Things to Do in Thekkady During Your Stay at Abad Green Forest

The very thought of a visit to Thekkady stirs up images of elephants, green hills, and scented spice plantations in the mind. The entire district presents a picturesque view of coffee and spice plantations, and beautiful towns that features beautiful trails that are perfect for trekking and mountain walks. What could be a better way to experience the mesmerising landscape of Thekkady other than a stay at Abad Green Forest, a wonderful resort that borders the Periyar wildlife sanctuary. 

Here is a glimpse of the exciting things to do in Thekkady while staying at Abad Green Forest. 

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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area for elephants and tigers spread across 350 sq. km. There is a 100-year-old artificial lake right at the heart of the sanctuary. The estimated count of tigers in Periyar National Park is around 40. There are many major species of primates at Periyar, namely, the rare lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri langur, Gee's Golden langur, common langur, and Bonnet macaque. Periyar is also the natural habitat of the elusive Nilgiri Tahr. Some of the other animals that can be spotted here include elephants, wild pigs, sambars, gaurs, mouse deers, doles or barking deers, and Indian wild dogs. The great scenery and rich biodiversity at Periyar allures a number of tourists. Guests can either opt for a jeep safari or an elephant safari for an adventurous and fun ride through the sanctuary. The boat cruises at Periyar Lake is one of the most preferred options to experience the wildlife of Periyar Sanctuary. To maximize the chances of sighting animals, tourists can take the 7.00 AM boat ride. Periyar Sanctuary, one of the most desired places to visit in Thekkady should definitely be on your bucket list.  

Elephant Ride

Ride giant elephants around the jungle like a king. The elephant ride through the jungle is organized by the Forest Department and is a marvellous experience that lets you witness wildlife from the top of a tusker.

Spice Shopping

Take home some spices. The spices of Kumily are famed for their aromatic flavours and for their culinary value. They are commonly sold in compact and transparent packets, making it easy to judge the quality of the product. Various products are made with the spices like spiced chocolates, spiced preserves, special teas and coffees, that are also available here. You can get these as souvenir for your loved ones.

Yodha Cultural Village Thekkady

Yodha Cultural Village located in Thekkkady offers a myriad of cultural programs and events, which are focused on Kerala’s traditional artforms like Kathakali, Kalarippayattu, and magic shows. Make sure to attend at least one of these cultural events to complete your holiday experience in Kerala.

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Spice walk

Take a refreshing tour of the 200-acre farm located in Kumily, Kerala. The farm has plantations of coffee, cardamom, pepper, and other spices. This one hour jaunt is assisted by a guide who educates you about coffee and cardamom cultivations. The spice walk excursion also offers facilities for boating, small treks, and fishing. You can purchase fresh spices from the shops at the farm.

Day Trip at Gavi

The resort arranges for a day trip to Gavi located in the Pathanamthitta district, where visitors can indulge in activities like trekking, wildlife watching, outdoor camping in specially built tents, and night safaris. A trip to Gavi is a great Thekkady sightseeing tour to start your trip with. The day starts with a plantation visit assisted by a trained guide, that allows one to fully enjoy the natural beauty of Gavi. Spend the first half of the day relaxing in a rowboat followed by a visit to the aromatic cardamom plantations and the curing house. The trip continues by stopping at the Sabarimala viewpoint, which is a scenic spot where you can capture the panoramic views of the Sabarimala hills. Guests also get to visit the museum where animal fossils are preserved.

Ayurveda Centre

Spend some time relaxing at the resort’s signature Revival Ayurveda Centre. Guests can treat themselves to a variety of oil massages and healing techniques that will rejuvenate their body, mind, and soul. We have an experienced team of masseuses and masseurs to relieve your tension and stress.