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Thekkady Tourist Places

Murikkady, Kadathanadan Kalari Center, Periyar National Park, Vandanmedu, Pandikuzhi, Chellarkovil Viewpoint, Mangla Devi Temple, Kumily, Mullaperiyar Dam, Abraham’s Spice Garden, Elephant Junction, Periyar Lake & many more.

There are a plethora of places to visit in Thekkady. It is a nature lover’s heaven, with its enchanted tropical woods and varied diversity of flora and fauna. Thekkady doesn’t just give you one reason to visit, it gives you numerous. If you enjoy spending time with animals and boating around in beautiful lakes watching the beautiful sunsets, then Thekkady is definitely the place for you.

No matter if you are a family man with children or a solo traveler, Thekkady has something for everyone - starting from tiny little hamlets hidden away in the middle of nowhere to natural reserves with gorgeous elephants and dangerous tigers. 

You are guaranteed to have the time of your life in the various Thekkady tourist places. Heading over to Periyar wildlife Sanctuary, you can enjoy one of the greatest diversity of flora and fauna and visiting the picturesque township of Chellarkovil, you will be able to enjoy the enthralling natural beauty in the midst of absolute seclusion.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Thekkady:

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One of the most invigorating places to visit in Thekkady, Murikkady is an ideal picnic spot for families and nature lovers. Spice plantations stretch through the area and the aroma of coffee, pepper, and cardamom wafts through the air and enlivens the senses.

Murikaddy also offers panoramic views of lush green gardens and the magnificent chain of hills encircling the area. A day out in a healthy environment with fresh air is good not just for your body, but also your mind.

Location: Murikkady, Thekkady

Timings: no specific timing restrictions

Entry fees: no entry fees.

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Kadathanadan Kalari Center

One of the most interesting Thekkady tourist places is Kadathanadan Kalari Center – a place famous for enjoying Kalaripayattu martial arts, the traditional self-defence practices of Kerala.

The place emanates an air of culture and historical heritage of Kerala. It is designed to ensure the safety of guests – as well as enjoying the performance of the martial arts. You can also learn martial arts at different levels here – basic, intermediate and advanced.

Location: Tiger Reserve, Thekkady, Kumily

Timings:  Show starts daily in the evening from 6 PM to 7 PM.

Entry fees: INR 200 per person.

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Periyar National Park

Spread over 357 square miles, the Periyar National Park is a tourist hotbed with diverse flora and fauna. The park is famous for its elephants and tiger reserve.

Tucked away between lush green hills covered by cardamom plantations, the unique location offers picturesque vistas with awe-inspiring environs. The adventure seekers among you can also indulge in safari, rafting and trekking. Two rivers – Pamba and Periyar run through the park and lend it a tranquil ambience.

Location: Thekkady, Kerala

Timings: 7 AM to 9 PM every day

Entry fees: INR 25 per person for Indians, INR 300 per person for foreign tourists.

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Vandanmedu offers an unparalleled exotic experience – relish in the yearly cardamom auction held where tourists flock to buy the rare, unique, and high-grade cardamom. The spice grows, nurtured and sold here in Vandanmedu and is high in demand both in national and international markets.

Bask in the sweet and spicy fragrance of the spice, as well as gain a unique insight into the commercial processing of cardamom. The lively environment and intoxicating aroma will leave an indelible mark on you and you will find it unable to leave the place.

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One of the most gorgeous thekkady tourist places, the hill station is located between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu border and just 5 km from Thekkady.

Lush green hills seclude you from lightning fast city life and offer tranquillity and serenity as you have never experienced before. The waterfalls and variety of flora and fauna offer the greatest escape one can ask for. The virgin environs will fill you with energy and the captivating landscape will make you feel alive.

Location: Thekkady, Kumily

Timings: no specific timing restrictions

Entry fees: no entry fees.

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Chellarkovil Viewpoint

Chellarkovil Viewpoint is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Thekkady, with picturesque views of nature in all its glory. Catch a glimpse of the orange sun setting behind lush green hills and crane your neck to see tall mountain ridges disappearing into white fluffy clouds.

Enjoy pristine white waters of the nearby waterfalls and go trekking into the bamboo forest. The vantage point offers bewitching views of colourful human settlements, ploughed fields and dense green forests. Truly a wonder to behold, Chellarkovil is a must visit tourist site.

Location: Chellarakovil-Mettu Road, Kerala

Timings: 12 AM to 12 PM

Entry fees: no entry fees.

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Mangla Devi Temple

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Tucked away deep inside the forests of Periyar National Park is one of the most enchanting Thekkady tourist places, the Mangla Devi Temple. The temple is a pilgrim site for the religious.

But that is not all – you can also enjoy a stroll in the woods around the area and witness the bewitching natural splendour. The trek to the temple is an interesting one too, with winding paths and deep jungles. If you are lucky, you can catch a sight of the exotic Nilgiri Tahrs and bison.

Location: Idukki, Tamil Nadu

Timings: the temple is only open in the months of April/May

Entry fees: no entry fees.

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Embark on a journey to tranquillity and serenity in Kumily, one of the most mesmerizing places to visit in Thekkady. The quaint village features deep forests and idyllic countryside to transport you to an otherworldly feeling where none of the worries of daily life can follow you.

Just 4 km from Thekkady, Kumily is an ideal vacation getaway because it is completely segregated from the town centre. The lush green hills around and the aroma and spice and tea plantations will relax your frayed nerves and act as a salve for your weary soul. Visit Kumily to experience rejuvenation like never before.

Location: Idukki

Timings: no timing restrictions

Entry fees: no entry fees.

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Mullaperiyar Dam

Enjoy the unique sights of water cascading down from a towering height of 155 ft at Mullaperiyar Dam. Located in the Periyar Tiger Reserve, the dam offers exquisite views of the tiger reserve and the Periyar Lake.

The tall, dense trees impart a sense of tranquillity and make the place true heaven for nature lovers. If your area wildlife enthusiast, the vantage point offers a holistic view of the diverse wildlife of the reserve, including tigers, elephants, Indian bison and macaques.

Location: Thekkady, Kumily

Timings: 6 AM to 3 PM

Entry fees: INR 25 per person for Indians, INR 300 for foreigners.

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Abraham’s Spice Garden

Abraham’s is a privately run spice garden that is unique in its own right and one of the most interesting places to visit in Thekkady.

Spread over 2 acres, the gardens offer a hands-on experience with an interactive tour that explains the cultivation and processing of various spices. Featuring a myriad of species of banana, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, vanilla, ginger, turmeric, and old spices – the place is truly a delight for botany enthusiasts.

Location: Spring Valley, Idukki, Kumily

Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM every day

Entry fees: INR 100 per person for the tour, INR 200 per person for an entry fee.

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Elephant Junction

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The Elephant Junction at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most vibrant places to visit in Thekkady with its unending treasure of flora and fauna, and a host of wildlife species including elephants, Indian bison and Nilgiri Tahrs.

The junction also serves as a reservoir of rich tribal culture of Kerala. Take a walk among the deep woods and embrace nature in its most naked form. Interact with wild elephants as you bathe and feed them. Enjoy the rich aroma wafting from cardamom plantations.

Location: Thekkady, Idukki, Kumily

Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM, every day

Entry fees: INR 400 (0.5 Hours), INR 1000 (1 Hour), INR 1250 (1.5 hours), INR 1500 (2 hours), INR 3000 (Half day), INR 6000 (Full day).

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Periyar Lake

Want to explore Periyar Tiger Reserve in a unique way? Take the boat ride in Periyar Lake and get an opportunity to witness the beauty of the jungle in a refreshing way. The pristine waters of the lake are calming enough to relax your mind, body and spirit.

Plus, the natural brilliance sprinkled around in the form of tall trees and a host of wildlife makes the whole experience exhilarating.  The one and a half hour ride will offer you plenty of chances to catch a glimpse of rare species of birds like the Malabar Grey Hornbill and the Nilgiri Wood Pigeon.

Location: Thekkady, Kumily

Timings: Boat ride timings are 7.30am / 9.30am / 11:15am / 1.45pm / 3.30pm.

Entry fees: Rs 225 per person and Rs 75 for children. Advance booking charges for boating are Rs 500.

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Spring Valley Mountain

A mini resort set against the backdrop of the unending chain of Thekkady hills and vegetation-covered landscape, the Spring Valley Mountain offers spectacular and dazzling views of the pristine natural beauty of God’s own country.

Spacious and cosy deluxe rooms paired with private balconies and marble tiled bathrooms – luxury is at its very best at Spring Valley.

Location: Spring Valley PO Mullayar, Thekkady, Kerala

Timings: 12 AM to 11.59 PM, Monday to Sunday

Entry fees: rent varies according to the room.

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Green Park Ayurvedic and Spices Plantation

The Green Park in Idukki has a plethora of activities to indulge in and spend a few hours making unforgettable memories. Go for a leisurely stroll in the park and learn about a host of Ayurvedic medicines and enjoy the sights of lush green plantations of spices.

Take the two hours guided tour and explore the various steps of commercial production of the spices. Spend a few moments away from everyday city life in the tree houses or click stunning pictures in the picturesque surroundings.

Location:  Attapallam, Kumly, Thekkady

Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM every day

Entry fees: INR 1000 per person.

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A small town next to the Idukki district of Kerala, Vandiperiyar is known as such as the river Periyar flows through the centre of the town. The town is swamped by plantations of various spices and coffee lending the town a fragrant ambience.

The river cascading through the town, the flower garden featuring an array of rose plants, orchids and anthuriums – all make it an idyllic getaway destination for weary souls and nature lovers. The eye-pleasing vistas of Vandiperiyar will make an indelible impression on you.

Location: Idukki, Kerala

Timings: no time restriction

Entry fees: INR 25 per person, INR 50 per vehicle.

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Embark on a journey replete with green hills and the majestic River Periyar singing along with you as you reach Pullumedu, a gorgeous gem hidden in Idukki’s embrace.

Get a fleeting glimpse of Sree Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala and the Makara Jyothi illuminations at the shrine on the way. The area is truly secluded from the modern world and offers solitude and serenity to heal you spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Come visit Pullumedu to experience a true getaway.

Location: Idukki, Kerala

Timings: no timing restrictions

Entry fees: no entry fees.

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The little hamlet is situated in the Idukki district of God’s own country, Kerala and is considered as a place of religious significance by locals and tourists.

Besides offering some of the best views of Thekkady hills covered with plantations of tea, cardamom, coffee, pepper, and rubber – the village also features the famous statue of Kuruvan and Kuruthi.

The 300 m high pillar is an excellent vantage point to observe the awe-inspiring and scenic natural landscape of Ramakalmedu.

Location: Idukki, Kerala

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Entry fees: no entry fees.

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Deepa World Spice and Ayurvedic Garden

The intensely flavorful and aromatic trip to Deepa World Spice is a treat for tourists looking for interesting places to visit in thekkady. Get a close look at the commercial production processes involving various ayurvedic products.

The interactive tour will also cover a host of organic farming practices and a stroll through the luxuriant Ayurvedic Garden. The professional guides will direct you through the entire trip and the truly indulgent in you can shop for some excellent ayurvedic products at the shop inside.

Location: Perunilam, Spring Valley P.O, Kumily

Timings: Monday to Sunday, 8 AM to 6.45 PM

Entry fees: INR 100 per person.

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The quaint little hamlet of Anakkara is sandwiched between Munnar and Thekkady and is slowly becoming a prime destination for tourists.

The village offers guided interactive tours that feature a stroll around the area and scenic views of gorgeous waterfalls along with lush green plantations of various spices. You can buy fresh, high-quality spices from the little shops sprinkled around the area. Or buy intricate handicraft items crafted by local artists in a traditional manner.


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Parunthumpara Hill Viewpoint

This hill viewpoint in Kerala has a distinct charm, as filled with meadows, hiking trails, picture-perfect views and all those nature hugging locations that one expect from God's own country.

Whether you are a peace lover or a photographer, this place will take you away from city stress and land you close to Kerala's one of the most romantic attraction.

Parunthumpara, Pambanar, Kerala.

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People Also Ask About Thekkady

  1. Which are the famous places to visit in Thekkady with your family?

    1. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary: This refuge is located at the confluence of the Periyar River, which has some of India’s greatest diversity of flora and fauna. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary boasts a beautiful vista of lush green surroundings that will not only make you delighted but might provide you with some great photographic opportunities.

    2. Chellarkovil: The picturesque town has become one of the most famous thekkady tourist places. A large number of people visit this location because of its magnificent natural beauty, as well as its seclusion and calm.

    3. Periyar Lake: The tranquil lake is a major tourist attraction close to the Periyar National Reserves. You may go boating and relax while taking in the natural spectacular scenery. If you are lucky, you could witness the elephant herds taking baths by the lake.

    4. Elephant Junction Thekkady: Elephant Junction is among the popular thekkady places to visit. The visitors will get an opportunity to spend time with the loving and nurturing elephants of Kerala. The location is tranquil, making it an ideal spot for families.

  2. Which are the best waterfalls in Thekkady?

    1. Suruli Falls: Suruli falls are a series of waterfalls that start in the Periyar Mountains and drop into a warm pond beneath. One must visit during the ‘summer festival’ to see the most stunning colours in the area.

    2. Suranganur Waterfalls: The Suranganur Waterfalls are a sight to behold and one of the beloved thekkady places to visit. This is a wonderful spot where you can relax and appreciate the beauty of nature. This waterfall is surrounded by beautiful foliage on all sides.

    3. Thommankuthu Waterfalls: The Thommankuthu Waterfalls are one of Thekkady’s most magnificent waterfalls. This wonderful location will allow you to see all of nature’s gorgeous colors. It has a distinctive seven-step creek that attracts a lot of visitors each year.

    4. Marmala Waterfalls: The peaceful sounds of running water are certainly comforting to the human soul. Hence, the Marmala Waterfall is a well-loved place in Thekkady. This place has a really serene and tranquil sense about it. It is an ideal spot for weekend getaways and relaxing with your family and friends.

  3. What is special in Thekkady?

    Thekkady is a nature lover’s heaven, with its enchanted tropical woods and varied diversity of flora and fauna. The road to Thekkady passes through lovely tiny hill villages and gently sloping hill ranges. Visitors' love for Thekkady can be understood by the endless line of hills with perfumed spice crops.

  4. What is the best time to visit Thekkady?

    The best time to visit Thekkady is during the winter months of October to February. The temperature is pleasant which provides a delightful atmosphere for day trips, animal safaris and admiring Thekkady’s natural splendour.

  5. How to reach Thekkady?

    The closest airport to Thekkady is Madurai Airport, which is connected to major cities across India. Kottayam, about 114 kms away, is the closest railway station. All trains to Trivandrum will also pass through Kottayam. To go to Thekkady, a private cab or taxis can be rented from the station itself.

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