Thekkady  Places of Interest
 

Chellar kovil :

15 kms 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 Tamilnadu.

Kumily :

4 Kms from Thekkady. This plantin town, closely associated with Thekkady, is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary. An important shoppinjg centre and spice trade centre, the main bus station and most of the medium range accommodation in the Periyar region are in Kumily.

Mangala Devi Temple :

15 kms from Thekkady. This ancient temple is hidden in the dense woods at the top of a peak 1337m above sea level. The temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture. The peak commands a panoramic view of the eastern shopes of the ghats and some hill villages of Tamilnadu. Permission to visit the area can be obtained from the Wildlife Wadern, Thekkady. Ph : 0486-2322027.

Mullaiperiyar Dam :

Mullaiperyiar dam was built by British in 1895. It stands on Periyar river whose flow originates from Thekkady. Even though the dam is now in Kerala, most of the water in the reservoir is still released to Tamil Nadu and is cause for considerable political tensions between the two states.The dam is 175 feet tall in height and is 5704 feet long.

Pullumedu :

45 kms from Thekkady, 26 kms from Periyar. The winding journey to this hilll town, along the Periyar River, offers a stunning view of the rolling hills draped in lush greenery. Velvet lawns, rare flora and fauna add to the beauty of Pullumedu which can be accessed only by jeep. Since it is part of the restricted forest zone, special permission to visit Pullumedu has to be obtained from the Wildlife Preservation Officer, Thekkady. Ph : 04869-222027.

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary :

Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geo-morphological diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar remains the large herds of wild elephants that come down to the lake’s edge. Ph : 04869-222027, Fax : 223750.

Tribal Heritage Museum :

Fiver tribal communities live in the Periyar area. The reserve organises a Tribal Heritage Programme that lasts for two hours, as part of which you are taken to a tribal hamlet and also to the Tribal heritage Museum Traditional fishing gear, hunting implements and indigenous medicinal plants are on display here. A tribal guide will show you around. Erntry fee Rs. 100. Timing : 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Peermade :

Situated 915 m above sea level, Peermade is on th e way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. this pleasant hill station was once the summer retreat of the Maharajas of Travancore.Peermade is indeed a cool hill resort in Kerala. Here you will find sprawling tea, coffee, cardamom, rubber and eucalyptus plantations side by side with natural grasslands and pine forests. The Sufi saint and an associate of the rulers Peer Mohammed lends his name to Peermade. Peermade thus means the hill of the Peer. Peermade has since long attracted the trekkers, nature lovers, picnickers alike. As a hill resort Peermade has also been providing refuge to the sun scorched souls from the plains. The idyllic hill resort of Peermade indeed rejuvenates the mind, body and the soul. Location Peermade lies 85 km east of Kottayam at an altitude of 915m above sea level.The weather is cool at Peermade all through the year owing to its altitude. The cool breezes make Peermade pleasant to be visited any time of the year.

ACTIVITIES : Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady

 

ElephantRideBoat cruises on the Periyar Lake: Timings: 0700, 0930, 1130, 1400, 1600 hrs. Fare: Lower deck: Rs.75, Upper deck: Rs.100.
Nature Walk : Duration 3 hrs. Timing : 7 am, 11 am, 2 pm. Charges Rs.500.
Full Day Trekking : Starts at 8 am and ends in the evening Rs.1000/- (minimum 2 persons)
Bomboo Rafting : A dawn to dusk range hiking and rafting programme through the rich forest tracts of the Reserve. Timing 8 am to 5 pm Rs.1000/-
Jungle Jeep Safari : Trekking & Boating included Timing : 5.30 am to 6 pm Rs.1000/- (minimum 2 persons)
The Periyar Tiger Trail : Adventure Trekking and camping in the frest. a) 1 Night/2 Days Rs.3000; b) 2 Night/3 Days Rs.5000/-
Night Trekking : Duration 3 hrs. This programme is the part of the regular night patrolling in the fringe eco-developement zones of the Tiger Reserve. Timing 7 pm to 10 pm Rs. 500/-
Wild Camp : Jungle Jeep Ride, Trekking, Boating, Campfire, Tended camping, Food. a) 1 Night / 2 days Rs.3000; b) 2 Night / 3 days Rs. 6000
Village and Farm Tours : Duration 4 hrs. The tour covers panoramic views of periyar valleys. minimus 2 persons Rs.600
Elephant Ride : Duration 30 minutes. Rs. 350.
Kathakali Dance : Duration 1.30 hrs. Classical dance of kerala. Fare Rs.125/- Timing 4 pm to 5.30 pm, 6.30 pm to 8 pm.
Kalaripayattu : One of the worlds most famous and ancient martial arts. Duration 1 hrs. 5.45 pm to 6.45 pm. Rs. 200/-
Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Programme : Head & Face massage Rs.350, Kerala Traditional Massage Rs.650, Royal massage Rs.800, Ayurvedic massage with kizhi Rs.900
Spice Tours : Duration 2hrs. Rs.200. Tours covers cardomom, pepper, coffee & Tea plantations, gardenof vanilla, Cinnamon, Clove and etc.

 

 

Further details contact

Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. Ph : 04869-322023
Department of Tourism Promotion Council - Ph : 04869-222620
Thekkady Tourism Development Council - Ph : 04869-222081
The Forest Department for boating Ph : 04869-322028
Trekking Contact (Periyar Tiger Resrve) - Ph : 04869-222027, 222028
Entrance fee to Sanctury : Foreigners Rs.300/-, Domestic tourist Rs.25/-

 

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