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Kerala is a greenland sandwiched between the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 ms in the east and networked by 44 rivers. Kerala offers a wide range of Adventure Tour possibilities.



Cycling is the best way to explore the villages of Kerala, meeting the local people, enjoying their hospitality and trying to understand their culture and lifestyles – an important aspect of an eco-traveler. Biking along the Kerala roads is the best way to enjoy your holiday in the Gods Own Country. You will have the freedom to stop anywhere you want, interact with the cheerfull villagers, take pictures by the same time being a responsible traveller. Kerala backwaters is a must see, rated by many magazines and travellers of the world. We offer Kayak on backwaters and serve you view of the village life of around. We bring you the smiling faces of children, villages and farmers at work. A backwater Kayak may be a once in lifetime experience to see the real village life of Kerala - local villagers engaged in fishing, duck rearing, and shell and mud collection for the farms. Tiger Trail programme at Periyar is a genuine ecotourism product, a protection oriented Adventurous Trekking and Camping Programme. The trekking programme is opening an excellent opportunity for serious nature lovers.


Alleppey is situated in the state of Kerala (also known as 'God's own country') and frequently visited by tourists from all across the globe due to its splendid backwaters. This place is endowed with pristine beauty and a perfect blend of serene atmosphere. Adding glamour to this place are its exotic beaches that are bordered by emerald colored water and lush green trees. Boating amidst magnificent crystalline water with exceptional scenic beauty around truly is a marvelous experience. Alleppey is very famous for the Nehru Trophy Boat Race that is held in August and September every year.


The backwater tourism brings tourists from all across the globe every year. The actual beauty of Allepey lies in its exotic backwaters that are encircled by lush green palm and coconut trees. Rowing over the shimmering water and getting to witness the charming beauty is a thrilling experience for anyone. You can also explore these charming backwaters by a houseboat cruise organized for the same purpose. The houseboat cruise on the backwaters takes away your entire exertion and brightens up your mood and spirit. During this boat ride, you’ll also get to witness the village life near the shore. The boat ride here is a memorable experience and would always remain etched in your memories. You can also hire a motorboat or a speedboat to enjoy a thrilling experience. The Punnamada Kayal, a beautiful lake in Allepey is a must see place where Nehru Trophy Boat Race is organized every year.

Alleppey is the most popular town in Kerala to explore the charm of beautiful backwaters. So, get ready to savor this mesmerizing experience.


Elephant Safari in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala is an interesting activity for the wildlife buffs. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is also a Tiger Reserve which allures wildlife buffs from all over. Rich variety of flora and fauna and the greenery all around makes Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary an exciting place. From boat rides to bamboo raft rides to trekking Periyar Forests is one of the major tourist attractions of South India.

Plan an Elephant Safari in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala to take a tour through the jungles of Periyar and explore its rich bio diversity.

Elephant Safari in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is simply a unique experience as you explore the dense woodlands of Periyar riding on an elephant. These safari tours have a royal charm. A ride on these majestic beasts is not only unique experience but elephants can also avert an attack when faced in danger amidst the wild beasts.


Periyar Forests is the home of home of leopards, wild dogs, barking deers, mouse deers, Nilgiri langur, wild boar, bonnet macaque, Sambhar, porcupines, squirrels, Indian bison and sloth bear. If you want to watch the Periyar Wildlife in their natural habitat then go for Elephant Safari in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.


A trip to the Periyar Forests in South on the elephant Safaris in India are always a much awaited affair by the tourists. So arrange your tour to the Wildlife Sanctuary of Periyar on an elephant safari.


Chembra peak, which is highest peak in Wayanad is located 14 kms west of Kalpetta. Located amidst panoramic surroundings, the peak is at an altitude of 2100 m above sea level.


An ideal spot for trekking, Chembra Peak is a very beautiful spot close to the Western Ghats. The Chembra Hills and the adjacent Meppadi hills are accessible from Kalpetta.

The entire region is quite picturesque with tea plantations and a variety of flora and fauna and some wild life in the jungles.

At the top of the Chembra Peak, there is a lake that has never been dry. It is a delightful spot for the trekkers as well as for the nature lovers.


Agastyarkoodam Peak is a spectacular peak in the Western Ghats that rises to a majestic height of about 1868 m in the form of a sharp cone. It is accessible only on foot, with 61 kms of trekking from Bonacaud, and 32 kms from Neyyar Dam.

A haven of rare herbs and medicinal plants, its slopes offer a breathtaking sight when they transform into colorful glades of the 'Neelakurinji' a flower, which blooms only once in twelve years.

According to a local belief, the peak was the abode of sage Agasthya, who was a confirmed bachelor. Hence, the aborigines dislike the presence of women on the hill. Women are not allowed up the peak.


A sample tour programme is as follows:-


One

Day 01:
Arrive Kochi airport. Meet and assist on arrival. Transfer to Estate Bungalow at Kothamanagalam 40 Kms away by road. The Estate lodge is set amidst a rubber estate. Welcome drink on arrival followed by lunch. Evening proceed for at Thattekad.


Day 02:
Early morning trip to Thattekad for birding. By mid morning proceed to Muniyaras (where menhirs are heaped around megalithic burial sites. The word menhir is likely to have some connection with the word Muniyara). Return for late lunch. After afternoon rest, proceed for night birding.


Day 03:
Early morning visits to plantation for observing rubber tapping and processing. After breakfast proceed to Munnar. The drive will take approximately 2 hours and passes through some dense low altitude forests of Neriyamanagalam where reed is extracted for manufacture of traditional household items like baskets and mats. Approximately 1,00,000 people here depend on this minor forest produce for their survival. The adjoining forests of Edamalayar and Pooyamkutty are environmentally fragile and form the ground zero of an ongoing environmental issue of construction of a mega dam. The drive also passes through rubber estates, pepper estates, cardamom estates and finally tea – all this as the altitude goes up gradually to 5000 feet msl (1600 m). Transfer to Forest Resort near Munnar. The resort is in a cardamom forest and is home to large numbers of bird species like the


Day 04:
Early morning birding to Chinnar (2 hours drive). A small trek inside will take one to a dry deciduous forest which are also home to a good number of elephants, gaur and Grizzled Giant squirrel. Breakfast en-route. On return stop at Marayur and trek to a tribal settlement (Optional). The mudhuvans are one of the tough mountain people living along the upper reaches of mountains here. The settlements called kudis are made with grass, mud & bamboo. Also visit the waterfall at Lakkam (Optional) – a good spot for birding and butterflies. Picnic lunch near waterfall. Return to resort in the evening.


Day 05:
After breakfast, proceed to Gavi near the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Gavi is contiguous to the Periyar Tiger Reserve and Goodrickal Reserve . This place is located in the middle of the evergreen forest and is accessible only along a dirt road. Chances of wildlife encounter are bright and include elephants, gaur, Lion Tailed Macaques and sambar, apart from wild dogs and the occasional tiger. This place is also a veritable treasure trove of birds (over 260 species). On arrival, lunch at the forest lodge. After a brief rest, proceed to sunset point where one can see the famous temple of Ayyappa down in the valley.


Periyar is well located as a centre for seeing most of these ornithological specialties of the Western Ghats, as well as large numbers of other resident hill species and migrants. Its attraction for birdwatchers is enhanced by the proximity of low lying plains on three sides. There is considerable local migration, often in the drier weather, of lowland species up into the foothills, and several interesting examples of ecological counterparts in pairs of wet zone and dry zone species can be found, e.g. the Barbets. This is particularly noticeable at Thekkady, conveniently sited near the top of a steep 450m/1500ft ghat above the dry Tamil Nadu plain. In deciduous forest around Thekkady the commonest species in mixed foraging flocks are, in descending order Racket-tailed Drongo, Scarlet Minivet, Velvetfronted Nuthatch, Bronzed Drongo, Grey Tit, Goldenback Woodpeckers, Whitebellied Tree Pie, Jungle Babbler, Indian Rufous Tree Pie, Yellowbrowed Bulbul, Large Wood Shrike, Ashy Drongo, Small Minivet, Goldfronted Chloropsis, Small Green Barbet, Flowerpeckers. Other common members include Orioles, Fairy Bluebird, Leaf Warbler Flycatchers and Quaker Babbler. Very few species recorded in the sanctuary cannot at one time or another seen in the Tourist Zone, though it is necessary to climb to the grassy hilltops find some such as Brown Rock Pipit and Pied Bush Chat. The sanctuary is also one of the finest for wildlife viewing.


Day 06:
This is a day of trek through the evergreen canopy to a place Meenar,. The trek is likely to take about 5 hours and end up at the camping spot where hot lunch will be served. The guides on this trek will be experienced local guides who occasionally work in the cardamom plantation nearby. In order to ensure safety during trekking, a look-out party as well as an experienced ‘elephant chaser’ with a hand held device known as the patanki will accompany, apart from the birding guide and other porters. Return to the forest lodge in the afternoon. In the evening visit the local settlement for the Sri Lankan Tamil expatriates who have been resettled here. Visit the cardamom factory and the local temple and school. Evening night safari to Kochu Pampa or Pachakanam on jeeps after dinner.


Day 07:
Boat ride on the Gavi lake in the morning. Visit Paradise cove with its spectacular array of wild flowers and the water fall. Return to forest lodge for breakfast. Depart for Kumarakom after breakfast. Embark houseboat in the afternoon. Step off at Kumarakom bird sanctuary in the evening. View sunset on the houseboat as the boat traverses the Kumarakom lagoon. Overnight on the houseboat.


Day 08:
Arrive Alleppey by morning. After breakfast, depart for Kochi.


Two

Day 01:
Trivandrum-Kalakkad
Meals: dinner

Arrive Trivandrum and drive to Kalakkad (3-hours). Arrive Mayuram Farm. This farm house is set against the backdrop of the Kalakkad hills and surrounded by deciduous forests. A river cuts across the farm and the nearby village has many water tanks and ponds, which attract birds in large numbers. Short trip for birding near the tanks & bunds in the local village. Overnight at Mayuram Farm.


Day 02:
Kalakkad National Park
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Early morning drive to Ariyakulam and Kundakulam. Stop over at Tirunnelveli for breakfast followed by morning birding at Ariyakulam. After lunch, proceed to Kundakulam (1-hour), a small village of around 200-300 houses. Birds and people live together at peace with one another. Water birds such as painted stork, the globally threatened spotbill pelican, night heron, little cormorant, little egret have been making Kundakulam their breeding station. They arrive at the village by October. Return by evening.


Day 03:
Kalakkad-Periyar National Park
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Early morning trip for birding around the farm house and the open grasslands to the changing eco tones of dry deciduous to evergreens. Lunch at the riverside, evening depart Mayuram and proceed to Periyar (3-hours). Overnight stay in Periyar House or similar.



Day 04:
Periyar National Park
Meals: breakfast, dinner

Birding at Periyar National Park. Thick forests and open grasslands dominate this region and is home to over 360 species of birds. One can expect wayanad laughing thrush, oriental darter, wooly-necked stork, rufous-bellied eagle, grey junglefowl, pompadour green pigeon, malabar parakeet, great hornbill, vernal hanging parrot, grey nightjar, malabar grey hornbill. Overnight stay in Periyar House or similar.


Day 05:
Periyar National Park-Munnar
Meals: breakfast

Depart for Munnar, the hill station and tea town. Munnar is a combination of rolling grasslands and shola forests (high altitude montane forests). Weather is cool throughout the year. Tall Trees Resort. Chances of seeing 15 of the 16 endemics is very high at Munnar. Afternoon birding at Rajamalai (Eravikulam National Park) and the sholas en-route. One can expect to see black baza, painted bush quail, nilgiri woodpigeon, red-rumped swallow, yellow-throated bulbul, black & orange flycatcher, grey-breasted laughing thrush, nilgiri pipit, white-bellied shortwing, white-rumped needletail. Overnight at the resort.


Day 06:
Munnar-Manavan Shola-Marayur<
Meals: breakfast

Early morning drive to Manavan Shola (1 hour), a pristine shola and Asia's largest. Lunch at Manavan Shola. Return by evening. Overnight at the resort





Day 07:
Munnar- Thattekad
Meals: breakfast, dinner

Morning birding at Munnar. After lunch, depart for Thattekad. Overnight at Hornbill Camp.






Day 08:
Thattekad
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Thattekad is a lowland forest area of about 25 sq. km. and very rich in bird life and easy to spot. One can expect broad-billed roller, chestnut bittern, grey-headed fish eagle, orange-breasted green pigeon, spot-bellied eagle owl, brown fish owl, mottled wood owl, sri lankan frogmouth, great-eared nightjar, malabar trogon, malabar grey hornbill. In the evening proceed to the watch-tower for night birding. Overnight at Hornbill Camp.


Day 09:
Thattekad-Kochi-onward destination
Meals: breakfast

Transfer to airport to connect flight to onward destination. OR opt for an extension to Kumarakom (back waters) or bird watch in Karnataka via Ooty, Mudumalai, Bandipur, BR Hills, Nagarhole & Dandeli Wildlife Reserve OR proceed to Goa.








    
                  

                                                              
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