Day 21. Madurai – Thekkady (Periyar National Park)

Overnight – Spice Village

Drive to Thekkady. You are assisted with your check-out from your boutique hotel and driven to Thekkady. The second part of this drive is through the incredible Western Ghats and you will have photo opportunities at pastoral hamlets and various lush plantations that grow tea and other crops.

Spice Village. Arrive at Thekkady and check-in to your wonderful scenic nature resort. The varied and delicious dinner buffet is included during your stay at the Spice Village, and you will never taste the freshness of the premium spices used here at any other restaurant on our planet. This is the heart of spice country and the pleasant, mild aroma from the surrounding plantations will fascinate you when you arrive.

Periyar National Park. The Park is located around a picturesque artificial lake that was formed in 1895 by building a dam on the Periyar River. The terrain is hilly and the elevation of the park ranges from a few hundred feet to about 6,000 feet above sea level. The lake occupies the valleys of the thickly forested hills serving as a permanent source of water for wildlife in the park. Although it falls under Project Tiger, the main attractions of the park are definitely elephants.

Periyar is home to just under a thousand elephants and also more than 60 other mammal species including tigers, bison, deer, wild boar and wild dog. There are more than 300 species of birds, and even 160 species of butterflies. Prominent among the birds are Cormorants, Kingfishers, Darters, the great Malabar Hornbill, and the racket-tailed Drongoes. Unlike Bandipur, your chances of seeing a tiger in this park are extremely slim. Thekkady is a great stopover on this itinerary for a variety of reasons, only one of them being the National Park. The Spice plantations are another reason to stop here, as is the fact that this rural area happens to be located in one of the most picturesque parts of the Western Ghats.

Drive to Thekkady. You are assisted with your check-out from your boutique hotel and driven to Thekkady. The second part of this drive is through the incredible Western Ghats and you will have photo opportunities at pastoral hamlets and various lush plantations that grow tea and other crops.

Spice Village. Arrive at Thekkady and check-in to your wonderful scenic nature resort. The varied and delicious dinner buffet is included during your stay at the Spice Village, and you will never taste the freshness of the premium spices used here at any other restaurant on our planet. This is the heart of spice country and the pleasant, mild aroma from the surrounding plantations will fascinate you when you arrive.

Periyar National Park. The Park is located around a picturesque artificial lake that was formed in 1895 by building a dam on the Periyar River. The terrain is hilly and the elevation of the park ranges from a few hundred feet to about 6,000 feet above sea level. The lake occupies the valleys of the thickly forested hills serving as a permanent source of water for wildlife in the park. Although it falls under Project Tiger, the main attractions of the park are definitely elephants.

Periyar is home to just under a thousand elephants and also more than 60 other mammal species including tigers, bison, deer, wild boar and wild dog. There are more than 300 species of birds, and even 160 species of butterflies. Prominent among the birds are Cormorants, Kingfishers, Darters, the great Malabar Hornbill, and the racket-tailed Drongoes. Unlike Bandipur, your chances of seeing a tiger in this park are extremely slim. Thekkady is a great stopover on this itinerary for a variety of reasons, only one of them being the National Park. The Spice plantations are another reason to stop here, as is the fact that this rural area happens to be located in one of the most picturesque parts of the Western Ghats.

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