After breakfast,Today its the drive from chinnakanal to Tekkady . This is one of the best drive with lush green banana trees and other huge tress of great height on either side of the way. Its an amazing two way road with curves.
Places to visit in Tekkady :
1. Spice plantations
2.Periyar national park and river
3.kerala Ayurvedic Spa
On the way, there is ANAKKARA( spice Ayurvedic garden) which is recognised by the govt of INDIA and is 100% organic. I had a spice plantation tour along with a guide who will explain the pros of essential oils and powders,spices abstracted from tress and plants. If your a health freak and want a healthy living, this is definitely worth a try . You can also gift your family and friends as the prices are affordable and there is no marketing. Kerala believes that anything can be solved with Ayurvedic rather than allopathy as it is originated from the nature. For every pain like frozen shoulder,joint pain etc and for every disease like diabetes,mental illness etc there is medicine from these trees and plants. Also there are assorted gift pack of spices (120gms)like cardamom,cinnamon,bay leaf, pepper, and garlic which are organic. They also have a website where you can order them online with a door step deliver within 10-12 working days.
From the afternoon you can visit thr periyar national park and go on a boat ride in periyar river where you can see the wildlife animals like elephants, deers ,and bisons. Its a 90min boat ride and 240/- per person and the last ride is at 3:30-5 pm. Make sure you be there by 3:00pm if you want to see the animals through boat ride.
You can also see the calmness of the lake and can hear crisp sounds of the birds in between the lake. You also have many activities like the jungle camps,bamboo rafting etc but you plan to stay atleast 2 days and book one day before.
The last ride finishes between 3:30pm-5:00pm and then you should defined try the Ayurvedic spa which is very near to the lake.
I got my spa done at ranger wood where u have full body massage + kizhi treatment + shirodara + steam bath .
The kizhi treatment is where all the herbs are hot pressed on the body to rejuvenate and shirodara is done exactly on the forehead in the center ,that matches the rhythm of the brain’s function. Its a complete stress relief.
After the spa, i went back to the resort @ caramelia haven which is a bit far from the center of Tekkady, but the stay here is worth.
It has a got a swimming pool, plantation tour at 4:00pm, basket ball court,spa,and a bonfire at 9:30pm . The food is not that great here . The property is in 55 acers.
The stay is in a villa which also has an open sky bathroom.