Kerala Wildlife Tour
9 Nights / 10 Days
Kochi - Munnar - Anamudi - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey
Day 1. Kochi
Arrival at Kochi (Cochin) meet and assistance at the railway station by our
representative and transfer to your hotel. Half day sight seeing of Cochin by
boat. A few interesting sites included in the tour are the Chinese fishing nets
along the Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC
Gate, Bastion Bungalow etc. Overnight stay at hotel.
Cochin set on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas, the port city of
Cochin (Kochi) (Queen of Arabia) reflects the eclecticism of Kerala perfectly.
With a rich past and a bustling present, it has been the business hub of the
region from the very early days after Alleppey (Alappuzha).
Cochin consists of mainland Ernakulam, the islands of Willington, Bolgatty
and Gundu in the harbour, Fort Cochin and Mattancherry on the southern peninsula,
and Vypeen Island north of Fort Cochin, all was linked by ferry but now some
islands have bridges. The influence of Chinese, Jews, Arabs and Europeans
is evident in Cochin and its people. The oldest church in India, 500-year-old
Portugese houses, old tiled houses built in the Chinese pagoda style, the
famous Chinese fishing nets, a Jewish community whose roots go back to the
Diaspora, synagogues and mosques all tell the fascinating story of this harbour
town. The harbour is still at the heart of the city and pepper, sea food,
rubber and coir mats and matting are exported from here. Despite this, Cochin
is an attractive city with serene creak & lagoons overhung with feathery
coconut palms and picturesque islands. The older parts of Fort Cochin and
Mattanchery are an unlikely blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and an English
country village grafted onto the troppical Malabar coast. Cochin is one of
India's largest ports and a major naval base.
Day 2. Kochi to Munnar
Proceed to Munnar enjoying the scenic beauty & the marvelous waterfalls,
high mountains with the low flying clouds passing by. In the evening you can
go for sight seeing of Munnar which includes the Raja Malai - a top peak of
Munnar where you can see Neel Thar (mountain goats).Overnight at Munnar. Munnar
is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni
and Kundala. This hill station, located at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level,
was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British government in South India.
Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities
make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests
and grasslands is the 'Neelakurinji'. This flower which bathes the hills in
blue every twelve years will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest
peak in south India, Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal
spot for trekking
Day 3. Munnar - Anamudi - Munnar
Morning, after breakfast, visiting tea plantations, Anamudi, Eravikulam National
Park, Devikulam, Mattupetty, Pallivasal, Pothamedu, Attukal etc. Rest of the
day at leisure. Overnight at Munnar.
Day 4. Munnar - Periyar
Morning, proceed to Periyar on the way visiting Idukki dam. On arrival check
in at hotel. Periyar wildlife sanctuary is home to nomadic tribes of wild
elephant, boar, deer, the great Indian tiger and more. Evening go for boat
cruise in the lake to watch wild animals. Overnight stay at Periyar.
One of the well known wildlife sanctuaries in the south, Periyar
sanctuary attracts a large number of nature lovers every year. Also called the
Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary, this place is ideal for watching the animals in
their natural habitat. The forest here, slopes into the manmade lake at the
bottom of the hill. This lake serves as the waterhole for the animals and they
come here to drink or take a dip. Elephants, Gaur, Sambhar and even tigers can
be spotted here. There are boat services which takes the visitor around the
lake. The best season to visit the park is between October and June. Spread
over 777 sq.km of the Cardamom Hills of Western Ghats, the Periyar sanctuary
is located 137 km from Madurai. Although an excursion on the splendid artificial
lake is the standard way to experience the sanctuary, you can also walk around
with the local guide in a small group. Wild Elephant herds come to the lake
to frolic in the water. Other attractions of the sanctuary are the Sambhar,
Bison, Spotted Deer, Tigers, Leopards, Malabar Flying Squirrels, Stripe necked
Mongooses, etc. There are over 260 species of birds here, including Nilgiri
Wood Pigeons, blue-winged Parakeets, White bellied Tree Pies, laughing Thrushes
and Fly Catchers.
Day 5. Periyar
Morning, after breakfast boating through Periyar lake - Wildlife sanctuary.
You can visit the rare species of plants and animals. Afternoon visit spice
plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your
way back to the hotel, you could stop at the local market and pick up some
fragrant spices. Overnight stay at Periyar.
Day 6. Periyar - Kumarakom
Early morning proceed to Kumarakom. Reach and visit the Bird Sanctuary. Proceed
to the Vembanand Lake. The backwaters of Kerala are a unique product of Kerala
and are found nowhere else in the world. Backwaters are a network of lakes,
canals and estuaries and deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian
Sea. Overnight at Houseboat. Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad
Lake, which is a part of Kuttanad ('granary' of Kerala). The Vembanad Lake with
its majestic canals, streams and distributaries along its banks weave an intricate
and enchantingly beautiful web. The gorgeous green of the fringed palms ripple
in the blue waters and blend into wavelets. The entire state of Kerala is blessed
with plenty of rivers and the resources of many are still untapped. The waterways
of Kerala which play a main role in the economy of the state links remote villages
and islands with the main land. The water ways provide a cheap and economical
mode of transport. The water ways of Kuttanad is now a big attraction for tourist.
It is incredibly different experience to cruise in the backwaters in country
boats, absorbing the beauty of Kerala villages. The scenery flashes up vivid
contrasts of breath-taking greens and deep blues. Boat rides are available for
tourist and others at nominal rates.
Day 7. House Boat Cruise
Today also you will be cruising through the backwaters of Kerala and stay
overnight in the Houseboat.
Day 8. Alleppey
Disembark the boat at the reception of the backwater resort at Alleppey. Alappuzha
is famous for its boat races, houseboats, coir products, fish and lakes. Overnight
Alappuzha, formerly named as Alleppey, in Kerala is one of
the major backwater destinations. The thrilling boat race awaits you at Alleppey
or Alappuzha. Imagine to just lazing on a houseboat or enjoying fishing in Alleppey
Kerala. Kuttanad is also known as the 'rice bowl' of the state, Kerala India.
Alleppey is a captivating destination in Kerala India that provides backwaters,
traditional Kettuvallooms (house boats), beaches, boat race, swaying palms,
gourmet delight and many more.
Day 9. Kochi
After breakfast proceed to Kochi. Reach and spend the day shopping. In the
evening proceed for KATHAKALI DANCE PRESENTATION. Overnight at Kochi.
Day 10. Departure
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Shiva Temple and transfer to airport/railway station
according to the timings of flight/train