Thekkady is located about 257 km (160 mi) from Trivandrum, 114 km from Madurai City and Madurai Airport, 185 km from Cochin International Airport and 114 km from Kottayam railway station. Thekkady is located near to Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home toherds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs.

Tiger Reserve
Thekkady, better known as Tiger Reserve has a rich diversity of vertebrates. The diverse forest types, vayals, marshes, and a large aquatic habitat together support 62 species of mammals, 320 species of birds, 45 species of reptiles, 27 species of amphibians, and 38 species of fish.
The invertebrate fauna of Periyar is not well documented, though the predominant invertebrate orders are Protozoa, Annelida, Arthropoda and Mollusca. 160 butterfly species have been listed.

Nature Walk - The guided day trek. Different nature trails traversing diverse habitats form the trekking routes, generally 4 to 5 km in length.
The Periyar Tiger Trail - The programme is unique in being conducted by a team of poachers who turned protectors of the forests. The team members are hardy and dependable with an intimate knowledge of the forest terrain.

Bamboo Rafting - This is a dawn to dusk range hiking and rafting programme through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve.

Boating - Boat cruises on the Periyar Lake. Typical boat ride will be for one and half hour.

Elephant rides - Anavachal Road, Thekkady - Elephant ride for 30 min.

Plantation Tours - Nr Thekkady & Kumily, lot spice plantations are present. Typically they will charge around INR 50 to 100 for showing you around plantation & explain you.

Trekking - The endless rolling hills and mountains surrounding Thekkady offer very good opportunities of trekking to the adventure enthusiasts. The jungles and hills inside the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary are amongst the popular trekking trails in this region.

Kathakali show - Behind Periyar Medows, Kumily. 1. Fabulous show of Kathakali

Thekkady Geography and Climate
Climate: Climate in Thekkady is tropical and the mean minimum temperature is 16 degree Celsius and the mean maximum temperature is 31 degree Celsius.