Thekkady Tourist Attractions

 
Tourist 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
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
Murikkady is situated about 5 kms. from Thekkady. Washed in fresh spice scented air, Murikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.
 
Vandiperiyar

The river 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.

Tea Plantation, Vandiperiyar
 

Pullumedu
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
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
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
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 experience.

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

 
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