Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Thekkady, situated in “Gods Own Country”, Kerala. It is located near to Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. Thekkady is divided into two parts, the Periyar Tiger Reserve and the zesty town called Kumily. My stay was made affordably comfortable by Vedanta Wake up which is situated in the arms of Mother Nature.
The best part of the Thekkady tour was boating and rafting through the river Periyar which gave me a lot of glimpses of the wild creatures in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. I was smitten by the beauty of the lustrous green foliage, sparkling water of the Periyar Lake and the diversity of birds and beasts therein. Halting at the Elephant Junction was much more fun; I enjoyed bathing the elephants and getting a shower from them as a return gift.
The quaint town of Kumily is cradled within the Cardamom Hills and has tea and spices plantations. I bought variety of teas and spices for myself and as souvenirs for my relatives to make my trip memorable.
After spending two days in Kumily and Periyar Tiger Reserve I moved on to visit the various towns around Thekkady. The town of Murikady offered mind blowing scenic beauty of mist-clad mountains, evergreen valleys and the myriad plantations. Pandizkuzhi is the ideal picnic spot which made me forget the bodily presence by its panoramic landscape, the vivid flora and fauna and the babbling streams flowing through the greens.
My next stop, the Mangala Devi Temple, made me submerge in its elegant Pandian architecture and I simply couldn’t help but to fall in love with the ancient historical beauty. The most surprising thing of this temple is that it opens for the devotees only once a year on Chitra Pournami.
The tour to the tiny town of Chellarkovil took away all the travelling exhaustion merely by its magnificence. This mesmerising town is famous for the bewitching green valleys, jabbering mountain brooks and the sparkling waterfalls. The town of Cumbum was the ideal place which took me away from the humdrum of city life. It transformed me into the Nature’s lap which was articulated with the flickering sunlight reflecting on the subsiding waterfalls. Next I moved on to Vandiperiyar town which is beautifully painted with the green meadows, hills, evergreen vegetation and varied plantations. The huge Periyar River flows through the heart of the town and enriches the plantations and floral beauty around it.
The next whole day I spent at Gavi, which is a hot spot for ecotourism. This place is blessed with serene forest which marks the untouched beauty of Mother Nature. I went for trekking, enjoyed bird-watching and jeep safari. The boating experience in here is one of its kinds because it took me to another world paving its way through the plantations. Lying back in the boat and enjoying the wild animals in their homeland is only possible at Gavi.
Thekkady was a place in Kerala which I enjoyed the most. An evening walk through the forests was just like a dream come true. With extensive options to stay like budget homestay/hostels and hotels in Thekkady, I will surely revisit Thekkady to re-experience this gorgeous place.