Places to visit in Thekkady

A haven for the nature lovers - Thekkady is one of the most sought after tourist destination in India. Blessed by an abundance of natural flora and fauna, Thekkady is situated in Idduki, a small town in God's own country. It is the heart of the tourism zone of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, which is one of the most important Tiger reserves in India. This is the lone tiger reserve where one can witness the majesty of the wild animals and tigers in their natural habitat and can have the opportunity to interact with them within close quarters. The usual sightings in this reserves are the elephant, bison, sambar deer, barking deer, wild boar, and numerous kinds of birds. While trekking here, it is common to watch a tiger, leopard, and bear, wild dog, etc. Thekkady can offer you all these, and more. The rich flora and fauna is a treat for your senses. This is an ideal location for wildlife tourism and eco-tourism. The inviting lush greenery and the tranquil waters of the Periyar Lake would be a relaxing affair.

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An offbeat tourist location in Idduki district of Kerala, Parunthumpara has yet not been explored much. At Parunthumpara one can get away from the humdrum of daily life and get acquainted with nature. The name of this place itself gives the impression of its uniqueness. Parunthu means eagle and hence provides an eagle-eye view of the valley below. Being a famous movie destination, most of the Malayalam movies like Nazrani and Bramaram were shot here

Mangaladevi temple

Mangaladevi Temple

Mangaladevi temple is an ancient temple situated deep inside the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is believed to be1000 years old, which automatically links it to many myths and legends. Among them, the most famous is that of a Tamil woman who left all her grudge and transformed her into a divine lady showering belssings uopn the earth. This temple is named after her. The temple is located 7 km away from Pazhiyankudi in Theni district and 15 km from Thekkady in Idukki district.

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Gavi is one of the major eco-tourism centers in Kerala. It is famous for its wide variety of wildlife.  A haven for bird watchers, Gavi is also the ideal place to watch for migratory birds. Along with birds, species like Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-tailed Macaque along with Elephant are a popular sight.  One of the unique features of Gavi is that it provides the tourist with the opportunity of camping and pitching tents. 

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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in a biological hotspot of the Western Ghats, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve is a protected area specially dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and their natural habitat. The history of the park stems from the construction of the Mullaperier Dam which led to the formation of the Periyar lake in Kerala. A variety of recreational activities are organized in the sanctuary. Some of them include trekking, salaries and many more.