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Hill Stations & Wildlife: 15 Days


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Arrival Point: Kozhikode (Calicut–CCJ)
Departure Point: Thiruvananthapuram (TRV)
Destinations Covered: Kozhikode–Wayanad–Guruvayoor–Athirappilly–Kochi–Munnar–Thekkady– Vagamon–Kumarakom– Kovalam– Ponmudi– Kovalam Kanyakumari–Kovalam–Thiruvananthapuram
Price starting from: USD 990/- Per person on Double sharing basis * * *
Highlights: Kappad Beach, Wayanad Hill station, Coffee Plantations, Wildlife Safari, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Tribal Village visit, Guruvayoor Temple, elephant Sanitarium, Athirappally waterfalls, Kodanad Elephant training center, Indo Portuguese museum, Chinese fishing nets, Dutch Cemetery, Mattancherry palace, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Jewish Synagogue, Tea & Spices Plantations, Eravikulam National Park, Tea Museum, Trekking, Bamboo Rafting, Houseboat Cruise, Kovalam Beach, Ponmudi Hill Station, Padmanabhapuram Wooden Palaces, Kanyakumari, Suchindram Temple, Confluence of 3 oceans, Lands End of India
Duration: 14 nights & 15 days
Itinerary
Day 1: Kappad Beach of Kozhikode (Calicut) 
On arrival at Kozhikode International Airport transfer to a resort in Kappad Beach (23 Km), Free & Leisure–enjoy the beach. This is still a pristine & uncrowded beach where 5 centuries back a Portuguese sailor Vasco da Gama landed with 170 men to write a new chapter in Indian history. Welcome to you now !
Day 2 & 3: Vythiri (63 Km from Kozhikode, 1½ hours drive)
After breakfast spend some time on the beach, afternoon check out from resort & drive to Wayanad (2100 Meters above sea level) the virgin hill station of Kerala. Check in to the resort, feel at home. After dinner enjoy a night Jeep safari (2 hours) near the resort to spot wild animals.
Day 3: Tholpetty Wild life sanctuary
Before breakfast enjoy a Jeep Safari in Tholpetty Wild life sanctuary which is a 24 km ride in to the forest. This is a home to several animals like Indian tiger, bison, jungle cat and elephant. The lake inside the sanctuary is the main source of drinking water for the animals. The watchtower here provides beautiful views of the surroundings. Return to the resort for breakfast after safari. Take rest for a while & go for sightseeing again. Visit tribal village in the evening.  Overnight stay at the resort.
Day 4: Guruvayoor (173 Km from Wayanad: 4 hours drive)
After Breakfast drive to Guruvayoor, check in to hotel, Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred pilgrim centers of Kerala, Guruvayoor Sree Krishna temple, the fourth biggest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees per day. According to belief, the temple is the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the Gods, and Vayu, the God of winds. Pay a visit to the temple for evening prayers. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. 
Day 5: Athirappilly & Vazhachal Water falls (90 Km from Guruvayoor, 2 hours drive)
After breakfast visit Anakotta the biggest elephant sanitarium in the world which is 2 km away from Guruvayoor temple. Nearly 100 Elephants are kept in 10 acres of land. Here you see Elephants of different size & nature, a lot are friendly, some are indifferent & a few are aggressive. All these Elephants are the “biggest” offerings of devotees. Then drive to the majestic waterfalls of Kerala.
Athirappally Waterfalls: 
The Chalakudi River bursting forth from the jungles of Sholayar, comes crashing down, plummeting 80 feet to form the dramatic Athirappilly Falls – the waterfalls as spirited and noisy as the forests are dark and silent. The cool spray that covers a large area near the falls makes this area a scenic location. Many eminent film directors used this location for their movies. Overnight stay at Athirappilly.
Day 6: Fort Kochi (80 Km from Athirappilly) 
After breakfast, enjoy a city sightseeing drive to Kochi, check in to your hotel and stay 1 night here. A leisurely stroll here through its streets in the evening is one of the best ways to discover all that this town has to offer- each and every nook of this island is steeped in history.
If interested, in the evening enjoy Kathakali – the exotic and universally popular performing art of Kerala. ‘Mudra & Make-up’ demonstration follows the performance. The two hours pass too soon.
Day 7 & 8 : Munnar  (127 Km from Kochi 3.5 hours drive)
After Breakfast Check out from hotel & make a scenic drive towards Munnar (1800 meters above sea level) Enroute Visit Adimali  (Wholesale market for spices and cardamom), Cheyyappara waterfalls, Valara waterfalls, Viewpoint, Attukal Waterfalls and other wayside attractions. Check into hotel here. Free at leisure.
Day 08: Sightseeing 
After breakfast, visiting Chinnar Wildlife park, Eravikulam National park, Marayoor sandal forest, Mattupetty Dam, Echo point, Film Shooting point, Kundale Lake, Tea Factory & Museum, Blossom Park & Pothenmedu View Point.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary: 
Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is about 60 k.ms from Munnar. It is an ideal spot for trekking and enjoying wildlife closely. It is the habitat for endangered grizzled giant squirrel in India. Almost 34 species of mammals including panthers, spotted deer, elephants, tigers can be found here. It is also a bird watchers paradise. 245 species of birds live here!
Rajamalai (Part of Eravikulam National Park):
Rajamalai is located at about 15 k.ms from Munnar.  This region is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragas hylocres). It was converted to a national park to provide a safe sanctuary for the endangered species of Nilgiri Tahr. The natural habitat of the Niligiri tahr ,Rajamala is 2695 Mts above sea level. Half the world’s population of the rare mountain goat or tahr a species becoming extinct is now found here.The total number of Niligiri Tahrs in Rajamala is estimated to be over 1300.
Sandalwood forest Marayur:
Marayoor is located at around 42 k.ms north of Munna. And is famous for the natural sandalwood forest. Not only that, this place is said to be part of the ancient stone age civilization dated back to 10,000 B.C. Stone age paintings, rock edicts and dolmens found there vouch for this rich heritage.
Blossom Park: 
Blossom International Park is about 3 km away from Munnar town and it spreads over 16 acres. It is a peaceful location to enjoy a calm and relaxing nature walk admiring flowers and surrounding green hillside. The park offer many activities for tourists like boating, cycling, roller skating etc.
Tea Museum:
This tea museum is first of its kind in India. The aim of this museum according to its founders is to showcase the growth of more-than-a-century-old tea plantations in this region. Anyone visiting this museum will get a clear picture of how backbreaking is tea processing really.
Day 9 : Periyar Wild life Sanctuary (Thekkady 1000-1900 Meters above sea level)
After Breakfast proceed to Thekkady (90 Km from Munnar) a scenic journey past mist capped mountains, spice plantations and open grasslands lined with Spectacular waterfalls ….. On arrival check into hotel, refresh yourself & relax. Overnight stay at Thekkady.
Periyar Sanctuary: 
Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife reserves – the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.  Spread across 777 sq.km, of which 360 Sq.km is thick evergreen forest.Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar adds to the charm of the park.  This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however, are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.
Attractions here includes: 
Mangala Devi Temple: A 1000 year old temple inside the dense forest,
Chellar Koil : A sleepy little village with breath takings views,
Vandi periyar: A small town with tea and coffee plantations with tea factories,
Vandanmedu: World’s largest cardamom auction centre with sprawling Cardamom plantations,
Ramakkalmed: Rolling green hills with panoramic views),
Pandikkuzhi: A picturesque picnic spot offers opportunities for trekking and a phographer’s delight.
                       and much more.
Day 10: Vagamon (50 K.ms from Periyar, 2 hours drive)
Morning after a boating inside the sanctuary in Periyar, drive to Vagamon, a hill station located in Kottayam district of Kerala. Situated 1100 meters above sea level. Vagamon also known as the ‘Scotland of Asia’ was discovered by the British who found the place ideal for tea plantations. National Geographic Traveler has listed Vagamon on their directory of the ’50 most attractive places to visit in India’. Still untouched by commercialisation, the sleepy town with its scenic valleys, beautiful green meadows, enchanting pine forests, mists, fogs, tea estates, waterfalls with the overall greenery is really striking. Stay 1 night in a plantation retreat or a farm house.
Day 11: Houseboat Cruise in Kumarakom
After Breakfast proceed to Kumarakom (48 Km from Vagamon) Check into the Houseboat for a 22 hours cruise through narrow canals, lakes & lagoons to see Duck farming, Coir making, Toddy tapping, backwater village life ! The boat will be anchored in the evening 6:00 pm. All meals are served onboard.
 
Day 12, 13, & 14: Kovalam (120 K.ms from Kumarakaom, 3½  hours’ drive)
After breakfast disembark from houseboat & drive to Kovalam, check in to the hotel. Kovalam is an internationally renowned village with three adjacent crescent beaches. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for Swimming, Surfing & other activities. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse, water sports. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, and catamaran cruising are some of them. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into midnight.
Day 13: Ponmudi Hill Station day tour
After breakfast day tour to Ponmudi in western Ghats, is located 915 meters above sea level. On the way see a variety of beautiful mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, Kallar river with rounded pebbles, small rivulets, tea plantations, lush forests, springs etc this place offers excellent trekking possibilities and camping opportunities.  During monsoon rivulets and rapids flow across the road. There are 22 hairpin curves in the short distance of 70 KMs from kovalam which makes the travel a thrilling experience.
Day 14: Kanyakumari Day Tour
After breakfast proceed to Kanyakumari & visiting Padmanabhapuram Palace (Monday closed), Suchindram temple, Vivekananda rock & Triveni Sangam.
Kanyakumari:
The town is at the southernmost tip of India surrounded by 3 oceans, Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea & Indian Ocean and is especially popular for its spectacular and unique sunrise and sunset, thanks to its being nearly surrounded by ocean waters. On pleasant, full-moon evenings (locally called Chitra Pournami), one can also see the moon-rise and sunset at the same time. The nature of the sand in the beaches of Kanyakumari is unique as it is multicolored. After Sunset drive back to Kovalam.
Day 15: Departure Transfer.
After Breakfast departure transfer to Trivandrum Airport / R.Station
Package Includes:
  • Hotel Accommodations with Breakfast,
  • 22 hours Houseboat cruise,
  • All Meals in Houseboat (traditional Kerala)
  • All Transfers and Sightseeing by A/c car,
  • All Land & Water Tours as per the Itinerary,
  • Airport/R.Station Pickup & Drop,
  • And all taxes and service charges.
Price as per Request    

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