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Thekkady is a popular resort and spice trading town next to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Cardamom Hills and provides convenient access to the park.


Nesting Cormorant, Periyar NPEarly morning walks are recommended as the forest comes to life with the calls of birds and monkeys while a boat trip on the lake is a great way to spot elephants, gaur and deer.

You may also stroll through one of the spice plantations, a highly educational and enjoyable experience seeing how crops such as pepper and nutmeg are grown and harvested.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Places near Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Accommodation choices for Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Spice Village, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

      Spice Village

      First Class

      The best place to stay in Periyar with its beautifully designed cottages and surrounding spice gardens.

    • The Wildernest B&B, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

      The Wildernest BB


      The Wildernest B&B is a simple property, with a relaxed and friendly staff, ideally situated for the Periyar Wildlife Reserve.

    • Shalimar Spice, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

      Shalimar Spice


      Shalimar Spice Garden is a haven of tranquility. Set in a rural location with comfortable rooms, the hotel is just a 10 minute drive from Kumily.

    Ideas for experiencing Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and which use the best local guides.

    • Spice Plantation
      Flower, The Spice Gardens, Thekkady

      Spice Plantation

      Spice Plantation

      Driving just a few kilometers from the village of Kumily, you will come to the spice plantations. Owned and cared for by the local villagers, the plots are generally around two acres.

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