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ThekkadyIndia

Explore the flora and fauna of this beautiful region in southwest India. Ride an elephant through the jungle and go on an overnight tiger-trekking adventure.

The hill town of Thekkady is surrounded by a vast wilderness of dense evergreen forests, lakes and plantations. The land is home to a popular wildlife reserve where tigers and herds of elephants roam. Go wildlife spotting, enjoy long walks through the mountains and camp overnight in the jungle.

Spread out over hundreds of square miles is the Periyar National Park, a protected area in the Cardamom and Pandalam Hills. Go on a boat cruise along Periyar Lake to see elephants bathing and playing by the water’s edge. You can also traverse the waterway on a bamboo raft. Visit the park’s Elephant Junction to ride these magnificent creatures through the forest.

The national park is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Go on the Tiger Trail, a one or two-night trek through hills and valleys to look for tigers. Your overnight accommodation will be in tents pitched in the forest.

The reserve also hosts a number of other guided walks, normally lasting between two hours and a full day. Look for bird species such as flycatchers, thrushes and hornbills on the Nature Walk and hike through deciduous forests and marshy grassland on the Green Walk.

For some evening entertainment, go to the park's Kadathanadan Kalari Center. Watch skilled athletes perform martial art displays, accompanied by music, fire and loud drum beats.

A visit to the national park is also an excellent opportunity to study Thekkady’s tropical flora, including eucalyptus trees, orchids, banyans and jacarandas. Enhance your knowledge of the area's plant life with an excursion to Deepa World Spice and Ayurvedic Garden. Here you can tour plantations and learn about products made from the herbs, spices and other plants.

Reach Thekkady by flying into Madurai Airport. At a distance of approximately 85 miles (136 kilometers) away this is the nearest airport. Make the rest of the journey by taxi or rental car. Thekkady's wildlife and beautiful natural scenery can be enjoyed throughout the year. However, bear in mind the monsoon season is between June and September and some activities are weather dependent.

Top hotels in Thekkady

Spice Village-Cgh Earth
Spice Village-Cgh Earth
4 out of 5
Kumily - Thekkady Road, Thekkady, Kerala
The price is NZ$126 per night from 1 Dec. to 2 Dec.

This family-friendly Thekkady hotel is located in a national park, within a 15-minute walk of Mudra Cultural Centre and Periyar National Park. Kadathanadan Kalari ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (33 reviews)

"The property is very creative and is truly a spice garden. Their activities, including afternoon tea and snacks are a delight. Their evening functions are wonderful with cooking classes and Indian dances. However, there are small bugs and roaches in the room and even on the bed. There is no air-condition ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar. 2020

Spice Village-Cgh Earth
KTDC Aranya Nivas Thekkady
KTDC Aranya Nivas Thekkady
3 out of 5
The price is NZ$69 per night from 28 Nov. to 29 Nov.

Situated in Thekkady, this hotel is steps away from Western Ghats and Periyar National Park. Thekkady Boat Landing and Kadathanadan Kalari Centre are also within ...

3.4/5 (16 reviews)

"Property set in the wild life sanctuary was lovely . Standard rooms were ok needed some updating . We upgraded our room to a more comfortable space . Restauant was poor on food and service . Upon reaching the wildlife sanctuary we had to pay to get in even though hotel was booked with the reserve ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Nov. 2019

KTDC Aranya Nivas Thekkady
Sterling Thekkady
Sterling Thekkady
3.5 out of 5
The price is NZ$58 per night from 28 Nov. to 29 Nov.

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mudra Cultural Centre and Periyar National Park. Kadathanadan Kalari Centre and Western ...

3.7/5Good! (10 reviews)
Highly recommend it

"Great location, perfectly maintained. Very comfortable family room with two rooms with AC and en suite. Friendly, courteous and helpful staff. Excellent breakfast. Fun rooftop pool."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2020

Sterling Thekkady
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Thekkady

Tree House Nature Lover's Paradise Stay
Tree House Nature Lover's Paradise Stay

Situated in Thekkady, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mudra Cultural Centre and Periyar National Park. Kadathanadan Kalari Centre and Western Ghats ...

Tree House Nature Lover's Paradise Stay
Wild Window Homestay in Front of Periyar Tiger Reserve Forest
Wild Window Homestay in Front of Periyar Tiger Reserve Forest
The price is NZ$30 per night from 4 Dec. to 5 Dec.

Situated in Thekkady, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Kadathanadan Kalari Centre and Periyar National Park. Mudra Cultural Centre and Western ...

Wild Window Homestay in Front of Periyar Tiger Reserve Forest
Modern & Luxurious Comfort Tree House Stay
Modern & Luxurious Comfort Tree House Stay

Situated in Thekkady, this holiday home is steps away from Western Ghats and Periyar National Park. Kadathanadan Kalari Centre and Mudra Cultural Centre are ...

Modern & Luxurious Comfort Tree House Stay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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8 Jan. 2020

Well worth the visit. We did a 2.5 hour walk in the Periyar Tiger Reserve and saw many animals including a family of four elephants

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