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History Of Mullaperiyar Dam – Thekkady

The much controversial Mullaperiyar Dam stands after the confluence of the Mullayar and Periyar rivers in Idukki, and has been so named. In 1886, the then Maharaja of Travancore, forced by the British, signed an indenture with the Secretary of State for India for Periyar irrigation works for a lease period of 999 years. And by this clause, parts of Tamil Nadu such as Theni, Madurai, Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram will be irrigated by the water diverted by the dam and at a later stage, the electricity produced from it. The construction of the dam started in 1887 and it started operations in 1895. It is a masonry gravity dam running a length of 1,200ft and a height of 176ft.

The dam and its reservoirs are located within the Periyar National Park, Thekkady. More than two lakh acres of land is irrigated by the dam’s waters. The water is transported via a 1.6-km tunnel that reaches the Churuliyar and Vaigai rivers in Tamil Nadu.


Wood n Spice – Sterling Holidays’ Newest Resort

Adding to their bouquets of hotels in 12 locations, Sterling Holidays has proudly started Woods n Spice, a new property in Thekkady. Located on the Mangaladevi Road, the resort offers its guests 53 rooms – including mud houses, tree houses, standard rooms, suites and tribal cottages – and a temperature-controlled swimming pool and a wellness spa. The food served here varies from Indian, Chinese, Tandoori, Continental and authentic regional dishes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kadathanadan Kalari Centre – Thekkady

Located in a building, on Thekkady Road, Kumily, the Kadathanadan Kalari Centre is a famous landmark in the Periyar region now. The performances take place in a kuzhikalari, a well-designed gallery and a lower-than-the-ground pit. The daily shows have young spirited men performing various feats of Kalari training, between six and seven in the evenings. Read the rest of this entry »

Hotels In Thekkady Take Part in Cricket Tournament

For an event that’s into its third year, it’s a fairly unknown one! We’re talking about the Thekaddy cricket tournament participated by hotels. Each hotel forms their own cricket team, with their hotel’s name as the team’s, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrity Wax Museum On The Banks of the Periyar

With more than 50 life-size wax statues of celebrities to his credit, Sunil Kandallor is rightly a new phenomenon in India. He is the Managing Director of Celebrity Wax Museum, Lonavla, Mumbai. Sunil opened his first museum in 2005, at Sunset Point in Kanyakumari, and a second one in 2008, near the Periyar Lake in Thekkady. The third museum is located in Lonavala and was opened in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Kerala’s First Spice Park in Puttadi, Idukki

Spices have been an important trade item in Kerala since immemorial. Merchants and traders have set up shop here in different parts of Kerala’s coasts to further their trade. Spices still occupy a vital part of Kerala’s export list. Read the rest of this entry »

Save Our Tigers – A Campaign by Aircel and NDTV

This isn’t the first project to save tigers. But it’s certainly the most known and widespread one. Thanks to NDTV and Aircel for that. The latter started this campaign almost a year ago along with WWF-India, to initiate tiger conservation in India. Many national parks and natural forest areas house about a thousand tigers. In Thekkady, Periyar Tiger Reserve is known for its tiger population. A couple of projects have been successful in the area. Several new ones have sprung up on the heels of many NGOs. Read the rest of this entry »

Dhole-spotting In Thekkady

On a visit to Periyar wildlife sanctuary or on a jeep safari in Thekkady, you must have come across a jackal-like brick-red coloured animal with a bushy red tail. It’s called the ‘Indian wild dog’; the other name being Dhole. This animal belongs to the same family as that of foxes, wolves, coyotes, dogs and jackals. The animal’s daring nature is a pointer to its name, which means ‘daring’ or ‘reckless’. Read the rest of this entry »

Bird Watching In Thekkady

Thekkady, in the Idukki district of Kerala, has a large portion of forests. And, there are more than 300 different species of birds in Thekkady. The Periyar Wildlife sanctuary and nearby forest areas are their home. With a penchant for bird watching, all you need is a pair of binoculars and lots of patient time. To spot birds in the forest, right in their habitat, is a great experience. Read the rest of this entry »

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