(2300 Ft Above Sea Level)

Kerala | India
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Thekkady is categorised as Adventure / Bird Watching / Plantations

Elephant Junction (Nivalink Trip Dated - 5 May 2008)
Typical Homestay in Thekkady (Nivalink Trip Dated - 24 April 2006)
Views of the Plains from hills around Thekkady (Nivalink Trip Dated - 14 April 2008)
Inside Periyar Sanctuary
Gaur (Indian Bison)
Cheruthony Dam (Photo Courtesy:
Idukki Dam (photo courtesy: Rameshng)
Bamboo Rafting in Periyar (Photo Courtesy: Bernard Gagnon)
Walking in Periyar (Photo Courtesy: Jonathanawhite)
Periyar Boat Ride (Nivalink Trip Dated - 5 May 2008)

Reasons to Visit
  • Thekkady (2500 ft asl) is a stopover and a plantation getaway on the South India Itinerary while going from Madurai to Kumarakom and Thekkady.
  • Periyar sanctuary is home to Birds, wildlife and offers wide ranging experiences for adventure and nature travellers
  • For regular tourists Periyar Lake boating, spice plantation visits and elephant rides are attractions in Thekkady
  • Kumily, base town for thekkady where most hotels are located also has a Kathakali dance show in the evening which guests enjoy as a part of the Kerala experience.
  • Activities inside Periyar forest (from the Gate near Kumily) includes Nature walk, Full day Jungle trekking and Bamboo rafting.
  • Gavi Eco tourism area at 42 kms offers full day forest programmes for guests
  • Destinations in Kerala offering Bird Watching"Periyar (140 kms from Madurai and 110 kms from Kottayam / Munnar) is the largest and most populous park in Kerala but a bit difficult to explore as well. Guests who stay longer can explore the park in a comprehensive way via one of the programmes conducted by the forest departments and rides offers around the periphery of the park area. For bird watchers the forests are home to over 320 species of birds including hornbills, sunbirds, woodpeckers, kingfishers and myriads of mynas, drongos, cuckoo"
  • Destinations in South India offering Rubber and Spice Plantation Experience"Thekkady (100+ kms from Kottayam) is a major tourist hotspot and a stopover on the Madurai - Alleppey route. Guests to Thekkady popularly visit Spice plantations around it."
  • Destinations for First time Holidays Travellers to Kerala"Thekkady (2300+ ft asl - 110 kms Munnar) is a prime holiday destination offering Spice plantation experience. Thekkady offers explorations into Periyar forest which is recommended for all bird watchers and nature travellers. Thekkady is popular with holiday travellers and honeymooners who spend at least 1 night (Preferably 2 nights required for Periyar exploration) before moving on."
Access Information

Thekkady has 20 Hotels approved and listed with Nivalink

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18 verified holiday itineraries are listed for Thekkady

Short Break (4-6 nights)7
Holiday (7 or more)11

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List of Holidays for Thekkady

Short Break

  • Essential Kerala (5 Nights)
  • First Time Visitors Kerala Circuit without Cochin (6 Nights)
  • Fort Cochin - Thekkady Experiential Break (4 Nights)
  • Fort Cochin - Thekkady Experiential Break with Alleppey Houseboat (5 Nights)
  • Kerala Experiential Break (6 Nights)
  • Kodai - Munnar with Thekkady (6 Nights)
  • Munnar - Thekkady Plantation Break (4 Nights)


  • Best of Kerala (8 Nights)
  • Captivating Kerala with Kovalam (10 Nights)
  • Captivating Kerala with Mesmerizing Mumbai (12 Nights)
  • Complete Kerala (9 Nights)
  • Complete Kerala with Kovalam (11 Nights)
  • First Time Visitors Kerala Circuit (7 Nights)
  • First Time Visitors Kerala Circuit with Kovalam (9 Nights)
  • Kerala in Monsoon (7 Nights)
  • Kodai - Thekkady - Munnar with Madurai (7 Nights)
  • Picturesque South with Goa (21 Nights)
  • South India Coastal Explorer (12 Nights)

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Thekkady has 7 Transport services that can be booked online. Click here for reviewing and booking them.

Airport Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Cochin Airport and ThekkadyRs. 5280

Car On Disposal

ServicesRates Starting From
2 days Car on Disposal from ex-Madurai to Thekkady and Munnar TripRs. 7067
3 days Car on Disposal from ex-Madurai to Thekkady and Munnar TripRs. 9889

Point to Point Transport

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup from Kodaikanal and drop to ThekkadyRs. 3889
Pickup from Madurai and Drop to ThekkadyRs. 3652

Railway Station Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Kottayam Railway Station and Resort/Homestay in Kumily, ThekkadyRs. 4460
Pickup/Drop Kottayam Railway Station and Resort in Vandhanmedu, ThekkadyRs. 4694

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Thekkady has 14 Add Ons approved and listed with Nivalink.

Wildlife Excursion1

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List of Service Add Ons for Thekkady


Services Rates Starting From
Boating at Periyar LakeRs. 667
Gavi Eco Tourism ExperienceRs. 6667


Services Rates Starting From
A Ride through the Cardamom HillsRs. 4600


Services Rates Starting From
Cooking class with Dinner at ThekkadyRs. 1556
Country Fishing Experience at ThekkadyRs. 6667
Full day Elephant experience Program in ThekkadyRs. 13334
Half an Hour Elephant Ride in ThekkadyRs. 889
Half day Elephant experience Program in ThekkadyRs. 6667
Kalaripayattu Martial Art ShowRs. 525
Kathakali Dance ShowRs. 525
One and Half Hour Elephant experience Program in ThekkadyRs. 2778
One Hour Elephant experience Program in ThekkadyRs. 2223
Plantation Tour in ThekkadyRs. 1667
Two hour Elephant experience Program in ThekkadyRs. 3334

Wildlife Excursion

Services Rates Starting From
Full day Elephant experience Program in ThekkadyRs. 13334

21 Travel Ideas listed for Thekkady. Click here for reviewing them.

Destination Ideas

  • Bird Watching in Periyar Sanctuary
  • Cuisine Experiences in Kerala
  • Experiences in Kerala
  • Experiential Periyar
  • Homestays in Thekkady
  • Kerala in Monsoon
  • Periyar Exploration - Gavi Trip
  • Plantation Highlands in Kerala
  • Ramakkalmedu - Wind Effect
  • Thekkady Getaway

Stay Ideas

  • Aanavilasam – A boutique Private getaway
  • Ayurveda / Yoga / Meditation centric Stays in Kerala and South India
  • Carmelia Haven – Ayurveda Getaway
  • Carmelia Haven – Plantation hideaway
  • Elephant Court – Corporate Getaway
  • Greenwoods Resort – A Premium Getaway
  • KTDC Lake Palace Experience
  • Mayapott Plantation Bungalow
  • Pepper County – Spice Plantation Homestay Experience
  • Spice Village – A CGH Experience
  • Spice Village – Ayurveda Getaway

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  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    A Live performance area demonstrating Kerala dance forms right in middle of Kumily town and very popular with guests. Show time is evening 6 PM.
    Arts Crafts Culture
    Live Performances
    Spice farm visit is a popular excursion for guests in Kerala. The spices grown around the area include cardamom, cinnamon etc. alongwith vanilla, tea and coffee.
    Farm Visit
    A highly touristy boat ride is the main attraction for average tourist to Periyar. The boats are filled with 30-40 tourists with the aim of spotting wildlife on the edge of the lake. Binoculars are a must to have any chance of spotting a wildlife.
    View Point, Rides
    Lake Views, Boating
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Calavary Mount is a local trekking spot surrounded by plantations and views of the countryside / lakes around the area.
    View Point, Adventure
    Trekking, Tea Gardens
    The Idukki Dam (554 ft) tall arch dam is one of the highest arch dams in Asia. Its a popuar visit option for guests travelling to Vagamon and Thodupuzha. Boating is permitted here.
    Lake or Riverside, Rides
    Reservoir, Boating, Dam
    Cheruthony is one of the highest gravity dams in India. Cheruthony is one of the three dams that form the Idukki reservoir.
    Lake or Riverside
    Reservoir, Dam
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    320 different kinds have been counted in Periyar. The bird life includes darters, cormorants, kingfishers, the great Malabar Pied Hornbill and racket-tailed Drongos. Bird watching is possible via taking up a forest walk from Periyar forest entry gate at Kumily.
    Bird Watching
    Periyar sanctuary gate in Kumily, the forest department offers guided walks inside Periyar wildlife sanctuary. This is perhaps the best way to explore the forest and to be able to spot wildlife. Indian Bison (Gaur) and elephants have been known to have been spotted on these walks. Forest rangers that accompany the walks ensure complete safety of the guests.
    One of the full day long forest programmes has a combination of walking, hiking and bamboo rafting across periyar lake. Its one of the definitive experiences of Periyar.
    Walking, Kayaking or Canoening or Bamboo Rafting
    Elephant Junction is where guests enjoy interaction with elephant that includes bathing elephant, elephant ride and being around playful elephants. Elephant junction is a huge hit with inbound guests and familiies with kids.
    Elephant Experience
    Gavi is a quiet and pristine forest located at a distance of 40 km from Periyar Tiger Reserve. Gavi often serves as a base camp for deep jungle trekkers, birdwatchers, nature lovers and research student. There are number of eco-tourism related activities that are conducted by the forest authorities around Gavi area and are popular with tourists. Guests typically opt for a full day Gavi eco tourism programme.
    Walking, Jeep Safaris, Kayaking or Canoening or Bamboo Rafting

Destinations within reach from Thekkady

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  • Theni ( 63 Km )

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  • Teekoy ( 65 Km )

    Teekoy is a plantation area 43 kms from Kottayam enroute to Vagamon and home to some plantation more

  • Pala ( 93 Km )

    Pala is located 22 kms from Kottayam and is set around rubber Plantation highlands. Pala is home more

  • Munnar ( 102 Km )

    Munnar is a premier hill station in Kerala. It is situated at about 6000 ft above sea level and more

  • Marari ( 148 Km )

    Mararikulam near Alleppey is one of the best beaches in Kerala offering idyllic beach stay more

  • Kollam ( 160 Km )

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  • Ponmudi ( 225 Km )

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  • Poovar ( 234 Km )

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  • Topslip ( 280 Km )

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  • Salem ( 310 Km )

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  • Coonoor ( 327 Km )

    Coonoor is the tea plantation area located at an altitude of 5000+ ft asl, at 19 km to the south more

  • Devala ( 329 Km )

    Devala is a plantation area set between Mudumalai and Wayanad, part of what once used to be more

  • Yercaud ( 333 Km )

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  • Tumkur ( 587 Km )

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Getting There

Locality NameDescriptionSuitable ForHotels (Nos)
KumilySituated right on Kottayam - Madurai highway and 5 kms from Periyar lake, Kumily area is home to a wide range of hotels and homestays.Holiday/Getaway12
MurikkadyA plantation area at 6 kms from Kumily, just off Kottayam - Madurai highway. Holiday/Getaway3
Periyar LakeRight on the Periphery of the Periyar lake are KTDC Hotels. Inside Periyar lake, is where experiential KTDC lake palace is situated.Experiential2
Ramakkalmedu45 kms from Kumily, sits right on the edge of Kerala - tamilnadu border. The area is very windy and known for its unique wind effect.Getaway1
Vandhanmedu26 kms after Thekkady towards Munnar is Vandhanmedu where Carmelia Haven, a plantation resort is located.Getaway1
KattapannaA plantation area 24 kms North of Thekkady and 7 kms west of VandanmeduGetaway-
Anakkara9 kms from Kumily Junction on Munnar RoadTransit/Business-
OttakathalameduOttakathalamedu is an area located at a few kms from Kumily town centre overlooking Western GhatsHoliday/Getaway1
MelagudalurMelagudalur is home to organic farms on outskirts of Thekkady just as one approaches Tamilnadu plains.Transit/Getaway/Experiential-
Nearest Airport in Thekkady
  • Madurai Airport ( IXM ) , Madurai-140 Kms
Nearest Railway Stations in Thekkady
  • Kottayam ( KTYM ), Kottayam-107 Kms
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