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  • If you are looking for an idyllic getaway featuring natural splendour in all its glory, there are plenty of places to visit in Thekkady. Perfect for those of you who are exhausted by the hustle and bustle of city life, and want to escape to a place where there is only nature, wildlife and serenity – look no more. Whether it is quaint little hamlets secluded from concrete jungles in the midst of nowhere, or wildlife sanctuaries featuring majestic elephants and fearsome tigers – you will find everything you are looking for in Thekkady.

    The fragrance of coffee, tea and a host of other spices fills the air as soon as you wander into Thekkady, and if that alone isn’t enough to wake up your spirit and spark joy, the sight of exotic and endangered animals like nilgiri tahrs is enough to send a rush of thrill down your spine. Visit Thekkady and see for yourself places like Murikkady, Periyar, Vandanmedu as they cannot be described in mere words.

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Thekkady:

  • 01Murikkady

    One of the most invigorating places to visit in Thekkady, Murikkady is an ideal picnic spot for families and nature lovers. Spice plantations stretch through the area and the aroma of coffee, pepper, and cardamom wafts through the air and enlivens the senses.

    Murikaddy also offers panoramic views of lush green gardens and the magnificent chain of hills encircling the area. A day out in a healthy environment with fresh air is good not just for your body, but also your mind.

    Location: Murikkady, Thekkady

    Timings: no specific timing restrictions

    Entry fees: no entry fees.
  • 02Kadathanadan Kalari Center

    Kadathanadan Kalari Center
    One of the most interesting Thekkady tourist places is Kadathanadan Kalari Center – a place famous for enjoying Kalaripayattu martial arts, the traditional self-defence practices of Kerala.

    The place emanates an air of culture and historical heritage of Kerala. It is designed to ensure the safety of guests – as well as enjoying the performance of the martial arts. You can also learn martial arts at different levels here – basic, intermediate and advanced.

    Location: Tiger Reserve, Thekkady, Kumily

    Timings:  Show starts daily in the evening from 6 PM TO 7 PM.

    Entry fees: INR 200 per person.
  • 03Periyar National Park

    Periyar National Park
    Spread over 357 square miles, the Periyar National Park is a tourist hotbed with diverse flora and fauna. The park is famous for its elephants and tiger reserve.

    Tucked away between lush green hills covered by cardamom plantations, the unique location offers picturesque vistas with awe-inspiring environs. The adventure seekers among you can also indulge in safari, rafting and trekking. Two rivers – Pamba and Periyar run through the park and lend it a tranquil ambience.

    Location: Thekkady, Kerala

    Timings: 7 AM to 9 PM every day

    Entry fees: INR 25 per person for Indians, INR 300 per person for foreign tourists.
  • 04Periyar Tiger Trail

    Periyar Tiger Trail
    Sandwiched against the majestic mountain range of the Western Ghats and spread over 305 square kilometres, the Periyar Tiger Trail is one of most thrilling places to visit in Thekkady. The reserve is popular for housing tigers and a large population of elephants.

    Animal lovers and wildlife enthusiasts will also find a large variety of other animals, like the lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer, leopards and Indian bison on the trails. But that’s not all – you can go boating in the Periyar National Lake and take stunning photos of cardamom-covered hills around.

    Location: Thekkady, Kumily

    Timings: 6 AM to 3 PM

    Entry fees: INR 5500-7500 per night.
  • 05Vandanmedu

    Vandanmedu offers an unparalleled exotic experience – relish in the yearly cardamom auction held where tourists flock to buy the rare, unique, and high-grade cardamom. The spice grows, nurtured and sold here in Vandanmedu and is high in demand both in national and international markets.

    Bask in the sweet and spicy fragrance of the spice, as well as gain a unique insight into the commercial processing of cardamom. The lively environment and intoxicating aroma will leave an indelible mark on you and you will find it unable to leave the place.

    Idukki, Kerala

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  • 06Pandikuzhi

    One of the most gorgeous thekkady tourist places, the hill station is located between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu border and just 5 km from Thekkady.

    Lush green hills seclude you from lightning fast city life and offer tranquillity and serenity as you have never experienced before. The waterfalls and variety of flora and fauna offer the greatest escape one can ask for. The virgin environs will fill you with energy and the captivating landscape will make you feel alive.

    Location: Thekkady, Kumily

    Timings: no specific timing restrictions

    Entry fees: no entry fees.
  • 07Chellarkovil Viewpoint

    Chellarkovil Viewpoint
    Chellarkovil Viewpoint is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Thekkady, with picturesque views of nature in all its glory. Catch a glimpse of the orange sun setting behind lush green hills and crane your neck to see tall mountain ridges disappearing into white fluffy clouds.

    Enjoy pristine white waters of the nearby waterfalls and go trekking into the bamboo forest. The vantage point offers bewitching views of colourful human settlements, ploughed fields and dense green forests. Truly a wonder to behold, Chellarkovil is a must visit tourist site.

    Location: Chellarakovil-Mettu Road, Kerala

    Timings: 12 AM to 12 PM

    Entry fees: no entry fees.
  • 08Mangla Devi Temple

    Mangla Devi Temple
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    Tucked away deep inside the forests of Periyar National Park is one of the most enchanting Thekkady tourist places, the Mangla Devi Temple. The temple is a pilgrim site for the religious.

    But that is not all – you can also enjoy a stroll in the woods around the area and witness the bewitching natural splendour. The trek to the temple is an interesting one too, with winding paths and deep jungles. If you are lucky, you can catch a sight of the exotic Nilgiri Tahrs and bison.

    Location: Idukki, Tamil Nadu

    Timings: the temple is only open in the months of April/May

    Entry fees: no entry fees.
  • 09Kumily


    Embark on a journey to tranquillity and serenity in Kumily, one of the most mesmerizing places to visit in Thekkady. The quaint village features deep forests and idyllic countryside to transport you to an otherworldly feeling where none of the worries of daily life can follow you.

    Just 4 kms from Thekkady, Kumily is an ideal vacation getaway because it is completely segregated from the town centre. The lush green hills around and the aroma and spice and tea plantations will relax your frayed nerves and act as a salve for your weary soul. Visit Kumily to experience rejuvenation like never before.

    Location: Idukki

    Timings: no timing restrictions

    Entry fees: no entry fees.

  • 10Mullaperiyar Dam

    Mullaperiyar Dam
    Enjoy the unique sights of water cascading down from a towering height of 155 ft at Mullaperiyar dam. Located in the Periyar Tiger Reserve, the dam offers exquisite views of the tiger reserve and the Periyar Lake.

    The tall, dense trees impart a sense of tranquillity and make the place true heaven for nature lovers. If your area wildlife enthusiast, the vantage point offers a holistic view of the diverse wildlife of the reserve, including tigers, elephants, Indian bison and macaques.

    Location: Thekkady, Kumily

    Timings: 6 AM to 3 PM

    Entry fees: INR 25 per person for Indians, INR 300 for foreigners.
  • 11Abraham’s Spice Garden

    Abraham’s Spice Garden
    Abraham’s is a privately run spice garden that is unique in its own right and one of the most interesting places to visit in Thekkady.

    Spread over 2 acres, the gardens offer a hands-on experience with an interactive tour that explains cultivation and processing of various spices. Featuring a myriad of species of banana, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, vanilla, ginger, turmeric, old spices – the place is truly a delight for botany enthusiasts.

    Location: Spring Valley, Idukki, Kumily

    Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM every day

    Entry fees: INR 100 per person for the tour, INR 200 per person for an entry fee.
  • 12Elephant Junction

    Elephant Junction
    The Elephant Junction at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most vibrant places to visit in Thekkady with its unending treasure of flora and fauna, and a host of wildlife species including elephants, Indian bison and Nilgiri Tahrs.

    The junction also serves as a reservoir of rich tribal culture of Kerala. Take a walk among the deep woods and embrace nature in its most naked form. Interact with wild elephants as you bathe and feed them. Enjoy the rich aroma wafting from cardamom plantations.

    Location: Thekkady, Idukki, Kumily

    Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM, every day

    Entry fees: INR 400 (0.5 Hours), INR 1000 (1 Hour), INR 1250 (1.5 hours), INR 1500 (2 hours), INR 3000 (Half day), INR 6000 (Full day).
  • 13Periyar Lake

    Periyar Lake
    Want to explore Periyar Tiger Reserve in a unique way? Take the boat ride in Periyar Lake and get an opportunity to witness the beauty of the jungle in a refreshing way. The pristine waters of the lake are calming enough to relax your mind, body and spirit.

    Plus, the natural brilliance sprinkled around in the form of tall trees and a host of wildlife makes the whole experience exhilarating.  The one and a half hour ride will offer you plenty of chances to catch a glimpse of rare species of birds like the Malabar Grey Hornbill and the Nilgiri Wood Pigeon.

    Location: Thekkady, Kumily

    Timings: Boat ride timings are 7.30am / 9.30am / 11:15am / 1.45pm / 3.30pm.

    Entry fees: Rs 225 per person and Rs 75 for children. Advance booking charges for boating are Rs 500.
  • 14Spring Valley Mountain

    Spring Valley Mountain
    A mini resort set against the backdrop of the unending chain of Thekkady hills and vegetation covered landscape, the Spring Valley Mountain offers spectacular and dazzling views of the pristine natural beauty of God’s own country.

    Spacious and cosy deluxe rooms paired with private balcony and marble tiled bathrooms – luxury is at its very best at Spring Valley.

    Location: Spring Valley PO Mullayar, Thekkady, Kerala

    Timings: 12 AM to 11.59 PM, Monday to Sunday

    Entry fees: rent varies according to the room.
  • 15Green Park Ayurvedic and Spices Plantation

    Green Park Ayurvedic and Spices Plantation
    The Green Park in Idukki has a plethora of activities to indulge in and spend a few hours making unforgettable memories. Go for a leisurely stroll in the park and learn about a host of Ayurvedic medicines and enjoy the sights of lush green plantations of spices.

    Take the two hours guided tour and explore the various steps of commercial production of the spices. Spend a few moments away from everyday city life in the tree houses or click stunning pictures in the picturesque surroundings.

    Location:  Attapallam, Kumly, Thekkady

    Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM every day

    Entry fees: INR 1000 per person.
  • 16Vandiperiyar


    A small town next to the Idukki district of Kerala, Vandiperiyar is known as such as the river Periyar flows through the centre of the town. The town is swamped by plantations of various spices and coffee lending the town a fragrant ambience.

    The river cascading through the town, the flower garden featuring an array of rose plants, orchids and anthuriums – all make it an idyllic getaway destination for weary souls and nature lovers. The eye-pleasing vistas of Vandiperiyar will make an indelible impression on you.

    Location: Idukki, Kerala

    Timings: no time restriction

    Entry fees: INR 25 per person, INR 50 per vehicle.

  • 17Pullumedu

    Embark on a journey replete with green hills and the majestic River Periyar singing along with you as you reach Pullumedu, a gorgeous gem hidden in Idukki’s embrace.

    Get a fleeting glimpse of Sree Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala and the Makara Jyothi illuminations at the shrine on the way. The area is truly secluded from the modern world and offers solitude and serenity to heal you spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Come visit Pullumedu to experience a true getaway.

    Location: Idukki, Kerala

    Timings: no timing restrictions

    Entry fees: no entry fees.
  • 18Ramakkalmedu

    The little hamlet is situated in the Idukki district of God’s own country, Kerala and is considered as a place of religious significance by locals and tourists.

    Besides offering some of the best views of Thekkady hills covered with plantations of tea, cardamom, coffee, pepper, and rubber – the village also features the famous statue of Kuruvan and Kuruthi.

    The 300 m high pillar is an excellent vantage point to observe the awe-inspiring and scenic natural landscape of Ramakalmedu.

    Location: Idukki, Kerala

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

    Entry fees: no entry fees.
  • 19Deepa World Spice and Ayurvedic Garden

    The intensely flavorful and aromatic trip to Deepa World Spice is a treat for tourists looking for interesting places to visit in thekkady. Get a close look at the commercial production processes involving various ayurvedic products.

    The interactive tour will also cover a host of organic farming practices and a stroll through the luxuriant Ayurvedic Garden. The professional guides will direct you through the entire trip and the truly indulgent in you can shop for some excellent ayurvedic products at the shop inside.

    Location: Perunilam, Spring Valley P.O, Kumily

    Timings: Monday to Sunday, 8 AM to 6.45 PM

    Entry fees: INR 100 per person.
  • 20Anakkarra

    The quaint little hamlet of Anakkarra is sandwiched between Munnar and Thekkady and is slowly becoming a prime destination for tourists.

    The village offers guided interactive tours that feature a stroll around the area and scenic views of gorgeous waterfalls along with lush green plantations of various spices. You can buy fresh, high-quality spices from the little shops sprinkled around the area. Or buy intricate handicraft items crafted by local artists in a traditional manner.


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