Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary:
Also known as Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary, it one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife and tiger reserves. Sprawling across 777 sq km, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty along with a splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar dam with boating facilities make it one of the most sought after destinations for the wildlife enthusiasts. The herds of wild Indian elephants are the chief attraction of this sanctuary. It also has two watchtowers at Edappalayam and Manakkavala.
4 km from Thekkady, this plantation town is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary and is famous as an important shopping and spice trade centre.
5 km from Thekkady, Washed in fresh spice scented air, Murikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.
5 km from Kumily, the panoramic and picture-perfect surroundings of flora, fauna and gurgling streams of Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking.