Situated around 257 km from the state's capital Trivandrum, Thekkady is very near the fringe of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The verdant green condition, the lovely and peaceful pools of this charming slope station will be an ideal choice for an excursion that will be a paramount one. Cuddled in the Idukki area, Thekkady is without a doubt a standout amongst the most looked for after vacationer goals of Kerala, which gets an insane footfall of travellers consistently, from India and abroad. This lavish district of Kerala brags of an intriguing scope of widely varied vegetation, which is likewise its prime fascination. For the most part, Thekkady is prevalent for being a natural life goal. In any case, the spot is additionally very well known for offering different alternatives for visitors, for example, Ayurveda and experience exercises.
Best time to visit:
The climate in Thekkady generally remains calm and pleasant throughout the year except for a couple of months in the summer when the temperature touches the 36 degree Celsius mark. The mild climate makes it easier for you to indulge in various activities such as jungle expedition, trekking and bamboo rafting. There is minimal variation in day-time temperature throughout the year. The most suitable climate to visit Thekkady is during post-monsoon and winter months. The summer in Thekkady – March to May – High humidity leads to occasional showers which help to keep the temperature in check.
Ways to get there:
By air- Madurai Airport; around 136 km from Thekkady, serves as the nearest airport. Other option includes Cochin International Airport at a distance of 190 km from Thekkady. Almost all the major airlines have flights to these two airports from all the major cities in the country. On reaching either of the airports, you can hire private cabs, taxis or take direct buses to Thekkady.
By road- Thekkady road trips are quite talked about and are very much enjoyable. It is at a distance of 560 km from Chennai and it takes around 10 hours. Thekaddy can be reached by NH 209, 183 and 44.
By rail- Thekkady does not have a railway station, and you can board a train to Kottayam Railway Station which is around 114 km from the town. You can either try for a direct train or can board a train from Trivandrum to reach Kottayam. Arriving at the railway station, you can hire private taxis, cabs or regular buses to Thekkady.
By bus-Bus journeys are the costliest ways to reach Thekkady; however, they are also the most exciting ways to achieve this scenic tourist destination. You can avail regular buses to Thekkady from important destinations like Kochi, Trivandrum, Kottayam, Bangalore, Chennai, Salem, Tiruchirapalli, Krishnagiri, and others. You can either take regular private buses or can opt for the government buses.
Places to live:
Hotels in Thekkady range from mountain resorts and budget hotels to jungle resorts. Most of these hotels also offer transfers for sightseeing and pick-up from railway and bus stations.
Some of the budget stays are-
Abad Green Forest
Hotel Spice Village
Festivals celebrated here are-
Makar Sankranti in January
Sabrimala Temple Festival in March
Onam in August
Murugan Koil in October/ November
Places to see:
Prominent places to see are-
The Tiger reserve- There are several species of birds, reptiles, amphibians etc. The most prominent ones are Sambar and elephants (Periyar).
Mangala Devi Temple
Tea, coffee and vanilla plantations
Grampi- It has high peaks and panoramic views
Places to eat-
Spice Garden Restaurant
Hotel Ariya Bhavan
Shopping in Thekkady:
Some famous markets are-
Tropical chocolate factory
Hachi’s homemade chocolate
Periyar Spice and Ayurveda market
Greenworld Spices and Herbal
There are many insects in this region. Wear covered clothes and carry insect repellents with you.
Keep a water bottle handy. You may get dehydrated otherwise.
Use high spf sunblock. The temperature may be low, but UV index is high.
·Keep some cash with you at all times. Some merchants won’t approve debit/credit cards