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How to Reach Thekkady

Thekkady in Kerala is famous for its wildlife sanctuaries which is the home of varied range of flora and fauna. Quite different from the other wildlife sanctuaries of Kerala, Thekkady is one of the most beautiful and serene locales of Kerala.

By Air:

The nearest airport to Thekkady is Madurai Airport which is 140km away from Thekkady. The Kochi Airport is 185km and Trivandrum Airport 265 km away from Thekkady.

By Rail:

If you are planning to go to Thekkady by train then Kumarakom is the nearest railway station which is 114km from Thekkady.

Tourist Attractions of Thekkady:

Thekkady is the perfect location to spend your vacation amidst the lush acres of greenery. Thekkady is surrounded by a series of green mountains, the home of playful elephants and spice plantations. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is located near Thekkady which is also a tiger reserve. Exotic spices, forests and a vast array of animal and plant life makes Thekkady the ideal destination for the tourists.

By Road:

Thekkady is a popular tourist attraction in Kerala. It is well-connected to its nearby cities like Cochin, Munnar, Alleppey, Mysore, Mangalore, Bangalore, and KottayamTrips to Thekkday from major cities can be easily planned via road.

Travel by Own Car

Traveling to Thekkday by own car is a delight. Enjoy the beautiful views of lush hills of the Western Ghats. Experience the serenity of the lush jungles. Stop for some amazing pics and make it a memorable holiday.

Munnar to Thekkday by Road

Passing through the scenic Western Ghats, Munnar to Thekkay travel route is a beautiful journey. This is a popular tourist trail enjoying views of hills, tea plantations and cardamom estates. 

Munnar to Thekkady by road Distance Travel Time
1st route : Munnar – Chithirapuram – Anachal – Rajakkad – Karithode – Nedumkandam – Thekkady 
 100 km (approx.)
 02 hours 52 minutes 
2nd route: Munnar - Devikulam - Poopara - Udumbanchola - Thekkady  100 km (approx.)  03 hours 32 minutes  


Route 1: Munnar – Chithirapuram – Anachal – Rajakkad – Karithode – Nedumkandam – Thekkady

Distance: 100 km (approx.)

Travel Time: 02 hours 52 minutes (approx.) without detours


Route 2: Munnar - Devikulam - Poopara - Udumbanchola - Thekkady

Distance: 100 km (approx.)

Travel Time: 03 hours 32 minutes (approx.) without detours

Road Conditions: Though the road from Munnar to Thekkady is beautiful it is very narrow. One must drive very carefully.

Attractions along the route — Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Kailasapara waterfalls, Ripple waterfalls, Karadippara view point, the Blossom International Park

Restaurants along the route — Hotel Sri Nivas Restaurant, Rapsy Restaurant, Tea Tales Cafe, Salkara Hotel

Route 1 from Munnar to Thekkady is the fastest one but Route 2 is picturesque. If time permits route 2 must be experienced.


Alleppey to Thekkday by Road

Capturing the essence of God’s Own country, Alleppey to Thekkady is a scenic route. Pass through the famous backwaters and plantations of cardamom, tea gardens, cocoa, rubber, and coffee.

Alleppey to Thekkady by road Distance Travel Time
Fastest route : Alappuzha - Changanassery - Pulickal Kavala - NH183 - Thekkady 
 139 km (approx.)
 03 hours 35 minutes 


Fastest Route: Alappuzha - Changanassery - Pulickal Kavala - NH183 - Thekkady

Distance: 139 km (approx.)

Travel Time: 03 hours 35 minutes (approx.) without detours

Road Conditions: The roads between Alleppey to Thekkady are wide and offer smooth rides along with stopovers for food and sightseeing.

Attractions along the route — Connemara Tea Factory, AVT Carady Goody Tea Outlet,, Valanjanganam Waterfalls, Pullupara and Panchalimedu.

Restaurants along the route — Gowri Restaurant, Avees Puttu house, Venice Restaurant, Memories Multi Cuisine Restaurant, Kuttanad.


Kottayam to Thekkday by Road

Kottayam to the wildlife haven of Thekkady is a popular drive that allows people to experience the bliss of Kerala.

Kottayam to Thekkady by road Distance Travel Time
Fastest route : Kottayam - Pampady - Kanjirappally - Kuttikkanam - Thekkady 
 107 km (approx.)
 02 hours 47 minutes 


Fastest Route: Kottayam - Pampady - Kanjirappally - Kuttikkanam - Thekkady

Distance: 107 km (approx.)

Travel Time: 02 hours 47 minutes (approx.) without detours

Road Conditions: From Kottayam to Thekkady the road passes through hilly terrain, therefore narrow roads but picturesque sights. However, fuel stations are very few as are food stops and attractions.

Attractions along the route — Poruthamana Hill View, Aruvikuzhy Waterfalls, Abraham’s Spice Garden, Valanjankanam Waterfalls

Restaurants along the route — Spice Garden, Bamboo Cafe, Sora Grill & Gossip, Ebonys Cafe Restaurant, Dosa De Thekkady, Grandma's Cafe


Bangalore to Thekkday by Road

Escape the hustle-bustle of cities and schedules of daily lives into the heart of nature and wildlife. The route offers some breathtaking views, historical attractions, and beautiful temples that enhance your journey.

Bangalore to Thekkady by road Distance Travel Time
Fastest route : Bengaluru - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Dharmapuri - Salem - Dindigul - Theni - Thekkady, via NH 44 and NH 183 
 510 km (approx.)
 09 hours 35 minutes 


Fastest Route: Bengaluru - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Dharmapuri - Salem - Dindigul - Theni - Thekkady, via NH 44 and NH 183

Distance: 510 km (approx.)

Travel Time: 09 hours 35 minutes (approx.) without detours

Road Conditions: The route is smooth with wide roads. The drive is long so one must be very careful and take stops for food and rest.

Attractions along the route — Sri Kalyana Venkataramana Swamy Temple, Dindigul Rock Fort, Soundararaja Perumal temple, Thadikombu, Elephant Junction 

Restaurants along the route — JW Kitchen, Alba, Cafe Toit, Gani hotel, Sangeeth Sagar