ThekkadyA tiny hill station located near to Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, Thekkady has one of the ace wildlife reserves in India and spread across enormous area with thick evergreen forest. The name Thekkady craves up the images of large elephants, enchanting hills and various spices-plantation. The wildlife reserve is preeminent for its opaque evergreen, semi abiding, moist fleeting and savanna grass lands. The town has consecrated with the magnificent beauty of nature. Few years ago it is one of the famous tiger reserves of India. The town Thekkady is rich in flora and fauna. The sanctuary has endemic species including Elephants, Sambar, tigers, Nilgiri langurs and Lion-tailed Macaques. The gratifying hills gives brilliant experience of trekking and mountain walks.
Tourist AttractionThe unending chains of hills blessed with nature beauty. The Thekkady is very well known in India for its wildlife reserve named as Periyar wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is spread across the district with a huge 360 km2 area with dense evergreen forest. The artificial lake inside the sanctuary increases the beauty of the wildlife park. The tremendous captivation of the sanctuary are its endemic species like wild elephants, tigers and lions etc. The nearby places in Thekkady are Kurisumala (place for trekking and adventure tourism), Kumily (the nearby town famous for its plantation), Murikkady (scrubbed in fresh spice-perfumed air and famous for coffee and pepper plantation), Pandikuzi (the scenery spectrum of alluring flora and fauna is a popular picnic spot), Mangala Devi Temple (the ancient temple built in traditional Kerala style hidden in the dense wood forest), Chellarkovil (plains and cascading waterfalls) and Vendiperiyar (home for various tea factories). Thekkady is a great place for nature lovers and adventure seekers. The hilly town offers a Plantation Tour arranged by Tourism Department which covers pepper, coffee, tea and cardamom plantations and surrounding hilly regions. The town is famous for its Elephant Rides and Boat Cruises in the Periyar Lake. For trekking lover it is the great opportunities in Kurisumala, Pullumedu and Ottakathalamedu.
History and CultureUntil the 12th century, the Periyar valley is under the dynasty of Pandyas who ruled from Madurai. The valley is located in the Western-Ghats range of mountains and blessed with the vast flowing river Periyar. The dam Mullaperiyar was constructed on the River Periyar in 1895 which results in the creation of an artificial lake. Because of that lake, the charm of the valley enhanced by invaluable amount. The reserve is the perfect place for haunting of the Travancore Kings. In 1934, the lake reserve is converted into a game sanctuary. In 1972, the century is converted into tiger reserves to protect the magnificent Bengal Tigers. The culture of the town Thekkady is likely as the culture of South-Indian State that is Pure Hindu-Based culture. The people of the Tekkady believe in their old-age tradition like Kalaripayattu, the oldest material art and Kathakali, the classical dance of the South-Indian region. The people of Thekkady also the master of Ayurvedic Massages and Panchakarma Treatments. A very famous festival of Kerala known as Onam (10-day carnival) is celebrated with full of enthusiasm and pomp.
CuisinesWhile talk about South-Indian food, mouth starts watering. The yummy breakfast include Idaly Sambhar, various types of Dosa, Uthapam and Sambhar Wada etc. The local Kairali cuisines consist of vegetable salad, coconut kheer, mixed vegetable stir fry, puli enji, mixed vegetable thoran, rice with sambhar and rasam. For the non-vegetarian food lovers the place offers Kerala style Malabar parotta and rice are follow up by fish, beef and meat with delicious taste.