We visited Kerala in Nov 2013 and Thekkady was the second stop from Kumarakom. The place is about 4 hours from Kumarakom. Enroute you pass a few towns followed by rubber plantations, vast tea plantations, spice gardens, a waterfall, and winding roads which take you to lush green Thekkady. The resort is situated very close to the Periyar tiger reserve.
The resort itself is very well laid out with nature pouring out of every corner. The staff is amazing and clearly make extra efforts to ensure a pleasing stay for guests. An added advantage of the resort's location is the closeness to the market - so you have the option of having food outside when you are tired of the resort food. Having said that, let me also point out that this resort has an amazing variety on buffet - and food tastes the way it should. So a chinese dish would taste that way and not like sambar.
There are lots of activities in Thekkady.You can, and should, visit the local clubs that put up a performance for Kalari(Kerala martial arts) and Kathakali every evening(Rs. 400/head for both). Its walking distance from the resort and will take about 2.5 hrs.
For the much touted Periyar boat ride, you need to queue up early morning at the tiger reserve(~5 am), go in and wait. The ride starts at 8am and goes on till about 10. We found it extremely boring though we did see a herd of wild elephants. Its avoidable.
Then there's the elephant ride - which is like any other. However, if you are travellign with kids, do get the elephant bath done - the elephant bathes the kid on its back with its trunk. Our child simply loved it.
There's a jungle jeep safari as well - about 4 hours.
The resort itself organises cultural events in the evening - which we found to be quite lively.
All in all, its a very nice resort to visit. Definitely must do on a Kerala visit.
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