Things to do in Thekkady
Kumily Local Market
The best buys in Kumily are, of course, the spices. The spices of Kumily are famed for their aromatic flavour and for their culinary value. Commonly sold in compact, transparent packets, their aroma and freshness make them an irresistible buy. Various products made with spices like spice chocolates, spiced preserves and specialty teas and coffees are also available.
There are many factors that make the plantation experience a memorable one. For some, it could be the unassuming beauty of the tiny flowers of the cardamom that grow at the base of the plant; for others, the tantalizing aroma of cinnamon or cloves, and for some others, the cool breeze that lovingly strokes the green plantations and everything in it. Apart from being enjoyable, these plantation tours give tourists an insight into the growing, harvesting and processing of spices. The peeling and drying of cinnamon, and the painstaking task of hand-pollination of vanilla can be observed on such trips.
The elephant ride through the jungle, organized by the Forest Department, is an unforgettable experience. Not only is it a great option to observe the wildlife, it is also guaranteed to be a fun experience. As you make your way through the jungle on top of a tusker, you will, most likely, feel like one of the kings of yore out to survey his hunting ground.
Periyar Tiger Reserve
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.
Boating at Periyar Lake
Enjoy boating along the scenic Periyar Lake and experience its vast calmness .The stark, skeletal remains of the trees that protrude from its waters give the area a primeval look. The mists that swirl ethereally over the water in the early morning heighten this impression. The scenic Periyar Lake in the middle of the sanctuary is a great place for boating and watching the elephants frolic.