If an escape into nature’s bountiful wilderness is what you are looking for, then Thekkady is the perfect destination. Synonymous with the Periyar wildlife sanctuary, Thekkady is set high in the southern Western Ghats at an altitude between 900 to 1800 meters.Sprawling over 777 sq km, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is the one of the prominent places to visit in Thekkady. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to elephants, sambar, langurs, stork, the Malabar Giant Squirrel, flying squirrel and lion-tailed Macaques. This animal reserve is charmed by an artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar dam on Periyar River.
Another one of the fond tourist places to visit in Thekkady is Kurisumala which is known for trekking and offers panoramic views of the sanctuary and plantation town of Kumily which is a notable tourist attraction in the outskirts of the reserve. Other tourist hot spots near Thekkady are the hilly towns of Murikkady, Chellar Kovil, Vandiperiyar, Anakkara lolling with tea and coffee plantations. The Mangala Devi Temple situated near Thekkady is another favourite tourist attraction hidden in the dense woods.