Thekkady is one of the world's well known and most fascinating wild life reserves – Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Thekkady is also a one of the beautiful hill stations in South India. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady is spread across 777 sq km and is well known for its wild life and scenic beauty. The main attraction in Thekkady is the boat cruise on Periyar Lake. During the boat ride, you can spot the wild life (elephants, Indian Gaur, Monkeys, Spotted deer, barking deer and birds of myriad varieties)in the close quarter.
Stay in a Treehouse- Special Activity offered by Iris Holidays
Treehouse stay in Thekkady offers tremendous scenic beauty located in deep thick cardamom plantations. Any one with an adventurous turn of mind can choose to stay in the Erumadam - a tree top wood cabin with local interiors attatched bathroom, surrounded by a balcony.
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Thekkady is a beautiful destination any time of the year. Its dense forests provide shade during the hot and humid summer months, while the colder winter months coincide with many colourful festivals. However, since Thekkady is very much an outdoor-adventure destination, monsoon season should be avoided due to heavy rainfall and flooding.
The monsoon season spans from June through to October. Torrential rain and widespread flooding make this an imprudent time to undertake outdoor adventure activities, meaning you would lose out on most of what Thekkady has to offer.
September, at the tail end of the monsoon season, is the ideal time to visit. Prices are still off-season, but the mountains, forests and waterfalls are at the peak of their luscious green beauty, and it's an excellent time to spot animals profiting from the renewal of nature's bounty.
The weather is cooler and drier between October and February. While this is the perfect time for outdoor activities and sports, beware of the peak season prices from December to January, as well as larger crowds.
Between March and May, Kerala's summer hits its peak, with sweltering and humid weather, making conditions less than ideal for anything but doing nothing. If you enjoy hot, wet heat, take advantage of the off-season prices and hit up the beach!
Thekkady, with its dense, luxuriant forests, diverse and exotic wildlife, plentiful tea estates and bountiful spice plantations is a well-known destination for nature enthusiasts. The town of Thekkady is at the centre of the famous Periyar Nature Reserve, India's only tiger reserve. This peaceful yet fertile oasis of evergreens is a focus of eco-tourism, outdoor adventure activities, wildlife watching and quiet contemplation.
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|Thekkady to Munnar||92 KMs||NA||NA||3 Hours|
|Thekkady to Kochi||157 KMs||NA||NA||3 h 45 min|
|Thekkady to Alleppey||138 KMs||NA||NA||3 h 16 min|
|Thekkady to Kumarakom||131 KMs||NA||NA||3 h 15 min|
The nearest airport to Thekkady is the Madurai Domestic Airport, from where you can jump on a taxi, train or bus to Thekkady. Pre-booking a taxi is also a convenient and comfortable option. Kochi is the nearest international airport and is well-connected to most major cities in India like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi, as well as South East Asia and the Middle-East. Both airports are regularly serviced by all primary domestic airlines.
The nearest train station to Thekkady is at Kottayam, although this is still 114 kilometres away from your final destination. Kottayam's railway station is well-connected to major cities across India with frequent and regular services. This is one of the most cost-effective, comfortable and scenic ways to travel around Kerala, and India in general. You can purchase your tickets online or in-person at the station booths, and enjoy a relaxing, scenic journey.
Regular bus routes connect Thekkady to Kochi, Trivandrum and Kottayam, serviced by the state-owned KSRTC buses. Although this is a convenient, if more uncomfortable, way to travel, buses are likely to be very crowded. If you are loaded with luggage or uncomfortable in close quarters, this isn't the way to go.
WIll the houseboat experience include all meals and cruise from which destination?
We offer Premium or Deluxe Houseboat in this Package
How is the jungle camp in Thekkady? What all does it include?
Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling jungle camp at Thekkady. You can opt for the night camp programme of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and experience the dense forest around. The programme offers comfortable tents for visitors in the middle of evergreen dense forests. The camping takes place in the midst of Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills; where one can experience trekking and even taste the tribal cuisine prepared by the local tribe (Urali). You can even get to interact with the local tribal people and get to spot some rare species of wildlife.
The rates quoted by Premium and Deluxe Houseboats is very different in Kerala. What is the difference between Premium and Deluxe Houseboats
There are multiple differences with respect to interiors and service. Premium house boats is similar to 4 star resorts and will be having better interiors and furnishing, food menu with more options and cruise time will be slightly more. However deluxe houseboat will be similar to 3 star resorts and will have standard interiors and furnishing. In deluxe house boats, AC will be usually operated only at night from 9 PM to 6 AM , whereas in premium houseboats AC will be operated for 24 hours . The cost difference is there , however if you are not on a show string budget, then we recommend premium houseboats
Is Varkala a good option for swimming lovers?
Yes Varkala is a great place to swim in non monsoon seasons . It is a Cliff Beach and cleaner than Kovalam
Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey, Kochi, Alappuzha, Calicut, Wayanad, Coorg, Kovalam, Kanyakumari, Mararikulam, Athirapally Arriving 13th Jan Departing 26th Jan. Please advise good itinerary and price.
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