Places to visit in Thekkady

Vantage Views

Chellarkovil (12 km)

This sleepy little village with its breathtaking view of the plains and cascading waterfalls is a feast for eyes.

Grampi (28 km)

Grampi is also known as Eagle rock because of the panoramic view from its high peaks. Rock plains, lush hillside, forests and picturesque views lend charm to this destination

Around Thekkady – Local Activities

Coracle & Bullock Cart Discoveries

We invite you to visit the farmlands of a village, hidden in the valley, behind the mountains of Periyar Tiger Reserve, in a Bullock Cart. The village is rich in bird diversity (New explorations for a serious bird watcher, also wonderful beginning for a novice)…with wineyards, diverse agricultural crops of mango, tamarind, onion, sunflower, jasmine and a score of other vegetables. the village will take your breath away when the guides start to interpret how farming has woven delicately with the culture and the life of the natives…To feel the slow pace of the village life, to be part of the innocence, to take away you between cock and stick fights, to quench the thirst with the nectar from tender coconuts. It is better to have Binoculars and a hat. First the guest will be experiencing the coracle ride where varieties of bird life can be experienced. Two guides of the local community will accompany a group of maximum six visitors. After the coracle experience the guest can experience the bullock cart ride where they will be taken through the virgin village areas of Tamilnadu. The programme is for three hours and conducted by a group of local people who are a part NGO which aims to protect animals from poaching and preserving the forest. The profit from this programme is used for rehabilitation of this group of people.

Duration :03 Hours
Timings: 06:30 AM to 09:30 AM & 02:30 PM to 05:30 PM

Elephant Ride (in Spice Plantation)

  • 30 Minutes with Elephant: Includes 25 minutes ride & 5 minutes photo session.
  • 60 Minutes with Elephant: Includes 30 minutes ride and 30 minutes timber, feeding, photo session, free serve tea & coffee.
  • 90 Minutes with Elephant: Includes 45 minutes ride in the spice plantation and 45 minutes timber, elephant bath, shower, photo session, feeding. Free serve tea & coffee.
  • 120 Minutes with Elephant:- Includes 60 minutes ride in the spice plantation and 60 minutes timber, elephant bath, shower, photo session, feeding .Free serve tea & coffee.
  • Half Day with Elephant:- Includes 02 Hours Elephant ride, visit cardamom processing unit, plantation, elephant bath & shower, timber, feeding, photo session with complimentary tea / coffee & snacks.
  • Full Day with Elephant:- Includes 02 Hrs. & 30 minutes Elephant ride, elephant bath, shower, timber, plantation, jeep safari, tea factory, cardamom processing unit, feeding, lunch, tea & coffee, snacks, raw boat , waterfalls, view point.

Timings:- 8 am to 6 pm .

Spice Plantation Tour

Spice Plantations are fascinating to wander as there are different sections for each plantation. The serene silence of the spice plantations in Kerala not only revives your mind but also keeps your body active. Many spices are nurtured in Kerala and some of these spices such as pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg are also in priority and demand. A trip to spice plantations in Kerala gives you a feeling of green paradise. Walking through the aromatic gardens displays the nature’s bounty. Walk amidst the green, terraced farms in Thekkady, while you hear the murmuring sound of the rippling stream. You can go for nature walks, bird watching treks, taste the various spices and breathe in the fragrant air while exploring the spice plantation in Thekkady. Pick up a few packets of the tea and spices grown here that make for a good buy. The spice plantation in Thekkady is a prime attraction of this beautiful land.

Timings: 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM.

Martial Arts (Kalaripayattu)

Kalarippayattu is a martial art originated in ancient South India. Kung-fu, popularized by the monks of Shoaling Temple traces its ancestry to Bodhi Dharma, an Indian Buddhist monk and Kalarippayattu master.

Note: The Show starts at 6:00 PM.


Kathakali is a dancing theatre created, some 300 years ago, out of 1000 year old traditions. Kathakali has attracted great directors, actors and storytellers into Kerala for many years.

Note: The Show starts at 7:00 PM.

Tribal Dance (a peep in the past)

Mannans are among the oldest indigenous group of people to inhabit Periyar Tiger Reserve. Till as late as 1940’s, they used to live in the remotest areas of the tiger reserve eking out a simple living by fishing in the lake and cultivating a few crops. The dance program of one hour from evening 6pm to 7pm by tribal groups like Mannans & Paliyans.

Note: The Show starts at 6:00 PM.
Duration: 01 Hour.

Tea Factory Visit

Buy organic tea and visit an organic tea factory and plantation, focused on the small tea growers of the area. The factory can be viewed from specially designed vantage points so that the visitors get a feel of the process without disturbing the production line

Timings: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Note: Sunday Holiday
Duration: 60 Mins.