Thekkady is an unending chain of hills, tea estates and spice plantations. One can find a variety of activities to engage in, here, ranging from bamboo rafting in one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries to Elephant rides in Thekkady Forest. It is famous for tea garden visits and eco-tourism in the Gavi Forest. You can trek in the thick Periyar Forest and enjoy the Chellarkovil Waterfalls. There is so much one can do and not get tired of this richly blessed place.
1. Bamboo rafting in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Bamboo Rafting, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady, Kerala, IndiaPosted by Facts About India That Make Us Proud on Wednesday, 8 August 2012
Thekkady, in Kerala state, India, is one of the best places for bamboo rafting. Bamboo raft tourism, in Thekkady, has its origins in simple rafts, built and used by tribal people, in the region that is now the sanctuary. Now, this activity is offered by the Thekkady Forest Department, where one can enjoy the combination of range hiking and river rafting, moving along the thick forest tracts of the sanctuary.
Tourists can set out at 8 am, from the boat landing area where they can get onto the bamboo rafts. They will traverse the thick forest on a trek, by foot, followed by a three-hour bamboo rafting trip, through the Periyar Tiger Reserve where they will see many stunning sights and hear amazing sounds. Bamboo rafting through the sanctuary will give you many opportunities for photography and wild animals like tigers, elephants and sambar, can be seen in this sanctuary. There are proper security arrangements for tourists on the tour, including an armed guard with four guides, so that tourists do not get into any trouble, on the way. Tourists are also served tea, local snacks and packed lunch, while on the tour.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Address: Kumily, Thekkady, India
Website: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
2. Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation
The Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation, in Attapallam, Thekkadi, will refresh your mind and senses. You will get a chance to mingle with nature and it will rejuvenate you with all the fresh fragrances, in the park. This is a natural and tranquil atmosphere, with a host of spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and much more. The attendants are well trained and experienced in ayurvedic treatments, as well as dealing with and satisfying the tourists who come here. There are tree houses, built with rich wooden ambience, with two, well-arranged rooms and a large suspended bridge which happens to be the largest suspension bridge in India’s private sector. The view from the tree house is amazing and you can take in the wide and marvelous scenery. Green Park is a 100 percent, eco-friendly place which also includes a farm, honey bee colony, natural fish aquarium, rice paddy, suspension bridge, cardamom processing plant, fruit plantations and a greenhouse, for vegetables.
Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation
Address: Attapallam P.O., Kumly, Thekkady, India
3. Plantation tours in Murikkady
Murikkady Thekkady, an unending chains of hills and spice plantations, is an ideal picnic spot in Idukki. Murikkady,...Posted by D'Asia Tours Malaysia on Tuesday, 4 October 2016
Murikkady is near Thekkady, in Kerala, and it is an ideal place for tourists to see various spice plantations. It is a panorama of fresh spice-scented air, with cardamom, coffee, tea and pepper plantations with breathtaking views of the plantations, amidst misty mountains and valleys. The comfortable climate is seasoned with the tantalising fragrance of exotic and ethnic spices.
Plantation Tours in Murikkady
Website: Plantation Tours in Murikkady
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4. Elephant rides in the Thekaddy Forest
Elephant ride: The Forest Department of Thekkady offers facilities for elephant rides through the jungle.Posted by Idukki Tourism on Thursday, 9 February 2017
Elephant rides are one of the interesting activities offered to tourists, in Thekkady. It is a sought after activity, where elephant rides give great views of the spice plantations, which are on the way, during the ride. Elephant rides are usually the method of traveling across the inaccessible areas of Thekkady. When you embark on an Elephant Safari, you will get a “howdah” on the back of the elephant, where two tourists can sit under an umbrella. Elephant trainers walk along with the elephant and guide it along the route. The duration of the ride ranges from 30 minutes to one hour.
Elephant Rides in the Thekkady Forest
5. Go on a pilgrimage in Kurisumala
Kurisumala or Cross Mountain, in Thekkady, is a Christian pilgrimage site, near Kumily. The pilgrims climb up the huge mountain on Good Friday, in remembrance of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. The place is surrounded by natural beauty, with mountain ranges, all around and one can catch a view of the River Periyar. You can also see Kumily and the plains of Tamil Nadu, from this point.
6. Boat cruising on the Periyar Lake
A boat cruising through Thekkadi Periyar LAkePosted by Sankar V Trivandrum on Friday, 8 February 2013
Take a cool boat cruise on the Periyar Lake, in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. This lake is in the centre of the reserve and is the main source of water for all the animals, here. Once on the cruise, you will see herds of wild elephants, who come to bathe and play in the lake. You can enjoy the beauty of the Periyar Forest’s backwoods, on a thrilling trip, across the lake. Periyar Lake is one of the most exciting lakes in India, surrounded by rich flora and fauna and you will really enjoy a cruise, here. You will take back some wonderful memories of this voyage, forever in your heart.
Website: Periyar Lake
7. Adventures at the Pandikuzhi View Point
Pandikuzhi is a place of incredible natural beauty and is located between Chellarkovil, in Idukki, and the state of Tamil Nadu. This place offers a great opportunity for trekking and photography. The Pandikuzhi View Point is located near Thekkady Spice Valley and the area is full of flora and fauna, lakes, streams and villages. The waterfalls of Pandikuzhi are famous all over Thekkady and people come here to enjoy them. It is a popular picnic spot with many species of bird and animal life, along with rare plants and herbs. Tourists can also enjoy a picnic here and do some trekking, adventure travelers also come here to take part in some of the various adventure activities, on offer here.
Pandikuzhi View Point
Website: Pandikuzhi View Point
8. Go on an eco-tourism trip to Gavi
Gavi is one of the leading eco-tourist centres, in Kerala and eco-tourism in the region is booming because ‘Alistair International’, the world acclaimed tourism organization, listed Gavi Forests as one of the leading eco-tourism centres in the world and a must-see place, in India. Gavi is well known for its diverse wildlife and there are endangered species here, like the Nilgiri Tahr and the Lion-tailed macaque which are often spotted. Kerala’s treasured elephants are seen abundantly in this region and all bird lovers will love to know that more than 260 species of birds can be found here, like the great pied hornbill, woodpeckers and kingfishers. It is a splendid spot to visit, especially for those who love nature.
Address: Gavi, Pathanamthitta district, 28 km (17.4 miles) southwest of Vandiperiyar, Idukki on N.H 220, the highway connecting Kollam and Madurai
9. Visit to the Connemara Tea Factory
The Connemara Tea Factory, in Thekkady, Kerala was built in 1940 and is one of the oldest tea factories, in Kerala. It is located in Vandiperiyar, near Thekkady. It is a popular tea estate mostly visited by British, French and Russian tourists. There is an entrance fee of Rs.150 (3 USD) per person and it offers a one-hour tea garden and factory tour for tourists, along with a guide. The tea factory tour is a very educational and entertaining program. Tourists can visit from 9 am to 4 pm, every day, except Sundays and public holidays.
Connemara Tea Factory
Address: Kottayam-Kumily Road, Kakkikavala Junction, Periyar, Kerala, India
Website: Connemara Tea Factory
10. Chill out at the Chellarkovil Waterfalls
Chellarkovil Waterfalls, ThekkadyPosted by My Experiments with Light - Austin N J on Tuesday, 16 August 2016
The Chellarkovil Waterfalls are north of Thekkady and Kumili, in Kerala and its cascading waterfalls are a feast for the eyes. The Forest Department of Kerala has implemented many community-based activities here, like a valley view from the watchtower, trekking, spice tours and ayurvedic garden visits. The mountain slopes are an ideal place for trekking and also for adventure activities.
Website: Chellarkovil Waterfalls
Make the most of it in Thekkady!
Thekkady has everything to make your holiday perfect. It is truly an adventurer’s paradise, as there are various things you can do here. From bamboo rafting to elephant rides and trekking in the thick forest reserves, you are literally surrounded by rich flora and fauna and breathtaking scenes, wherever you go. So don’t waste your time in planning any further - just pack your bags and head straight to Thekkady, Kerala, in India.
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