Herds of elephants moving towards a lake against the backdrop of picturesque mountain ranges with thick greenery – if you come across such a photograph in Kerala, it will most probably be one of the Periyar Valley.
Snuggled in the southern region of the Western Ghats, the Periyar Tiger Reserve sprawls over an area of 777 sq. km of forest land and is home to thousands of different species of flora and fauna, including rare and endangered ones. Thick, evergreen forests form about 360 sq. km of the total area of the valley. The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. The Periyar forests of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.
The word Sathram means a resting place in Malayalam. The place called Sathram in Thekkady was traditionally used by pilgrims and devotees of Lord Ayappan on their way to the Sabarimala Temple. A jeep trail runs along the edge of the Periyar and guest can take a guided tour on one of these jeeps. There are numerous mounds that give the guests a breath taking view of the entire valley .
The word ‘parunth’ in the local language means Eagle and ‘para’ means rock. It is called Parunthumpara or eagle rock because of a large area around the place is like an eagle. It is 6 km from Peermade, 25 km from Thekkady & 3 km From National Highway 220.This area provides a bird’s eye view of an endless stretch of green forest land and low-lying areas.
Panchalimedu is one of the beautiful hill stations in the Idukki district of Kerala, God’s Own
Country. The cool climate and refreshing breeze is a specialty here. The place offers an ethereal
atmosphere. This place has an enchanting set of hills, which refreshes the body and mind. From this top, Sabarimala ‘Makarajyothi’ can be seen.
Anjuruli is famous for the waterfall. The snowy white gush of waters through the forest green is a sight to dream. This gushing water is stored here for the Idukki hydro-electric project. Anjuruli is about 5 km from Labbakkandom settlement of the Periyar Lake.Water passes through this tunnel and drains into the lake. The adventurous ones can walk into the tunnel.
The Idukki Dam is a double curvature arch dam constructed across the Periyar River in a narrow gorge between two granite hills Kuravan and Kurathi in kerala This dam was constructed along with two other dams at Cheruthoni and Kulamavu. The three dams have created an artificial lake. The stored water is used to produce electricity at the Moolamattom Power house, which is located inside nearby rocky caves.
Ottakathalamedu is situated about 4 km from Thekkady at an altitude of 1300 metres above sea level, which provides an excellent view that includes Kumily town, the Periyar National Park and even the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu .A visit to Ottakathalamedu can also be combined with other tourist attractions across the city. With its delectable cuisines, and opportunities to explore the surrounding areas.
GRAPE FARM CUMBUM
The Cumbum Valley in the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu is the one most fertile valleys in south India, The valley includes lands between Thekkadi Hills, Varusanadu Hills, and Kodaikanal. This is one of the few places in Tamil Nadu producing grapes. Guests are driven to a grape farm where they can observe and participate in the many processes that go into the cultivation of grapes.