Thekkady one of the most beautiful places in Kerala is a name synonymous with the wildlife. It is the gateway to the Periyar wildlife sanctuary. This heaven of spices with its natural beauty, floating clouds, wildlife and cool climate make it a favourite destination for honeymooners.
This tiny paradise in Kerala is covered with picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for trekking and sightseeing. The unending chains of hills and spice plantations with its energising aroma, the thick forests with its exotic wildlife and the Periyar River which flows right through the wildlife sanctuary which is also a tiger reserve, make Thekkady a great honeymoon destination.
You could enjoy a boat ride on the Periyar River that flows through the mesmerising lush green forests while you are here and it will be a spellbinding experience. While you are at it, you could enjoy observing the wild animals like elephants, tigers, leopards, foxes, Indian wild dogs, barking deer, and many other animals in its natural habitat and it will be an all new experience.
It also houses a large variety of bird species like Malabar Grey Hornbill, Grey Jungle Fowl, Heron, Egret, Jungle Myna, Wood Pecker, Rose Winged and Blue Winged Parakeet, Ceylon Frog-Mouth, and Rose Billed Roller. The tiger reserve is also famous for rare flora which adds to its stunning appeal.
The place also offers other activities such as bamboo rafting, elephant Safari, Periyar nature walk, plantation visit, trekking, hiking, night patrols, jeep safari etc.
The other places which are worth visiting while you are in Thekkady are Vandanmedu, Pandikuzhi, Mangala Devi temple, Chellarkovil, Vandiperiyar and Parunthupara.
Vandanmedu which is located about 27 km from Thekkady is a treat to eyes. It is famous for the spices, especially cardamom. You could enjoy a walk through the plantations while the aroma of the spices engulfs you and your partner and it will be etched forever in your memory.
Pandikuzhi is an enchanting destination for nature lovers. The cascading waterfalls, chilling streams that wind down through the exotic forests and mountains with its deep valleys make this place which is about 9 km from Thekkady a great place to enjoy the nature.
The travellers' favourite Parunthumpara is about 25 km from Thekkady. It will be a great choice for the adventurous couples. The place has derived its name from the Malayalam words parunth (eagle) and para (rock). As the name indicates the place would give you an eagle's view of the surrounding areas.
About 15 km from Thekkady is another picturesque location called Chellarkovil which boasts of lush green mountains, cascading waterfalls and gorgeous valleys.
Thekkady is about 109 km from Cochin International Airport and about 92 km from the famous hill station Munnar.