Thekkady/Periyar is located at a distance of about 165 km from Kochi (Cochin). The town is renowned for the Periyar Tiger Reserve and is well-connected to Kochi by roadways and railways. However, the best way to reach Thekkady/Periyar from Kochi is by car, a journey of about 3 hours. The places covered during the journey include Kochi - 16km -> Thiruvankulam - 30km -> Muvattupuzha - 22km -> Kadavoor - 7km -> Vannapram - 53km -> Chelachuvattil - 39km -> Idukki - 27km -> Kattappana - 24km -> Chakkuppallam - 11km -> Thekkady/Periyar. Several petrol pumps of Indian Oil along with other petrol pumps are located en route. The Corporation Market, Kakkadassery Bridge, St Xavier's Church and Bavas Archana Hospital are some of the prominent landmarks that are located on the way to Thekkady/Periyar from Kochi.
Transport options from Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady(Periyar)
Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady(Periyar) By Car: Take a cab from Kochi to Thekkady/Periyar, which takes around 3 hours. The cost of cabs ranges from INR15 to INR45 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Comfortable and ideal for families with kids and in groups.
Kochi (Cochin) to Thekkady(Periyar) By Bus: Take a direct bus from Kochi to Thekkady/Periyar, which takes around 5 hours. Thekkady bus stand is located at a distance of around 5 km from the city centre and can be reached by bus, taxi or cab. Economical and ideal for individual travellers, backpackers and youngsters.
Travelled in Chevrolet spark, travelled more than 200 km one side. Roads conditions was just ok except for few places it was horrible. Traffic was less to high range, slight drizzle on the way made the drive very nice. Stopped at Kothamangalam and cheruthoni for food.
The ride was not all that great as people who are not used to such roads will feel very tired and nauseous and your head starts hurting. It was just a four hours drive however it seemed like it was never ending. Although the scenery was nice. The trip can be very tiring because of the roads for which you might end up skipping a day when you actually reach your destination as you will be too tired to do anything.
It was a nice experience when comes to driving! The roads were extremely in good condition having sign boards every where. We enjoyed the hilly areas driving along with the tea plantations. While driving you must be very cautious about the hilly areas. Never drive rash and negligent.
As you leave the Periyar and proceeds to Cochin you can see the spices gardens, tea gardens on both the sides of road. Temperature gradually increases as we leave the Periyar. We had a halt at Kottayam for lunch bus journey is not so boring but distance is more so you can have a nap also to get fresh.
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