The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. In the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great apportunities for treks and mountain walks.

The region is home to the richly bio-diverse Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, which is an elephant and tiger reserve. It is home to many an endangered species and a rich tribal culture. The sanctuary is bound by mountain ridges and surrounds the Periyar Lake, the reservoir of the 120-year-old Mullaperiyar Dam.

Apart from the forests, the rolling hills are also home to several spice plantations, speckled with small towns and villages. For those who love the outdoors, there are yet untrodden paths to explore and many a trek to go on.