DESTINATIONS >> Thekkady

   
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Thekkady : This place has delightful and pleasant climate. Here important places to visit are - Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Wildlife Sanctuary(dense evergreen forests where tigers, lion tailed macaques, nilgiri langurs, gaurs and other wild animals) , Bird farm etc. DTPC Idukki provides boating facilities on the Mattupetty Dam. The Periyar wild life sanctuary, spread across 777 square kilometers and the boat cruise in the Periyar Lake are the most important attractions in Thekkady. Chances  to see wild elephants at close range sitting in the comforts of a boat. Thekkady is the ideal holiday destination in Kerala for adventure tourism. Thekkady is also an important center of trade in spices such as pepper, cardamom, tea, coffee, cinnamon and clove. Thekkady has vast expanse of tea and coffee plantations in the rolling hills that surround Thekkady. A stroll amidst the tea plantations in Thekkady is a pleasant experience for tourists.

Idukki

Idukki is also known as the High Ranges. Munnar has a cool climate exuding an old world charm. Mattupetty is known for its highly specialised dairy farm-the Indo Swiss Livestock Proje.ct. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction

Major Tourist Attractions

Pothamadu : This place offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar.

Anaimudi Mountain : The highest peak of South India is only a short distance from Munnar.

Pallivasal Hydro electric Project : This is the venue of the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala and this hill town is also famous for its tea plantations.

Nyayamakad : It is located between Munnar and Rajamala, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 meters. The enchanting surroundings make an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.

Lock Heart Gap: This is an ideal place for adventure tourism, trekking. The panoramic view of Bison valley and other sleepy little villages thousands of feet below, wrapped in mist most of the time, on one side and steep rocky slopes with abundant wild flowers on the other side make this stretch of Kochi-Madurai National Highway an unforgettable experience.

Rajamala : The natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragas hylocres), the Eravikulam - Rajamala region is now home to half the world population estimated at around 1300 - of this endangered mountain goat. The picturesque beauty of this mountain will make you want to tent here forever!

Munnar : 130 kms from Kochi, a little town of Munnar lies at a height of about 1,800 meters in a part of the Western Ghats known as the High Ranges. Munnar has a cool climate exuding an old world charm. The atmosphere is fragrant with extensive tea and cardamom plantations. There are enchanting high ranges, lakes and streams and lovely views of low-flying clouds and mist-filled valleys. The name Munnar (which means 'Three Rivers in Malayalam Language) is derived from its location at the confluence of three mountain streams - Kundala, Mudrapuzha and Nallathanni. Munnar was once a summer resort for the British government in South India.

Kundala : Kundala is a picturesque town on the way to Top Stations. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction. The Sethuparvathy Dam constructed in 1946 as a part of Pallivasal Hydro Electric Project is a ravishing sight. Cherry blossoms which appear twice a year is an exciting experience. The neela kurinji flowers which bloom once in twelve years add color to your eyes. Pedal boats and kashmiri shikaras are also available.

Echo Point : It is on the way to Top Stations from Munnar. This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo  phenomenon here.

Mattupetty : Mattupetty is known for its highly specialised dairy farm-the Indo Swiss Livestock Project. Over a 100 varieties of high-yielding cattle are reared here. Visiting time: 0900-1100 hrs and 1400-1530 hrs. The Mattupetty lake and dam, just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful picnic spot. Chances  to see wild elephants at close range sitting in the comforts of a boat. Thekkady is the ideal holiday destination in Kerala for adventure tourism. Thekkady is also an important center of trade in spices such as pepper, cardamom, tea, coffee, cinnamon and clove. Thekkady has vast expanse of tea and coffee plantations in the rolling hills that surround Thekkady. A stroll amidst the tea plantations in Thekkady is a pleasant experience for tourists.

Eravikulam National Park : This park is recorded the best managed national parks in the country.

Anayirankal : Sprawling tea gardens surrounded by evergreen forests on the slopes of high mountain ranges make the Anayirankal Lake and Dam a very popular picnic spot. Herds of elephants often visit the lake to quench their thirst giving the visitors a rare opportunity of seeing elephants in open place from safe vantage points.

Kumily: 4 kms from Tekkady on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary, this place is known much as a plantation town.

Peermade: Peermade was the hub of British tea trade during the colonial period. The remnants of the colonial rule and European buildings make this spot historically important.

Kurisumala monastery: Kurisumala monastery is a famous hill station and pilgrimage center for the Christians . The nearby Kurisumala Ashram is an abode of calm and spiritual delight.


 



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