Places To Visit In Thekkady

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1. Periyar National Park

Periyar National Park
Must visit 4.5 /5

16 km
from city center
1 out of 17
places to visit in Thekkady

Spread across an area of 300 square miles, Periyar National Park is covered by lush evergreen and deciduous forests serving as home to various animals such as deer, elephants, sambar, Nilgiri Langurs, etc.

2. Periyar Tiger Trail

Periyar Tiger Trail
Must visit 3.7 /5

2 km
from city center
2 out of 17
places to visit in Thekkady

Tourists trek along the Tiger Trail and thick vegetation of the reserve along with guides and Forest Department officials is an experience worth remembering. Tourists can also spot elephants, sambhars, and tigers there.

3. Bamboo Rafting

Bamboo Rafting
Must visit 3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
3 out of 17
places to visit in Thekkady

Bamboo Rafting is a perfect activity for all the water sports enthusiasts. The facility is offered by the Forest Department at Thekkady where one can enjoy the activity in the catchment area of the national park.

4. Thekkady Lake

Thekkady Lake
Must visit 3.7 /5

5 km
from city center
4 out of 17
places to visit in Thekkady

Tucked in the heart of the jungle, Thekkady or Periyar Lake is famous for its wide varieties of wildlife. You can also take a boat ride in the reservoir that provides water to the forest.

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5. Border Hiking

Border Hiking
3.3 /5

0 km
from city center
5 out of 17
places to visit in Thekkady

A trekking program conducted into the wilderness, border hiking is offered by various agencies and also by the Forest Department of the region.

6. Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation

Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation

3 km
from city center
6 out of 17
places to visit in Thekkady

Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation is an ecological park founded to grow medicinal herbs and spices and disseminate the knowledge of growing them with the help of advanced agricultural techniques. The park expands over an area of five acres and has a Spice Garden and an Organic Farm that one can explore along with the stunning landscape.

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7. Anakkara

3.3 /5

2 km
from city center
7 out of 17
places to visit in Thekkady

A small village in the Idukki district, Anakarra is just about 50 sq. km in area. Situated approximately 18 km from Idduki wildlife sanctuary on the Kumily-Munnar state highway, this place is famous for its spice plantations and picturesque waterfalls.

8. Mudra Cultural Centre

Mudra Cultural Centre

0 km
from city center
8 out of 17
places to visit in Thekkady

Mudra Cultural Centre is famous for cultural events that specifically involve the traditional dance form, Kathakali and India's oldest form of martial arts, Kalaripayyattu. Tourists can also witness the laborious preparations the artists have to make before they watch their spectacular performances. Watching one of their shows is the best way to get a glimpse into the rich culture and art of the region.

9. Kadathanadan Kalari Centre

Kadathanadan Kalari Centre

0 km
from city center
9 out of 17
places to visit in Thekkady

Kadathanadan Kalari Centre is a renowned centre of the traditional form of martial arts, Kalaripayyattu which was invented by Sage Parshuram. The programs arranged by the centre are specifically to showcase the ancient form of self-defence in a gallery specially designed for the safety of the fighters and the audience and to give insights into the discipline required for the art form.

10. Chellarkovil Viewpoint

Chellarkovil Viewpoint

8 km
from city center
10 out of 17
places to visit in Thekkady

Chellarkovil Viewpoint is famous for a stunning view of hilly terrains covered in lush green vegetation and an enchanting waterfall. The viewpoint has a watchtower with a telescope installed on a terrace which allows tourists to get a splendid bird's eye view of the picturesque location and the mesmerising sunset.

11. Vandiperiyar


9 km
from city center
11 out of 17
places to visit in Thekkady

Vandeperiyar is a quaint, little town in Idukki District, Kerala, 18km from Thekkady. At an altitude of 2743ft. above sea level, this hilly town has been a delight for travellers who enjoy exploring plantations and spice farms. Despite the commercial activity, with greenery engulfing a traveller, Vandeperiyar has found a way to take you back to nature. The plantations are an ecosystem of their own - nourishing flora and fauna as the neighbouring forests do.

12. Pandikuzhi


3 km
from city center
12 out of 17
places to visit in Thekkady

Pandikuzhi is a humble little village famous for its picturesque beauty. Its captivating natural landscape, the thrilling terrain, a pristine stream of water flowing through the valley covered with lush green foliage makes Pandikuzhi a famous picnic destination and no less than a paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers and photographers.

13. Jungle Night Patrol

Jungle Night Patrol

13 out of 17
places to visit in Thekkady

Jungle Night Patrol is one of the top thrilling things to do in Thekkady. It is a trekking activity which begins at two points in the Periyar National Park- Entrance Gate of the Periyar Tiger Reserve and from the Bamboo Grooves. The activity is performed under the supervision of an armed guard and two professional guides. The thrilling activity is surely going to give you an adrenaline rush and a memory for a lifetime.

14. Nature Walks

Nature Walks

14 out of 17
places to visit in Thekkady

Nature Walks is another one of the top things to do in Thekkady and a very popular activity in the region. Walking through the stunning wildlife and vegetation of the sleepy town, you can come across varied varieties of flora and fauna, wild animals and the like. It is a surreal experience with beautiful landscape in front and hills in the backdrop. These walks are performed with a professional guide.

15. Spice Shopping

Spice Shopping

15 out of 17
places to visit in Thekkady

Spice Shopping is one of the most popular things to do in Thekkady, for the tourists. The region is known for its rich and authentic spices, and you can buy the most expensive and aromatic spices here at very cheap rates. Some tourists also purchase spices from here to take them home as souvenirs for their kith and kin.

16. Tribal Heritage Walk

Tribal Heritage Walk

16 out of 17
places to visit in Thekkady

Tribal Heritage Walks are organized in Thekkady to introduce the tourists to the local culture and tradition of the place. The activity requires the volunteers to trek through the tribal village with a help of a tribal guide. One key attraction in the entire programme is the Tribal Heritage Museum where you can find ancient relics about traditional agricultural practices, marriage rituals, culture, ceremonies etc. This is one of the most interesting activities and top things to do in Thekkady.

17. Jungle Camp

Jungle Camp

17 out of 17
places to visit in Thekkady

Jungle Camping is one of the top thrilling things to do in Thekkady. The camps are organized on the banks of Periyar River in Vallakadavu at the river viewpoint in the vicinity of Periyar National Park. The programme includes a board room facility for projection, film shows, trekking in the forest and traditional food prepared by Urali tribe. A single tent can accommodate 2 persons.

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Can you suggest an itinerary for Thekkady?

Day 1 - Go on the famous Nature Walk, a guided tour through the forests in the morning. After that, go boating on the Periyar lake. Try the elephant rides that are offered.  Wander around the town area and check out the plantations. In the evening, be sure to catch a Kathakali performance held near Periyar Meadows.
Day2 - Visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. If possible check out the Periyar Tiger Trail. Also, check out the Kalari Payattu performance that takes place at the kadathanadan Kalari Center at Kumily.

What are the top hotels in Thekkady?

There are 146 Hotels in Thekkady which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Thekkady are Aanavilasam Luxury Plantation House, Indhrivanam, Cassells Jungle Resorts, Aranya Homestay, Sopanam Heritage Thekkady, Homeroots. You can see all the hotels in Thekkady here

What are the top sightseeing places in Thekkady?

The top sightseeing places in Thekkady are Periyar National Park, Periyar Tiger Trail, Bamboo Rafting, Thekkady Lake, Border Hiking, Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation.

How much does a package cost for Thekkady?

The packages for Thekkady start at INR 7464 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

How can I commute within Thekkady?

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