Things to do
Elephant safari - Much like coconuts and red rice, elephants have been synonymous with Kerala from time immemorial. Long been domesticated to carry royalty, ride into war, lead temple processions and haul timber, these gentle giants are one of a kind. Drive down to Persian Paradise safari site, where your ride awaits you.
Gavi Jeep Safari - A quaint lesser-known eco-tourism centre, Gavi is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Lush green forests, misty treetops, marshy grasslands and a reservoir make for superb pictures a little over 40 kilometres away from Thekkady.
Kalaripayattu Performance - Martial arts like none other, 6 feet under. What makes Kerala unique is its penchant for keeping ancient art forms alive with numerous cultural centers.
Jungle Scout - Here's a night safari like none other. Walk through the jungle in the dead of a night, with nothing but torchlight to guide you past mighty elephants in tiger territory. Organized more as a conservation idea for protection of jungles through the night, this is probably the best way to get a first-hand experience of life in the wild.
Best time to visit September to March
For clearer skies, opt for a slot between the early September to the end of March. The beaches look their best early November through to March.
Mid-October and November does see a fair amount of rain with the North-West monsoons.
Sultry summers set in by April to the end of May with fairly high outdoor temperatures.
Monsoons arrive by the first week of June right through to the end of August. Cool temperatures with overcast skies and green all around make this a visit like none other.
How to reach
The nearest airport to Thekkady is Madurai Airport (IXM), which is located 157 kilometre away. Madurai airport is located in Madurai district in Tamil Nadu state of India. Madurai airport is connected major airports like Chennai and Coimbatore. You can take cab or bus from Madurai to reach Thekkady.
The nearest railhead is Kottayam, situated 109 kilometre away from Thekkady. Kottayam is well connected to other major destinations in Kerala. You can take cab/bus from outside of Kottayam railway station to Thekkady.
Thekkady is well-connected to other major destinations through government/State transport. You can take cab or bus from any major destination in Kerala to reach Thekkady.
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