The less-known Thekkday is a travellers’ paradise, a place with surprises at every step. Situated on the Western Ghats enclosing the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, the place is rich in wildlife with natural reserve forests and spice plantations all around. The Ayurveda treatments offered many resorts of the area make it a rejuvenating experience for travellers.
Thekkady can be visited at any time of the calendar, however, if you’re heading for a summer getaway, here are the reasons why Thekkady should be there in your plan.
Boat Cruise at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
You get an opportunity to see the reel scenes become real at the boat cruise. You’ll be seated on the upper deck of the board to travel through Periyar Lake and enjoy the serene views of landscapes, birds, forests on either side of the river. You can see herds of buffaloes and elephants grazing and drinking water. If you happen to be lucky, you might catch the majestic sight of a tiger.
Off-roading experience at Thekkady
One of the most exciting things to do at Thekkady is to board a jeep and head for a memorable off-roading experience. Hold on to the railing, as the jeep cuts across the rocks, the deep cuts across wild creepers, and reaches the top of a hillock. Looking down from the hilltop, you will surely understand the meaning of why Thekkady is called ‘The Green Heaven’.
Thekkady’s Bamboo Rafting
This place offers great opportunities to sing along with nature. One of the most peaceful experiences of tuning with nature is to trek through the forests to reach a remote part of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and board a bamboo raft.
Choose a cool treehouse for your stay
Want to feel like a bird flying high in the air? Enjoy your summer vacation staying in the unique treehouse at Thekkady. Wake up to the sounds of nature in the middle of the trees and cherish the experience of living in a jungle.
Bird-watching and Malabar Whistling Thrush
Thekkady is a paradise for budding bird watchers and ornithologists alike. Take some time off to visit and see the unseen species of birds and capture them in your cameras. Get captivated listening to the human-like whistle of the Malabar Whistling Thrush, a native of this region.
Want to Shop?
Visit Kumily, the town nearest to the Periyar National Park, as this is the main center for shopping. Find a variety of spice trading and ayurvedic centers that offer therapeutic massages at reasonable rates.
Watch Live Kalaripayattu
Kadathanadan Center showcases Kalaripayattu, a martial art form that originated in Kerala, every evening, after sunset. The display of performance of the art form trained fighters, filled with energy and precision, can prove to be a thrilling experience.