The largest wildlife sanctuary in India is situated in Thekaddy. Spread over 777 sq km, it is encircled by artificial lake, which occupies 25 sq km in area. Thekaddy is situated in Kerala’s Idukki district. It is also well known as a hill station. As such, people travel to this part of India not just to catch a glimpse of the wildlife sanctuary but also to spend leisure time amidst nature.

Thekaddy is often regarded as an ideal location for mountain climbing as well as trekking as the climate is just suitable for the same. It is also known for spice plantation. There are picturesque mountains that you can enjoy.

When To Visit Thekaddy

The climate in Thekaddy is moderate round the year. However, the summers in Thekaddy are hot and the maximum temperature reached is approximately 36 degrees. On the other hand, the winters in Thekaddy are pleasant. And the winter temperatures can plunge to 11 degrees.

The best time to visit Thekaddy is during the months of September through March. There is lush greenery all around. If you are visiting Thekaddy in March, you can get to see the ceremonies and rituals that are held at the Mangala Devi Temple. This temple is open for public viewing on Chithra Poornima which happens to be in the month of March.

Places To Visit In Thekaddy

There are a couple of places you can tour around when you travel to Thekaddy in India. The names of some of these places are given below :


Kumily is basically a plantation town. This is the place where trading of spice is carried out.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

A natural forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary has a wide variety of animals. The sight of tigers, monkeys, and elephants is not uncommon. Winter is the best time to visit the natural forest. You can also set off on a boat ride on Lake Periyar. If you are lucky enough, you can see these animals drinking water from the lake or strolling along the edges of the lake.

In addition to the places mentioned above, you can visit the following places :

  • Chellarkovil
  • Kadathanadan Kalari Centre
  • Mangla Devi Temple
  • Murikaddy
  • Pandikuzhi
  • Vandanmedu

How To Reach Thekaddy

The nearest Railway Station is Kottayam which is at a distance of 120 km. Alternatively; you can also book your flight tickets. There are road services too. You can board a Bus from Kumily. You will also get buses from Madurai.

Thekaddy Accommodations

Ranging from Luxury Hotels and Resorts to Economy & Reasonable Accommodation options, there are many hotels you can put up at. These hotels also provide pick and drop facilities. So, if you check into any such hotel, you don’t have to bother about reaching your hotel, once you reach Thekaddy.

Thekaddy Hotels

  • Elan Hills Resort
  • KTDCLake Palace Thekkady
  • Thekaddy Wild Corridor

The various Tourist Destinations in Kerala are :

To know more about Kerala, please click on one of the links below :

Kerala Travel Guide Fairs and Festivals in Kerala
Folk Dances and Music of Kerala Kerala Backwaters
Hill Stations in Kerala Kerala Wildlife Sanctuaries
Kerala Beaches Kerala Map
Kerala Pilgrim Centers

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