When I visited Thekkady recently, it was indeed a memorable experience. A lot of my family friends asked about this comparatively lesser known destination in Kerala when compared to Alleppey, Munnar or Varkala. Hence, I am also mentioning how you can have fun at Thekkady if you are traveling with family and kids.
Thekkady is a beautiful place for a vacation with the kids. With plenty of things to do here, Thekkady is a perfect vacation destination with kids that let you seamlessly mix fun and education. Before you start packing, do go through this short guide for your vacation here.
What to do here
Here are some of the places to visit in Thekkady with kids.
Take a trip to the Periyar Tiger Reserve
Start your family vacations at Thekkady with a visit to the Periyar Tiger Reserve. It consists of over 60 different species of animals like the Asian elephant, deer, the Bengal tiger, the Lion Tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, and more. It is also home to over 265 species of birds. Club Mahindra offers a safari to the Periyar Tiger Reserve throughout the year.
Visit a tribal village
The Periyar Tiger Reserve is home to a number of tribal communities. The Tribal Heritage Program is a two-hour tour that lets visitors interact with tribal communities as well as gain an insight into their lives. This is a fun way to introduce your children to the wonders of tribal culture. It involves a trip to tribal hamlets as well as to the Tribal Heritage Museum.
Take a walk in the plantations
Thekkady is surrounded by a number of plantations. Teach your kids the importance of spices and how they are used in your kitchen as you all wind your way through spice gardens containing cardamom, clove, black pepper, and cinnamon.
Go on a jungle trek
Enjoy the dense wild forests as you go on a jungle trek during your family vacations. This is also the perfect time to spot different kinds of animals. But maybe you shouldn’t expect to see a tiger. Despite Periyar being a tiger reserve, the density of tigers is pretty low here.
Enjoy boating or bamboo rafting
Get in touch with your adventurous side by going bamboo rafting, an activity that is a part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve’s nature walk. The raft, made of bamboo, will take you to the catchment area of the reserve. You can also opt to go for a boat ride with the slightly younger ones in the family. On the way, you will get to see many animals here. Club Mahindra offers both activities on the Periyar River.
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Best time to visit
While Thekkady can be visited any time due to its pleasant climate, it is best to visit the town during the months from September to March for family vacations.
How to get there
The nearest town to Thekkady is Kumily which is 4 km away and well-connected to Kochi, Madurai, and Chennai by road. Nearest railway station is Kottayam which is 114 km away. The nearest airports are at Maduraiand the Nedumbassery airport in Kochi which are 136 km and 190 km away respectively.
Where to stay
One option to stay in Thekaddy can be Club Mahindra. The Club Mahindra Thekkady Resort is built in traditional Indian Machan style. The resort has been created in such a way that you can enjoy the beauty of nature while relishing the luxury of modern amenities, beautiful surroundings, as well as the tasty local cuisine served here. Plan a vacation at Club Mahindra & get a chance to experience the best of nature with your family at Club Mahindra Thekkady resort, Kerala.
This is the perfect resort for families as it offers something for everyone. While you and your partner can relax in the in-house spa, your kids can enjoy themselves at the resort’s fun zone. It is all this and more that makes it one of the best resorts in Thekkady. Take a look at Club Mahindra reviews by their members before you plan your next family holiday.
Pack your bags, book your tickets and accommodation, and head out with your family to Thekkady for a fun-filled adventure!
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