periyar tiger reserve

Tekkady is one of the most popular tourist destinations of beautiful Kerala. Lake and boating is the main attraction and activity for native and foreign peoples visit here. It’s an artificial lake and reservoir of famous Mullaperiyar Dam built across Periyar River. Thekkady Lake is a part of famous Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary spread across 777 km² (300 sq. miles), an ecosystem for all type of flora and fauna and rare species.

The Mullaperiyar dam- is one of the oldest dams (in service) in the world. The Dam is a masonry gravity dam built over the river Periyar in 1895 during the British colonial rule.The British built the dam for a life span of 2000 years. The water from this dam is used for irrigation in Sivaganga, Theni, Madurai and Ramanathapuram districts, of Tamil Nadu. And also produces hydro-electric power from The Periyar power station.
If this 105 year old and weak Dam collapses, Thekkay Lake will vanish from the picture for ever, that will also put at risk the lives of 3.5 million people living in five districts of Kerala.

Thekkady lake and wildlife sanctuary:

The Wild Life Sanctuary was declared as Tiger Reserve in 1978. After the sanctuary was built around the lake, it gradually became an interesting place and tourist destination. The unending chains of hills and picturesque plantations spread across the entire district of Idukki gives the best opportunities for boating, trekking and mountain walks.

The thick evergreen forest is spread across 777 km² (300 sq. miles) with large number of species of mammals like elephants, sambar (the largest deer in India), tigers, lion-tailed Macaques, gaur, and Nilgiri Langurs most of all are rare, endemic and endangered. Thekkady is known as heaven for natural spices like black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove etc.
Bamboo Rafting

Main attractions and activities in Thekkady

Thekkady is the best place for- Ecotourism, Birds watching, and Nature Walk, Wild Life Watching, Night Saffari, Jungle Saffari, The Periyar Tiger Trail, and Elephant rides, Trekking, Plantation Tours and Adventure Tourism.etc.
Bamboo Rafting on Periyar Lake: Starting at 8 am from Thekkady boat landing and travelling through some rare used forest tracts in Periyar Tiger Reserve. The rafting is only for about three hours and back to the boat landing at 5 pm. armed guard with guides will accompany the Team.
Boat Cruise on Periyar Lake: The Forest Department and the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. conduct boating trips in Periyar Lake.

Places nearby Thekkady

Kumily- the border town is very close to Thekkady, 4 km from the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary. Kumily is the main shopping centre and spice trading centre in this region.All type of accommodation facilities for visitors available here.  

Mangala Devi Temple: The ancient, more than 2,000 years old temple is situated in the dense woods,and 15 km from Thekkady. You need a permission from the Wildlife Warden to visit the area.

Grampi is 28 km form Thekkady and 5 km from Peermade. Grampi is known as Paruntumpara (Eagle rock) by panoramic view from its high peaks. (Film- Nsrani (Malayalam, Mammooty) Shot here).

boating in periyar lake

Other places to visit

Chellar Kovil (15km), Murikkady ,Spring Valley Mountain (Kurisumala),Pandikuzhi (5 km from Kumily), Vandiperiyar (18 km from Thekkady),Vandanmedu (25 km from Kumily), Pullumedu(43 km from Thekkady, 26 km from Periyar, Panchalimedu, Peermade (32 km), Pattumala (25 km),Wagamon (60 km)

Ramakkalmedu statue

Ramakkalmedu (40 km from Thekkady)

Idukki dam

Iduki, cheruthoni and kulamavu Dam:

Idukki dam is the biggest Arch Dam in Asia. Visitors allowed during Onam Holidays (August/September) and Christmas - New Year Holidays. Boating facilities are also available.

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Distance from Thekkady:
Kumily  - 4 km,  Idukki - 65 km, Peermede - 40 km, Vagamon - 70 km, Sabarimala -134 km
Kodaikanal -149 km, Ooty - 390 km, Cochin(Kochi) -190 km,,Munnar -106 km,        Kumarakom -128 km, Kottayam -114 km, Alappuzha -164 km, Kollam - 220 km
Thiruvananthapuram - 265 km.

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