Duration :- 12N/13D
Destination Covered : Cochin - Athirapally – Valparai – Madurai – Munnar – Periyar – Alleppey – Houseboat – Cochin
Best of South India with this Tea & Wildlife Trails tour is going to fill you with variety of destinations and lot of popping experiences too. The different flavors of tea and cardamom plantation will please you to spend even more time than the planned at the sites. The passion of exploring the variety of different species at wildlife sanctuary and some national preserve will be the best experience of the South India. The tour is planned with all your interests to visit and acquaintance of Tea & Wildlife Trails in these 13 days and 12 nights program. You will gain marvelous travel experience with a lot of happening memories with India Trip planners.
Day 1 Arrive Cochin - Athirapally
Day 2 Athirapally - Valparai
Day 3 Valparai
Day 4 Valparai - Madurai
Day 5 Madurai – Munnar
Day 6 Munnar
Day 7 Munnar - Periyar
Day 8 Periyar
Day 9 Periyar - Alleppey
Day 10 Alleppey
Day 11 Alleppey - Cochin
Day 12 Cochin
Day 13 Departure
DAY 1 ARRIVE COCHIN - ATHIRAPALLY
You will be met on arrival at Cochin International Airport and then get transferred to Athirapally. Athirapally which is positioned at the opening point of the Sholayar forest range, get on the ride to see its unparallel beauty which defies even words. We will start with its mighty waterfalls which is of over 80 ft that cascade down the rocks with a furious roar as it sprinkles you, is the best sight to behold on this Kerala trip. Then from there, we will move to explore Kauthuka Park followed by Charpa Waterfalls for an ultimate bird watching near to it. Later, return to your hotel for a comfortable stay.
DAY 2 ATHIRAPALLY - VALPARAI
Move to the next super amazing destination famous as Valparai for which you will drive through the reserve forests of Sholayar. It consists of elephants, wild boar, leopards and indigenous Nilgiri Thar and species of wild goat too. After the wonderful journey, you will arrive at Valparai which has many tea and coffee estates, so upon your arrival check in at a tea plantation bungalow on a working tea estate. We have chosen this type of stay so that you can explore all what can be possible. Overnight stay is at the plantation bungalow.
DAY 3 VALPARAI
After your breakfast with delicious tea, you will explore the country side of Valparai. You will be taken for a walk through the tea estate where you will see and get the complete idea of the plantation workers tending and picking the tea. You will also come across the extraordinary waterfalls in this area and some great attractive reservoirs as well such as Sholayar Dam which is a magnet for birdlife such as Great Indian Hornbill. Later, return to the bungalow and relax for overnight.
DAY 4 VALPARAI - MADURAI
After Valparai, take a road trip towards Madurai. As per your schedule upon arrival, check into the hotel and relax for a while. Henceforth, begin with the exploration of Madurai Meenakshi Temple which based on the consort of Lord Shiva. It attracts the tourists from all over the world. Next visit Thirumalai Nayaka Palace which is very grand and beautifully structured. Return to the hotel for dinner and comfortable night stay.
DAY 5 MADURAI – MUNNAR
Proceed to your next destination which is Munnar after a delightful breakfast at the hotel. Upon arrival, get to check into the hotel. Begin the sightseeing of Munnar and in evening you can walk through the Munnar Tea Museum and also visit the Cardamom Curing Centre. Spend your night in hotel.
DAY 6 MUNNAR
Today after your breakfast, you are going to take a walk in the Tea plantation spots. Later without wasting time, you will be exploring Eravikulam National Park which is approximately 30 minutes away from Munnar and Nilgiri Thaars is the main attraction of this park being protected at its best. Return and explore Attukal Waterfalls, Mattupetty Dam, Echo Point, Kundala Lake and Mount Carmel. After that, have your dinner at the hotel and stay for overnight.
DAY 7 MUNNAR - PERIYAR
Drive to Periyar which is also called as Thekkady on the 7th day of your trip. It consists of one of the most popular Nature Reserve, Wildlife Sanctuary in the Cardamom Hills of South India. Check into the private bungalow as per your arrival. Relax for some time at the isolated Plantation Bungalow and then in the afternoon avoid more touristy areas, visit the cardamom plantations for which you have chosen this tour. Later, return to the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 8 PERIYAR
Today, you will dedicate your day for long rafting cum trekking program through the richest forest tracks of Periyar Tiger Reserve. It will offer you a memorable experience in navigation across the famous Periyar Lake. Apart from only the rafting experience, you will also travel through a mosaic of pristine habitats which is worldly famous. Overnight stay is at the plantation bungalow itself.
DAY 9 PERIYAR - ALLEPPEY
This is going to be the ultimate day when you will leave for Alleppey to board onto the Houseboat. Earlier, Houseboats were known as Kettuvallams or Rice Boats which were used as ferries to carry rice, now it has come out in the modern form. You will take your lunch on the houseboat and after that explore the beauty by doing the sightseeing of the exotic landscapes. Enjoy your stay and relax at houseboat.
DAY 10 ALLEPPEY
After your breakfast at the houseboat, you will be taken on a cruise through the narrow canals of the Vembanad Lake. The floating markets in canoes and exotic landscapes of rolling paddy fields around all add an ethnic touch to the cruise. The stay is on houseboat itself. So, enjoy the sunset and later do peacefully the gazing of stars which can be rarely done when in crowded cities. Also, enjoy your dinner with the sounds of water gushing through and fro over the moors.
DAY 11 ALLEPPEY - COCHIN
You will be transferred to Cochin from Alleppey. Check into the hotel as per your arrival and relax for a while at the hotel. Cochin sightseeing will enrich you with the remarkable history; fascinate you with its amendable culture. So, quickly take a sunset cruise ride along the backwaters of Cochin for experiencing the illuminated views of the Marine Drive and its sides. Stay overnight in the hotel.
DAY 12 COCHIN
In Cochin, you will begin with your Cochin sightseeing with the main tourist attractions such as Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Hill Palace, St.Francis Church and Puthuvype Beach. To spend some romantic time with your partner you can go to Fort Kochi Beach. Later on, visit Marine Drive for taking a glimpse of the sunset. Stay overnight in the hotel.
DAY 13 DEPARTURE
This is the end of your Tea & Wildlife trails package. We will guide you to the Cochin airport to catch the return flight for your onward destination. We serve the best and maintain our values with the best in all amenities. Thank you for giving us a chance to serve you.