Major Tourist Attractions in Thekkady
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world.
Kumily
Kumily in Thekkady
Kumily, a plantation town, closely associated with Thekkady, is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary. An important shopping centre and spice trade centre, the main bus station and most of the medium range accommodation in the Periyar region are in Kumily.
Murikkady
Murikkady in Thekkady
Murikkady is a panorama of Cardamom, Coffee and Pepper Plantations, washed in fresh spice scented air.
Pandikuzhi
pandikuzhi in Thekkady
Pandikuzhi, a picturesque spectrum of exotic flora, fauna and gurgling streams is cradled between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu border. A popular picnic spot, Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer's delight.
Chellarkovil
Chellarkovil Waterfalls in Thekkady
Chellarkovil is a sleepy little village with its breathtaking view of the plains and cascading waterfalls is a feast for the eyes. The village slopes down to the famous coconut groves of Cumbum in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
Vandiperiyar
Vandiperiyar in Thekkady
Vandiperiyar, a major trade centre, is also home to a number of tea factories. The River Periyar flowing through the centre of this town nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations. The Government Agriculture Farm and Flower Garden have a delightful array of rose plants, orchids and anthuria.
Vandenmedu
Vandenmedu Thekkady
Vandenmedu is one of the world's largest auction centres for cardamom. A walk through the sprawling cardamom plantations of Vandanmedu is a heady experience.
Peermede
Peermede and surrounding areas are ideal for trekking, cycling and horse riding. Trekking sites: Peeru Hills, Kalthotti, Vagamon, Karandakapara Hills, Grampi (Parunthupara), Memala Plantation visits: Tea, coffee, cardamom, rubber etc. Trips to Meloram, Nallathanni, Panchalimedu, Valanjamkanam Waterfalls etc. Visits to tea factories in and around Peermede.
Kuttikanam
Kuttikanam in Thekkady
Kuttikanam is a place for adventure tourism and trekking, or even a langourous, tranquil break. This picturesque plantation town washed in the fragrance of cardamom is surrounded by lush, green hills.
Thrissanku Hills
Thrissanku Hills in Thekkady
The Thrissanku Hills offer a breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset.The rolling hills, the lovely landscape and the gentle breeze make this an ideal spot for long walks.
Grampi
Grampi Thekkady
Grampi is also known as Parunthupara (eagle rock) because of the panoramic view from its high peaks. Rocky plains, lush hillsides, forests, trekking trails and picturesque views lend charm to this destination. The road to Grampi is flanked by unending stretches of cardamom, tea and coffee plantations.
Parunthumpara
Parunthumpara in Thekkady
Parunthampara is a hillock that gives a fascinating view of the Peermede mountain range.
Pattumala
Pattumala Church in Thekkady
Lofty peaks, little streams and ever expanding tea plantations are the attractions of this place. Pattumala (which literally means hill draped in silk) is home to the two most famous tea plantations - Harrisons Malayalam and AV Thomas & Co. The Velamkanni Matha Church, built entirely of granite, at the top of the hill is a famous pilgrim centre. The garden nearby is a fascinating riot of colours, of roses, orchids and anthurium.
Vagamon
Vagamon Thekkady
Vagamon a perfect holiday retreat, has Grass covered hills, velvet lawns and the cool mountain air. A curious blend of religious mysticism and European legacies, this hillside village is a haven of tranquility. The chain of three hills - Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill and Kurisumala - is a mark of religious harmony. The dairy farm managed by the Kurisumala monks is worth a visit.
Ramakkalmedu
Ramakkalmedu Thekkady
Ramakkalmedu is one of the most windy places in India. during evenings literally you can't keep you standing at the top of the mountain because of strong gusts of wind. It is located about 15km from Nedumkandom on the Munnar-Thekkady route. One can have breathtaking view of the tamilnadu villages from the hill tops in Ramakkalmedu.