Private Tour of The Rustic Life of Thekkady

Duration: 9 hours
Destination: India, India, Kerala

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  • 9 hours
  • Kerala
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Non-Cancellable


Thekkady, located on the banks of Periyar Lake is one of the most sought wildlife destinations in Kerala. This 9-hour tour is an opportunity to get a first-hand experience of the village life at Thekkady. The journey starts with the visual recreation of ancient coffee making and coaches you in the art of beekeeping, chocolate and papad making. Enter the peace and serenity of the Shanthigiri Ashram and rejuvenate yourself. You will also witness the breathtaking view of the hills along the tour.


  • Ideal choice for families
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Free snacks included
  • Lunch included
  • Led by a local guide

You will be picked up by your guide at the meeting point at 10am to start this exciting journey! The tour begins with the boost of a coffee, the preparation of which is also an enlightening lesson in the art of primeval coffee making. You can also learn trade secrets from the maker. The journey leads on to Valiyapara, which translates to ‘huge rock’ from the top of which you are rewarded with a mesmerizing view of the paddy fields and vegetable farms of Tamil Nadu villages.

Opportunity arises to entertain and educate yourselves to the crafts of bee-keeping, papad making (papad is an indispensable crispy delight of any Kerala meal) and chocolate making. You also get to sample and buy the tasty delicacies of the same from the makers themselves.

The journey pauses at Shanthigiri Ashram where you can feel the peace and serenity imbibe the mind and body. Talk to Swamiji, the spiritual guru of the Ashram, if you are seeking any spiritual guidance. Treat yourself to the sumptuous meal served here and you can burn out the calories by taking a stroll through the spice farm growing cardamom and pepper. Inside the Ashram you also get to watch the traditional craft of mundu-making using power loom.

your next stop is Ottakathalamedu, which is a vantage point offering a spectacular view of the Thekkady Dam site and nearby hills. The heavy winds blowing here brings adventure to the scenery. The journey draws to a close with entertainment in the form of magnificent performances of tribal art forms like Mannakkoothu and Paliyakkoothu. Let the goodness of Thekkady fill your hearts as you head home. When the tour concludes, you will be dropped off at the pickup location.

  • Bottled water
  • Lunch, Traditional Kerala meal (vegetarian)
  • Professional guide
  • Evening Snacks

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Itineraries may change due to circumstances beyond control
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
Departure Point

Responsible Tourism Kerala Office, Thekkady (Address in Voucher)

Departure Time


Return Details

Returns to the original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


9 hours

Package is not cancellable.

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