This well curated package will plunge you neck-deep into the best of wildlife experience Kerala has to offer. With ample scope for birding, waterfalls in the rainforest, Jungle jeep safari in exclusive eco-tourism zones and wildlife spotting treks in the magical Periyar this tour will leave wildlife enthusiasts spell bound.
You will be welcomed at Kochi International airport / rail station by our company representative and taken to your hotel.
Spend the day at Kochi, one of the finest natural harbours and the oldest European settlement in India. The cultural mosaic here is shaped by a long history of visitors – Arab, Chinese, British, Jewish, Portuguese and French – making for a remarkable heritage city.
A view of the magnificent marine drive at Kochi city with the legendary Chinese fishing nets
Do-it- yourself walk: heritage sites of Fort Kochi
You start your walking tour of Fort Kochi at the St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India and explore the imposing Santa Cruz basilica built by the Portuguese. It will be fun to observe the iconic and still-in-use Chinese fishing nets and even try using them yourself. Stroll past the shops along Jew Street shopping for antiques and spices and also visit the Jewish Synagogue and the Dutch Palace. You will notice that the heritage zone of the city is amazingly well preserved.
Enjoy dinner at one of the exquisite seafood restaurants in the city. Relax for the night in your hotel.
Today, experience the beauty of nature’s creations with dense forests, waterfalls and wildlife. After breakfast, set off on a journey to the Sholayar forests and Athirapally falls: the famed film location. This evening, check-in to your resort near thattekad bird sanctuary.
TRAVEL TO ATHIRAPALLY (70 KMS, 2 HRS)
Trip to Athirapally & Vazhachal Waterfalls: the cascading beauty
Enjoy a mild trek through the forests to the base of the thunderous waterfall at Athirapally. As you hear the loud noise and feel the refreshing water spray, you will treat yourself to an impressive view worth the little trouble trekking down. Also visit the cascading waterfalls at Vazhachal 5km away and get some snaps of wild insects and water pools along the way. Enjoy lunch on the way back
Nature puts on a great show at Athirapally: a must experience in Kerala
Head to your resort at Thattekad and relax for the evening and get prepared for your birding trip next day.
This morning set out to explore other the forests of thattekad bird sanctuary and its surroundings to spot some rare birds. Spend the day at this birding haven.
Guided Birding in Thattekad: the avian haven unfolds
Be ready for wee hour walks into the forest for bird spotting with the guidance of an experienced spotter.Some rare species you might spot here include Malabar pied hornbill, Black sparrow which mimics the sound of eighteen birds and the Ceylon frog mouth which is nocturnal. The nearby Edamalayar forest is where you could spot a mountain hawk eagle
Thattekad is the richest bird habitat on peninsular India with rare birds like the Malabar pied hornbill
Go for an evening birding outing as well or enjoy bamboo rafting. Relax for the night at your resort.
Enjoy your breakfast at thattekad and by 9 am get on a journey to Thekkady, home to one of the best managed wildlife reserves in India. With a 100-year-old artificial lake and its setting in the thickly forested Western Ghats (UNESCO world heritage site), Periyar will not disappoint with a range of activities and wildlife spotting on offer.
TRAVEL TO THEKKADY (120 KMS, 2.5 HRS)
Check-in to your resort, relax for a while and soak in the tropical garden landscape
Asiatic elephants, gaurs and wild boars are commonly spotted in the reserve during boating
Boating the Periyar: A soothing wildlife experience
The evening boat ride through the lake Periyar will give you a chance to spot wildlife by the river side. Arrive at the counter to make the evening ride. Relax for the night at your resort
Today you will have some of the best wildlife experiences on offer in Periyar. Pick up on any of the ecotourism activities in the reserve and spend the day in the wild..
Go for an early morning Nature walk or bamboo rafting in the reserve
Dawn is an ideal time to view exotic wildlife with the help of your trained tribal naturalist/ guide in the Periyar tiger reserve (Nature Walk for 3 hours). If you opt for bamboo rafting, it is a dawn to dusk hiking and rafting programme which takes you through the depths of the forests which give you great opportunities to spot wildlife. The team with 4 guides and an armed guard will hitchhike back by evening through the edge of the forest.
The community-organised ecotourism experiences in Periyar are a must do for all wildlife lovers out there
Experience Kalaripayattu: One of the oldest fighting systems in existence (optional)
Today evening, we can take you to attend a Kalaripayattu show illustrating the 3000 year old art-form. The practitioners of Kalaripayattu are not only warriors but also self-healers. Besides the swords and daggers the warriors are also trained in a unique weapon called ‘Urumi’ - a lethal flexible sword that can be concealed as a waist belt.
Relax for the night at your resort.
Today will be a treat to all senses with your trip to Gavi, a highly acclaimed eco-tourism hotspot. The exclusivity of this destination is maintained with only 100 visitors allowed entry everyday.
A Jeep safari to Gavi: an unexplored wildlife experience
Enjoy a 40 km long scenic drive through the jungle on a jeep to reach Gavi. Enjoy a 3 hour trek with trained tribal guides, through grasslands, hills and thick forest and also relax by canoeing/ peddle boating in the placid waters of Gavilake. You can even view the famed Sabarimala hill shrine from view-points over here. Head back to your resort for dinner
A host of activities arranged by local families at Gavi, ensures that you remain engaged and entertained.
Today is the last day of your tour. Enjoy a splendid breakfast at your resort and get prepared for onward journey.
Drop back at Kochi Airport/Rail station by evening bidding farewell to god’s own country with memories to last for a life time.
3 star Hotel/resort with neat amenities, hygienic bathrooms & European toilets, Telephone and 24 hours room service
Air Conditioned vehicle with chauffer at your disposal thorough out the tour
Buffet breakfast included at all resorts/ hotels
Total tour cost
Starting from INR 20300 per person in October to March and INR 16500 per person from April to September
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