Thekkady Tourist Attractions
Attractions in Thekkady
The various tourist attractions in Thekkady are Kumily,
Murikkady, Pandikuzhi, Mangala Devi Temple, Chellarkovil,
Vandiperiyar, Vandanmedu, Pullumedu and Periyar National Park
and Tiger Reserve.
Kumily is the plantation town which is closely associated with
Thekkady. This plantation town is located about 4 kms from
Thekkady and offers excellent experiences of the spice scented
plantation towns. Kumily is situated on the outskirts of the
Periyar national park. Shopping centre, spice trade centre,
the main bus stand and most of the medium range accommodation
are situated in Kumily.
Murikkady is situated about 5 kms. from Thekkady. Washed in
fresh spice scented air, Murikkady is a panorama of cardamom,
coffee and pepper plantations.
Periyar flows through the centre of Vandiperiyar and
nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations.
Vandiperiyar is a major trade centre and also home to a
number of tea factories. The Government Agriculture Farm
and Flower Garden have a delightful array of rose
plants, orchids and anthurium at this place.
Pullumedu is a famous hill town in Thekkady, located about 43
kms from Thekkady. The winding journey to this hill town,
along the Periyar river, offers a stunning view of the rolling
hills draped in lush greenery. Velvet lawns, rare flora and
fauna add to the beauty of Pullumedu which can be accessed
only by jeep. The famous Sree Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala and
the Makara Jyothi illuminations at the shrine are visible from
here. Since it is part of the restricted forest zone, special
permission to visit Pullumedu has to be obtained from the
Wildlife Preservation Offer or the Range Officer.
Mangala Devi Temple
Mangala Devi Temple is hidden in the dense woods at the top of
a peak 1337 m above sea level. The ancient temple is built in
the traditional Kerala style of architecture. Visitors are
allowed here only on the Chithra Pournami festival day. The
peak commands a panoramic view of the eastern slopes of the
ghats and some hill villages of Tamil Nadu.
Chellarkovil, about 15 kms from Kumily is the sleepy village.
This little village offers breathtaking view of the plains and
cascading waterfalls. The village slopes down to the famous
coconut groves of Cumbum in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
Pandikuzhi, about 5 kms from Kumily is cradled between
Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu border. It is a popular picnic
spot and offers great opportunities for trekking and is a
photographer’s delight. This picturesque region is famous for
its exotic flora, fauna and gurgling streams.
Vandanmedu, about 25 kms. from Kumily is one of the world’s
largest auction centres for Cardamom. A walk through the
sprawling cardamom plantations of Vandanmedu is a heady
Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve
The Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is situated within
the confines of the Western Ghats in Kerala. This park is one
of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world and also
one of the largest and finest wildlife reserves in India. This
national park is known for its geomorphology, diversity of
wildlife and scenic beauty and attracts visitors from all over
the world. The major wildlife attractions in the Periyar
National Park are the wild elephants, Tigers and Nilgiri Tahrs.
Besides these animals various other animals, birds, snakes and
frogs are also found in this park. The best time to visit the
park is from October to June.