How to Reach Thekkady

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Getting to Thekkady by Air

With no local airport, getting here by flight means landing at one of the nearby cities, from where you can get a cab or bus for the final part of your journey. With this being such a highly visited place, arranging a vehicle for you is no hassle at all. The nearest airport is actually Madurai, which is 136 km away. Luckily, Madurai Airport is really well-connected to most of the country’s big cities. Meanwhile, Kochi International Airport and Trivandrum Airport are 185 km and 265 km away, respectively. Depending on your departure location, you can choose the most convenient one to land. You can have further arrangements made from the airport to your accommodation.

How to reach Thekkady by Road

Getting to Thekkady, Kerala’s spice and jungle tourist-gem, by road, will show you just why you’re in a part of the world known as God’s Own Country. Its location is such that it is only 4 km away from the border town of Kumily, which even makes it easy to drive in from the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. The journey between these two towns is like a postcard come alive, with lush jungles, exotic plantations leaving a lingering aroma in the air and calming streams appearing and disappearing at their leisure. Perhaps the only trouble you’ll have if you’re driving, is keeping your eyes on the road! But you can just as easily get a taxi or one of the Kerala state-run buses that journey all the big cities including Kochi and Kottayam. The buses still offer the same views and are surprisingly comfortable, for a 4 to 5-hour ride. Taking the road is the only option if you’re wondering how to reach Thekkady directly. If that doesn’t suit your travel plans, an alternate mode of transport can be easily arranged, like flight or train.

How to reach Thekkady by Train

You’re planning to visit one of the most thriving natural ecosystems in the country. So, you can understand a certain level of disconnection from the outside world. It’s a part of what’s needed to keep it that way. Even in these modern times, Thekkady has no train station. But you still can take a train journey, to the nearest station – Kottayam. In this case, near means 110 km away! But Kottayam Station has connections to most Indian cities, including Delhi and Kolkata. More locally, you can easily catch a train from Ernakulam to Kottayam too. Once you’ve reached, it’s the same – take a cab or bus to complete the last few hours of your journey. Tell us your travel needs and budget and leave the rest to your SOTC advisor, so that all you have to do is look forward to this dream destination with our Thekkady tour packages and other Kerala tour packages.

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