Kottayam to Thekkady bus travel. Kottayam to Kumily, Periyar national park. Backpacking Kerala India

 

Thekkady is in the hills of Kerala, and one of the biggest things its known for is the Periyar National Park and tiger reserve.

 

So if you’re looking for a bus from Kottayam to Thekkady (aka Kottayam to Kumily) when you’re backpacking Kerala, you might also be taking the Alleppey to Kottayam ferry!

Going from Alleppey to Thekkady in part by ferry can be a good choice!

 

Kottayam to Thekkady bus: Kottayam ferry boat ride. Backpacking Kerala India

 

Although it’s possible to go direct by bus from Alleppey to Thekkady, which would be quicker, there’s no better way to leave Alleppey than by way of the Kerala backwaters… right?! 😉

 

Kottayam to Thekkady bus: Kottayam ferry boat ride on Alleppey backwaters. Backpacking Kerala India

 

So, you have the part figured out about taking the Kottayam ferry from Alleppey.

 

Kottayam to Thekkady bus: Kottayam ferry boat ride. Backpacking Kerala India

 

But what do you do when you get to Kottayam to get the rest of the way to Thekkady?!

 

Kottayam to Thekkady bus: Restaurant near Periyar national park and tiger reserve. Backpacking Kerala India

 

The good news is that it’s pretty easy!

 

Kottayam to Thekkady bus: Kumily tea plantations. Backpacking Kerala India

 

 

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

Kottayam to Thekkady bus: Kottayam ferry station. Backpacking Kerala India

 

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

Kottayam to Thekkady bus: Kottayam bus station. Backpacking Kerala India

 

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?

Kottayam to Thekkady bus ride. Backpacking Kerala India

 

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:

Kottayam to Thekkady bus timings schedule for Kottayam to Kumily. Backpacking Kerala India

 

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!

Kottayam to Thekkady bus: Periyar national park boat ride. Backpacking Kerala India

 

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!

 

Kottayam to Thekkady bus: Kumily bus station. Backpacking Kerala India

 

Kottayam to Thekkady bus ride. Backpacking Kerala India

HAPPY KOTTAYAM TO THEKKADY BUS RIDE!

 

More bus travel in Kerala

 

Kottayam ferry travel

 

How to spend one week in Kerala

 

 

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