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Sunday, 25 December 2011

Thekkady

Information about Thekkady 


          Thekkady (Idukki district) is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in the Kerala state of India.






                      Situated in Kerala, close to the Kerala - Tamil Nadu border town - Kumily, it is located about 257 km (160 mi) from Trivandrum, 114 km from Madurai Airport, 185 km from Cochin International Airport and 114 km from Kottayam railway station.








                                             The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephantssambartigersgaurlion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs.










     The Periyar Widlife sanctuary is spread across 777 sq km, of which 360 sq km is thick evergreen forest. The Periyar 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 play in the lake.






                   Apart from the sanctuary, there are plenty of tea and spice plantations that spread their aroma and draw you like a magnet. The tea and spices grown in these plantations also make for a good buy and just don't think of leaving Thakkady before you have picked up few packets.






 






The resorts of the area are also a huge attraction since they are set amidst natural environment and seem more like a part of nature. Stay in these resorts and let the feeling of oneness sink in deep in your soul.





Thekkady is considered a heaven for natural spices such as black peppercardamomcinnamon and clove.

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