Thekkady is located in the Idukku district of Kerala. Thekkady is located at a height of 800 - 1200 meters above sea level on various locations of the town. The geographical coordinates of the area are 9°31′59″N 77°12′00″E. The Periyar River passes through the town.
The Idukku district is borderedby Pathanamthitta to the south, Kottayam to the southwest, Ernakulum to the northwest and Thrissur to the north and Coimbatore, Dindigul and Then Districts in Tamilnadu to the east. The Periyar, Thodupuzhayar and Thalayar flow through the district. Anamudi is the highest peak of the area.
Thekkady town is the area in the vicinity of the Periyar National Park.Thekkady is unique and abundantly rich with flora, fauna and a wide range of birds.The place is not known for extensive sightseeing but is a place to unwind stress and to spend a relaxed holiday.
Thekkady is a major cultivation area for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove. The District Tourism Information Office at Thekkady Junction in Kumily arranges for Plantation tours. Visitors can book their tours at (0486) 322620. The tours cover spice, coffee and tea plantations, tea factories, tribal settlements and the surrounding hill regions.
There are many villages around Thekkady that are famous as Spice villages due to the extensive growth of spices here.
There are many Ayurvedic Treatment centers that offer treatments that are absolutely rejuvenating. Tourists from many other countries come here exclusively to avail these treatments. The therapies are not only rejuvenating but also curing. Ailments of various kinds are effectively cured with oil massages and herbal medicines. There are many luxury Ayurvedic treatments resorts that offer excellent accommodation while one can relax and enjoy the benefits of the treatments.
There are economy and luxury centers based on one's budget where trained professionals give treatments.
Thekkady has a lot of adventure to offer to visitors:
1.Elephant rides - The Forest Department, Thekkady offers exciting elephant rides in the jungle. The rides are really enjoyed by both children and adults and give a complete jungle feel.
Timings: 10.00 am-5.00 pm.
Duration: 30 Minutes.
Fare: Rs.30 per person.
Tickets are available from the Wildlife Information Counter. Tel:0486-322028.
2.Trekking - The main trekking areas in Thekkady are Kurisumala, Ottakathalameduand Pullumedu near Kumily, Grampi near Vandiperiyar. The Forest Department organizes daily trails from the boat landing station at Thekkady to the Nellikkampetty area and Manakkavala.
Timings: 7.00 am to 5.00 pm
Fare: Rs.10 + entrance fee.
Booking can be made with the Wildlife Preservation Officer, Thekkady
Tel: 0486-322027, 322028
3. Boating - Boat cruises are organized in the Periyar Lake by the Forest Department and the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. There are small and big boats that take visitors around the lake amidst the dense and lush green forests. It is a beautiful experience enjoyed by all.
Timings: 7.00 am, 9.30 am, 11.30 am, 2.00 am, 4.00 am
Fare: Lower deck: Rs.50, Upper deck: Rs.90.
Entrance fee at check post: Foreigners: Rs.50 (valid for one day), Indians: Rs.2.
Tel: Forest Department - 0486 322028, KTDC - 0486 322023
4.Bamboo Rafting - It is a distinct adventure in Thekkady. This ecofriendly program takes the tourists to the thick forests on trek and then to the catchments area of the Periyar Tiger Reserve on a bamboo raft. The team consists of maximum 10 tourists, 5 guides and one armed guard for protection from the wild animals. Tourists can view the lake and forests and can also have the life time experience of watching the wild animals and birds from a real close distance. Lunch and tea are served during the day. Timings: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.
5.Nature Walks - Nature walking is yet another great adventure program that covers various trekking routes of about 4 to 5 km. It provides an excellent opportunity to explore nature. Normally, nature walk routes pass through forests and grasslands providing a thrilling and exciting experience to watch rare birds and other small wildlife. It is organized by the forest department in batches of maximum five people with a well- trained guide who is well aware of the jungle routes and wildlife behavior.
Timings: 7.30 to 11.00 am and 2.30 to 3.30 pm
Nearest Big Town:
The nearest big town to Thekkady is Munnar which is about 110 km away. Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations of the country and a romantic paradise.