Places to Visit in Thekkady.
Thekkady, in Idukki district is an important tourist destination of kerala, the Periyar National Park. The town center is kumily. Thekkady is located on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. Thekkady is known for its dense evergreen forests and grass land home to different birds and animals. Thekkady has been considered as heaven for natural spices like cardamom, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon and clove. It is fascinating as the road to thekkady winds through tranquil area, tea plantations and thick forests.
Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary
Periyar national park is a reserved area in thekkady for wild life. It is notable as an elephant and tiger reserve. The park is located high within the Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills of the southern Western Ghats on the border with Tamil Nadu. It is one of the world’s most fascinating natural wild life reserves. The periyar wild life sanctuary was declared as a tiger reserve in 1978.
Vandanmedu is known for its deep cardamom plantations. The fragrance of the cardamom spreads throughout this town. It is a village in idukki district of Kerala, India. Vandanmedu is said to be the world’s largest producers of cardamom. Travelers can take a walk through these beautiful plantations to get the true feel of tranquility.
The beautiful scenery of ramakkalmedu is a tourist attraction. This place has lush green hills and offers a good view of the villages nearby. This makes ramakkalamedu an enchanting retreat. The hill top offers a panoramic view of villages of Bodi and Cumbom. There is also a historic monument of Kuravan and Kurathi, a large statue in ramakkalmedu.
Vandiperiyar is famous for its coffee, tea and pepper plantations. Vandiperiyar is a major trade center and there are many tea factories here. The famous river Periyar flows right through the center of the city therefore providing a natural irrigation. Vandiperiyar also has plantations of orchid’s, roses and many other exotic flowing plants.
Managala Devi Temple
Mangala Devi temple is situated on Kerala and Tamil Nadu border. It is located in an altitude about 1337m above the sea level. Surrounded with lush green land. The temple is closed though out the year and only opens to visitors on Chitra Pournami festival. The sight from the temple is a fantastic experience. The temple was built in traditional architecture style of Kerala.
Kumily is a plantation town which is located on the outskirts of the Periyar sanctuary. Most of the hotels and resorts in the periyar region is in kumily. Kumily is a major tourist destination and spice trading center in Kerala. It is famous for spice market you can visit spice gardens, take a boat ride on the lake or indulge in a bit of spice shopping here.