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THEKKADY in Idukki District of Kerala State is the gateway to the Periyar National Park that is partially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu States. It is close to the Kerala/Tamil Nadu border town of Kumily, which is 257 kilometers or 160 miles from Thiruvananthapuram. It is 140 kilometers or 87 miles from Madurai in Tamil Nadu and 180 kilometers or 112 miles south-east from Kochi in Kerala. In the north and east of Periyar National Park are mountain ridges of the Western Ghats that rise up to 1700 meters or 5577 feet above sea-level. In the west is a 1200 meter or 3937 feet high plateau. The highest peak is 2019 meters or 6624 feet high Kottamalai. The lowest point is at 100 meters or 328 feet in the valley of the River Pamba.

The Periyar National Park covers an area of about 777 square kilometers or 300 square miles. About 360 square kilometers or 139 square miles of this area is dense evergreen tropical forest. This park was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Mullaperiyar Dam has created a massive artificial lake in the Periyar River, which is a major tourist attraction in the area. The Periyar Lake with an area of 26 square kilometers or 16 square miles was formed in 1895. The main attraction of the Periyar region is the herds of wild elephants that come to the lake shore to drink, bathe and play in its waters. Apart from the wild elephants the Periyar National Park also houses wild sambhar deer, tigers, gaur buffalos, lion-tailed macaques and the Nilgiri langurs. Tour operators organize boat tours on the lake to view the wild life of the park. The best time to visit the national park is very early in morning when the gates open at about 5.30 AM. This is the time when chances of viewing maximum number of animals are very good.

Thekkady is a major region for spice plantations and is considered a haven for spices like black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove etc.

4-star hotels:

Muthoot Cardamom County Hotel - 44 rooms
Spice Village - 52 rooms
Elephant Court - 64 rooms
Shalimar Spice Gardens - 20 rooms
Thekkady Greenwoods Nature Resort - 34 rooms
Niramaya Retreat Cardamom Club - 7 rooms
Thekkady Wild Coridoor - 34 rooms
Sterling Woods n Spice Resort - 50 rooms

3-star hotels:

Hotel Ambady - 43 rooms
Paradisa Plantation Retreat - 12 cottages
Hotel Tiger's Roare - 21 rooms
Aranya Niwas - 31 rooms
Chrissie's Resort - 16 rooms
Grand Thekkady Hotel - 30 rooms
Sandras Palace Hotel - 20 rooms
Spice Grove Hotel - 32 rooms
Poetree Sarovar Portico Hotel - 52 rooms
Holiday Vista Hotel - 53 rooms
Jungle Palace - 6 rooms

Distance from Thekkady in Kilometers and Miles:

Idukki: 58 Kilometers or 36 Miles
Munnar: 110 Kilometers or 68 Miles
Kottayam: 108 Kilometers or 67 Miles
Kodaikanal: 169 Kilometers or 105 Miles
Kovalam: 278 Kilometers or 173 Miles
Kumarakom: 134 Kilometers or 83 Miles
Alleppey: 150 Kilometers or 93 Miles
Thiruvananthapuram: 265 Kilometers or 165 Miles
Madurai: 140 Kilometers or 87 Miles
Kochi: 180 Kilometers or 112 Miles

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