Best Places To Visit in Thekkady, Kerala

Thekkady is a paradise for all nature lovers. The first few things that come to mind when someone thinks of Thekkady are images of elephants, plantations, tropical forests and more. There are many best places to visit in Thekkady, which makes it a remarkable tourist destination for all travel lovers.

People, who visit Thekkady, usually include a trip to Munnar & Alleppey in their itinerary as well. If you are planning a weeklong holiday to the state of Kerala, try to cover all three places during your visit.

So without further ado, here are the best places to visit in Thekkady.

Neo Travellers’ List of Best Places To Visit in Thekkady

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

periyar wildlife sanctuary near thekkadyImage Source: TripAdvisor

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of Periyar river. This sanctuary is famous for being home to a large population of tigers and elephants, as well as lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer, leopards and Indian bison.

Periyar wildlife sanctuary offers pleasing views of lush green surroundings, making for a picture-perfect moment.

Entry Fee: INR 25 For Indians and INR 300 for international tourists (at the time of writing this article).
Timings: 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Nearby Attractions: Abraham’s Spice Garden (3.8 kms), Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation (5 kms), Periyar Spice & Ayurvedic Garden (2 kms)
Places To Eat Near Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary: Bar-B-Que (5 kms), Our Place (3 kms), Thekkady Café (2.5 kms), Bamboo Café (3 kms)

Quick Fact: This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the experience of viewing wildlife at a close distance from the safety of a boat on the lake.

Mangla Devi Temple

mangla devi temple - best places to visit in thekkadyImage Source: TripAdvisor

The Mangla Devi Temple, a hindu temple, situated in Idukki is one of the best places to visit in Thekkady. This temple is located within the Periyar wildlife reserve and is surrounded by forests. You can reach the temple only in a jeep.

It is said that Cheran Chenguttuvan, the king of ancient Tamilakam, built the temple some 1000 years back. The temple has been made from granite blocks and is famous for its fascinating Pandyan architecture. Unlike other temples, the devotees can only worship the Devi during the time of Chitrapournami festival, which falls in the month of April/May.

The temple is situated at an altitude of about 1337m above the sea level.

Entry Fee: None
Distance from Thekkady: 15 km
Best Places To Eat: Kunjar Restaurant, The Hut and Hut Café

Quick Fact: Mangaladevi Temple in Thekkady is a 1000 years old temple which is located in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.


shalimar spice garden MurikkadyImage Source: TripAdvisor

Murikkady is well known for its spice plantations, as well as for coffee & cardamom gardening. It is situated at a distance of 5 kms from Thekkady. It is one of the best places to visit in Thekkady if you want to experience a relaxing holiday amidst hills covered with coffee, cardamom & pepper plantations.

While visiting these tea and coffee plantations, you can enjoy a refreshing cup of royal filter coffee or spiced tea, which is served by small teashops established across the plantations.

There are almost twelve different types of spices grown in the area of Murukkady, including clove, ginger, turmeric, vanilla and tea.

How To Reach Murikkady: Murukkady is well connected to Thekkady and other nearby areas by road. It is located at a distance of approximately 5 kms from Thekkady. You can use public transport or hire a private taxi to reach this place.

Quick Fact: Murikkady is home to a large number of tea and coffee plantations owned by big corporate companies


kumily thekkady
Kumily is well known for its plantations, Ayurvedic massages, boating and more. Due to its proximity to Thekkady, approximately 4 kms, it has become a popular tourist destination amongst travellers.

It is one of the best places to visit in Thekkady for people looking for a peaceful and serene getaway. Make sure to visit Spice market in Kumily, if you want to buy some good quality spices, tea & coffee. Apart from spices, you can also consider buying jute and bamboo products.

Best time to visit: November to May
Places To Eat: Our Place restaurant, Grandma’s Café

Quick Fact: Kumily is known as Gateway to Thekkady and it is also known as spices capital of Kerala.


Chellarkovil Waterfalls near thekkady
The quiet town of Chellarkovil is slowly gaining popularity & is becoming one of the best places to visit in Thekkady. Chellarkovil is famous for its lush green mountains and scenic beauty.

This place is situated at a distance of 15 kms from Thekkady. There is a watchtower located in this picturesque village with a telescope placed on the balcony. The view from here is stunning. Another tourist spot famous in the sleepy village of Chellarkovil is the waterfall. It offers mesmerising sight during the monsoon season.

Quick Fact: Chellarkovil waterfall originates from Kerala but touches the land at Tamil Nadu.


Pandikuzhi waterfall near thekkadyImage Source: TripAdvisor

This is one of the best places to visit in Thekkady for nature lovers. The place is situated between the village of Chellarkovil and the state of Tamil Nadu. It offers some of the most stunning views of the countryside & is an ideal place for photography buffs who want to capture the picturesque landscapes of this tourist destination.

Pandikuzhi is famous for its deep valleys, lush green outfields & beautiful waterfalls. It is located just 5 kms away from Kumily. It is a great picnic spot to spend some quality time with family and friends.

How To Reach Pandikuzhi: It is easily accessible by bus or taxi. You can board a bus from Kumily bus stand or hire a taxi to Chellarkovil, which is only 1 km away from Pandikuzhi. For adventure lovers, trekking is a good option to reach Pandikuzhi.
Best Time To Visit: September to March

Periyar Lake

periyar lake places near thekkadyImage Source: TripAdvisor

This lake is located near Periyar Tiger Reserve and offers scenic views of flora and fauna. It is one of the best places to visit in Thekkady for people who want to enjoy boating amidst natural surroundings. If you are in luck, you might also get a chance to see some wild animals.

You need to buy a ticket for boating. Ticket window closes at 3:30 pm, make sure to reach the place before that time. You can also buy ticket online from the following website

Timings: 0600 hrs – 1800 hrs
Boating Charges: Rs. 150 for boats from KTDC and Rs. 40 for boats from forest department (at the time of writing this article)

Quick Fact: The construction of the dam across the Periyar River led to the formation of Periyar Lake in the year 1895.

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