Best Things To Do in Thekkady, India

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  • The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary: Lying close to the abad green forest of thekkady, in the rich jungles of Periyar is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves.
  • Murikkady: place is about 5 kilometerss from Thekkady. It consists of spices and coffee plantations.
  • Kurisumala: A place for adventure and trekking.  This will offer a panoramic view of Kumily town and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Kumily (4 kilometers from Thekkady): This is a plantation town, closely associated to the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary. An important shopping centre known as spice centre, the main bus station and most of the medium range accommodation in the Periyar region are in Kumily.
  • Mangala Devi Temple(15 kilometers from Thekkady): Mangala Devi is an ancient temple hidden in the dense woods at the top of a peak that stands1337 meters above the sea level. The temple is the best monument of traditional Kerala style architecture. Visitors are allowed here only on the Chaitra Pournimi festival day. The peak delivers a panoramic view of the eastern slopes, of the Ghats and some hilly villages of Tamil Nadu. 

Below we have a list of things to do in Thekkady and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Thekkady getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Thekkady with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Thekkady

Here is the list of things to do in Thekkady and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Periyar Tiger Reserve

    Outdoors, Wildlife Sanctuary , Wildlife Park, Zoo

    Periyar Tiger Reserve in Thekkady, is a very good example of nature’s gift on earth, with great scenic beauty and rich bio diversity. It is spread across an area of 925 Square kilo meters. India has 27 tiger reserves of which periyar is one. Avidly guarded and efficiently managed reserve. The two important rivers of Kerala, the Periyar and Pamba forms the major watershed here.
  2. Periyar Lake

    Outdoors, Waterfront, Lake, Bird Watching

    Periyar lake is a calm and peaceful place to visit away from the crowded city traffic. Boating is really a good experience in this lake and if you are lucky you can see many wild animals during the journey like elephants in group, deer, wild bear and varieties of birds. Nature at its best.. the forest, the rain, mist and the leeches. Well maintained by the forest department, never miss it.
  3. Elephant Junction

    Outdoors, Wildlife Park, Wildlife Safari

    Elephant Junction is a place where you can actually interact with the elephants and can enjoy activities such as bathing elephants, elephant rides and petting and playing with playful elephants. Elephant Junction is huge place which attracts tourists on large scale. Other activities within the park include Plantation visits, Jungle Jeep Safaris, Tiger Trail, Trekking, Bamboo rafting and Sky wal...Read more
  4. Periyar National Park

    4.3 (2843 Votes)
    Periyar National Park

    National Park, Trail, Park, Hiking Trail

    The jungles of Periyar National Park is very appealing natural wildlife reserves. The sanctuary covers almost 780 square kilo-meters of area out of which 360 square kilo-meters is covered with ever-green forest. It is known for its geographical structure, diversity in wildlife and the charming beauty which attracts visitors from across the world. Many adventurous activities are carried out here...Read more
  5. Deepa World Spice And Ayurvedic Garden

    Garden, Educational Site, Nature

    Deepa world spice is a destination for nature lovers to experience the nature at its best. Deepa World Spice and Ayurvedic Garden ensures an educational experience to all. A guide is made available having fluency in various languages which introduces us to various spices and ayurvadic plantations. A cup of coffee in the tree house would make for the most unforgetable moment of the visit.
  6. Spice Walk

    4.1 (2888 Votes)
    Spice Walk

    Outdoors, Trail, Hiking Trail, Educational Site

    The hills with a flourishing growth of fragrant spice plantations. The walk through these hills will rejuvinate your energy because of the cool mountain air. Various activities are carried out here such as Boating, Fishing, Bird Watching, Trekking and Rock climbing. The Spice walk is a 30 acre plantation with a variety of spices. 
  7. Green Park Spices

    4.2 (3750 Votes)
    Green Park Spices

    Park, Educational Site, Nature

    Interacting with nature makes our mind and body rejuvenate. Green Park Ayurvedic and Spices Plantation allows you to collaborate with nature. It offers a natural and calm environment which lets you breathe in fresh and pleasant air. Plantations consists of variety of spices. The tree house built with rich wooden ambience with well arranged rooms in traditional way is attractive and highlighted ...Read more
  8. Mullaperiyar Dam

    Outdoors, Water Body, Waterfront

    Mullaperiyar Dam is on periyar river. It is located at the hieght of 881 meters above sea level. It was constructed between 1887 and 1895 by John Pennycuick so that the water can be diverted to the Madras Presidency area. Its height is around 53.6 meter and length is 365.7 meter.
  9. Mangladevi Temple

    4.6 (1580 Votes)
    Mangladevi Temple

    Religious Site, Temple

    Mangladevi Temple is a 1000 year old ancient temple in the forest of Periyar Tiger Reserve. A legendary Tamil woman, Kannaki was betrayed at this place, with all her grudge she transformed herself to a divine lady (Mangaladevi) and showering blessings on the people. The Mangaladevi Temple is a place for pilgrimage tourism. The temple is located 15 km from Thekkady in Idukki district.
  10. Gavi, Kerala

    4.3 (77 Votes)
    Gavi, Kerala


    Kerala is believed to be a gift of the Arabian Sea. The state is famous for its exotic beaches, breathtaking hill Stations, enchanting waterfalls, beautiful lagoons, meandering rivers and spectacular natural scenarios. Gavi, a small village of Kerala, also epitomizes its beauty. Surrounded by lakes, waterfalls, and rich wildlife, this village is a visual refreshment for the tourists. As the vil...Read more
  11. The Elephant Court

    4.4 (2 Votes)
  12. Greenwoods Resort

    4.4 (11 Votes)
    K.K .Road, Kumily, Thekkady, Vazhayil, Kumily, Tamil Nadu 685509, India
  13. Forest Canopy , Thekkady

    4.4 (6 Votes)
    NH 220, Kottayam - Kumily Road, Near Chalimada Junction, Kurungattil, Periyar, Kerala 685509, India
  14. Jungle Palace Home Stay

    4.3 (2 Votes)
    Lake Road, Kumily, Thekkady, Kumily Thekkady Rd, Thekkady, Thekkady/Periyar, Kerala 685509, India
  15. 65th Mile, Kottayam-Kumily Rd, Springvalley, Periyar, Kerala 685533, India
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  • I will be staying for 4 nights in Thekkady. What activities are a must for 6 year old child in these days ? It should be comfortable for the child, yet adventurous.

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    • Depending on the weather, you can take a safari at Periyar National Park and go boating on Thekkady Lake. You can also consider taking a guided tour of spice plantations and enjoy elephant rides. 

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