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Thekkady (Periyar Tiger Reserve), is one of the oldest protected areas in the country. The Mulla Periyar Irrigation Dam, an engineering marvel of its time in 1895, inundated a large tract of forestland and created a 26-sq km lake, which is today the main watering hole of the Reserve. The name Thekkady (Periyar Tiger Reserve) comes from thekku or teak trees while Periyar is named after Periyar, or the Big River. The stark stumps of the lake’s submerged trees are now home to a number of birds, including cormorants and darters.
Tropical evergreen and deciduous forests, bamboos, reed banks and savannahs spread over the 777 sq km of hills, valleys, plains and waterlogged areas that make up the Reserve. In 2004, the Periyar Foundation was formed, under which the park administration and the locals get together to strengthen conservation efforts. The story goes that when Lord Wellington’s son killed a tusker at Periyar in the 1930s, the erstwhile king of Travancore, Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, was so saddened that he immediately extended protection to the denizens of the forest.

Talking about the orientation of the place, there is only one entry point to the Periyar Tiger Reserve, through the small village of Thekkady (Periyar Tiger Reserve), 5 km from Kumily. You can either reach it by bus or autorickshaw, both of which ply between the two villages. The starting point of the Reserve is the boathouse, roughly 2 km from the entry gate. This distance can be either covered on foot or in a vehicle. All treks, boat rides and walks begin from this point. Near the boathouse is the Eco-tourism Centre, where you can sign up for trekking as well as other activities.

The Pamba River flows on the western side of the Reserve. The best way of seeing the Reserve is by taking a boat ride on the Periyar Lake. All vehicular traffic within the sanctuary ceases from 6 pm to 6 am and, unless accompanied by a guide, it is unsafe to wander around after nightfall. However, it is pleasant to take a stroll during the day, when there’s a good chance of spotting many birds, the Malabar giant squirrel and the Nilgiri langur.
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Aug 19 2013
You have a wide range of stay options, from luxurious to basic in Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady. Many of these places offer all-inclusive packages. Here are some of the most popular ones. Inside the forest KTDC’s Aranya Nivas has a restauran ... read more
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Apr 29 2014
Here are some of the options you can look for in Thekkady: 1. Carmelia haven - INR 10,000 onwards 2. Wind haven resort - INR 7,000 onwards 3. Shola Periyar Tree House - INR 16,000 onwards 4. Vanya by Greenwoods - INR 15,000 onwards ... read more
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One of the best place which I have ever visited
Aug 17 2015
Thekkady is blessed with beauty of nature which will make our mind happy. I loved this place very much and I want to visit this place once again. Hope it will happen soon.
awesome place for holidays in the middle of forest
Jun 30 2014
Thekkady is one of best wildlife sanctuary of India. best place for honeymoon, hiking,boating,safari and group tours . we can see so many wild animals there. there are good hotels to stay also get good foods. The staffs and guides are so nice they he ...... read more
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