Thekkady, Kumily - So we drove down from Munnar to Thekkady which took us approximately 3 hours. It was an enticing ride. Stopped at a spice garden on the way where we got to see how the spices we eat on a daily basis are harvested and grown. Make sure you buy some pure coconut oil and some organic spices. We stopped at the Persian paradise where we drove an ATV and also rode an elephant. The elephants are very friendly and would expect a tip at the end once the ride is over. The Jeep driver took us to a view point which I found it to be nothing extraordinary.
Upon reaching Thekkady we checked in to our hotel, had our lunch and headed to the counter to book bus tickets for our ride to Periyar lake. All the seats were booked so we were advised to come in the morning around 6a.m. We booked tickets for two shows later in the evening. One for Kathakali and the other for Kalaripayattu (martial arts). The martial arts performance was very entertaining but the Kathakali performance was okay. We dined at Dosa de Thekkady where they serve hundreds of varieties of dosa. I called it a day by getting an ayurvedic facial massage. It was very relaxing and soothing.
We woke up at 5 am the next day and hurried towards the counter to book our bus tickets for the lake. We thought we were early but there were already around 10 people ahead of us. We got our tickets and waited for the bus. Be prepared to be pushed by older people who wants to get the best seat. We ended up going standing. After reaching the lake we had to get into another queue to book tickets for the boat. It was a long wait for the boat ride. Once the boat ride started, I dozed off to sleep as all we saw was a wild elephant and some bisons. That was it! Rumor has it that even the forest officials have not seen a tiger for the past eight years. We reached on time for our breakfast and left Thekkady for Allepy.
Tips- Book your tickets well in advance for the martial arts and Kathakali performance to get the best seats. Morning time is the best time to go for the boat ride. Walk and explore as it's a small town.