Kerala is indeed Mother Nature’s blessed child. Nowhere in India would you find such abundance of natural wealth and beauty. And Thekkady is undoubtedly the crown jewel with its beautiful and serene natural wonders. Here’s some information about Thekkady and some places to visit when in Thekkady.
Chellarkoil: This is a village situated about 15 kms from Kumily on the outskirts of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. If Kumily is well-known for spice plantations, Chellarkoil is known for its cascading waterfalls that slope down the coconut groves of Tamil Nadu. Treetop huts in Chellarkoil are reminiscent of the eco-friendly approach towards tourism. The place is also known for its wellness and Ayurveda treatment centers. Though there’s a lot to be explored, the hills around the village are a favorite among trekkers.
Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls: This is a small yet breathtakingly waterfall that casts a spell over visitors and tempts them for a short break. A mudded path from Kumarakom leads you near to the waterfalls. And a 2 km nature walk beside the scenic greenery lead to the gushing waterfalls from about 100 ft. is indeed refreshing. You will be easily guided by the signboards put up by the tourism authority. The best time to visit is soon after monsoon, from September. Rubber plantations form the backdrop with birds chirping their way to glory over the plantations and are a feast to your ears.
Kadathanadan Kalari Centre: An organization for the century old martial arts, Kalari, this is located at Kumily. With renewed interest in Kalari within and outside Kerala, the centre was opened to promote the art form and offer a center to learn and practice Kalari. Also known as Kalarippayattu, Kalari is a self defense art that demands extreme agility, physical flexibility and swift body movements. A viewing gallery at the centre provides visual treat to the visitors. The centre also helps visitors with more awareness on different self defense techniques.