Thekkady is all about living close to nature,with out being disturbed by your usual distractions. The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. In the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great apportunities for treks and mountain walks. This small piece of lush green nature has always been a stop over for all those nature lovers who wish to get out from their suffocating urban dwellings and breath some cold and refreshing air.
While travelling to Thekkady from Munnar,Take your first pit stop at Ramakalmedu and enjoy the breath taking view of Tamilnadu areas like Lower Camp,Gudaloor and Kambam bathed in never stopping current of refreshing winds.A temple devoted to Lord Rama is one of the major attractions of this village.Chelargolmat waterfall which takes its mighty form during monsoons is near by.If you are visiting Chelargolmat,Dont forget to climb up the watchtower -once you are up that tower and have a look at the view,you might be reluctant to climb down.If you are interested take a deviation to the 100 Year old mighty Mullaperiyar Dam.Entry to the dam is restricted due to security issues,but a distant view of those structures and the massive water stored in that dam ,in itself is a must watch experience.
After Ramakalmedu,continute your trail to Thekkady where 967 sq.km large Periyar Tiger Reserve will be all set to welcome you.One major attraction of Thekkady is the boat ride through the Periyar Lake.Try to grab your seats for the morning ride or the evening one.Why because thats the best time to have a look at the wildlife across the banks of the lake.
Other Government Arranged Activities of Thekkady include - Nature Walk,Border Hiking,Tiger Trail,Bamboo Rafting,Night Safari and Tribal Arts.All these activities are well planned ,well arranged and well secured ones.A informed Guide & An Armed Guard will be accompanying you whenever you go into the dense forests around the lake.
The private resorts/agencies will also arrange a handful of exciting activities like Kathakali,Kerala Martial Arts,Offroad Jeep Rides to places like Gavi,Satram,Elephant Ride,Magic Shows,Traditional Ayurvedic Massage,Bullock Cart rides to near by Tribal Villages etc.Do make sure that you contact the right people for trying out these activities.
While coming back from Thekkady,If you have time take a deviation to places like Parunthumpara Viewpoint,Pazhaya Pambanar Tea Estate/Tea Factory and Of course the green carpeted hills of Wagamon !
As mentioned Above, Munnar-Thekkady-Wagamon trail is all about living close to nature,much away from the urban noises and distractions !!