Thekkady which is in Idukki district is the location of the Periyar National Park. Thekkady is on the border with state of Tamil Nadu , in fact just 5 kilometers from the border town of Kumily which is very well connected by bus to both Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs.In the crisp, cool air of the Western Ghats you will experience the most enchanting holiday. With the animals of the wild and the simple mountain people. In the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India, and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks. The Thekkady sanctuary is one of the best in the country for watching and photographing wild life.

Kerala, other than its beauty is also known for its spice plantation, but this place has got something else in it’s pocket. Murikkady is famous for spices but it is also known for coffee and cardamom gardening. This place cultivates more than twelve varieties of spices including clove, ginger, turmeric, vanilla and tea.
Periyar Lake
This placid lake is located near the Periyar national reserve. Tourists can enjoy and calm and tranquil evening of boating and enjoy the serene surroundings. If you are lucky you may even get a chance to see herds of elephants bathing on the lakeside.
Mangala Devi Temple
The Mangla Devi Temple in Idukki is one of the major attractions in Thekkady. It is built within the premises of the renowned Periyar Tiger Reserves within the northern boundary. Mangala Devi also known as Kannaki which is a symbol of moral powers possessed by a women. The temple is not only visited by pilgrims but this tourist spot is frequented by those who are in search of quiet spot with pristine ambiance.
This town is very popular as an auction center for cardamom spices. Ideally, the whole town is filled with plantations of cardamom filling the air with the lingering scent of the aromatic spice. Guided tours are available for those who are interested in learning about cardamom cultivation in detail.
The quaint village has started figuring prominently among the popular places to visit in Thekkady. The stunning natural beauty of this place combined with the solitude and peace attract a good number of tourists. The shimmering light of the sun reflected on the cascading waterfalls is something that will absolutely mesmerize you.
Pandikuzhi is a cradled in picturesque landscape and, exotic flora and fauna. The place is laden with numerous winding streams that are sandwiched between Chellarkovil and Tamil Nadu. This best place to visit in Thekkady is a delightful spot for spending a day picnicking among the thickets of greenery and gushing streams.
Accessing Thekkady
Location: The place is 40 km from Kumily and about 28 km from Vandiperiyar.
Distance Air: Madurai Airport (Tamil Nadu) about 140 km away and Cochin International Airport, about 190 km away are the nearest airports.
Rail: Nearest railway station is Kottayam, about 114 km away.
Road: The nearest bus terminal is Vandiperiyar, 18 km from Thekkady.
From Casselles Jungle Resort to Thekkady: 21 km.
For enquiries and bookings, contact :
Cassells Jungle Resorts, Salamiya Estate, Vandiperiyar, Idukki. Ph: +91-9633731191