Tourist Information

Bamboo Rafting in Thekkady

Bamboo Rafting in ThekkadyBamboo 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. View More

Plantation Tours

plantation tourThekkady is known for its plantations which are spread over a wide area. The Plantation Eco-Tours are arranged from the District Tourism Information Office at Thekkady junction at Kumily.

This tour covers cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantations, tea factories, tribal settlements and the surrounding hill regions.

When on this tour you will also get the opportunity to explore the plantations as well as the rural village life. Telephone number: 91-486-322620.

Elephant rides

elephant rideThe forest Department of Thekkady offers facilities for elephant rides through the jungle.

The visitors would be seated on an elephant top and would be taken around the spectacular Periyar National Park for a one of its kind experience.

Time: 1000 to 1700 hrs. Duration of a trip: 30 minutes Fare: Rs. 350 per person.

Tickets are available from the wildlife information Counter.
Telephone number: 91-486-322028


trekking thekkadyMain 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. Get the chance to trek up to the heights of 1500 meters and if lucky you could also get to see the wildlife here.
Starting Time: 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

thekkady boatingCruise through the Periyar Lake and explore the greenery and beauty of the lake surroundings. The cruise through the calm and peaceful lake is sure to make you feel out of the world. The cruise would relax and refresh your nerves.

Cruise Time: 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.

EXCURSION FROM THEKKADY : Peermede Accomodation.

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