This tomb of the famous Saint Yeldho Mar Baselios or Baselios Yeldo, is also called Mar ThomaCheria Pally. The tomb is situated very close to Martha Mariam Cathedral Valiyapally, and sees a lot of devotees during the Kanni 20 Perunnal, which is a feast held every year on October 2nd - the day when Yeldho Mar Baselios was declared a saint.
Also called St. Mary's Cathedral, this is one of the oldest churches situated in Kothamangalam, about 12 kilometers from Thattekkad. The church was built in 498 AD and it is revered by the Jacobite Syrians in the area.
This is perhaps the oldest synagogue in India, located in Thrissur about 72 kilometres from Thattekkad. It is one of the most important monuments in Kerala, and within driving distance from Thattekkad. Currently, the synagogue is defunct and has a cemetery attached to it. According to some historic proofs, the synagogue was built in 1597 by Malabar Jews. It is a must visit for people interested in the history of the region.
Children are sure to have a blast on their trip to Thattekkad. It would be a visual delight for kids to see the beautiful and rare birds in the sanctuary and also increase their knowledge about them. There are also several water parks with fun rides and lots more. You can take your children to MookanThodu, a water park about 27 kilometres from Thattekkad; or to Silver Storm Water Theme Park in Athirapilly, Thrissur, located approximately 50 kilometres away. Another awesome place for children is Wonderla Amusement Park in Pallikara, Kumarapuram, 47 kilometres from Thattekkad. Besides these, there are several local parks in and around Thattekkad whereyou can sit back and relax, while watching your children enjoy themselves.
This beautiful church constructed in typical gothic architecture was established in 1957 by Pope Pius XII. The church is established under the Diocese of Kothamangalam, Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, and is one of the most respected churches in the area. The serene and tranquil interiors of the church make it a must-visit.
This temple, just 16 kilometres from Thattekkad, is a very famous temple of Lord Shiva. As per some legends, this ancient temple was established by Lord Parasurama. The deity of the temple is Sankaranarayanaand there are several other shrines of Ganapathy, Ayyappan, Vanadurga, Yakshi, and Saptamatruka. It is also believed that Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna’s spirits reside in this temple.
This temple is situated on the banks of the Periyar River in Thattekkad. It is believed that the Shivling in this temple was found by some workers who were indicated of its presence by some snakes. In this temple, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are both worshipped on the same pedestal. There is a festival held here every year called Aayilyam Thozal Mahotsavam.
There are no museums within Thattekkad, but if you are keen, you may visit the museums not too far away. Thattekkad’s convenient location in Kerala allows you to visit several major towns and cities close by.
The Hill Palace Museum in Ernakulam (52 kilometres from Thattekkad), is Kerala’s first heritage museum, and was once the residence of the royal family of Kochi.
Another interesting visit is the Museum of Kerala History(54 kilometres from Thattekkad) which is a great place to learn about the history and cultural heritage of Kerala.
For tea connoisseurs, the Tea Museum in Munnar (68 kilometres from Thattekkad) is a must-see.
To feel one with nature, apart from the bird sanctuary, you could also visit some nice parks and gardens in and around Thattekkad. You could make a trip to the Bhoothathankettu Park in Kothamangalam, just eight kilometres away. The park is situated near the catchment area of Bhoothathankettu Dam, and is a nice, tranquil place. The Kothamangalam Park is another serene and beautiful park in Kothamangalam.
About 29 kilometres from Thattekkad, at Kuruppampady,is the heavenly Paniyeli Poru - a famous park and picnic spot next to the Periyar River. Paniyeli Poru also has a lovely waterfall.
Thattekkad is strategically located in Kerala. Kerala is a small state, and most of its major tourist destinations are within 150 kilometers of Thattekkad.
A trip to Kerala is incomplete without visiting the stunning hill-station Munnar, 67 kilometers from Thattekkad. Munnar is absolutely breathtaking with its scenic view, beautiful hills, and sprawling tea gardens.
The nearest place is Kochi, a major port, which is around 65 kilometers from Thattekkad. Kochi is great for shopping, has awesome food and many interesting places to see.
You can also make a trip to the gorgeous Thekkady, locatedalmost 116 kilometers from Thattekkad, and home to the famous Periyar National Park.
Alleppey is a famous city in ‘God Own’s Country’ Kerala. Referred to as the “Venice of the East,” it is famed for its exotic backwaters interlocked by multitude lattice of canals, luxurious houseboats, emerald lagoons, splendid beaches, natural verdant beauty and lush paddy fields. Tourists from all over the world flock over to relax and enjoy the backwaters whilst experiencing staying in a houseboat, soaking in the mesmerizing beauty and rejuvenating at the ayurvedic and wellness spas.
The backwaters and Houseboats
With its labyrinth of serene streams with mild waves, crisscrossing network of canals and scenic natural beauty of dense greenery, lush green paddy fields and coconut groves, the backwaters are aptly titles as the ‘Venice of the East’ and is a sight to behold. The best way to explore the backwaters is by cruising and staying on a luxurious houseboat that is manned by a cook, guide and oarsman. It is an enchanting experience of overlooking the waters on an open deck, viewing the dazzling sunrise and sunset with beautiful birds adorning the sky and star gazing at night.
The Alleppey Beach is a riveting beach with sparkling sand, crystal clear azure waters with soft waves, 150-year-old vast pier stretching out into the sea, dense palm groves and scenic views. It is a popular spot for picnicking and engaging in fun activities such as parasailing, surfing, volleyball etc. The Vijaya park which is a children’s park, Sea View Park for boat rides and the ancient lighthouse add to the charm of the beach and makes it a perfect locale for a family outing.
The Marari Beach is an idyllic tranquil beach perfect for peace, relaxation and unwinding. Situated 11km from Alleppey in a quaint town of Maraikulam, it comprises of glimmering golden sand, calm turquoise water and coconut trees with mesmerizing views of sunrise and
sunset. One can take a stroll along the shore, relax under the shade of the towering trees or engage in thrilling water sports such as swimming, parasailing, water-skiing, deep-sea fishing, surfing and boat cruising the backwaters. The beach is rated as one of the World’s Top Five Hammock Beaches by the National Geographic Survey and is popular especially with honeymooning couples.
Located at a distance of 47km from Alleppey, Krishnapuram palace is a magnificent palace and a museum perched on the top of a hill and is surrounded by a beautifully manicured terraced garden with fountains, ponds and a newly erected chamber housing the statue of Buddha. Built in the 18th century by the erstwhile Travancore king Marthanda Varma Maharaja, it comprises of gabled roof, dormer windows and narrow corridors and is reminiscent of conventional rare Kerala styled architecture. The palace has an archaeological museum resplendent with antiques, sculptures, coins, weapons, artifacts in bronze, stone inscriptions, murals, exquisite paintings and a bible in Sanskrit dating back to 1886. A major attraction is the exquisite mural painting depicting the story of Gagendra Moksham which is the largest in all of Kerala. The mural is 14 by 11 feet and covers an area of around 53 square feet and has a rich historical value attached to it. The double-edged sword Kayamkulam Vaal can also be found here. The Krishnapuram Palace is currently maintained by the Archaeological Department of Kerala and was recently renovated in accordance with the scientific techniques that are prescribed for the protection of heritage buildings.
St. Mary’s Forane Church
The St. Mary’s Forane Church also known as Champakulam Kalloorkadu Marth is one of the oldest and magnificent Catholic Syrian Church built in 427 AD in Champakullam, on the banks of river Pamba with beautiful views of the backwaters flowing adjacent to it. The ancient Syro- Malabar church under the Archeparchy of Changanacherry is popular for its marvelous architecture, magnificent sculptures, stunning murals, baroque rock inscriptions and ancient artefacts of Portuguese influence in its traditional designs. Legend has it that the church was founded by St. Thomas, the Apostle himself.
Karumadi is a small village near Alleppey that allures tourists from all over the world to see the half broken black quartz statue of Lord Buddha dating back to 10th century. Several fascinating legends are associated with the statue and many believe that it possesses mystical powers to cure diseases and my touching it’s feet, the healing power gets transferred and heals the person. Such is the aura of the statue and is a must visit Buddhist pilgrimage site for devotees and tourists alike.
Vembanad Lake and Pathiramanal
The second largest lake in the country, Vembanad lake is famous for its tranquil pristine backwaters and splendid surroundings. The beautiful lagoon can be explored by indulging in a day or night boating excursion or staying in a houseboat. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary located on the coast of the lake is a treat for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. One can find a large population of Waterfowl along with other birds such as owls, cuckoos, brahminy kite, flycatcher, egret, lark, Siberian Crane Heron, parrots etc.
Pathiramanal, which means “Sands of the Night”, is a tiny island located in Lake Vembanad and boasts of a pristine and unadulterated verdant landscape. The islet is a bird watchers’ paradise as it’s a haven for approximately rare and endangered 91 local species of birds and 50 species of migratory birds that hover in the sky enhancing the beautiful and joyous experience.
The best time to visit Alleppey is between August to March when the weather is more pleasant to indulge in the outdoor experiences.
A perfect getaway for relaxation and rejuvenation by experiencing the backwaters and overnight stay in the houseboat and soaking in the breathtaking beauty.
Flight: The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, Kochi located at a distance of 75 km. A cab can be hired from there directly to reach Alleppey.
Train: The main station is the Alleppey Railway station and is well connected to various cities across the country such as Trivandrum, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, and Cochin. A cab can be hired from there to reach the main city.
Road: Several private and state buses ply from major cities to Alleppey. Private car and taxi can also be hired.
The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is Thattekkad’s major attraction and an absolute pleasure for nature lovers and ornithologists. The sanctuary is full of beautiful and rare birds, and their chirping sounds are almost therapeutic.The sanctuary’s serenity, diverse birdlife, and beautiful views will leave you awestruck.
Another place blessed with raw, natural beauty is Bhoothathankettu. This is a large reservoir, with a dam, a garden, and lush green forests in the vicinity. Bhoothathankettu also has a soothing waterfall which is the perfect setting for a quiet picnic or a peaceful, relaxing day. To enjoy more natural beauty, Munnar, Kochi, Kumarakomand Alleppey are the best places to visit.
Kerala boasts of a rich cultural heritage. The traditional music, dance, and handicrafts from Kerala are well-known across the globe. To experience the real Kerala culture, you can head to Kochi. A must in your itinerary should be the Greenix Village at Fort Kochi. This is one-stop cultural destination – it has a cultural museum, dance theatres, music shows, a small Curio Shop, and a restaurant selling delicious, authentic Kerala food. Greenix Village also has lodging facilities.
Another place of cultural importance is The Cochin Cultural Centre, renowned for its performing arts. At this centre, there is a daily Kathakali performance, apart from which, training is also provided for various other dance forms. The centre also has yoga, meditation, etc.
Besides the famed Salim Ali Wildlife Sanctuaryand Bhoothathankettu, the Idamalayar Catchment Area is a major landmark in Thattekad. Many renowned churches, museums, and other important places that serve as important landmarks are located in Ernakulam and Kothamangalam.
For nature lovers, picnics and boating at Bhoothathankettu, and various nature walks would be the best way to tune in your senses with nature.
There are several treks in Thattekkad which are great for adventure lovers. There is a long trek in the Thattekkad Sanctuary, via the dense and beautiful Neriamangalam forest, which can lead you up to the slopes of Munnar. You can also indulge in the treks in the forests around Bhoothathankettu.
Kerala being the land of Ayurveda, there are several local Ayurveda Centres which specialise in Panchkarma and other relaxing massages. For upscale Spa services you can visit Ernakulam or Kochi.
Kochi has several places where you can enjoy live music. Try the Springr Studio, and ‘Under The Tree’, Cafe Papaya, (both in Kochi),for some great live music.
While in Kerala, one must try the food at local eateries and restaurants – here you can eat authentic, freshly prepared and delectable local cuisine. Thattekkad has many local restaurants which mostly serve Kerala or North Indian cuisine. If you would like to eat at some good places, try the popular restaurants like Nanny's Rasoy, Hotel Kavery, and Kappi Garden Restaurant all at Kothamangalam; and Butter Hut Restaurant at Ernakulam. Kochi too has plenty of fine dining options.
Thattekkad does not have any clubs or discos. You may visit Kochi to experience the night life in some of its plush clubs and discos.
Most hotels in Thattekkad have bars along with restaurants. Thattekkad’s local wine shops are called Toddy Bars at several places. If you would like to go to a good standalone bar, Cloud 9 in Kothamangalam is your best bet.
There are no flea markets in Thattekkad, however there are several in Kochi. Some popular flea markets in Kochi are Broadway, Jew Town, MG Road, and Marine Drive. Interesting souvenirs, handicrafts, spices, jewellery, clothes, electronic items, and a range of other diverse items are available at these markets.
Thattekkad is a small place with no major departmental stores. Some popular departmental stores in nearby areas are Daily Bread Supermarket and Marley Bakery and Supermarket both at Kothamangalam; Triveni Supermarket at Kochi MG Road; and Winfair Supermarket in Kozhikode. You can buy fresh food at Alba Hyper Market - Kochi's only hyper market that is open till midnight.
There are several street shops in Thattekkad selling daily necessities. However, to shop for clothes, souvenirs, electronics, authentic spices, etc. Kochi is a better option.