If you are looking to relax in a place with a wealth of flora and fauna and untouched tropical forests, then Thekkady is the place for you. Thekkady, which is located in the Idukki district of Kerala is a paradise for nature lovers because of its cool weather, exotic wildlife, and serene ambience. The place is surrounded by coffee, tea, and spice plantations. The best part for tourists is that they can indulge in several activities in Thekkady. For instance, you can take a tour of the spice plantation, go on a jungle safari, and a lot more.
Since Thekkady attracts several tourists, there is no dearth of places to stay, however, the Sterling Resort here is located in close proximity to all the major attractions.
Here is a list of seven attractions that you must visit if you are planning a trip to Thekkady:
Jungle night patrol
In Thekkady, night patrols are organized regularly near the eco-development zones of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Tourists who enjoy adrenaline-pumping activities must surely try the jungle patrol. It provides a totally contrasting experience from the usual activities in Thekkady done during the daytime. During the patrol, you will be forced to keep your eyes and ears open for all the unusual sounds that originate from the jungle.
Wildlife conservation trek
Walking amidst nature through wildlife forests is quite a thrilling activity. These treks are guided activities that take place daily and provide great opportunities to explore the animal and plant life in and around Thekkady. A maximum of five persons and a local guide are part of one group.
You can enjoy bamboo rafting at the Thekkady Lake inside Periyar National Park which is located on the banks of the river Periyar and gaze peacefully at the greenery around you. While rafting, you will pass through some of the densest forests in Kerala. On the way, you might even spot several species of birds and animals, a kilometer away from the starting point.
Bathe with the Elephants at the Elephant Junction
Get to know the gentle giants up close and personal at the Elephant Junction in Thekkady. At the junction, you will be able to take a bath with the elephants and take rides which is quite enjoyable for both kids as well as the adults. The Sterling Resort is just 4.7 km from the junction.
Spice Plantation Tour
Take a tour of the spice plantations in Thekkady and learn about the famous spices of Kerala. Along with a tour of the spice plantations, discover the tea and coffee plantations and visit the spice market and purchase souvenirs to take home.
Jungle jeep safari in Periyar
Jeep safari to Gavi is a trendy off-track activity in Thekkady. During the safari, you will pass through dense forests, spice plantations, waterfalls, and green vegetation. Jeep safari is a perfect option for those who do not wish to go on hiking tours.
You can explore the Periyar Tiger Reserve by taking a boat ride through the Periyar Lake. It offers a breathtaking view of the natural beauty of the forest and resident wildlife. The lake is located in the tiger reserve and was formed when a dam was built across the Mullaperiyar river.
Sterling recently launched a resort in Thekkady which is located along the picturesque mountains of Idukki and is located close to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve. While you are here, you can indulge in several activities such as trekking, rafting, plantation tours, and bird-watching. So, what are you waiting for? Book a room at Sterling Thekkady, pack your bags and head out!
Good to know:
- Winters are the best time to visit Thekkady as the weather will be pleasant and cool, making it ideal for touring.
- Thekkady is well-connected by road from both Kerala and Tamil Nadu and the nearest railway station is at Kottayam.
- The weather in Thekkady remains pleasant throughout the year, but in winter the temperature might go down to 16º C attracting several tourists from around the world.
- Other attractions close to Thekkady include the temple town of Sabarimala and the hills station of Munnar.