catched bus the same afternoon to reach Thekkady by night. explored Thekkady next morning and could only find out that there was not much for travellers except all touristy stuff like jeep safari, elephant rides. I opted for the elephant ride after realising that Travellers come all the way from across the world like Australia and Russia to see elephants in India!Read More
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Periyar is from November to February
catched bus the same afternoon to reach Thekkady by night. explored Thekkady next morning and could only find out that there was not much for travellers except all touristy stuff like jeep safari, elephant rides. I opted for the elephant ride after realising that Travellers come all the way from across the world like Australia and Russia to see elephants in India!
ThekkadyThekkady is located near to Kerala-Tamil Nadu border and is about 85 km from munnar. Here we were staying at the peppervine resort which was like a seven star hotel with beautiful rooms and architecture.
They say too much of a good thing is never good. Nothing bears better testimony to this than Alleppey, perched at the mouth of the Vembanad backwaters – basically, where every one of those pictures for Kerala Tourism are shot. However, those pictures tell only half the story. While the setting is idyllic – the backwaters, the palms, the dome-shaped houseboat nestled in their midst – what is missing is the other houseboat that is only a stone's throw away. And the other. And another. And... you get the picture.This may come as a shocker to those who have come to accept that it is impossible to have the backwater experience in India without having to nudge your way around, but less than 500kms north of this houseboat forest lie the much lesser-known Kannur-Valiyaparambu backwaters, housing a smattering of uninhabited islands, vast waterways, and abundant peace. When you're dreaming up that honeymoon cuddled together on the deck of a boat with just stretches of palm-fringed water for company, this is the place you're actually dreaming about.
Thekkady was our next destination after Munnar. From Munnar to Thekkady route is probably one of the most beautiful roads we have in India. Rain soaked Tea estates on both sides of road, sometimes you get water stream running across the road and clouds kissing the trees & the street, all of it makes a your 156 KM journey memorable. Thekkady is very similar to Munnar in many ways. It is also one of the cleanest towns in the country. But Thekkady has one thing which makes it stand out for wanderers like us, “Periyar National Park & Tiger Reserve”. It is one of the biggest National Parks of India and one of the biggest Tiger Reserve Project undertaken by Government of India. Periyar Park is rich with Flora & Fauna and surrounds Pariyar lake. You can take a boat ride across the lake at nominal charge. It’s better to reach park as early as possible otherwise it becomes very difficult to get the tickets for boating. If you get the ticket in the first ride then you might get lucky as most of the animals come to the lake for water in the early hours of the day. We were not lucky enough that day as we could not see a single animal during our entire boat ride. Though the experience of boat ride right through the middle of the jungle was simply amazing, we still decided to again try our luck to get the glimpse of animals in their natural habitat. We took a jungle safari in jeeps. Here in Thekkady you can get a jungle safari at Rs. 1700 per vehicle (in each jeep 6 people are allowed). They take you through the jungle & also hills surrounding the jungle. This ride takes almost 4 hours to complete. The road in and around the jungle is not in the best of the conditions, so expect a roller coaster like ride in the jeep. But overall experience of safari was thrilling & pleasing as we usually don’t get chance to spend so much time in the lap of the nature, right in the middle of the jungle!!!