|Weekend getaway||: Munnar, Kodaikanal, Kumarakom|
|Climate||: Summer 20-36°C, Winter 16-32°C|
|Rainfall||: June-Sept on an avg 190 cms|
|Best Tourist Season||: September to March|
|Clothing recommended||: Cotton in summer, etc.|
|Languages spoken||: Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English|
|Food Specialties||: Appam, Kappa, Karimeen and seafood like Shrimp, prawn, crab and squid.|
|What to buy from Thekkady||: Spices like cardamom, black pepper, clove and cinnamon.|
|Adventure Sports||: Trekking, bamboo rafting, elephant rides, border hiking and plantation tours.|
Thekkady is one of the major wildlife destinations of South India. Located near the border town of Kerela and Tamil Nadu called Kumily, Thekkady is about 257 km or 160 miles from Trivandrum. Nestled in the lap of nature, Thekkady is home to lush greenery, pristine and verdant landscape, picturesque and serene lakes and a rich wildlife heritage. Thekkady allows its visitors to monitor wildlife at a very close range.
Being home to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thekkady is a place where one can witness the most magnificent animal sauntering in the jungles and the rarest of rare species of birds settling amongst the tree tops. Located around 4000ft above sea level, the place is pervaded by a cool, rejuvenating breeze and extremely hospitable people. With endless expanses of exotic spice plantations and ample opportunities for the adventure enthusiasts to quench their wander thirst, Thekkady is a perfect kaleidoscope of colour, aroma, forest and adventure that beautifully fits all desires and budgets.
What to Buy In Thekkady
Thekkady, apart from being famous for its diversity of flora and fauna, is also renowned for encasing one of the world’s most rich varieties of spices. Kumily, a place within a stone’s throw from Thekkady abounds in such reserves. Organic garden fresh spices like tea, coffee, vanilla, saffron, cardamom, pepper, cloves, nutmeg, nut maze, star anise, honey, cinnamon, ayurvedic oils and home made chocolates are available in the markets of Kumily in huge quantities.