|Location||In Kerala, India|
|Significance||Known for Periyar Wildlife sanctuary|
|Climate||Moderate and pleasant – Summers mild
and winters cool
|September to March|
Thekkady is a popular hill station and a wildlife centre in central Kerala. Herds of elephants and spice scented plantations are the highlights of this city. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary of Thekkady, also known as Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary here is one of the finest wildlife reserves of India and the world and offers immense opportunities for trekking and nature walks. Famous as the Tiger Reserve, one can see the great Indian tiger in its natural habitat here along with herds of Indian elephants that wander often to the artificial lake of the sanctuary to bather and play. The unending chains of hills, the fragrance of spices and the crisp, cool breeze of the Western Ghats make a visit to the sanctuary a memorable experience.
Lying at an altitude of 4000-5000 ft, this sanctuary is also a bird lover’s paradise, especially around River Periyar, which is rich in fish life and is shallow for most of the year. Rare and exotic birds like Ceylon frog-mouth and rose billed roller have also been spotted here. A calm and quiet boat ride in the lake is the perfect way to watch the animals playing, hunting or just resting from a safe distance. However, adventure lovers may trek up the hills of the forest. The Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. Thekkady also offers plantation tours featuring cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantations, tea factories, tribal settlements and the surrounding hill regions, elephant rides through the jungle, trekking, and the opportunity to sight animals from the safety of a boat.
Kumily is a noted shopping and spice trade center, where one can buy Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg and also Tea and Coffee along with local handicrafts and handloom works.