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Thekkady, Kerala

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Thekkady, a town near Periyar National Park, is a major tourist centre in Kerala. The name Thekkady owes its origins to the word “thekku” which means teak. Located in the heart of the protected jungle area are the placid waters of Thekkady or Periyar Lake, famed for its expansive and broad-ranging species of wildlife. Thekkady is home to numerous rare and endangered species as well as a vibrant indigenous culture due to its wealth of tropical flora and fauna. For those who find joy in nature’s more untamed forms, Thekkady is a veritable paradise on earth.

Nearby Places to See

Periyar National Park & Tiger Trail
The national park is home to a sizable population of both elephants and tigers. Lion-tailed macaques, an endangered species, have been spotted deep within the park. Animals such as the Nilgiri langur, giant squirrels, sambar deer, leopards, and Indian gaurs are also frequently spotted in the region. Through hills and valleys, poachers-turned-guides show hikers around the forest and teach them about its inhabitants on the “Tiger Trail” trek. The park is one of the oldest in the country, and it covers about 775 square kilometres. In 1950, it was designated as a wildlife refuge, and in 1982, the central portion of the park was upgraded to national park status.
Thekkady Lake
The backwaters of the Mulla Periyar dam, built in 1895, flooded a large area and formed a lake. Today, this is better known as Thekkady Lake, and it features convenient boating facilities. Beautiful scenery of mountains and islands is common in these backwaters as well.
Located just 9 kilometres from Thekkady, this location offers visitors a diverse range of landscapes, including scenic vistas, waterfalls, hills, and valleys. The large waterfall is impressive to look at, and the pleasant hikes to the surrounding valleys are a nice bonus.
Elephant Junction
The Elephant Junction is a 16-hectare elephant park about 4 kilometres from Thekkady. This is the best location for those interested in elephants. The elephants are friendly, and people can ride them, play with them, give them baths, and spend time with them.
Spring Valley Mountain
Kurisumala is a hilltop about 45 kilometres from Thekkady. Hikers love this spot with the tiny church on top because of all the great trails in the surrounding hills. Incredible panoramas of Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary can be seen from this hill.