Thekkady, located about 257 km from the capital city of Trivandrum in KeralaState and India ‘s largest wildlife sanctuary is a dream destination tourists visiting India . The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, sread across 777 sq.km, with 360 sq.km thick evergreen forest, was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978 . The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar adds to the charm of the park. The sanctuary offers unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however, are the herds of wild elephants coming down to drink in the lake. Sanctuary can be accessed through a trekking, boating or jeep safari.
Thekkady is home for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove. Country’s sole Tiger reserve, Thekkady, bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna, is home of many an endangered species. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion- tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs.
One of the world’s largest auction centres for candamom, Vandanmedu , is located here. A walk through the sprawling cardamom plantations of Vandanmedu is a heady experience. Plantation tours, elephant rides and areas for trekking are main attractions of Thekkady.