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Thekkady
Travel Guide

Thekkady featuring a lake or waterhole as well as a large group of people

Explore the flora and fauna of this beautiful region in southwest India. Ride an elephant through the jungle and go on an overnight tiger-trekking adventure.

The hill town of Thekkady is surrounded by a vast wilderness of dense evergreen forests, lakes and plantations. The land is home to a popular wildlife reserve where tigers and herds of elephants roam. Go wildlife spotting, enjoy long walks through the mountains and camp overnight in the jungle.

Spread out over hundreds of square miles is the Periyar National Park, a protected area in the Cardamom and Pandalam Hills. Go on a boat cruise along Periyar Lake to see elephants bathing and playing by the water’s edge. You can also traverse the waterway on a bamboo raft. Visit the park’s Elephant Junction to ride these magnificent creatures through the forest.

The national park is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Go on the Tiger Trail, a one or two-night trek through hills and valleys to look for tigers. Your overnight accommodation will be in tents pitched in the forest.

The reserve also hosts a number of other guided walks, normally lasting between two hours and a full day. Look for bird species such as flycatchers, thrushes and hornbills on the Nature Walk and hike through deciduous forests and marshy grassland on the Green Walk.

For some evening entertainment, go to the park's Kadathanadan Kalari Center. Watch skilled athletes perform martial art displays, accompanied by music, fire and loud drum beats.

A visit to the national park is also an excellent opportunity to study Thekkady’s tropical flora, including eucalyptus trees, orchids, banyans and jacarandas. Enhance your knowledge of the area's plant life with an excursion to Deepa World Spice and Ayurvedic Garden. Here you can tour plantations and learn about products made from the herbs, spices and other plants.

Reach Thekkady by flying into Madurai Airport. At a distance of approximately 85 miles (136 kilometers) away this is the nearest airport. Make the rest of the journey by taxi or rental car. Thekkady's wildlife and beautiful natural scenery can be enjoyed throughout the year. However, bear in mind the monsoon season is between June and September and some activities are weather dependent.

PepperVine
PepperVine
3 out of 5
Thamarakandom Road, Kumily, Near Thekkady Bypass Road, Thekkady
The price is £30 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr
Situated in Thekkady, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Western Ghats and Periyar National Park. Kadathanadan Kalari Centre and Mudra Cultural Centre are also ...
4/5Very Good! (4 reviews)
Unsatisfactory guest service.
"Unsatisfactory service from the staff. we stayed there for 1 day. During the booking from Hotels.com, we had included breakfast with our stay. But when we went for breakfast, staff argued with us that our reservation didnt include breakfast. Even after showing the email confirmation of our reservation ..."

Reviewed on 5 Feb 2020

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Spice Village-Cgh Earth
Spice Village-Cgh Earth
4 out of 5
Kumily - Thekkady Road, Thekkady, Kerala
The price is £67 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr
This family-friendly Thekkady hotel is located in a national park, within a 15-minute walk of Mudra Cultural Centre and Periyar National Park. Kadathanadan Kalari ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (33 reviews)
"The property is very creative and is truly a spice garden. Their activities, including afternoon tea and snacks are a delight. Their evening functions are wonderful with cooking classes and Indian dances. However, there are small bugs and roaches in the room and even on the bed. There is no air-condition ..."

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

Spice Village-Cgh Earth
Hills & Hues
Hills & Hues
3.5 out of 5
The price is £79 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr
This family-friendly Thekkady hotel is located in the mountains, 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Periyar National Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mudra Cultural Centre ...
Hills & Hues
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Wild Window Homestay in Front of Periyar Tiger Reserve Forest
Wild Window Homestay in Front of Periyar Tiger Reserve Forest
The price is £16 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Situated in Thekkady, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Kadathanadan Kalari Centre and Periyar National Park. Mudra Cultural Centre and Western ...
Wild Window Homestay in Front of Periyar Tiger Reserve Forest
Wisteria Luxury Villas
Wisteria Luxury Villas
3 out of 5
AR Camp Road, Pirmed, Kerala
Situated in Pirmed, this villa is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Ammachi Kottaram and within 12 miles (20 km) of Periyar National Park and Parunthumpara Hill View Point. ...
Wisteria Luxury Villas
In the Western Ghats Border- the Celestial Bliss!! - is an Ideal Leisure Spot
In the Western Ghats Border- the Celestial Bliss!! - is an Ideal Leisure Spot
The price is £39 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr
Situated in the mountains, this villa is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Marian Retreat Center and within 9 miles (15 km) of Mudra Cultural Centre and Kadathanadan Kalari ...
In the Western Ghats Border- the Celestial Bliss!! - is an Ideal Leisure Spot
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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1 Apr 2019

The staff have to politely explain to my fellow Indians that the kids go to the indoor activities room to play and shout. The pool could be left to adults to enjoy a quiet swim, instead of making the swimming pool a noisy basket ball ground.

2/5 - Disappointing

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26 Mar 2019

We did not have the value for money in the hotel stay.

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