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How To Reach Thekkady From Bangalore

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Tourism In Thekkady

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Current weather:

Best time to visit:

Nov - Jul



Ideal Duration:

2 - 3 Days

Honeymoon Road Trip Ideal for families

How To Reach Thekkady

From-To Distance By Air By Train By Road
Bangalore to Thekkady -10.0 hours12.0 hours

How To Reach Thekkady From Bangalore

Tourists planning to travel from Bangalore to Thekkady can choose from various means of transport such as flights, trains, buses, and cabs. Owing to the flawless and convenient inter-state connectivity in India, reaching Thekkady from Bangalore is not a hassle. Tourists can choose to travel by a Bangalore to Thekkady train, flight, or by personal transport. In terms of weather, there is not a lot of difference as Kerala (Thekkady) and Karnataka (Bangalore) are both coastal regions. The different ways in which you can reach Thekkady from Bangalore are:

Bangalore To Thekkady By Air: There is no direct flight from Bangalore to Thekkady, however, you can take a flight from Bangalore to Madurai. From Madurai, you can arrange for a car ride to Thekkady. The car journey will take about 3 hours and you will reach Thekkady’s centre.

Bangalore To Thekkady By Train: This is one of the most convenient ways to reach Thekkady from Bangalore, via Kottayam. The train journey is about 12 hours long. The distance from the Kottayam Railway Station to Thekkady is approximately 111 km so depending on the train’s speed, you will reach in approximately 2 hours. A train journey is an affordable way so many opt for this.

Bangalore To Thekkady By Road: You can either hire a cab or take a bus. A cab journey can end up costing quite a bit due to the per kilometre charge. The cost will depend from company to company but it will not vary too much. There are buses that go directly from Bangalore to Thekkady. It takes about 10-11 hours to reach. To reach the centre of Thekkady, you can take a cab. The bus stand in Thekkady is about 20 minutes away from the city centre.


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FAQ's of Thekkady

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Ideally, how long should someone stay in Thekkady?

The ideal amount of time spent in Thekkady would depend on the traveller's reason for going there. While there are quite a few places around that are not to be missed to see the true beauty of the place, one can ideally see most of them in 3 or 4 days. However, as the biggest attraction is Periyar National Park, anyone visiting Thekkady to spend a few days observing the animals could do with staying a week and seeing some of the other nearby attractions as well.

What should someone pack when going to Thekkady?

In terms of clothes, muted colours like green, brown, grey are recommended as the national park is a main attraction. The clothes should ideally also be comfortable and easy to walk around in. Since the other attractions around Thekkady are nature oriented as well, it makes packing the essentials of mosquito repellent, flashlight and good shoes necessary as well.

How much do elephant rides cost in Thekkady?

In Thekkady the cost of a one and a half hour ride from the Elephant Junction is roughly Rs. 1300. 

Is it better to visit Thekkady with friends or family?

Thekkady is a place that you would visit to be close to nature and as such, it is a peaceful and luxurious experience. A visit with family is ideal and it is an excellent place to spend some down-time with the family and relax. Of course, if you have friends that share a common interest with you, for example, wildlife/nature photography, then it is a great place to visit with them as well.

What safari is available in Thekkady?

There is boating, border hiking, Bamboo rafting and Jungle safari to Gavi. The safari includes trekking, pedal boating, visit to cardamon plantations as well as the museum.