THEKKADY

Thekkady, located in the Idukki district of the state of Kerala, is the place where the Periyar National Park is located. Thekkady lies very close to Kumily, which lies on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, spread across an area of 300 square miles, is home to thick evergreen forests, deciduous forests and a host of animal species, viz. elephants, sambar, tigers, Nilgiri Langurs, etc.

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is surrounded by the Cardamom Hills, with the highest peak being that of Kottamalai at 2019 metres. The varying altitudes of the sanctuary give it different temperature conditions, which results in different types of vegetation. The temperature during the summer months could be between 15-20° Celsius, depending on the altitude.

Kumily : This plantation town, closely associated with Thekkady, is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary. An important shopping centre ans spice trade centre, the main bus station and most of the medium range accommodation in the Periyar region are in Kumily

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Pullumedu :The winding journey to this hill town, along the Periyar River, offers a stunning view of the rolling hills draped in lush greenery. Velvet lawns, rare flora and fauna add to the beauty of Pullumedu which can be accessed only by jeep. The famous Sree Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala and the Makara Jyothi illumination at the shrine are visible from here. Since it is part of the restricted forest zone,

Attitude 700-1900 Mts above sea level
Area 673 sq.km
Temperature 11 c – 27 c
Summer 15.2 – 25.8 c
Winter 0 c – – 10 c- 11 c-27 c
Rain fall 225 cm
Best time to visit September to March
Clothing Woolen and cotton
Languages Tamil, Malayalam, English (spoken)
   
Nearest Railway (Kottayam) 120 kms
Nearest Railway Madurai 140 kms
Nearest Railway Cochin 180 kms
   
Nearest Airport Cochin 190 kms
Nearest Airport Madurai 150 kms
Nearest Airport Thiruvananthapuram 270 kms
Places to visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary,Mangala Devi Temple, Chellarkovil, Spicegarden, Elephant Safaris Plantation tours, Trekking and Mountaineering, etc……