The Great Pied Hornbill (Buceros Bicorni), is a large, brightly coloured, incredibly beautiful and distinctive in call bird, widely seen in and around Periyar. Locally called Vezhambal or Malamuzhakki it has been named the state bird of Kerala.

 



There is more to Thekkady than a boat ride, spice plantation and treks. Short trips can take you to enchanting spots.

 

Tribal Heritage Museum
Get to know the life and times of Mannan tribal people of the region by seeing their artifacts, costumes, weaponry, furniture and more at this unique museum inside a settlement.

  Gavi
Gavi, 40 km from Kumily, offers trekking, bird-watching, outdoor camping and boating facilities. The two-hour drive takes you through hills, valleys and thick forests. A short trek up leads to Pullumedu from where you can spot Sabarimala shrine.
 

Chellarkovil
15km from Kumily, Chelarkovil offers scintillating views of the faraway plains of Kambam and Teni in Tamil Nadu and breathtaking view of cascading waterfalls.

  Ramakkalmedu
28km from Thekkady is Ramakkalmedu which gives you a birds-eye view of the Western Ghats and the plains in Tamil Nadu.
  Mangaladevi Temple
Situated in the core area of the reserve, the temple is open only on the full moon day/night (Chitra Pournami) during April/ May. Dedicated to Mangaladevi/ Kannaki the temple now in ruins is believed to be over 1000 years old and can be reached in less than a hour after a 12km trek through dense forests and grass lands.

 

 

 
Near by destinations

Munnar, Peermade, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Kochi and Madurai are the other frequented locations in the region.

Contact reception to plan your longer trips as well.
 
 
 
     
     
     
     



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