Thekkady is one of the best destinations for Jungle Vacation. It is situated near Periyar National Park. The name Thekkady is derived from the word "thekku" which means teak. The Visitors can enjoy bamboo rafting in the catchment area of Mullaiperiyar Dam. They can also enjoy its vast stretches of spice gardens and various adventure sports include night trekking. The Periyar National Park, is a major tourist attraction. It is spread across an area of 300 square miles, Periyar National Park is covered by lush evergreen and deciduous forests serving as home to various animals such as deer, elephants, sambar, Nilgiri Langurs, The greatest attractions of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants, deer and bison. The early morning ride in the boat within the sanctuary is an extremely awesome experience. The sanctuary can be accessed by trekking, boating or jeep safari. This place experiences a pleasant climate all over the year.