Thekkady, situated at 65 km from Idukki is one of finest wildlife reserves in India. Thekkady Wild life Sanctuary is located in Idukki in the beautiful and picturesque state of Kerala. It lies on the Western Ghats and is aprroximately 4000-5000 ft above sea-level. This bird sanctuary is a peninsula type land of 25 sq. km formed between the various branches of River Periyar. The Periyar river is rich in fish life and is shallow for most of the year. The fauna at this beautiful place includes both resting indigenous birds and water birds. The most notable of the birds here are Malabar grey hornbill, grey jungle fowl, heron, egret, jungle myna, wood pecker, rose winged and blue winged parakeet. Rare and exotic birds like Ceylon frog-mouth, rose billed roller etc. are also seen.
One can see deers, monkeys, tigers, herds of elephants and other
exotic flora and fauna here. A calm and quiet boat ride in the lake
surrounding the sanctuary gives one an opputunity to see these
animals playing, hunting or just resting by the lake. This lake is
unique in the sense that it is a manmade wonder and one is able to
see partially submerged tree-trunks in the lake. For the more
adventurous guests, Thekkady offers trekking into the jungle. The
splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the
Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. Its qulaity of being
the only wild life sanctuary in India where guests can enjoy the
unique and thrilling experience of viewing wildlife at close
quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest
attraction of Periyar, however are the herds of wild elephants that
come down to the drink and enjoy themselves in the lake.
Places of Tourist Interests:
Located 4 km from Thekkady is a plantation town situated in the
outskirts of the Periyar sanctuary. Kumily is an important shopping
and spice trade center.
Located 5 km from Thekkady, Murikkady is a collage of cardamom,
coffee and pepper plantations.
Mangala Devi Temple:
Located 15 km from Thekkady this ancient temple is hidden in the
dense woods at the top of a peak 1337 m above sea level. The temple
is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture.
Located 15 km from Kumily, this sleepy little village with its
breathtaking view of the plains and cascading waterfalls is a feast
for the eyes. The village slopes down to the famous coconut groves
of Cumbum in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
Located 18 km from Thekkady, Vandiperiyar is a major trade centre,
Vandiperiyar is also home to a number of tea factories. The
Government Agriculture Farm and Flower Garden have a delightful
array of rose plants, orchids and anthuria.