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Thekkady The most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuary of the country resides at Thekkady, where the rare and varied wildlife can be watched at close range. The uniquely rich, vast and varied vegetation, flora and fauna and the birds of Thekkady are that it does not bear semblance to any other wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The special ecological pattern of Thekkady is worth to be observed.
The very sound of Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hill and spice scented plantations. In the crisp, cool air of the Western Ghats experience the most enchanting holiday with the animals of the wild and the simple mountain people. Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India which spread across the entire district with picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.

In and Around Thekkady :

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary :
In the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady lies one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The entire sanctuary is spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in the year 1978. The Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world for its geo-morphological diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty.

The sanctuary watch towers :
The three watch towers - at Edappalayam and Manakkavala and Thannikudi are used for observing the wild life.

Kumily :
Kumily is the plantation town situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary. It is also prominent as a shopping centre and spice trade centre.

Murikkady :
Murikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations washed in fresh spice scented air.

Pandikuzhi :
The picturesque place Pandikuzhi is cradled between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu State border. It is a popular picnic spot offering great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer's delight.

Mangala Devi Temple :
Mangala Temple is an ancient temple hidden in the dense woods at the top of a peak 1337 M above sea level. It is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture devoted to Devi. Here, visitors are allowed only on the Chithra Pournami festival day. Panoramic view of the other side of the ghats and the vast plains of Tamil Nadu from the peak is a unique sight.

Chellarkovil :
Chellarkovil is a sleepy little village with its spectacular view of the plains (and cascading waterfalls during the monsoons) feast your eyes. This fabulous village slopes down to the famous coconut groves of Kambam in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

Vandiperiyar :
Periyar river flows through the centre of Vandiperiyar town which nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations. Vandiperiyar is also home to a number of tea factories being one of the major trade centres of the state. The Government Agriculture Farm and Flower Gardens have a delightful array of rose plants, orchids and anthurium.

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