Thekkady – Tourist Places & Things to do?

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9 Places to visit in Thekkady (2019)

Be one with nature at Thekkady at God’s own country, Kerala! A green paradise with its incredible wealth of flora and fauna and dense tropical forests, Thekkady is certainly a nature lover’s haven! On a Thekkady tour, you get to explore the best places to visit in Thekkady. The rugged undulating terrain, spice scented breeze of the tea, coffee and spice plantations, the green clad hills, rolling meadows, perennial streams & quaint little hill towns make Thekkady  truly a picturesque destination not to be missed!

There are premium, 3 – star and 5 – star hotels in Thekkady offering the best accommodation options and a few hotels in Thekkady forest area are preferred by tourists for their unique location.
In this Thekkady travel blog we’ll traverse through the beautiful places to visit in Thekkady. Let’s check out the main options

1. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the most popular tourist places in Thekkady! The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary located on the banks of the River Periyar, brings to you some of the best wildlife sightings in India. The famed Elephant and Tiger reserve covering 357 sq. miles has the Pamba and Periyar flowing through it and is home to Bison, Gaur, Wild Elephants, Tigers, Sambhar, Wild boar and other animals and birds.

Things to do: Nature walks, Bird watching, Hiking, Trekking, Night Safari etc.

2. Periyar Lake

When in Thekkady you simply cannot miss out the Periyar Lake which absolutely takes your breath away with its shimmering waters and sheer beauty of the landscape surrounding it! The artificial lake in the wildlife sanctuary is one of a kind, and more than a tourist spot, it serves as the primary water source to the jungle dwellers.
Lake Boating in Thekkady
A leisurely boat cruise through the lake is a wonderful experience as you get a picturesque view of lush green landscape & might be able to spot wild animals & Birds, etc. coming to the lakeside. With a duration of one-and-half hours, boating in boats operated by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) and the Forest Department, is one of the best things to do in Thekkady.  For the adventure lovers, bamboo rafting is there to pump up your Adrenalin!

Thekkady Boating-Online Booking

You can avail online booking of Thekkady Boat Tickets at Kindly note that there is no option to book / check availability over phone. You can also book tickets from the counter in Thekkady.


The best time for boating in Thekkady will be when the animals come down to drink in the early morning.

7.30 A.M. to 9 A.M.
9.30 A.M. to 11 A.M.
11.15 A.M. to 12.45 P.M.
1.45 P.M. to 3.15 P.M.
3.30 P.M. to 5 P.M.
Boating in Thekkady – Cost for Indian & Foreign Adults and Children


Entry Rate in INR
Indians 45
Foreigners 300
Indian Student 15
Foreign Student 180
Boating Adults 255
Boating Children 85

3. Murikkady

A truly a magnificent place to visit in Thekkady! Known as the Spice Capital of Thekkady, Murukkady with its salubrious climate, fabulous views & a tranquil ambience enchants the visitors! Why not plan a picnic with family in Murikkady & treat them to a memorable holiday?

Things to do: Spice plantation visit, nature walks, picnics

4. Mangla Devi Temple

One of the best sight-seeing options in Thekkady, the Mangla Devi Temple is a serene temple within the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Mangala Devi famed as Kannaki is synonymous to women power! The temple is frequented by pilgrims as well as tourists seeking a serene ambiance.

5. Pandikuzhi

Teeming with exotic wildlife, rippling streams, shimmering waterfalls, and gorgeous valleys, Pandikuzhi is yet another bewitching place to visit in Thekkady! Nestled in between Kerala and Tamil Nadu borders, Pandikuzhi  is certainly a photographer’s paradise in Kerala. Located near to Thekkady Pandikuzhi is the preferred choice of nature lovers, honeymooners, nature photographers & other tourists.
Things to do: Picnicking with family among the dense greenery and gushing streams.

6. Peermade

Glorious waterfalls, scenic grass meadows, thick pine forests, never-ending tea plantations – you can find all of these & more at Peermade in Thekkady! At an altitude of 915-1,100 m above sea level, Peermade is one of the most picturesque tourist attractions in Thekkady for all types of visitors. Truly the best place for you relax & rejuvenate your body, mind and soul!

Things to do: Trekking, Cycling, Spice plantation tour.

7. Chellarkovil

A rare combination of peace and tranquility with spectacular natural beauty, the Chellarkovil never fails to amaze you! The quaint village on the outskirts of Thekkady drips with old-world charm & is prominently amongst the popular places to visit in Thekkady. It is quite a stunning sight to see the shimmering light of the sun reflected on the cascading waterfalls and it mesmerises you to the core!

Things to do: Trekking, village walks, Spice plantation visits, and others

8. Kadathanadan Kalari Centre – The House of Martial Arts

A great opportunity to watch the beautiful Martial arts form of Kalari, which is unique to Kerala! Certainly a top place to include in your 1 day itinerary of Thekkady!
At the Kadathanadan Kalari Centre in Thekkady, you can get a firsthand experience of the renowned art.Entry Fee: INR 200 per person

9. Kumily

The go to destination for family & couples! Kumili is a beautiful town located 4 km from Thekkady and an enchanting destination for all. Home to spice and tea plantations, Kumily is famed for its spice trading which makes it a must have in your Thekkady visit!

Now that you have a list of the best tourist places in Thekkady are you ready for an awesome journey to Thekkady? Just, pack your bags and come! Thekkady with its enchanting locales is ready to woo you to its fold! We Woodnote Thekkady are here to take care of you and make it a wonderful experience of a lifetime!

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