- Thattekkad- Glimpse Of The Extraordinary
Over 500 species of exotic bird varieties, an equal number of migratory
genuses, nearly 28 mammal species and reptiles, a little less in number,
makes Thattekkad Wildlife Sanctuary the choicest among bird and animal
lovers! Spread across 128 sq km of picturesque land alongside the
beautiful river Periyar, Thattekkad is described as the richest bird
habitat in peninsular India, the one on par with the diversity found in
eastern Himalayas. With a rare and unusual spread of flora, fauna and
avifauna, Thattekkad maintains an extremely diverse ecological system,
one can find here rare birds like the Crimson- Throated Barbet,
Bee-eater, Sunbird, Shrike, Blackwinged Kite, Grey Heron and the Night
Heron, animals like Leopard, bear, porcupine, python and cobra, and an
extensive area rich in plantations like teak, rosewood, mahagony, etc.
Once trivial in the map of Kerala, Thattekkad today attracts bird watchers from across the globe. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Salim Ali, the renowned ornithologist of India, who unveiled the matchless potential of this thick tropical evergreen forest as a heaven for winged creatures.
- Tourism Attractions
The place is famous for its natural rocky topography, which according to the myth is believed to have been built by bhootams (spirits/demons). The place, which is a vast virgin forest, today hosts a dam and offers boating and trekking facilities to tourists reaching here.
Athirampally Waterfalls :
Situated in close proximity to Thattekkad, Athirampally Waterfalls is becoming increasingly popular among tourists. Let time pass by when your eyes witness the enticing beauty of the silver cascade against the picturesque mountain backdrop! Moreover, the waterfall making its source from the forest is believed to possess medicinal value. However, limit the fun yourself, as the place is tarnished with episodes of accidental death issues.
- Best Time To Visit
The months from September to June is the peak time here. Monsoon season, falling between the months of May and July, is best avoided, since tourists will not be permitted to most of the areas inside the sanctuary.
- How to Reach
By Flight :
The nearest airport to Thattekkad is Nedumbassery International Airport Cochin.
By Rail :
The nearest railhead is in Aluva, about 48 km away.
By Road :
Privately operated buses running via Ernakulam-Muvattupuzha-Perumbavur can be boarded to reach Kothamangalam, from where there are frequent buses to Thattekkad.