Rolling through the lush green meadows; Amazing Jeep safaries of Thekkady
Who isn’t fond of Jeep safaris? There are numerous things to do in Thekkady . Apart from the normal stay and site seeing options, going on an off road jeep safari is always an add on to your trip. Imagine taking your loved ones on a bumpy ride in the jungle, and spotting wild animal in a rough and muddy terrain. You will also get a chance to visit to explore the village sceneries and interiors of Kerala through a safari. The rarest species of flora and fauna of Kerala are preserved in it sixteen wildlife sanctuaries spread across Wayanad, Munnar, Periyar etc. If you are visit to Thekkady or Idukki, there many iconic spots for safaris. Thousands of tourists come to Thekkady to have jeep safaris along the tiger reserve and places in the vicinity. Covering the lush green forests, spice gardens, tea plantations and waterfalls, this journey would definitely be an adrenaline rush to you. There are many places in Kerala where you can do jeep safari. You have two categories of jeep safaris to choose from. You can either choose a jeep ride with maximum sightseeing exposure or opt for a jungle jeep safari Some of the best places to choose a safari from, are listed below:-
Sathram means ‘the inn’. This used to be the resting spot of Ayyappa devotees on their way to Sabarimala. The off-road safari provided here is pretty famous. The 3 to 3.5 hours of Safari would take you to one of the most underrated location of Thekkady, Sathram. You can opt for customized packages and add on spots like Parunthumpra, Panchalimedu etc with the package. The way towards Sathram is picturesque. A jeep trail runs near edge of Periyar tiger reserve which is especially delightful during the mornings with the misty climate and the greenish meadows. You can spot a number of animals like elephants and bisons in this range of small hills. Located 12 kilometers from Kuttiikanam, the road from Parunthumpara to Sathram is scenic with tea plantations on both sides. You can take a jeep from Hills and Hues and reach Sathram. The best time for a safari is from Early August to February last. If you are a rain lover, feel free to visit Sathram during monsoons when there will be many live waterfalls. With a distance of 25 kilometers, Sathram is pretty reachable from Hills and Hues, the best luxury resort in Thekkady.
This is one of the less explored places in Idukki. At a distance of 4.5 kilometers from Kumily, there is a breathtaking viewpoint. After travelling about 200 meters from the viewpoint, you will reach the Ottakathalamedu watchtower. The beautiful view is a visual feast with small streams, Kumily city and vegetable farms down the valley. There is a tree house near the point from where you can enjoy an amazing view.
You can visit pandikuzhi on your way from Chellarkovil waterfalls. The sharp right just before the view point is just a beginning of an adventurous safari. The two hour journey is preferably done in small vehicles as the muddy way would be challenging with large vehicles. After passing through a steep slope, you reach a parking area. After parking the car, you may take a short walk to one of the most amazing viewpoint of Kerala. Coupled with beautiful grasslands around, Pandikuzhi is a must visit spot if you are planning a visit near Thekkady
Located at a distance of 11 kilometers from Kumily, lies in the Kerala Tamilnadu border. The place is known for the beautiful cascade of waterfalls that emerge from Kerala and ends in Tamil Nadu. This cozy village is a special example for ecotourism as all villagers here are.
The two hour safari is a unique and is opted by tourists all over the world. If you take a jeep and move to the Tamil Nadu border, it is possible to visit the vegetable farms of Cumbum and Theni, see the canal view and Penstock view. Cumbum is a sleepy town famous for its rich and abundant farms and the freshest fruits and vegetables. Located 492 kilometers from Chennai, the cumbum grape farm is gaining attention year by year for its charming atmosphere and the quality of grapes. Perched between Varusanadu hills, Kodaikanal and Thekkady hills, this place with acres and acres of grapes would literally blow your mind. The golden land of Cumbum is most ideal for farming with the golden sunlight and fertile soil has been cultivated with paddy, vegetables, pomegranate and mango farms and so on. You can also visit the famous vegetable farms of Theni and purchase fresh vegetables plucked just from the farm. There is the penstock pipe viewpoint from where you will get breathtaking views of the place from an altitude.
These are the normal spots opted for a jeep safari in Thekkady. You can customize your trips based on requirements or can select one from different packages. The Aangamoozhi forest jeep safari consists of 6 dams, mainly Moozhiyar, kakki, Pamba, Kochupamba, Anathodu, and Gavi. The full day safari is for a number of 5 people. There are other packages like Meghamala tour, Sathram Mlamala waterfalls safari etcWhy confine your stay to an ordinary hotel after an adventurous ride? Book your stay at a boutique hotel located at the highest atltitude, a hotel with a 360 degree view of the tiger reserve, the Periyar lake and the Kambam and Theni fiels, Hills and Hues, undoubtedly, the best hotel of Thekkady. The classy vibe, breathtaking views coupled with the best thekkady honeymoon packages makes it a good option for honeymooners.
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