Constituted during 1983, Dr. Salim Ali, the world famous ornithologist, is directly responsible for the wonders on display at the Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary. His famous survey of Travancore in the 1930s led to the formation of this modern day paradise for avian life. He noted that the area was rich in bird diversity and ought to be turned into a sanctuary to conserve the same. The over 300 species that reside in these tropical and deciduous forests are testament to his great vision. One can run across the Sri Lankan Frogmouth, Racket Tailed Drongo, Bronzed Drongo, White-bellied Treepie, Shama, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Rufous Babbler, Malabar Parakeet, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher and the Malabar Grey Hornbill in these parts. Beautiful teak, rosewood and mahogany plantations can also be viewed here.
Kallil cave temple stands as a magnificent testimony to the mode of worship that was prevalent in ancient Kerala. This, literally a stone temple - or kallambalam in colloquial - is situated on a hillock, far from the madding urban mayhem in a serene village called Methala. Imagine a temple in a giant monolith – atone which is apparently suspended in air with no visible foothold on to the rarth below. The sculptures seen in the temple and the peculiar worship modalities throes light to the vivid cultural scheme prevalent in this land over thousands of years ago.
A picturesque haven situated in a vast virgin forest, this mythologically popular picnic spot lies close to the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Thattekkadu.you can visit Dam and childrens park . Also you can visit the old dam with Lost of myths and stories
Kodanad is known for its Elephant Kraal, elephant rescue centre, mini zoo and its access via river boats to the seasonal pilgrimage centre of Malayattoor. Malayatoor church and Kodanad are located on the opposite banks of the Periyar river with unspoilt and rustic views of surroundings. Kodanads locality attracts visitors, film crews, foreign tourists all around the year.