Thekkady Bamboo rafting: Bamboo Rafting is a one of its kind experience and a unique water activity. One can travel through dense forests on a bamboo raft, which is a part of the ‘natural walk’ of eco-tourism project. One can enjoy a panoramic view of the lake, forests, animals and birds while travelling on a bamboo raft.
Set high in the Western Ghats, Periyar National Park in Kerala in south India is known for its wildlife population. Located on the banks of a lake created by the construction of Mullaperiyar dam, the park lies in the districts of Idukki and Pathanamthitta in Kerala. Periyar is one of the largest wildlife reserves in India. The Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. This sanctuary offers the unique opportunity to watch and photograph wild elephants from close quarters. In Thekkady, one can enjoy cruise rides on lake as well as elephant rides. Trekking is also arranged for a visit to the ancient Mangala Devi temple located inside the reserve. Jungle walks with the help of a local guide are also fun for nature lovers. One can also go for the famous Ayurveda massages and visit tea and cardamom plantations which dot the area.
Timings for Bamboo Rafting in Thekkady:
- January to March: 08:00 am – 05:00 pm
- September to December: 08:00 am – 05:00 pm
Cost for Bamboo Rafting in Thekkady:
The cost for Bamboo Rafting in Thekkady is mentioned below. We have listed cost per person, adult and child fees along with eligibility criteria. Cost Per Person: Rs. 2000 per person.
Where To Eat:
Keralite as well as continental cuisines are served at many restaurants in Thekkady. For authentic Kerala food and various vegetarian south India breakfast, tourists can go to various restaurants.
Places to visit in Thekkady:
Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
Set high in the Western Ghats, Periyar National Park in Kerala in south India is known for its wildlife population. Located on the banks of a lake created by the construction of Mullaperiyar dam, the park lies in the districts of Idukki and Pathanamthitta in Kerala. Periyar is one of the largest wildlife reserves in India.
Periyar lake is inside the Periyar tiger reserve which is a protected area in the districts of Idukki and Pathanamthitta in Kerala. It is a popular tourist destination.
Kadathanadan Kalari Centre
The Kadathanadan Kalari Centre is well known for the martial arts technique about 3000 years old. It is believed that kung-fu was originated from Kadathanadan. The full name to this technique is Kalaripayattu. There is a special place made for the audience to enjoy the old martial art forms used for safety purposes.
Things to do in Thekkady:
Shopping in Thekkady
An eco shop near the entrance gate of Periyar Tiger Reserve, offers souvenirs, T-shirts, post cards, wildlife books, etc. for sale. There are no big bazaars as such in Thekkady, but one can find a few colorful stalls to buy knick-knacks. Tourists will find good quality spices like fenugreek, white and green pepper, rolls of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, star anise, coriander, cloves, etc. One can also enjoy munching on the traditional banana chips that are fried in fresh coconut oil.
Trekking at Thekkady
Rolling hills, winding paths and serene mountains dotting the landscape’s expanse, make for a great outdoor trip with a backpack on foot!
A full day trek with common sights such as that of roaming elephants and gaurs; exciting!
Boat Races in Thekkady
Nehru Trophy Boat Race held in the second Saturday of August in Punnamada lake. Sree Narayana Jayanthi Vallam Kali held during Onam feastival. Champakulam Moolam Boat Race, the oldest and most popular, held during Moolam day of theMalayalam month of Midhunam (Jun-Jul). Kavanattinkara Boat Race conducted during Onam season, on the day of Avittam in the Malayalam month of Chingam (Aug-Sep).
GETTING TO GREAT WALL, Thekkady
Nearest airport to Thekkady is Madurai, which is located 136 km away. Madurai is connected to important airports like Chennai and Coimbatore. The Nedumbassery airport at Kochi, 190 km away, airport is well connected to all cities of India and many cities abroad. Tourist taxi services are available from Kochi to Thekkady and the charge is about Rs 4000.
By Train: Nearest railhead is Kottayam, situated 114 km away. Taxis can be hired from outside Kottayam railway station to Thekkady.
By Road: State public transport buses connect Thekkady with other nearby cities. Super fast buses are regularly available from Kottayam, Kochi and Trivandrum to Thekkady.
There are many good hotel and resorts near Thekkady, we have given a quick link to Book Hotels.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:Eco Tourism Centre, Range Office Complex, Thekkady Ph: +91 4869 224571 Forest Information Centre – Boat Landing Ph: +91 4869 222028