Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Thekkady Tourism (Idukki District in Kerala)

Altitude: 900-1800m above sea level
Temperature 13-30 Degrees
Rainfall : 2500mm

Accessing Thekkady

There are frequent buses from Kumily(4km) to various tourist centres

Distance of a few major towns from Thekkady
Kumily - 4km - 15 min
Sabarimalla via Pullumedu - 50km - 2 hours
Idukki - 65 km - 2.5 hours
Munnar - 106 km - 4 hours
Kodaikanal - 149 kms - 5 hours
Alleppey - 164 kms - 5 hours
Ooty - 390 kms - 11 hours

In and Around Thekkady

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Open 0600-1800 hours
Spread across 777sq km, of which 360sq km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar wildlife sanctuary is noted for its diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty,
The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds a charm to the park.

There are two watch towers in the interior sof the forest. Reservation can be made at the Divisional Forest Office, Thekkady.
Ph: 04869 222027

4 kms from Thekkady
This plantation town closely associateed with Thekkady is situated on the outskirts of Periyar Sanctuary. An important shopping centre and spice trade centre, the main bus station and most of the medium range accomodation in the Periyar region are in Kumily.

5 kms from Thekkady
Wahedin fresh spice scented air Murrikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.

5 kms from Kumily
This picturesue spectrum of exotic flora, fauna and streams is nestled between Chellarkovil and Tamil Nadu. A popular picnic spot Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographers delight.

15 kms from Kumily
The village slopes down to the famous coconut groves of Cumbum in Tamil Nadu abd offers a breath taking view od plains and cascading waterfalls.

Mangala Devi Temple
15 kms from Thekkady
This ancient temple is hidden inthe dense woods at the top of a peak 1337 m above sea level.

25 kms from Kumily
This is one of the worlds largest auction centres for cardamom.

26 kms from Periyar
The winding journey to this hill town along the Periyar River offers a stunning view of the hills draped in lush greenery.
Since it is a part of the restricted forest zone, special permission to visit Pullumedu has to be obtained from Thw Wildlife Preservation Officer, Thekkady
Phone: 222027
Or the Range Officer
Phone: 252515

Things to do in Thekkady

Plantation Tours
The tour covers visits to spice, coffee abd tea plantations, tea factories and tribal settlements. Contact the District Tourism Information Office in Kumily.

Elephant Rides
The Forest Department Thekkady offers facilities for elephant rides through the jungle.

Main trekking areas near Thekkady
Kurusimala - near Kumily
Pullumedu - 45 kms from Thekkady
Ottakathalmedu - 5 kms from Kumily
Grampi - near Vandiperiyar
Contact Wildlife Preservation Officer, Thekkady at
Phone: 222027, 222028

Boat Cruises in Periyar Lake
Timings - 0700,0930,1130,1400,1600 hrs
Fare: lower deck Rs 25 + 10 Entrance fees
Upper deck Rs 50 + 10 Entrance fees
Contact: 222028

Idian Classical Dance Theatre
Karthika Tourist Home
Daily Bharatnatyam performance - 1900-2030 hours
Ticket 150 per person
Mudra Kathakali Centre - Daily Kathakali performance
Phone; 94471 57636

All information courtesy the Kerala Tourism Information Office.
For more information contact:
Tourism information office
Thekkady jn,
Phone: 91 4896 222620

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