Thekkady is a very appealing town in the state of Kerala in India's south.
Thekkady is enchanting as the road winds through tranquill countryside, rich plantations & thick jungles. The sanctuary, 60 km from Idukki, 190 km from Cochin and 114 km away from Kottayam is open throughout the year , but the best season for a visit is from September to March. The sanctuary is centered around the large (24 sq km) artificial lake formed by a dam across the Periyar river. It is one of the famous holiday destinations in India.
Thekkady consists of elephants, thick jungle, hills and spice scented plantations. There are many opportunities for hiking to the surrounding hill towns. Thekkady is also home to one of the finest wildlife reserves in India, Periyar National Park.
Thekkady is considered a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove.
Chellar Kovil is an area of cascading waterfalls nor far from Thekkady and also close by is Mangala Devi Temple, which is only open during the Chitra Pournami festival. Built in the Pandian style of architecture, this ancient temple stands amidst thick forest.
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