Tourist Information


Go Bamboo Rafting in Thekkady
Bamboo Rafting is one of the exciting program in Thekkady, Periyar tiger reserve. It is a splendid eco-friendly, entertainment program for the nature-lovers who visit Thekkady. Bamboo rafting is a full day program from morning 8AM to 5PM. Each team comprising ten tourists will be accompanied by an armed forest guard and four guides. Most of these guides belong to the tribal communities, who are familiar with every nook and corner of these dense forests. more

Plantation Tours
Plantation Eco-Tours are arranged from the District Tourism Information Office at Thekkady jn. in Kumily. Tours cover cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantations, tea factories, tribal settlements and the surrounding hill regions Tel. : 91-486-322620.

Elephant rides
The forest Department, Thekkady offers facilities for elephant rides through the jungle. Time : 1000 to 1700 hrs. Duration of a trip : 30 minutes Fare : Rs. 350 per person. Tickets are available from the wildlife information Counter Tel. : 91-486-322028

Main trekking areas in Thekkady : Kurisumala near Kumily, Pullumedu, Ottakathalamedu : 5 km from Kumily, Grampi near Vandiperiyar. The Forest Department conducts daily treks from the boat landing station at Thekkady to the Nellikkampetty area and Manakkavala. Starting : 0700 hrs. Fare Rs. 10 + entrance fee. Booking can be made with the Wildlife Preservation Officer, Thekkady Ph : 322027 322028.

Boat cruises on the Periyar Lake
07:30AM, 09:30AM, 11:15AM,1:45PM, 3:30PM hrs. Fare : Lower deck : Rs 25 + 10 ( entrance fee) Upper deck : 50 + 10 (entrance fee). The forest Department (Contact Ph : 322023) conducts boating trips from Thekkady. Entrance fee at check post. Foreigners : Rs. 50 (valid for 3 days) Domestic tourists Rs. 2

Kumily : 4 km , Sabarimala via Pullumedu : 50 km, Idukki : 65 km, Munnar 106 km , Kumarakom 128 km, Sabarimala via Erumeli : 134 km, Kodaikanal : 149 km, Alappuzha : 164 km, Kollam : 220 km , Ooty : 390 km.


Bus timing from Kumily
Thekkady 0930, 1045, 1130, 1200, 1230, 1330. 1530 hrs
Kumarakam 0700hrs
Munnar 0600, 0945, 1330 hrs
Ernakulam 0700, 1330, 1515, 1630, 1715, 1930 hrs.
Thiruvananthapuram From Kumily - 0840, 1530, 1615 hrs From Thekkady - 0820, 1515 hrs.
Kottayam Frequent buses.
Alappuzha 1115 hrs
Cherthala 1415 hrs
Idukki Frequent buses
Chennai 1630, 1900 hrs.
Pondicherry 1630 hrs.
Madurai 0115, 0515, 0525, 0645, 0716, 0720, 0730, 0755, 0835, 0940, 1030, 1045,1120, 1155 hrs. 1300, 1315, 1320, 1420, 1515, 1540, 1550, 1650, 1705, 1800, 1840, 1905, 2045 hrs.
Dindigal Frequent buses.
Kodaikanal e frequent buses to Kodaikanal (149 km). There is no direct bus from Kumily to Kodaikanal. The Dindigal bus takes you to Vathalakundu from where there ar
Trichy 0855, 1045, 1925 hrs.
Palani 0930, 1135, 1830, 1850 hrs.

Peermede, the famous plantation town, takes its name from Peer Mohammed, Sufi saint and close associate of the erstwhile royal family of Travancore. Wide vistas of tea, cardamom, rubber and coffee plantations interspersed with silver cascades, sculptural rocks, meadows and mist-cloaked hilltops make Peermede an unforgettable experience. The most delightful trekking trails complement the panoramic landscape. Monuments like the summer palace and summer residence of the royal family add to the splendour of the land. The summer residence, now converted into a government guest house under the Department of Tourism, offers comfortable .


Peermede and surrounding areas are ideal for trekking, cycling and horse riding.
  Trekking sites : Perru Hills, Kalthotti, Vagamon, Karandakapara Hills, Grampi (Paruthupara), Memala.
  Plantaion visits : Tea, coffe, cardamom, rubber etc
  Trips to Meloram, Nallathanni, Panchalimedu, Valanjamkanam waterfalls etc.
  Visits to tea factories in an around Peermede
Distance of a few major towns from Peermede
  Kumily : 40 km
  Thekkady : 44 km
  Kottayam : 75 km
  Alappuzha : 114 km
  Kochi : 150 km
  Madurai : 174 km
  Thiruvananthapuram : 225 km
Bus timing from Peermede
  Thiruvananthapuram : 0930, 1630 hrs
  Alappuzha : 1215 hrs.
  Cherthala : 1515 hrs.
  Kottayam : Frequent bus services
  Kumily : Frequent bus services
  Ernakulam : 0800, 1415, 1715 hrs.
  Madurai : Frequent buses from Kumily.

One of the most popular hill stations in India, Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Located at 1600 M above sea level, this was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns. winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji a flower which bathes the hills in he blue colour once in every twelve years. The Neelakurinji, will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi - which towers over 2695 M and is an ideal spot for campers who would like to trek.


Kochi 130 km
Madurai 142 km
Coimbatore 156 km
Kozhikode 287 km
Thiruvananthapuram 302 km
Nearest Railheads
Kochi 130 km
Kottayam 142 km
Madurai 162 km
Thiruvananthapuram 302 km
Road Distances
Devikulam 130 km
Mattupetty 13 km
Idukki 60 km
Thekkady 110 km
Kochi 130 km
Kottayam 147 km
Kumarakom 160 km
Alappuzha 200 km