Thekkady in Kerala State,India’s largest wildlife sanctuary is a dream destination for any tourist visiting India . The 120 years old ‘Surki’ dam built across Peryiar, Poorna in Vedic parlance, is a major tourist attraction. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 777 Sq.Kms, surrounded by an artificial lake over an area of 25 Sq.Kms.The Country’s sole Tiger reserve, Thekkady, with its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna is the ultimate reservoir of many an endangered species and a rich tribal culture. Thekkady is a pleasant heaven on earth for those who love nature in its wild manifestations.
A small village in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala, Gavi is ideally placed around 14 km away from Kumily in Thekkady and 28 km from Vandiperiyar, a small town in Idukki district. Gavi is one of the major eco-tourism centres in Kerala.The journey to Gavi is itself an exciting and rejuvenating experience. Gavi is a part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Gavi is considered to be a heaven for bird lovers and bird watchers. More than 260 species of birds like pied hornbill, woodpecker, kingfisher etc are abundant here. Endless activities await you here like trekking, wildlife watching, outdoor camping and night safaris
Fifteen kilometers apart the Kumily town lays a small sleepy village – Chellarkovil. It is ideally located in the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border in the Anakkara Panchayath. Considered to be one of the best tourism spot in the Idukki district, Chellarkovil always attracts tourists from all over the world.Chellarkovil is famous for its greenish mountains, cascading waterfalls and picturesque beauty.
Cumbum is a sleepy town famous for its rich and abundant farms and the freshest fruits and vegetables. Perched between Varusanadu hills, Kodaikanal, and Thekkady hills, this place with acres and acres of grapes would literally blow your mind. The golden land of Cumbum is most ideal for farming with the golden sunlight and fertile soil has been cultivated with paddy, vegetables, pomegranate and mango farms, and so on. fruits and vegetables from the market of Cumbum and Theni. Plucking grapes from these beautiful bunches is highly discouraged but there a shop nearby from where you can purchase the original grape wine and juice.
A hill station and hamlet in the Idukki district of Kerala, Ramakkalmedu is one of the most beautiful destinations in Kerala, which cannot be neglected while having a trip to the Gods Own Country. The origin of the name ‘Ramakkalmedu’ is quite interesting. . The place is known to be the land of wind. You will feel that the wind will make you fly and it will be very difficult for you to stand still resisting the wind. Here the wind blows at a speed of 35 km/hour, which is said to be recorded as maximum in Asia. Blessed with this wind energy, Ramakkalmedu is the second place in Kerala, where you can find a wind energy farm with a capacity of 12.5 MW.
Ottakathalamedu is a mountain peak 4 KMS from Kumily town. Currently, this is accessible by one’s own car or bike and there is no public transportation available as of now. Ottakathalamedu has a viewpoint and then there is a peak with a watchtower . Both are in the same line, but the road access is in two different directions. So first proceed to the viewpoint and then proceed to the top of the mountain (which is 5 minutes drive from the viewpoint ) to get a 360-degree view from the watchtower. The new helipad is constructed here. You have a watchtower, a small tree top hut and a vast open area at the peak. If you are lucky, on a clear sky day you can watch the sunset from here. This would be an amazing view.
where the echoes of
Thekkady’s rich heritage harmonize
with the whispers of nature.
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