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Kerala Wildlife and Hill Stations

Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days
Route: Cochin - Kumarakom - Periyar - Munnar - Cochin

Tour Description:

Kerala is full of tropical rain forests and semi evergreen timber plantations. Kerala Wildlife and Hill Stations account for major portion of Kerala’s land. Kerala is home to various wildlife species like elephants, tigers, leopards, civets, gaur, sambar, chital, untamed canines, fox, untamed boar, squirrels, mongooses, otters, lingers, bonnet macaques and lion tailed macaques.

Kerala has 14 protected localities including two tiger reserves, one biological park and two biosphere reserves, attracting wildlife enthusiasts across the world. It is also the habitat of highly threatened animals like the Nilgiri Tahr and Indian sloth.

This package is totally for the wildlife enthusiasts.

Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival Cochin

Arrival Cochin meet assist at the airport and transfer to Kumarakom (140Km drive). Kumarakom is situated on Lake Vembanad, the hub of backwater tourism in Kerala. Mangrove Forests, Paddy Fields, and Coconut Groves networked by a maze of waterways and canals adorned with water lillies make Kumarakom an unbelievably beautiful, natural paradise. Transfer to hotel. In the evening enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise - The sunset cruise in Cochin along the harbour is also a great experience where you pass other ships and boats of all sizes and can see the Cochin skyline and the Cochin shipyard which is more than 200 years old. Night stay in Kumarakom.

Day 02 - Cochin - Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

After breakfast proceed for Bird Watching at Kumarakam Bird Sanctuary, an ornithologists’ heaven. Afternoon fishing by the Lake. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Kumarakom.

Day 03 - Kumarakom - Periyar

Morning Drive to Periyar (130Km drive). The Periyar Forest is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Lying at an altitude of 900 – 1800m above sea level and spread across 777sq.Km, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, it’s the only sanctuary in India where you can view wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. Periyar’s biggest attractions are the Herds of Elephants that come down to water and play lakeside. Transfer to hotel. Later proceed for bamboo rafting expedition where you will get an opportunity to spot a large number of birds Night stay in Periyar.

Day 04 - Periyar Boat Ride

Start the day with a short Trek inside the Sanctuary followed by a two hour Boat Ride. Evening leaves you free to explore the local Spice Markets at Kumily, a small town 4Kms from Thekkady. Night stay in Periyar.

Day 05 - Periyar - Munnar Hill Station

After breakfast, depart for Munnar, 110Kms away; situated 1600m above sea level. Munnar is a Hill Station, once the Summer Resort of the ‘British Raj’, Government of South India. Sprawling Tea Plantations, winding lanes and good holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Munnar tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometres, lust green hills, a place so difficult to describe, very low population too far from pollution, most of the covered by Tata tea. Also the Raja Malai, a top peak of Munnar where you can see Neel Thar (mountain goats), Muttupetty dam, Indo Swiss project; you can also enjoy boating in the Lake (optional). Night stay in Munnar.

Day 06 - Munnar

Trek through the Silent Valley where you can trek up to Meesapulimala, literally meaning 'The Mountain of the Whiskered Tiger'. This is a spectacular trek passing through sholas, (high altitude mountainous forest or cloud forests) pine forests, rolling grasslands across myriad mountain streams and spectacular valleys. Sightings of elephants, gaur, Nilgiri Thar are highly possible. Night stay in Munnar.

Day 07 - Munnar - Cochin

After breakfast drive to Cochin (150Kms drive). Cochin, A port town since early centuries, Cochin attracted traders and invaders from the world over. Cochin offers some fascinating snippets of history and culture. Also known as the spice coast of India. Cochin is a fascinating blend of cultures. Spend the day shopping in the busy bazaars of cosmopolitan Cochin. Enjoy a full body Ayurveda massage today. Night stay in Cochin.

Day 08 - Sightseeing in Cochin

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing in Cochin, that takes you very close to the region’s History on the international stage - The Hill Palace Museum, a fully-fledged archaeological museum and Kerala’s first ever Heritage Museum are the main attractions (closed on Mondays). Chinese Fishing Nets, this unique style of huge cantilevered fishing nets were erected between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the Court of Kubla Khan, a Chinese King. Santa Cruz Basilica, this historic church was built by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Church a Basilica in 1984. The Jewish Synagogue, constructed in 1568, this is the oldest Synagogue in the Commonwealth (closed on Saturdays & Jewish Holidays).

The area around the Synagogue, called Jew Town, is the centre for Spice & Handicraft shops. Mattanchery Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to the Regent of Kochi (closed on Fridays). Evening witnesses Kathakali, the famous dance drama of Kerala. This dance is characterised by some great story telling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up. Start early to see the artist preparing themselves for the show (5 PM ). Watch in detail the ritual worth seeing hour long process of make-up as part of our daily KATHAKALI performance. After the Performance, you will have a unique opportunity to take photographs along with the artists in colourful costumes as a souvenir. Entire performance will be supported with commentary in English. Night stay in Cochin.

Day 09 - Cochin - Departure

Transfer to Cochin Airport to board the onward flight.

Options / Choices / Additions:
Waterways” – One Night on a Houseboat: The night’s stay, ‘Day Two’ of the Tour can be spent on a Houseboat; we board at Alleppey – the “Venice of the East”. Alleppey is a fascinating part of Kerala; land of Canals and Inland Lakes. The classic Kerala Houseboat or “Kettuvallam”, (as it would be locally known), is the giant traditional craft of the waterways. Measuring up to 80 feet in length, they were used to carry tonnes of rice & spices. A standard Kettuvallam can hold up to 30 tonnes. Today these Houseboats have been transformed into an innovative holiday idea, including all the creature comforts of a well-furnished Bedroom, an en-suite Bathroom, cosy Living Room, Kitchen and even a Balcony for Angling. The Houseboat will cruise at a leisurely pace along palm-fringed waterways, giving a panoramic view of Kerala Village Life. On-board catering will provide the best of Kerala Cuisine to suit your tastes. At night the Boat will be anchored on Lake Vembanad.

Super Saver” – Day One & Two at Alleppey: A day trip to Kumarakam to visit the Bird Sanctuary. [Note: This option will save cost on the Deluxe Tour].

Take a Beach Break – [Additional Charges Apply]:

1. Coastlines:
Two nights in any one of the Beach Resorts

  • Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam.
  • Kadapuram Beach Resort, Nattika.
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