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If you are in search of the ultimate virgin lush greeneries of Kerala, Thekkady might be your one stop solution for all. Surrounded by lush greenery and serenity of nature, Thekkady is one of the unspoiled places of Kerala. Not many tourists visit Thekkady but your Kerala trip would be incomplete without Thekkady. So, if you are planning to visit this amazing place, you surely need an updated travel guide to make your way through.

If rich wildlife and lush greenery is your calling when vacationing, Thekkady in the rolling hills of Western Ghats is a must visit spot for you. There are sprawling spice gardens and glistening backwaters. You can hear the chirps of migratory birds and witness the winter flowers in bloom. February is one of the best months to visit Thekkady in Kerala for nature-lovers and wildlife travel enthusiasts around the world.

Tea, coffee and cardamom plantations – Thekkady is famous for these three. You can take strolls through the streets or you can have a walk through the narrow ways of the coffee or tea plantation as well. Other attractions nearby are Chellarkovil, Mangala Devi temple, Murikkady and Anakkara. Let us have a look at some of the tourist places to visit in Thekkady.

Kerala Travel Guide - Thekkady

1. Periyar National Park

Thekkady is famous for Periyar National Park located in the well preserved high ranges of Western Ghats. One of the most stunning places in Thekkady is the Periyar National Park. The soft contoured hill slopes of this National Park will bring you the unspoiled wildlife of Kerala and spoil you with the mesmerising view of the landscape.

The serene nature of this place is something very different from the all of the Kerala. Also, you can opt for some good trekking option in Thekkady as well. The top birds to spot in Thekkady are grey hornbill, wood pigeon, flycatcher, black baza, Oriental darter, black necked stork, brahminy kite, little spider hunter and many others.

2. Sabarimala Temple

Sabarimala temple of Ayyappa is located on top of a hill in Periyar Tiger Reserve. The best way to explore the Periyar Tiger Reserve would be to take a boat ride on Lake Periyar. Vehicles are only allowed up to the Pamba River. Upon reaching the Pamba River, devotees begin a steep hike on the Neelimala mountain trail.

3. Murrikady

Murrikady is termed as the spice capital of Thekkady. The coffee and cardamom plantation of this place is famous and the curves of the hills of this place will surely leave you awestruck. Also, this place has plantation of other spices as well such as cloves, ginger, turmeric, tea etc.

4. Kadathandan Kalari Centre

The famous martial art centre of Thakkady – Kadanthandan! This place is famous for its unique Kerala martial art named Kalaripayattu. This is the place where you can get the first hand experience in martial art. With a pocket pinch of Rs 200, you can enter this place and watch people honing their skills.

5. Kumily

For the people who love to explore the countryside, Kumily is the best place. Among places to see in Kumily, the idyllic forest and tea plantation of this place will surely bring your mind out of your monotonous lifestyle. You can have a local cuisine and go for a long drive through Kumily as well. And if you are a spice junky, you can explore the spice shops as well.

6. Chellarkovil

Mostly known as the sleepy village, Chellarkovil is one of the best places to visit in Thekkady to explore the serenity of nature. It has an amazing waterfall which will surely mesmerise you. Surrounded by hills and tea plantations, Chellarkovil is an amazing place to stay for a night in one of the hotels or homestays and explore. Also, it has many trekking trails for you to indulge your adventure self as well.

7. Pandikuzi

If you want to spend a day, staring at the beautiful sky and a fading hill far away – Pandikuzi is the place! Cradled in exotic flora and fauna, Pandikuzi is situated between Chellarkovil and Taminadu. Just a take a stroll through the paddy fields and you can feel the magic hands of nature on your head.

8. Mangala Devi Temple

If you want to have a trekking experience in Thakkady, you can visit the Mangala Devi Temple. Situated 7 kilometres away from the base of Periyar Lake, this place has amazing trekking trails to feed off your trekking obsessed soul. Also, you can experience the ancient ruin of the Mangala Devi temple as well which is a bonus.

9. Perunthenaruvi Waterfalls

Perunthenaruvi is a wonderful waterfall located 44 km from Thiruvalla and 26 km from Pathanamthitta. It is ideal for day trips and around green forests gives a spectacular experience for visitors. Perunthanaruvi Waterfalls is calm and peaceful and the only disturbance will be the intense noise of the waterfalls. It is not a better place to take your children.

The rocks were slippery and swimming is forbidden in the waterfalls and this place is not kid friendly. The best time to visit the Perunthenaruvi waterfalls is during the months of March, April, May, June, July, and August. There is also another scenic spot called Panamkudantha Aruvi, 1 km from the Perunthanaruvi waterfalls where the water flows inside a palm tree.

Perunthanaruvi originates from Perunthen (stupendous honey) and Aruvi (stream) and translates into Arroyo de la miel verde in the local language.

10. Peermade

Finally nothing better than visiting Peermade, which was once the summer residence of the Maharajas of Travancore. The tranquility that is breathed in its plantations of tea, coffee and its meadows covered with forests of pine and eucalyptus are incredible. You also have to go to see the famous Peermade Waterfall doing some of the wonderful hiking trails in the area.

Thekkady is one of the places to visit in Kerala which completes the tagline of Gods Own Country. Explore these places to get the true taste of this virgin place and complete your Kerala tour.
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  1. Thanks for providing such detailed information, now i know more about Kerela and which places i should visit. Realy love the way you explained each destinations. Keep up the good work to provide good information for travelers!!

  2. Thank for your tips! I'll use them in my next trip

  3. This sounds amazing - I’ve recently gotten back from Northern India and now I want to go back and see more! Now Kerala is on my must visit list!

  4. Oh thanks so much for sharing all these awesome information. All of these places sound wonderful!

  5. awesome guide, awesome place, awesome ideas. It so makes me want to travel more!

  6. Thanks for this wonderful and detailed description of the place. Would love to visit someday

  7. Periyar National Park looks beautiful in an almost haunted way! Nice post. I like the way you mentioned the different types of local wildlife too.

  8. You always have such interesting posts about interesting places that I have never heard of. Great informative post on Thekkady.

  9. These sound like really great places to stay. I appreciate your blog and all the information you share with us.

  10. Thekkady such a wonderful place and I would love to visit these place someday :)


  11. Wonderful..Glad you shared this amazing list. I am a travel bug and looking forward to experiencing Thekkady later this year this list will help me out.

  12. You leave nothing out in your post! Very detailed and the photos are well taken. I would love to go there and take in the views!

  13. Wow, this was full of surprises. I never considered this area, but it honestly sounds like the perfect place for me and my family. It’s so beautiful

  14. Never been to this place so reading your post is like a quick short travel there, even though a virtual one, and I love it, and the photos are great! Thanks for sharing this!

  15. Kerala is my bucketlist destination. Periyar National Park and Perunthenaruvi Waterfalls looks really interesting.

  16. Kerala is a beautiful state and Thekkady looks so amazing! I haven't been here yet but has been planning since long. I have a strange liking for wildlife and Periyar is on top of my bucket list. Thanks for the post.

  17. I love travel but have never heard of this beautiful place! Another great one to add to my bucket list!

  18. All this placed looks beautiful and will be nice to visit also. Love this and thanks for sharing.

  19. I've always wanted to visit Kerala and Thekkady seems like the perfect place to visit. There is so much to do here!

  20. That looks amazing! I love national parks and they are fascinating to learn about.

  21. Thanks for the tips! I'll keep this in mind in the future!!

  22. Kerala is gods own country.I am yet to visit.I will definitely plan once I come to India

  23. I would love going up and taking a look at the waterfalls. Some of my favorite places are there. As for the rest, I would love to visit the temples. It's always fascinating to see and learn about.

  24. I have no idear of Kerala until I saw this post. Thanks for sharing the information. It will help a lot of travelers who would love to visit that place.


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