Thekkady is in the hills of Kerala, and one of the biggest things its known for is the Periyar National Park and tiger reserve.
Going from Alleppey to Thekkady in part by ferry can be a good choice!
So, you have the part figured out about taking the Kottayam ferry from Alleppey.
But what do you do when you get to Kottayam to get the rest of the way to Thekkady?!
The good news is that it’s pretty easy!
You’re going to Kumily
So one of the first things that might be helpful to know is that the main city of the Thekkady and Periyar region is Kumily.
So the bus you’ll be getting on will be a bus to Kumily.
If you ask people about Thekkady, they’ll know you want to go to Kumily, but it’s still a good thing to know!
Kottayam ferry station to Kottayam bus station
Have a look at this map.
You’ll see that you can walk from the ferry station to the bus station in around 10-15 minutes.
Or if you’d rather not walk with luggage, you’ll likely be able to find a rickshaw right outside the ferry station, and that’ll take less than 5 minutes.
Kottayam train station to Kottayam bus station
Or, if you’ll be arriving to Kottayam by train to make an onward journey to Thekkady, have a look at this map.
It will be around a 30 minute walk from the train station to the bus station, or a 5 to 10 minute rickshaw ride.
Kottayam bus station
Once you get to the bus station, head on over to the “station master” office.
There, you can ask about when the next bus to Kumily is.
What are the Kottayam to Thekkady bus timings?
Looking at the aanavandi website to get an idea, there seem to be pretty frequent bus timings from Kottayam to Kumily to make this a pretty reliable option.
These bus timings are meant as a guide and shouldn’t be taken as an absolute!
These are some of the listed Kottayam to Kumily bus timings:
So from this, we can gather that it probably won’t be too difficult to find a bus to Kumily once you get to the Kottayam bus station.
The schedule above isn’t always accurate, but it is good in order to figure out if it’s a reasonable option.
And in this case, finding a bus from Kottayam to Kumily, it seems quite reasonable.
You’ll also notice that it’ll probably take around 4 hours to go from Kottayam to Kumily by bus.
And, the good news is that there’s also a good chance that you’ll be able to get on a bus that starts in Kottayam.
That’s good news because that means you’re probably guaranteed a seat!
That would be compared to a bus that doesn’t start in Kottayam, in which case the bus might arrive in Kottayam with a full bus.
Take the bus to Thekkady!
So once you get to the Kottayam bus station, find out when the next bus to Thekkady is, wait for that bus, and then off you go to the Kumily bus station!
HAPPY KOTTAYAM TO THEKKADY BUS RIDE!
More bus travel in Kerala
Kottayam ferry travel
- Alleppey to Kottayam ferry
- Kottayam to Alleppey bus
- Kottayam to Thekkady bus
- Kottayam to Munnar bus
- Alleppey to Thekkady
- Alleppey to Munnar
The need-to-know India travel tips!If it's your first trip to India, be sure to see these tips for getting around India on a budget, and more! You might wait until India to buy this mosquito repellent that works for many foreigners! Also be sure to see how to spend one month in South India and 2 weeks in North India, as well as tips for the Golden Triangle. And, overnight sleeper bus travel isn't so bad, and neither is traveling in general class on the train! Also see the easy way to get an e-visa. And this is the easy way to book train tickets online as a foreigner. I've used it, and it's simple! You can just show the e-ticket on your phone.
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Hostels in KeralaFor a hostel with international standards in Kerala, try Zostel!
More Zostels in Kerala:
Zostel is a top backpacker chain across India, and I've stayed at many Zostels in India! And outside of Kerala, if you'll be passing through Gokarna as you go from Goa to Kerala (here are options of how to get from Goa to Kerala!), then Zostel Gokarna is in an amazing location too! Here are pictures from the on-site cafe that overlooks the ocean.
Where to stay on the tourist trail in KeralaThese places basically go down the coast from north to south!
- Cochin: Try a homestay in the cute heritage area of Fort Kochi.
- Marari Beach: This is an "off-beat" location as Marari is mostly unknown to backpackers, but it can be a convenient stop to make between Cochin and Alleppey with chill laid back vibes. For an idea of what type of beach can be nearby, see my beach walk from Alleppey to Marari.
- Alleppey Beach:
- Funky Art Beach House again for chill vibes with a location among locals in a residential neighborhood
- And there's Zostel Alleppey too for another beach location to stay several days
- OR if Alleppey is a quick visit, try Dream Nest to be closer to town
- And see how to spend one day in Alleppey (short version: go for the backwaters village canoe tour instead of a houseboat!)
- Alleppey backwaters:
- Munroe Island: This is another generally kind of more off-beat location, and you can see a different part of the Kerala backwaters on a quiet island
- Varkala cliff:
Retreats in KeralaFor relaxation and rejuvenation for health and wellness, also see:
- Yoga retreats in Kerala
- Ayurveda retreats in Kerala - ayurveda is basically healthy living through natural herbs and remedies, and Kerala is the birthplace of ayurveda!
How to book India train tickets online as a foreignerIf you don't want to go through the complicated process of setting up an IRCTC Indian railways account as a foreigner...
Then the most convenient way to buy train tickets online is through this booking website. I've used it, and it's super simple! You buy the ticket, and then show the electronic version on your phone once you're on the train. Compared to buying directly through an Indian ticket booking website (IRCTC account required) or directly at the train station in India, there is a small convenience fee, as well as a less flexible cancellation policy, though!