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Kerala, located on the south-western tip of India, enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Asia. Fondly referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala was selected by the National Geographic Traveller as one of the 50 destinations of a lifetime and one of the thirteen paradises in the world.

An equable climate, serene beaches, tranquil stretches of backwaters, lush hill stations and exotic wildlife are the major attractions of this land.  A unique advantage of Kerala is that most of the destinations here are only a two – four hour drive from the other.

Classical art forms, colourful festivals, exotic cuisine are some of the cultural marvels that await travellers. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine and Panchakarma, the rejuvenation therapy in Ayurveda have also helped Kerala to gain a pan-global reputation as a worth-visit destination.

Season never ends in Kerala, thanks to the year-long moderate climate and numerous festivals and events.

DAY 1 ARRIVAL AT COCHIN / THATTEKKAD

On your arrival at cochin International Airport, meet and assist by our representative and proceed to Thettekkad bird sanctuary (around 46 kms 1 ½  hours drive).

Thattekkadu is made up of tropical evergreen and deciduous forests and some grassland patches. This globally acclaimed bird sanctuary owes much of its fame to Dr. Salim Ali, the internationally renowned ornithologist. After his famous bird survey of Travancore in the early 1930s, he reported that this area is extremely rich in bird diversity and that it should be made into a bird sanctuary. Thus, his efforts were instrumental in the formation of this sanctuary to a large extent. More than 300 species of birds are found here.

Spread across 25 sq. km. the sanctuary lies between the tributaries of the River Periyar like a peninsula. Birds like Srilankan Frogmouth, Racket tailed Drongo, Bronzed Drongo, White bellied Treepie, Shama, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Rufous Babbler, Malabar Parakeet, White bellied Blue Flycatcher, Malabar Grey Hornbill, are some of the birds that can be easily seen here.

Thattekkad also has extensive plantations of teak, rosewood, mahogany. The dense forest is also home to nearly 28 species of mammals and about 9 species of reptiles.

On arrival check into Hornbill Camp. Overnight at Thettekkad

Camp: Hornbill camp

Room: AC Tent.

Meals: Dinner only.


DAY 02 THATTEKKAD / MUNNAR

Morning after breakfast check out from the camp and proceed to Munnar (around 2 ½ hour drive). Enroute you will stop at Cheeyappara Waterfalls for a break.

Munnar is arguably the ideal starting point for exploring the unfathomable diversity and beauty of Kerala, and it is a hill station - breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquillity - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country. Set at an altitude of 6000 ft. in Idukki district, Munnar was the favoured summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air

Your vehicle will be parked in Munnar Town and will take an off-road Jeep ride around 6 kms through the tea plantations to reach an exotic nature resort called Nature Zone.

On arrival check into Nature Zone Resort and relax. Check into this exclusive resort on top of the hill. Enjoy the nature and stay in an exclusive “Tree House”.

Overnight in Munnar.

Hotel: Nature Zone Resort

Room: Tree House

Meals: Dinner only.


DAY 03 MUNNAR SIGHTSEEING

Early morning proceeds for a trek from the resort to Pallivasal Mottu one the peak point here. The view from here is an amazing experience.

Have your breakfast and around 11 AM, proceed to visit Tea Factory Museum in the town to see how tea is manufactured from Tea leaves. Then you will visit Eravikulam National Park.

Eravikulam National Park: A sanctuary for the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr. The Eravikulam National Park stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97 sq km in the Rajamalai hills. Anamudi, the highest peak (2695 m) south of the Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary in majestic pride. The slopes of the hills abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna. The Atlas moth, the largest of its kind in the world, is a unique inhabitant of the park. Other rare species of fauna found here are the Nilgiri Langur, the lion-tailed macaque, leopards, tigers, etc.

If interested also visit Matupetty Dam/Tea Factory Museum and echo point.

Overnight in Munnar.

Hotel: Nature Zone Resort

Room: Tree House

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner only


DAY 04 MUNNAR/ THEKKADY

Early morning again you can do a short trek to the nearby tea plantations.

Morning after breakfast, check out and drive to Thekkady (around 3 ½ hrs. drive).

Thekkady, one of India's major wildlife sanctuaries, sprawled over an area of 777sq.kms is rich in varied flora and fauna. It is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations of tea, cardamom, pepper, cloves and cinnamon in the High Ranges and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.

On arrival, check into “Aranya Nivas” inside the Periyar Wild Life Santuary and relax.

After noon, proceed for a spice plantation tour and you can enjoy Elephant ride through the plantation.

Overnight in Thekkady.

Hotel: Aranya Nivas

Room: Premium

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner only


DAY 05 THEKKADY/ GAVI/THEKKADY

Today early morning 5:30 AM you will proceed for a Jeep Safari to Gavi.

GAVI: Spread across the beauty of Periyar Tiger Reserve, Gavi is a quiet, beautiful and pristine forest haven.

It is at the eastern extreme of the Pathanamthitta District at 3400 ft above MSL. These evergreen forests are abundant with magnificent Wildlife including the tiger, elephants, leopards, bears, Indian gaur, sambar, barking & Mouse deer, lion tailed macaque, other varieties of monkeys, Nilgiri Marten and a lot more.

The jeep safari to Gavi, picturesque land, is the major off-the-track destination ideal for a wilderness retreat replete with trekking, birding, canoeing and facilities for boarding. This biological garden, with hills and valleys, tropical forests, sprawling grass lands, sholas, cascading waterfalls and cardamom plantation, is home for many endangered species like lion tailed macaque; nilgiri tahrs etc.

Breakfast and lunch is included in this trip. The tour including 36 kms drive through the forest, trekking and pedal boating.

Evening back to Thekkady and overnight stay.

Overnight in Thekkedy

Hotel: Aranya Nivas

Room: Premium

Meals: Dinner at the hotel.

Breakfast & Lunch will be served during Gavi Trip


DAY 06 THEKKADY / ALLEPPEY / MARARIKULAM

Morning after breakfast drive to Alleppey (around 3 ½ hours’ drive). Around 1200 noon board a traditional Kerala houseboat from Alleppey and cruise along the serene backwaters.

During the cruise, the countryside offers a close look into an engaging rustic life. You can see skilled fishermen launching their cockshell boats, large flotillas of ducks waddling down to the water from thatched houses on the banks, women neck-deep in water, with their waist-length hair heaped in a crown, searching for fish with their feet and aimless cattle grazing in lush pastureland, where white lotuses lie here and there in small, low-lying pools.

The personal chef on the houseboat will prepare delicious Kerala style cuisine for you on board. Evening disembark from the cruise around 17:00 Hrs. and drive to Mararikulam.

On arrival at Mararikulam, check in to the hotel and overnight stay.

Overnight stay in Mararikulam.

Hotel: Turtle beach, Mararikulam.

Room: Premium Cottage

Meals: Dinner only.


DAY 07 MARARIKULAM

Morning breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day is free to enjoy in the beach.

Marari Beach is a perfect location for holidaying with family or friends. This beach in Kerala is eternal with coconut palm trees and golden sands. The beach is quite beautiful and the name 'Marari' arises from 'Mararikulum', which is a local village on the Arabian Sea Coast.

Marari is a peaceful place to relax and chill out. If you want to visit Marari, you must soak up and enjoy the serenity on the deserted sandy beaches. To make your trip interesting, you may roam around the beach as there are plenty of sightseeing places where you can spend some quality time with your loved ones.

Overnight stay in Mararikulam

Hotel: Turtle beach, Mararikulam.

Room: Premium Cottage

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner only.

DAY 08 DEPARTURE

Morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and you will be transferred to Cochin international airport for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast only.

***TOUR END***

Hotels used:

Mararikulam: Turtle beach

Thekkady: Aranya Nivas

Munnar: Nature Zone Resort

Thattekad: Hornbill camp

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