Thekkady

Location :  186 km SE of Kochi in the Idukki district of Kerala
Also Known as  :  Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary
Poular For :  Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Spice Plantation, Elephants, Tigers, Spotted Deer
Best Season : October to June

Located 186 km from Kochi, Tekkady (Kerala) is known for Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Spice Plantation amidst mountain ranges, green valleys, lakes in the tropical rainforests.  Since the times immemorial, Kerala is known for its plantation and trade in spices. In the Sanctuary, there is facility of stay in raw cottages modeled after the jungle dwellings of the local tribal inhabitants.

Periyar Tiger Reserve
Declared a protected area by the king of Travancore in 1933, the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Thekkady is the largest sanctuary in Kerala. Here you can spot tigers, wild elephants, wild dogs etc besides the rare lion-tailed macaque and the Nilgiri Langurs. Facility of elephant-ride is available at the Periyar wildlife sanctuary. You can also spot a few monitor lizards on the rocks along the lakeshore or a python branches of  trees in Nilgiri.

Aroma of Spices
The slopes of Thekkady are covered variety of spice of plantation besides tea estates. In spices, Pepper is on top with other namely cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric and curry leaves. Cardamom, rubber, vanilla and coffee plantations are also common there.  The plantation terraced farms gives a splendid view besides aroma. The symmetry of terrace farming is broken only by a stream. It is believed that the spice trade in the region dates back to three thousand years. Visit also Sahyadri Organic tea factory in Peermade to see the leaves being processed for consumption.

The drive to Thekkady through winding roads with a panoramic view of the countryside resettlements and plantations followed  thick jungles repeatedly.

The sanctuary, 190 km from Cochin and 114 kms from Kottayam,  is open throughout the year. However, the best season to visit is after the monsoons (September to March).You can come to Cochin by air and then hire a private cab to Thekkady. By road, you can come via to Kottayam or  via Palai on National Highway 220.

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