Day 01 : Home Country to Cochin
On board flight to Cochin.
Day 02 : Cochin
Arrive Cochin by morning. Garland welcome, assistance and transfer to
hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of "Queen of Arabian Sea" - Cochin, a
major port of call on the ancient trade route from China to Rome. The
mixture of influences here is a heady brew. Chinese fishing nets dot the
coast, Roman coins are dug up as treasure trove, the Mattancheri Palace was
built by the Portuguese, and Willingdon Island was created by the British.
Here you will find Hindu Temples, Christian Churches, mosques, and a
synagogue (the Jewish settlement dates from at least as far back as AD 400).
Cochin is a melting pot of races and cultures, charmingly emphasizing that
variety is indeed the spice of life. Visit famous monuments & churches.
Evening we make a short drive to watch the dance-drama of Kerala - The
Kathakali in a local theatre. O/n Hotel.
Day 03 : Cochin to Parambikulam
Morning after breakfast drive to Annamalai/Parambikulam (about
210kms/07hrs) via visiting Athirapilly waterfalls. The road winds you
through Sholayar forests and Valparai hills tea estates. Upon arrival short
visit to Top Slip and also visit the center at Anapatty. O/n Camping at
Day 04 : Parambikulam
Lying adjacent to the Annamalai Gaur - Parambikulam, Kerala Wildlife Tour,
Wildlife Tour India Wildlife Sanctuary, the 285 sq km stretch of forest
known as the Parambikulam Sanctuary is one of Kerala's premier wildlife
reserves. Parambikulam lies in the Annamalai Hills, south of the Palghat Gap
in the Western Ghats. The area's hilly and rocky, drained by several rivers,
including the Parambikulam, the Sholayar and the Thekkedy. Thickly forested
with stands of bamboo, sandalwood, rosewood and teak, the sanctuary has some
marshy land and scattered patches of grassland. Parambikulam was once home
to some of south India's finest stands of teak; most of these, however, have
now been replaced by teak plantations. Parambikulam's animal species include
many of India's most prominent mammals: leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears,
elephants, wild boar, barking deer, spotted deer, langurs and macaques.
Parambikulam is also home to Kerala's largest population of gaur. Besides
these, civet, chevrotain, pangolin, crocodile, jungle cat, porcupine and
some 140 species of birds are found in the sanctuary. Although the larger
cats are few and far between, gaur, monkeys and deer are fairly common in
the sanctuary. Full day walk at Parambikulam Wildlife Reserve. This can be
either tough Jungle trek through dense rain forest OR smooth walk along the
river valley including visit tribal village. O/n Camping at Jungle House.
Day 05 : Parambikulam to Munnar Nilgiri Tahr - Eravikulam National
Park, Kerala Travels & Tours
after breakfast drive to Munnar (about 157kms/04hrs) through Chinnar
Wildlife Sanctuary - a throny scrub jungle presents no where else make this
sanctuary unique. There is a wide range of animals and a good number of
birds in this sanctuary. Animals include elephant, gaur, sambar, porcupine,
lion tailed macaque etc. Birds like jungle fowl, spotted dove, Kerala
laughing thrush etc are seen here. Proceed to Munnar via Marayoor - the only
place in Kerala that has a natural abundance of sandalwood trees. Check into
the hotel. Rest of the day free to relax in our beautiful hotel set amidst
among the tall trees.
Day 06 : Munnar
Morning after breakfast we make a short drive to Eravikulam National Park.
You will find yourself wondering through the tea plantations, as you soak in
the neat arrays of verdant green, dotted with the red and blues and violets
of the women who are plucking tea leaves. Eravikulam National Park - this is
the home of the Niligiri Tahr (locally called Varayadu, meaning rock goat),
the rare mountain goat that is fast becoming extinct. Most of the remaining
Nilgiri Tahr are found in this park. We explore the park by 02 - 03hrs walk,
the views are stunning from the top.Afternoon free to relax or just stroll
around the tea estates.
Day 07 : Munnar to Thekkady Elephant -
Thekkady, Kerala Wildlife Tour, Indian Wildlife Tour
Morning after breakfast we start our drive to Thekkady (about 110kms/03hrs)
through the cardamom hills of Idukki. Check into the hotel. Evening we
explore the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary which spreads over 777 sq km, roughly
half of which is dense evergreen forest, savannah grassland and moist
deciduous forest. The forest was declared a tiger reserve in 1978 under
Project Tiger, and so the name Periyar Tiger Reserve is sometimes used to
denote the place as well. We will do a 02 hr boat ride in an artificial lake
formed during the construction of the Mullaperiyar Dam in 1895 - that
explains the dead tree branches sticking out of the water. These trees were
submerged in the waters of the dam. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of
the few places where the chances are pretty high that you will spot an
elephant in the wild at close quarters and from the safe confines of a boat.
Not just elephant, but if it's your lucky day, gaur, masher, otter and other
wildlife. Rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.
Day 08 : Thekkady Elephant - Thekkady, Kerala Wildlife Tour, Wildlife
Travel & Tours
after breakfast we will go for a full day trekking & rafting at Periyar
wildlife sanctuary. The adventure starts at 0800 hrs from the Lake Periyar
boat landing. Maximum of 05 persons are allowed per raft and 02 rafts are
functioning. It involves a 2-hour trek in to the core area, 3-hours rafting
and 2-hours return trek. There will be one-armed guard and 2 tribal trackers
along with each raft. A simple vegetarian lunch will be served as well as
snacks and tea or coffee. Rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.
Day 09 : Thekkady to Kumarakom
Morning after breakfast drive to Kumarakom (about 140kms/03hrs). Much of
its beauty is laid out in all its glory along the road, which winds from
Periyar to Kottayam through Cardamom, Coffee, pepper and rubber plantations.
Check into the hotel. Afternoon visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary known for
local varieties like the waterfowl, cuckoo, owl and the water duck. Rest of
the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.
Day 10 : Kumarakom to Alleppey
Morning after breakfast transfer to Alleppey to board our houseboat and sail
through scenic backwaters, passing through one of the few areas in the world
where farming is done below sea level. The houseboat will cruise through the
Chambakulam area and anchor to explore the boat yard which displays the
traditional long snake boats used in races. Visit St. Mary's Church,
established by St. Thomas in 1721. Also catch a glimpse of village life
along the backwaters and experience a way of life unique to this region. The
boat will pass through picturesque stretches of the backwaters of Alleppey.
In the evening we anchor our houseboat. O/n Houseboat. Kovalam Beach, Kerala
Beaches Tour Packages
Day 11 : Alleppey to Kovalam
Morning after breakfast disembark from the houseboat and drive towards the
southward direction to Kovalam (about 160kms/04hrs), a beach paradise with
boundless blue o the Arabian Sea and unwinding miles of fine sand washed by
a surf which roars and hisses at the feet of coconut palms. A sheet of
silvery sand curves into a arch water and on the other by a never ending
spread of green palm groves. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Rest of the
day free to relax. O/n Hotel.
Day 12 : Kovalam
The day at leisure. O/n Hotel.
Day 13 : Kovalam to Trivandrum to your Home Country
Morning transfer to Trivandrum International airport to board flight to
your home country. Malabar Parakeet - Kerala, Bird Watching Tour, Indian
Bird Watching Endemic Birds of Kerala