Vandanmedu, another popular tourist location near Thekkedy, is a small hamlet blessed with greenery and surrounded by plantations. This region is best known for its export quality spice products and holds the record of being the largest producer of cardamom.

The hilly tracts of the region are sprinkled with plantations that cultivate various spices and a visit to this place during weekends will serve as a truly exhilarating experience. Vandanmedu is located at a distance of about 28 km from Thekkedy and is reachable by road. Eco-tourist regions such as Murikkady, Pandikuzhi, Gavi and Chellarkoil are also located closer to this region.

Outdoor activities such as casual strolling and nature walk can be undertaken in this region. The plantations of Vandanmedu provide guided tours through the long stretches of cultivation. Many budget resorts and guest houses are also available in this area. The sight of luxurious greenery, ripened fruits and richly grown plantations will delight and rejuvenate a visitor in no time.

Thekkady is well connected by road to some of the major cities in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) runs regular bus services from Kochi, Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram to Thekkady. Plenty of tour packages are also available to Thekkedy, it being one the major tourist destinations.
Madurai is the nearest airport to Thekkady (140 km), but the nearest international airport is Kochi International Airport also known as Nedumbassery International Airport. Located at a distance of 190 km, Kochi Airport is well connected to all major cities of India and some cities abroad. Those who arrive by air can either avail taxi services (about 4000 INR) or take buses from the airport to reach Thekkady.
Railway Station:
The closest railway station to Thekkady is located in Kottayam (about 120 km). Regular trains are available from Kottayam railway station to all major cities in India such as Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram and New Delhi. Taxis services are available from Kottayam to Thekkedy at a rate of approximately 2500-3000 INR. Buses are also available, which are more economic.

Tourist Place to Visit in Idukki District, Kerala