Thekkady in the Kerala State of India is the country’s biggest wildlife sanctuary and a dream destination for any foreign visitor in India. The 130 years old dam called surki built across the Peryia river is a major tourist attraction here. The sanctuary is spread over roughly an area of 780 sq.kms, enveloped by an artificial lake which covers an over an area of 30 sq.kms roughly.
The Country’s only Tiger reserve, this place, with its bountiful tropical flora and fauna is an ultimate reservoir for many an endangered species plus a very rich tribal culture lives here. Thekkady is heaven on earth for people who love nature as the wild along with its manifestations. Thekkady tour packages are often organized but not in the monsoons.
Thekkady is situated at a height of 900m above the sea level. Nestling in the Idukki district of the southern state of Kerala, it is a perfect retreat for those who love adventure, wildlife, nature and just some fun. Situated between the semi-evergreen and ever-green forests of the Western Ghats, the place has so many things on offer for the many visitors who visit this place. Since it is India’s biggest wildlife sanctuary, expect to spot Asian elephants, boars, bison, sambar deer, tigers, wild squirrels, leopards, lion tailed monkeys, to name a few.
Ferry boats in the place are daily arranged by the Kerala State Tourism Corporation for one to enjoy the wildlife and its enveloping nature along with a fun ride through the Periyar River. The view of herd of elephants here promises to be an unforgettable experience. As far as the time is concerned, it roughly takes I around two and a half hours to complete the ride. Once the ridecomes to an end, you can have a view of the Mullaperiyar Dam.
Thekkady offers a calm and very peaceful atmosphere. And this is why Thekkady honeymoon packages are also common with many companies. The chill climate of the place is sure to refresh your soul and mind. The forest areas in and around are uninhabited strictly by the Forest Department for preservation of the Mother Nature. Kumily is the nearest town from here, which is roughly 6 kilometre apart. One can easily plan a serene walk to this town with their travel companion. The town also is a place for some shopping. One can shop handicrafts, clothes and spices here.
Some people think that Thekkady is all about wildlife only. But apart from the National Park which itself sure is very famous, you also can visit the other places such as ChellarKovil, Murikkady, Anakkara, the famous Mangla Devi Temple, etc. These are also situated within the Thekkady area. If you want to visit the place, getting there is not difficult. To reach there, one needs to travel to Kerala. Get off at the Madurai or Cochin station or airport. From here you will find daily buses to Thekkady. For getting back, follow the same route.