Monday, 31 August 2015

Tourist spots in and around Thekkady

Thekkady is a perfect destination for those who are in search of adventure, fun, wildlife and nature. There are a lot of interesting activities like bird watching, boating, jungle safari etc, which will give you a chance to spot wild animals in their natural habitat.

Periyar Lake
Periyar lake is located near the Periyar national reserve. Tourists can go for boating and enjoy the calm and serene surroundings. If you are lucky you will even get a chance to see wild animals. 

Periyar Lake

Periyar National Park
Periyar national park's environment is like a portrait of many shades. The fresh air of the moist deciduous forest provides one a chance to experience the peace and serenity and long to come back for more. The major animals to be seen in the Periyar wildlife sanctuary are Elephants, Tiger, Gaur, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Dole or Indian Wild Dog, lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri Langur, Common Langur, Bonnet Macaque, Nilgiri Tahr, Monitor lizards, Python.

Mangala Devi Temple
It is an ancient temple designed in Pandian style of architecture around 2000 years ago. This temple is devoted to Hindu deity Devi Mangala or Kannagi and is at a distance of about 15 km from Thekkady.  
The Mangaladevi Temple
Located on the top of a cliff and enclosed by trees, this temple is visited by many pilgrims. It is necessary to get permission from the wildlife authorities of Thekkady to visit this area.

Murikkady is located at  5 kms from Thekkady. This place is popular for rich and varied plantations of cardamom, tea and pepper, the beautiful misty mountains, breathtaking views of scenic spice plantations, lush green valleys. A perfect picnic spot for nature lovers.
Spice plantations

This village lies on the Kerala-Tamilnadu border. Village is famous for the gushing waterfalls and picturesque valleys. There are many small rivers around this place. This place is located very close to Cumbum.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Periyar Tiger reserve

Periyar Tiger Reserve, located in Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts of Kerala is one among the 27 reserves of India meant for the conservation of Tigers. The climate and the scenic beauty of the landscape makes this place unique from others. It is extended over an area of 777 It forms the major watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, the Periyar and the Pamba. 

Periyar Lake

The tiger reserve has a rich diversity of animals. The diverse forest types found here supports rare and endangered animals, huge variety of birds and reptiles. It is also home to a large number of butterflies. The periyar tiger reserve is a real paradise for bird watchers. The great pied hornbill, water birds, pigeons, galliform birds, raptors etc. can be spotted there. Also, the reserve has around 30 species of snakes, 13 species of lizard  and 2 species of turtles.


Even though the reserve is  dedicated for the conservation tigers, the Periyar Tiger Reserve is also noted for its good population of elephants. Elephants can be seen wandering around in herds, especially at the outskirts of lake. Other animals  that have a notable presence in the tiger reserve are the Malabar giant squirrel, the highly endangered Lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, the Sambar, the wild pig and the Gaur. Bamboo rafting, Day trekking programme, Jungle Inn, Tribal Heritage, Elephant ride, Boating etc. are some of the activities that you can enjoy at Thekkady.

Getting there:
By road: Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady is about 4 km from Kumili in Idukki district, and is well connected by road from all major towns of Kerala.
Nearest railway stations: Kottayam, about 114 km; Changanassery, about 120 km.
Nearest airports:  Cochin International Airport, about 190 km; Madurai, about 140 km.