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Thekkady (Idukki district) is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in the Kerala state of India.[1]

Thekkady
Town
Boating at Thekkady
Boating at Thekkady
Thekkady is located in Kerala
Thekkady
Thekkady
Location in Kerala, India
Thekkady is located in India
Thekkady
Thekkady
Thekkady (India)
Coordinates: 9°31′59″N 77°12′00″E / 9.533°N 77.200°E / 9.533; 77.200Coordinates: 9°31′59″N 77°12′00″E / 9.533°N 77.200°E / 9.533; 77.200
Country  India
State Kerala
District Idukki
Government
 • Type kerala
Languages
 • Official Malayalam, English, Tamil
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registration KL-37
Website www.idukki.nic.in
Rafting inThekkady
Elephants in Thekkady
Boating

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OverviewEdit

Thekkady is located about 257 km (160 mi) from Trivandrum, 114 km from Madurai City and Madurai Airport, 145 km from Cochin International Airport and 114 km from Kottayam railway station. Thekkady is located near to Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs.

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 777 km2 (300 sq mi), of which 360 km2 (140 sq mi) is thick evergreen forest. The wildlife sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attractions of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants, deer and bison that come down to drink in the lake. The sanctuary can be accessed through a trekking, boating or jeep safari.

 
Submerged trees in Periyar National Park

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Thekkady is considered a haven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, nutmace, ginger, and clove.

Nearby places of interestEdit

MurikkadyEdit

This place consists of spices and coffee plantations. It is about 5 km from Thekkady.

Chellar KovilEdit

This is located about 15 km from Kumily en route to the Theni district of Tamil Nadu. This place has a lot of picturesque waterfalls and cascades.

AnakkaraEdit

Located at about 13 km from Kumily on the Kumily-Munnar road. A new airport is proposed at Anakkara and is under review by the Airports Authority of India.

Mangala Devi TempleEdit

It is situated about 15 km from Thekkady at an altitude of 1337 m above sea level. It is surrounded by lush greenery and is closed throughout the year except during the Chitra Pournami festival. At other times tourists can still visit it by getting a special letter from the forest ranger. The view from the temple premises is spectacular and one can see part of Eastern Ghats and some villages from adjacent state of Tamil Nadu.[2]

Periyar National ParkEdit

It is spread across an area of 300 square miles, Periyar National Park is covered by lush evergreen and deciduous forests serving as home to various animals such as deer, elephants, sambar, Nilgiri Langurs, etc.

PattumalayEdit

Pattumalay literally means hills draped in silk. It is known for its lofty peaks, little streams, tea plantations and tea factories. This beautiful region in Idukki is 8 km from Peermade and 24 km from Thekkady. One of the major attractions of this region is The Velankanni Matha Church[3] situated atop a hill. This is a famous pilgrim center, and is built entirely from granite. Pattumalay is also home of the biggest names in the tea production sector - Harrisons Malayalam limited[4]Pattumalay Estate.

Pattumalay Tea FactoryEdit

Pattumalay Tea Factory is situated 24km from Thekkady.Pattumalay Tea Factory is a major producer of Orthodox tea and belongs to Harrisons Malayalam Limited.Its is the oldest Orthodox factory and also owns central Travancore only Orthodox Tea Factory.Its capacity of 16000kg per day.The Pattumalay Estate was established in the year of 1931.

Boat tragedyEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kerala Tourism".
  2. ^ a b Tourist Guide to Kerala By Motilal (UK) Books of India, Various, V. Subburaj
  3. ^ "pattumala matha church". Go Daddy. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  4. ^ Harrisonsmalayalam.com. "Harrisons Malayalam Ltd : Rubber, Tea, Tissue Culture, Engineering - India". www.harrisonsmalayalam.com. Retrieved 2018-03-26.

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