godsownidukki.com

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