09 Nights / 10 Days
Kochi - Munnar - Anamudi - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kochi
Periyar National Park - Idukki, Thekkady, Kerala
Set high in the ranges of the Western Ghats, in Kerala, is the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. The park has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Formed with the building of a dam in 1895, this reservoir meanders around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a perennial source of water for the local wildlife.
Herds of elephant and sambar, gaur and wild pigs wander down to the lakeside and can be observed from the launches that cruise the lake. In March and April, during the driest period here, the animals spend a lot of time near the lake and the elephants can be seen bathing and swimming in the reservoir.
A glimpse may be had even of the tiger during this season, as it comes to the water. Periyar also harbors the leopard, wild dog, barking deer and mouse deer. On the rocky outcrops along the lake, monitor lizards can be seen basking in the sun. Visitors who trek into the Park often see a python and sometimes even a king cobra. Among the unusual species found at Periyar are the flying lizard and the flying snake. With wings of orange or yellow, the flying lizard is seen as it glides from one tree to the other. The flying snake is also brilliantly colored in yellow and black with a pattern of red rosettes. The lake attracts birds like the darter, cormorant, grey heron and ibis and they are seen perched on the snags of dead wood that dot the lake. The great Malabar hornbill and grey hornbill are often seen flapping their ponderous way between trees.
There are kingfishers, ospreys and kites as well as orioles, hill mynas, racket tailed drongos, parakeets, including the unusual blue winged parakeet and fly catchers. The liquid notes of the Malabar whistling thrush and the loud call of the hornbills are distinctive amid the normal sounds of the jungle.
Four species of primates are found at Periyar - the rare lion tailed macaque, the Nilgiri langur, common langur and bonnet macaque. Though this is also the habitat of the Nilgiri tahr, this elusive goat is rarely seen. The animals are viewed from motor launches on the lake and from watchtowers. A summer palace of the former Maharaja of Travancore, set along the lake, is a hotel and a fine place to stay.
General Information :
Best Time to Visit : October to April.
Nearest Town : Kumily (4 km)
How to Get Here : Air: Cochin (200 km) , Rail: Kottayam (114 km)
Begin your tour.
Arrive into Kochi.
Welcome to Vardhman's 'Kerala Wildlife Tour'! On arrival in Kochi, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel.
In the afternoon proceed on a half day sight seeing of Cochin. A few interesting sites included in the tour are the Chinese fishing nets along the Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow etc.
Proceed to Munnar after breakfast at the hotel.
Enjoy the scenic beauty & the marvelous waterfalls, high mountains with the low flying clouds passing by. In the evening you can go for sight seeing of Munnar which includes the Raja Malai - a top peak of Munnar where you can see Neel Thar (mountain goats).
Morning, after breakfast, visiting tea plantations, Anamudi, Eravikulam National Park, Devikulam, Mattupetty, Pallivasal, Pothamedu, Attukal etc.
Rest of the day at leisure.
This morning after breakfast, proceed to Periyar on the way visit Idukki dam.
On arrival check in at the hotel. Periyar wildlife sanctuary is home to nomadic tribes of wild elephant, boar, deer, the great Indian tiger and more. Evening go for boat cruise in the lake to watch wild animals.
Morning, after breakfast boating through Periyar lake - Wildlife sanctuary. You can visit the rare species of plants and animals. Afternoon, visit spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel, you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices.
Early morning proceed to Kumarakom. Reach and visit the Bird Sanctuary.
Proceed to the Vembanand Lake. The backwaters of Kerala are a unique product of Kerala and are found nowhere else in the world. Backwaters are a network of lakes, canals and estuaries and deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea.
Today also you will be cruising through the backwaters of Kerala.
Disembark the boat at the reception of the backwater resort at Alleppey. Alappuzha is famous for its boat races, houseboats, coir products, fish and lakes.
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Kochi.
Reach and spend the day shopping.
In the evening proceed for Kathakali Dance Performance.
This morning after a leisurely breakfast at hotel, you will be tranfered to the airport for your onward Journey. Arrive home with wonderful memories of 'Kerala Wildlife Tour'! with VARDHMAN VACATIONS