Thekkady is situated almost 257 Km from Trivandrum and is well known for the largest wild life sanctuary in Kerala. When you come across the word the imagination moves towards elephants, spice scented plants and unending chains of hills. It is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and has been spread across the district with picturesque plantation and hill towns which are remarkable for the mountain walks and trek. Kumily is the nearest town center to Thekkady. It is well known as the tiger reserve is having rich diversity of the vertebrates. You could come across diverse forests kinds like Vayals, aquatic and marshes habitats which are supporting around 62 species of mammals, 45 species of reptiles, 320 species of birds and 27 species of amphibians.
How to reach Thekkady?
It is quite enchanting at the road winds via tranquil countryside, thick jungles and rich plantations. It is one of the leading holiday destinations in India. The best location for staying would be Kumily as it is offering remarkable restaurants, hotels and shopping market.
- Via Air
It doesn’t have any airport of its own but there is Madurai Airport which is located at a distance of around 136 kilometres and is one of the nearest airports for domestic flights.
- Via Train
The nearest railway station is Kottayam which is at the distance of 114km. All the trains which are moving out from Trivandrum will be passing via Kottayam. There are numerous kinds of trains like local, super fast and express which are connecting via different parts of the country. From moving out of the railway station you could take some of the private cabs or taxis which could help in commuting to the desired locations.
- Via Road /Car
It is also having suitable means of transport for commuting to different locations as the highways are connecting cities like Kochi (165 Km), Munnar (90 Km), Trivandrum (206 Km), Kottayam (108 Km) etc. There are state owned buses as well which are the heartbeat of Kerala.
Top 10 places to visit in Thekkady
- Mangala Devi Temple
- Abraham’s Spice Garden
- Periyar Wild life Sanctuary
- Kadathanandan Kalari Centre
- Spring valley mountain
Where to stay and eat?
It is having a bite of everyone from local cuisine and snacks cooked in fresh coconut oil for the number of Keralan delicacies which is representing the exotic and rich food culture of Kerala. There are varieties of fish preparations which could be indulged over here. It is marked with the dominance in foods like Coconut, rice, non-vegetarian and lavish uses of spices like cardamom, pepper, cloves, chillies and ginger adds to the flavours and taste of the food. Kerala cuisine is combination of meats, vegetables, seafood flavoured to variety of species. In the traditional front the food is served on the banana leaf and almost every dish is prepared with spice and coconut flavours. Some of the well known restaurants are- Periyar cafe, coffee garden restaurant, Bar-B-Que, Bamboo Cafe, Spice heaven Annexe etc.
Mountain, jungle and the budget hotels are all available from where you could pick. Most of the hotels are offering transport for sightseeing and pick and drop facility from bus and railway stations. Hotels are fully booked during the month of winter i.e. Oct – January as the climate is quite cool and pleasant. Apart from hotels, tourists could avail facility for lovely cottages and home-stay rooms. Whereas the probability of finding room services in Homestay are minimal.