“Thekkady is a trip into the laps of the nature.”
Thekkady is home to lush landscape of spice plantations and tea gardens. Over twelve varieties of spices comprising ginger, garlic, cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, coffee, tea, clove and nutmeg is cultivated in the blessed slopes of Western Ghats. These farms are an interesting place to visit. At these estates, tourists can enjoy blissful scenery, traditional lifestyle and the trade of these natural produces.
Thekkady is also the location of the Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in the Kerala state of India. The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. The Periyar forests of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Spreads across the entire district are the picturesque plantations and hill towns that nestle beautiful trails for treks and mountain walks.
History and Culture
Thekkady is the perfect place to see the wildlife animals from the very close point from the safety of the boat cruise over the scenic Periyar Lake. Thekkady has a rich and unique culture owing to the fact that it is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Kerala. The culture of Kerala is a deep and varied one with influence dating back thousands of years. As a reflection of Kerala's culture, the Mudra Cultural centre in Thekkady regularly holds shows of Kathakali dance and other dance dramas. There is also the Kadathanadan Kalari centre which has martial arts shows on Kalaripayattu, the oldest form of martial arts in the world. The various resorts located within Thekkady and Kumily also organise many cultural programs showcasing various unique art forms of the state. The locals relish traditional South Indian cuisine, which has already found its way on the platter of the rest of the country.
As is the case with most places in India, the best time to visit Thekkady is during the winters as temperatures are amiable. Thus, this is the tourist season as well. The temperatures during the winters - from October to February is very pleasant for sightseeing in Thekkady.
- October - February