1. Periyar National Park

Periyar National Park

The main attraction of Thekkady, this sprawling, diverse terrain, rich in plant, animal and avian life was once the hunting grounds of Travancore Kings. Home to Royal Bengal Tigers and Asiatic Elephants, the reserve spans over 700 sq. Km, with the Mullaperiyar Dam/Periyar Lake built over the Periyar River, set right amidst it. Here, Boat trips offer great views of animals taking a fill of water at the river banks/ lake shores, while jeep and elephant safaris are more thrilling!

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2. Kumily

Kumily

Called the “Gateway to Thekkady”, this remarkably verdant town located in the Cardamom Hills is renowned for its sprawling plantations.

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3. Peermedu

Peermedu

An ancient retreat of Travancore kings during the hot summers, the lush landscape of Peermedu dotted with dense Pine patches, vast plantations of spices, rubber, tea/coffee and sprawling natural meadows, cascading streams, waterfalls and hilltops shrouded in mist continue to appeal to visitors.

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4. Pattumala

Pattumala

Pattumala, in the vicinity of Peermedu, is yet another delightful spot with rolling hillocks blanketed by lush green vegetation, especially sprawling tea estates worth a visit. Amidst the calm and scenic settings is set the majestic Roman Catholic Church dedicated to Our Lady of Good Health.

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5. Chellarkovil

Chellarkovil

Located just 15 km from Thekkady on the Kerala/Tamilnadu border, this serene and quaint village of Chellarkovil is popular for its greenish-hued hills, sparkling waterfalls and impressive views of the equally lush landscape of the adjoining state Tamilnadu

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6. Gavi

Gavi

An integral part of the vast Periyar Tiger Reserve, the picturesque village of Gavi 15 km away from Thekkady is an eco-tourism and adventure sporting hub. Surprise here is that tourists are permitted to camp within the forest or pitch their tents at select campsites, offering a unique opportunity for close encounters with wildlife and flora.

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7. Pandikuzhi

Pandikuzhi

This delightfully scenic getaway just 5 Km from Thekkady and right next to Chellarkovil, is a popular picnic spot for locals and travellers alike.

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8. Ramakkalmedu

Ramakkalmedu

Standing tall at 1,100m above sea level, this verdant hillock in the Western Ghats bordering Tamil Nadu is a beautiful picnic spot about an hour away from Thekkady.

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9. Mullaperiyar Dam

Mullaperiyar Dam

This bone-of-contention between Kerala and Tamilnadu still makes a great spot of tourist interest primarily because of its unique architecture. An existing dam which was constructed by British Military Engineer John Pennycuick during 1887-95 is a sight to behold.

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10. Mangaladevi/Kannagi Temple

Mangaladevi/Kannagi Temple

A derelict ancient temple constructed by the King Cheran Chenguttuvan in honour of Kannagi greets visitors who brave it through the dense forests of the Periyar Tiger Reserve.

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11. Other Small Towns

Other Small Towns

Apart from these places, there are a host of small towns and villages that can be visited either from Thekkady or on your way to/from the area.

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