It’s time to help you figure things to do in Thekkady. I did a lot of googling (quite usual :P) to make the most of this place just for one reason – Kerala. If you have been following my previous posts on this particular state in India, you will know the love I have for it. So to make the best of this part of Kerala, I read a lot just to see how many places could be packed in a day to make the most of my time.
Yes, my husband dreads the fact that I belong to THAT clan of travellers, but hey, it is always a nice feeling to see so many places, get to spend few hours (or probably just few minutes :D) and head to the next. Because once you are back to the mundane list of things to do in the weekdays, you have so many things to remember and go back in trance. But the fun part is, when friends causally ask – “oh did you go here and there” and you reply yes and yes and yes, watch their eyes go WT*. **Where is the smiley with horns :D?**
Anyway, so here are some things that may help you when you are planning to / in this green land:
Season Time: End of August to March. However, people all over the world come to Vagamon in April to paraglide and May helps you beat the heat if you come from hot cities like Chennai, or Hyderabad, or Bombay, or even Bangalore these days :D. June to August is rainy season. Thekkady is great for a family trip, as a honeymoon destination, best for friends to unwind and also a good choice if you are a solo traveller.
Places in and around Thekkady
- Periyar Tiger Reserve (Boating, Bamboo Rafting, Half/Full day tours etc)
- Elephant Ride
- Kalaripayattu and Kaathakali Performance
- Spice Garden
- Ayurvedic Massage
- RELAX in your room
A little away from Thekkady (Kumily)
- Chellarkovil & Pandikuzhi
- Mouth Sathram (one of my favorite destinations)
- Gavi – they say you can see Sabarimala from here.
Places of Stay – there are so many options and good ones too depending on your budget. Have mentioned a few I remember seeing and in no particular order.
- We stayed at Club Mahindra. Here is the review of the property.
- Cardamom County – All Spice restaurant for lunch was decent.
- Chrissie Hotel – They even conduct cooking classes.
- Abad Green Forest
- Hotel Ambadi – Had dinner here which was average.
- Forest Canopy
- Poetree Sarovar Portico
- Karar Garden
- The Wildernest – Other than classic ambience, they serve only Tea and Coffee apart from an English Breakfast.
To Eat: One of the places I would suggest you try for breakfast, lunch or dinner (Sundays may be closed) is Our Place Restaurant which is on the same road as the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Fantastic host (David Paine) and don’t miss the Masala Chai his nephew makes(Guddu, if he is still around and not travelling). Dosa de Thekkady is another place where we had lunch, serves decent food.
Massage: Mayura Ayurveda is supposed to be the oldest and best massage parlor there. It comes after Our Place Restaurant, and before the Tiger Reserve.
I’m listing down few contacts. You could call them directly; be rest assured that you are in safe hands.
- Auto – Mr. Selvam +91 9656151721 – Super friendly and showed us around patiently.
- Auto – Mr. Satheesh of +91 9961970845 – Got us good rates and seemed to know everyone in this town. He however isn’t just an auto driver, he also owns a travel and tourism agency in Thekkady
- Jeep to Mount Sathram – Mr. Shiju +91 9961768648 – Took us to all places around Sathram and spotted animals in a jiffy. We did not find any other jeep but us in the last spot (secluded but a brilliant view nevertheless) and he is very friendly. Volunteered to take photos of us – and hey, turned out to be a great photographer.
- You can rent bikes(cycles) and Scooters (+91 9961397950) too to go around this place.
You have many spice shops to buy various things, home-made chocolates and like every other touristy place – Pashmina shawls and silver accessories.
There is a police station right in the centre of town, forest officials to make sure no nonsense happens around these beautiful forests and friendly locals who speak Malayalam, Tamil, English and Hindi.
Have fun and let me know how your experience was.