Thekkady situated 170km from cochin is where you can watch the famous Periyar wild life sanctuary. Thekkady and Kumily are confused most of the times where we stay at Kumily during our Thekkady trip as most of the hotels are at Kumily and thekkady has few KTDC hotels only. Thekkady and Kumily are just 1 km apart
Cochin to thekkady takes not less than 5hrs. Munnar is 110km and Alleppey is 140km from Thekkady. Thekkady is famous for the boating at Periyar lake and during this trip we can enjoy wild animals, periyar wild life sanctuary and Mullaperiyar dam from long view and note that these can be seen only during this boating and can not reach by vehicle. Thekkady also has lot of eco tourism activities as well adventurous activities. At thekkady one can go to watch Kathakali shows, Martial arts, Magic, Musical fountain, tribal dance, elephant safari, elephant bath, elephant shower and can do Ayurveda massage as well can go for spice tour.
For a person who is not interested in adventurous/eco-tourism activities, one night stay is enough at Thekkady or second day should be for relax. For an adventurous person you can extend stay depends on the activities you wish to do here. If you are planning to stay only one night at Thekkady try to reach as early as possible to get tickets for boating. To book ticket either you need to be in queue and they charge 150/- per head else you can do advance booking through KTDC lake palace where they charge 500/- per person. Decide on this depends on the rush at the time of travel. For advance booking you can contact KTDC lake palace where they provide bank account details and can do booking on doing payment. You are required to produce ID card while booking ticket for boating. For boat timings check photos which are uploading in this article. While entering Periyar tiger reserve (this is the place where you can do boating) you need to take entrance ticket. There is a waiting area to wait for the boat. If your stay is at KTDC hotels in thekkady, try to reach before 5PM as entrance will be closed after this.
After boating, you have the options of going for elephant ride, elephant bath, elephant shower, Ayurveda massages, spice tour etc., till evening (Rates are uploaded in photo section).
Rate and timings for different activities at Thakkeady (This rate and timings is as on January 2013)
1. Kathakali - 200/Head - 1hr (5 to 7PM)
2. Martial Arts - 200/Head - 1hr (6 to 7.15PM)
3. Tribal dance - 300/Head - 1hr (6 to 7PM)
4. Musical fountain - 150/-Head - 30min (7 to 7.30PM & 8 to 8.30PM)
5. Magic show - 200/Head - 1hr (12Noon to 1Pm & 5PM to 6PM)
You can move to your hotel after enjoying the activities and most of the hotels in thekkady are in city itself, very few require travelling by car and make sure that location of hotel is as per your preferences. You can even find resorts with Tree house
If you are unable to get boat ticket on first day try to go for first boating on second day before proceeding to next destination. If you find rush at Thekakdy try to be in queue by 5.30 to get tickets for first boating and first boating is at 7.30.
If you are staying at Thekkady for 2 nights, either relax or choose from the adventurous actives as per your likings. You can go for full day Gavi tour which includes trekking, view points, boating etc and make sure you book this on the day of arrival itself.
Ticket charges for Gavi tour is as below and vehicle charges will be extra.
1. DAY PACKAGE
8.00- 8.30 AM- registration. Trekking through Forest under trained Guide after break
fast. Return by 12.30, have South Indian vegetarian lunch and there after boating in
Gavi Lake (row boat), visit to cardamom plantations and curing house, Sabarimala
view point and museum of skelton of animals. Leave the place after evening tea by 4.30
Tariff: -Rs.1000/- per pax (Full board)
2. GREEN MANSION JUNGLE LODGE
Check in time- preferably after noon by 2 PM.
Check out - after 24 hrs. or 2 PM next day whichever is earlier.
Events: - A trained Guide will be attached to your group through out the package.
Trekking through Forest, Boating in Gavi Lake (row Boat), visit of
Cardamom Plantations and curing house, Museum of skelton of Animals
and early morning Jeep safari through forest road- 2 ½ hrs.
Tariff: - Rs.2200/- per pax per day (full board )
3. SWISS COTTAGE TENTS:
Stay in permanently pitched Cottage Tents in Forest with attached bath room. All
events and conditions are same as in "JUNGLE LODGE"
Tariff: - Rs.2500/- (full board) per pax per day
4. JUNGLE CAMPING
Night stay in portable small tents in deep forest. Guides and helpers will be staying
there. Dinner will be prepared and served there it self. All events and conditions are the
Same as in "JUNGLE LODGE" except Jeep Safari. Not desirable for ladies and kids.
Tarrif: - Rs.10000/- Full board. (Minimum rate - 4 persons can be entertained -
Rs.2500/- each for extra persons.)
Children upto the age of 6 year have free entry and those between 6 and 12 - half of the tariff
Gavi is situated deep inside forest in the "Poonkavanam of Lord Ayyappa" near Ponnambalamedu. You have to travel 20 kms through forest road to teach Gavi. Any vehicles can be used for your journey, but the No.of the vehicle should be intimated to us well in advance to arrange permit. Confirmation of all the overnight stay programme only after remittance of total amount advance before two days, after ascertaining availability.
You can book eco-tourism activities at Eco-tourism information Centre
Some of the eco-tourism activities you can try are Nature walk, Green walk, Jungle scout, full day Bamboo rafting, Half day bamboo rafting, Boarder hiking, Tiger trail, Bamboo grove, Bullock cart, jungle camp etc. (Details and rate are uploaded in photo session of same article)
Before leaving Thekakdy purchase some home made chocolates, spices, tea etc. Check photo section for picture of rate chart at different places in Thekkady
Distance from various places to Thekakdy
• Kumily - 2km
• Munnar - 110km
• Kumarakom - 138km
• Cochin - 170km
• Kodaikkanal - 120km
I hope above details give an idea about most of the activities you may do at Thekkady and should help you while planning a trip to Thekkady.
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