Thekkady, Kerala


Thekkadi, Kerela, Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary, Bamboo Rafting, Boating Mullaperiyar Dam, Murukady, Odamade, Vellaramkunnu, Chellarkovil, Pandikuzhi, Vandanmedu, Kuttikanam, Mount, Peermade, Grampi, Pattumala, Wagamon, Kumarakom, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Madurai, Kumily
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Thekkady, Kerala

Thekkadi is pride of Kerela and evidence to nature's splendor and human innovation.

The Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary in Thekkady offers a fairly good chance of seeing the great Indian tiger in its natural habitat. This is the one of best known wild life centre in India.

Thekkady, better known as Tiger Reserve is a rich diversity of vertebrates. The diverse forest types, vayals, marshes, and a large aquatic habitat together support, around 60 species of mammals, 320 species of birds, 40 species of reptiles, 25 species of amphibians, and 40 species of fishes.

The invertebrate fauna of Periyar is not well documented, though the predominant invertebrate orders are Protozoa, Annelida, Arthropoda and Mollusca. 160 butterfly species have been listed.

In the 62 species of mammals, many are rare, endemic and endangered. Periyar is prime elephant country and large herbs are often sighted at the lake fringes. There is around 1000 animals which is likely to overlap with the population in the adjoining forest areas.

Gaur, among the largest of bovines, occurs in all types of habitats. It is another major attraction.

Sambar which is the largest deer in India are extensively distributed, and constitute the principal prey base of tiger and wild dog.

Wild pig also have a wide distribution throughout the park.

Small relict populations of the highly endangered Nilgiri tahr are found in the high altitude grasslands of Mangaladevi.

While the Nilgiri langur enjoys a wide distribution in the moist forests.

Lion tailed macaque are confined to the dense evergreen canopies.

Malabar giant squirrel is common in the area.

Tiger has been found in all types of habitats though their density is much less in the evergreen forests. Though sighting one is difficult because of the thick vegetation, the population is estimated to be around 40, by the evidences like pugmarks, clawings, and scats find in the reserve.

The Striped necked mongoose is not uncommon, found in the semi-evergreen and evergreen forests.

Trekking: The guided day trek different nature trails traversing diverse habitats form the trekking routes, generally 4 to 5 km. in length. This is an interpretive programme offering excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trails often pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands. The programme is offered between 7.00 am. and 10.30 am. and between 2.00 pm. and 3.00 pm. and lasts for about 3 hours. A maximum of 5 persons can go for trekking at a time along each nature trail, accompanied by a trained tribal guide. Trekking is the right programme to feel the flora and feuna of the forest.

Bamboo Rafting: This is an one day rafting programme through which you can see some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve. The journey starts at 8 am from the boat landing. A mosaic of habitats will be traversed before the party gets into rafts made of bamboos. The forests are rich in bird life and arboreal animals like giant squirrel, Nilgiri langur and lot of other animals.

Boating: The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however are the herds of wild elephants that come down to the play in the lake.

Nearby Attractions:

Murukady - 6 km
Odamade - 8 km
Vellaramkunnu - 10 km
Chellarkovil - 15 km
Pandikuzhi - 5 km
Vandanmedu - 25 km
Kuttikanam - 35 km
Mount - 18 km
Peermade - 32 km
Grampi - 24 km
Pattumala - 25 km
Wagamon - 60 km

How to get there:

Nearest Airport: The nearest Airport is Madurai, which is 140 km and Kochi (185 km), and Thiruvananthapuram (265 km).

Nearest Railhead: The nearest railway station is Kumarakom, 114 km and Madurai station is about 136 km.

By road: An excellent road network from Kumily (4 km) links the town to all major towns and cities in Kerala and India.

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