Thekkady has a feast of local fare waiting for you. There are many places to eat in Thekkady. One popular option is the homestays that serve home cuisine. But there are a lot of options in and around the Periyar Wildlife Reserve. From croissants to filter kapi, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the simplicity or the sophistication of some of the culinary experiences.
Shree Krishna offers you budget meals that range from dosas to a multitude of thalis. Ananda Bhavan is another great place for a variety of meals on a budget. What’s more, they have North Indian fare on their menu. So, if it’s a Paneer Makhani or an appam you’re craving, head here.
The Bamboo Café is situated on the Lake Road in Thekkady. It is famous for finding like-minded travellers who head here for meals that range from Italian to Indian and are light on the spices. Prefer a buffet with fish, chicken and desert at a budget? Stop at the Chillies Restaurant opposite the Lourdes Church on Lake Road. A great place to refuel.
All Spice is a little more expensive, but it also offers wine and beer to wash down their North and South Indian offerings. You’ll find it in the Cardamom County. And they also do takeaways so you can chug a pint or two down as they prepare your hamper.
The multi cuisine in Thekkady is like everywhere else. It’s not really budget eating. But this is a holiday and if you don’t mind spending a little more, there are lots of options.
The Ebony’s Café does a great mashed potato sandwich, basic pasta and curries and it also serves up a pretty ambience.
Chocolate croissants for breakfast? The French Café & Restaurant says “Oui!” Come here for baguettes, a good pizza and pancakes.
Mezze platters and Falafel on your mind? Come to Chrissie’s Café, which is also a part of a lovely laidback hotel.
Visit the Taj Garden Retreat, Thekkady for a fine dining experience. Head to the Hornbill Bar for a martini or a beer and sign it off with dinner or lunch at the Periyar Room – a restaurant famous for its signature Kerala cuisine.
Another Thekkady institution is the Grandma’s café. It’s a great place to have some French toast and you can scribble on its walls, leaving your trail behind as many other globetrotters have.