Thekkady is located about 257 km from trivandrum, 185 km from Kochi international airport and 114 km from kottayam railway station. Thekkady is located near to Kerala-Tamilnadu border. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist forests and grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion tailed macaques and nilgiri langurs.
The Periyar wild life sanctuary is spread across 777 km2 (300 sq mi), of which 360 km2 (140 sq mi) is thick evergreen forest. The Wild Life Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar dam across the periyar river adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to drink in the lake. Sanctuary can be accessed through a trekking, boating or jeep safari.
Route from kochi
NH49 to thripunithura
SH15 to ettumanoor via keecherry, thalayolaparambu, vaikom MC road (SH1) to kottayam
NH220 to thekkady via kanjirappally, peerumedu, vandiperiyar and Kumali
When to go
September to march is the best time. Summer time is good for wild life spotting
Eco tourism centre, periyar tiger reserve, ambady junction, kumily. Tel 04869 224571 for spice plantation tours, tea factory visits, nature treks, periyar tiger trail tours, border trekking, bamboo rafting, sightseeing
Tourist information office, department of tourism, government of Kerala, behind private bus stand, kumily 04869 222620