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Thekkady General Information

Altitude: 900 - 1800 m above sea level
Latitude and Longitude:
9 degree 15 inches to 9 degree 40 inches North and 76 degree 25 inches to 77 degree 55 inches East
Rainfall: 2500 mm
Climate: Tropical
Clothing: Woolen and Cotton
Tourist Season: September to May
15 to 30 degree Celsius
Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, English

Thekkady Map, Map of Thekkady


Information about Thekkady
Thekkady is a nature lover's delight of unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. Thekkady, with its unspoilt tropical forests and incredible wealth of animal and plant life is a naturalist’s paradise. The journey to Thekkady takes you through quaint little hill towns and softly contoured hill slopes surrounded by plantations of tea, coffee and spices like cardamom and pepper. Thekkady is well known for the Periyar National Park and elephants are the major attractions here. The climate in Thekkady is cool and pleasant in summers. The best time to visit Thekkady is from September to May. The temperature here ranges from 15 to 30 degree Celsius. Various picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks are spread throughout the area. Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English are the common languages which are spoken in Thekkady.


Periyar National Park, Thekkady

Periyar National Park, Thekkady

Tribals of Thekkady
The Mannans and the Palians are the native tribes of Thekkady. They live on the periphery of the Periyar National Park and maintain their traditional customs and beliefs, and depends entirely on the forest for their livelihood.


Things to do in Thekkady
The tourists can take part in various activities in Thekkady like plantation tour, trekking, tea factory visit, visit to tribal village and boating. Boating on the Periyar lake at sunrise or sunset is an extraordinary one. The Forest Department at Thekkady also organizes elephant rides through the jungle. The plantation tours are arranged by the District Tourism Information Office in Thekkady. The main trekking areas in Thekkady are located at Kurisumala near Kumily, Pullumedu, Ottakathalamedu and Grampi near Vandiperiyar. In Kumily, various tours are organized which cover cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantations, tea factories, tribal settlements and the surrounding hill regions.


Spices of Thekkady
About 12 varieties of spices including ginger and garlic are cultivated in Thekkady and its neighbouring villages. Cardamom, Vanilla, Pepper, Cloves, Cinnamon and Nutmeg are the various spices which are cultivated in Thekkady.


Tourist Attractions in Thekkady
The major tourist attraction in Thekkady is the Periyar National Park. The Periyar national park is one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife reserves. This is the only sanctuary in India from where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The major attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. The other tourist places in Thekkady are Kumily, Murikkady, Pandikuzhi, Mangala Devi Temple, Chellarkovil, Vandiperiyar, Vandanmedu and Pullumedu.


How to reach Thekkady
By Air:

The nearest airports are located at Kochi and Madurai which are about 200 km and 140 kms respectively.

By Rail:
The nearest railway station is located at Kottayam which is about 114 kms.

By Road:

Thekady can be easily reached from Cochin, Carmelia Haven, Munnar and Kumily.


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