The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. In the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great apportunities for treks and mountain walks. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs. Attractions: Periyar wildlife sanctuary Spice garden Bamboo rafting Trekking Boating at Periyar Lake Elephant ride Ayurvedic massage Performing arts Martial arts Spices market Around Thekkady: Murikkady ( 5 km) Ramakkalmedu (15km east of Nedumkandam) Paruthumpara (30 km from Kumily) Mangala devi temple (15 km) Kadathanadan Kalari Centre Gavi (14 km from Kumily) Theni (62 km) ChellarKovil Pandikuzhi Getting there: Nearest railway station: Kottayam about 114 km Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport (190km), Madurai airport(136 km)