Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 Departure Europe Arrive Trivandrum:

Arrive Trivandrum International airport. Transfer to Kovalam ( around 40 min drive ).
Thiruvananthapuram (known as Trivandrum) is the capital of Kerala. It ismap of kerala located on the South Western tip of India and is bounded by the Arabian Sea on the West and Tamil Nadu on the East. The wooded highlands on the Western Ghats in the Eastern and North Eastern borders offer some of the most enchanting picnic spots, a long shorline, with internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage make this district a much sought after travel destination. Meet local staff at the airport and after a traditional welcome transfer to the your comfortable rooms. Overnight in hotel.

Day 02  Kovalam — Allepey — Houseboat:

After breakfast, drive to the backwater boat in Kerala boat jetty in Alleppey, board the houseboat and enjoy the scenic beauty. The houseboat moves towards Kumarakom. Overnight on the houseboat.

Day 03  Kumarkom — Thekkady:

Arrive Kumarakom boat jetty. Disembark from the houseboat and drive to Thekkady (approx. 130 km, around 4 hr drive), arrive Thekkady late in the afternoon. Check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. 
The very sound of the word a tea plantation in MunnarThekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. Situated in the Periyar forest Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks. Overnight in hotel.

Day 04  In Thekkady:

Boat cruise in the Periyar National Park. Close to the plantations, in the rich jMunnar in Keralaungles of Periyar lies 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 a thick evergreen forest. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River 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 bathe and play in the lake. You can also see gaur, sambar deer, tiger, jungle cat, sloth bear, wild boar and also 265 species of birds including migrants like the hornbill, stork, woodpecker, kingfisher, raptor, cormorant, grackle etc. Overnight in hotel.

Day 05  Thekkady — Madurai:

Drive Thekkady to Madurai (approx. 160 km, around 4 hr drive). waterfallCheck in at the hotel and in the afternoon visit the amazing Sri Meenakshi Temple, with its sculptured and colorful pyramidal towers.
One of South India's great temple towns, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old. Madurai was an important cultural and commercial center even as early as 550 AD. It was the capital city for the great Pandya kings. Overnight in hotel.

Day 06  Madurai — Munnar:

Drive Madurai to Munnar (around 160 km, around 4 hr drive).  Munnar is a hill station, which lies view of nelliyampathyamongst lush green tea plantations. Arrive Munnar, check in at the hotel, rest of the day free at leisure to explore the town and its bazaar.
One of the most popular hill stations in India, Munnar (Kerala) is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Located at 1600 M above sea level, this was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. Munnar is essentially a tea town. Overnight Hotel.

Note: The trek covered in the program is a mild, easy trek with maximum altitude of 2600 m.
Average walking hours – approx. 6 hrs per day.

Day 07  Trek— Munnar to Camp I:

Today we start our trek steadily uphill from Suryanelli through tea plantations. Our beautiful camp is overlooking the plains of Tamil Nadu.View of the plains from Suryanelli Suryanelly is an ideal place to enjoy the nature at its closest best. The sound of the water coupled with the chirping of the birds creates an environment filled with sanctity. The mist covered mountains, the green slopes of various plantations, the wildlife etc. make the Suryanelli area a real treat of peace and well being.
Optional afternoon visit to the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate and factory. Overnight in Camp I.

Day 08  Trek — Camp I to Camp II:

Today we trek above the tea plantations of Kolukkumalai and across open moorland to reach the summit of Meesapulimala (2600m / 8530ft).
Descend into Rhododendron Valley and camp along a stream. Rhodovalley, named so because of the abundance of rhododendrons found here is one of the most spectacular spots in the Munnar hills. The beautiful shola-grasslands of the 'Silent Valley' plateau in Munnar at altitudes over 2,000 metres, sheltering highly endangered species of wildlife are ideal for adventures. The cool mountain air, lush grasslands, gushing streams and the blooming rhododendrons all add to the experience. Overnight in camp.

Day 09  Trek — Camp II to Camp III:

We start trekking throughfishnetshigh grassland and the evergreen Shola Forest. The clear blue sky, clean air, stretch of green meadows and thick foliage teeming with flora and fauna makes it a great enriching experience. There are about 14 species of birds, 9 species of mammals, 100 species of butterflies and 93 species of moths recorded from the Shola. The important animals found in the Park are elephant, gaur, leopard, wild boar, sambar and common langur.
Finally, descend to the plantations above the village of Ellapatti. Overnight in Camp III.

Day 10  Trek — Camp III to Top Station:

Our last day's trek takes us through the Shola Forest and rolling plantation country with far-reaching views enroute to our camp at Top Station - the site of an old railway and rope-way. Top Station is notable as the historic trans shipment location for tea delivered up here from Munnar and Madupatty by railway and then down by ropeway to Kottagudi. This area is popular for the rare Neelakurinji flowers. The Kurinjimala Sanctuary is nearby. Top Station is the western entrance to the  Palani Hills National Park. Overnight in camp.

Day 11  Top Station — Munnar — Cochin:

After breakfast, we drive via Munnar to Cochin (approx. 130 km, around 4 hr drive).
Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala. a Kathakalli dancerIts strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. Since several centuries the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai/Bombay). Cochin is proud of its world class port and international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide. This lovely seaside city is flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. Its proximity to the equator, the sea and the mountains provide a rich experience of a moderate equatorial climate.
Check in at our hotel. In the evening a cultural program highlighted by a Kathakali Dance performance. Overnight in hotel.

Day 12  In Cochin or Kovalam:

Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. The European guests of the then Travancore kingdom discovered the potentiality of Kovalam beach as a tourist destination in the 1930s. However, KovalamThe lighthouse beach in Kovalamshot into limelight in the early seventies with arrivals of the masses of hippies. That started the transformation of a casual fishing village of Kerala into one of the most important tourist destinations in all India- the Kovalam beach. It is a beautiful place in Kerala. A full day to explore this 500 year-old Portuguese city, with its palaces and forts, as well as its picturesque Chinese fishing contraptions.
Today, depending on the international flight connection, we have two options:

  • If the return flight is from Trivandrum, then we shall take an air conditioned train from Cochin to Trivandrum. Arrive Trivandrum. Subsequently transfer to hotel in Kovalam.
  • If the return flight is from Cochin, then we will continue our stay in Cochin.

Day 13  Departure for Overseas Flight:

Morning transfer to international airport to board the homebound international flight.

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Regardless of its grade, mountaineering, trekking, skiing and adventure touring can be dangerous and carries an inherent risk of injury or even death, which cannot be eliminated. Although we do our utmost to reduce risk, there always remains a chance of accidents happening. Our trek/tour leaders make decisions about prevailing snow conditions, the weather and the ability of individuals in the group with the safety and well being of all in mind. They will make professional judgements and take measures whenever available to minimise the risk of ventral dangers, such as avalanche, land-slide, ice-fall or stone-fall or extreme weather, but these risks can neither always be predicted nor removed whilst in the mountains. All mountaineering and trekking at high altitude involves risks of altitude illness. Whilst our treks and expeditions are so designed to allow appropriate acclimatization, this cannot entirely remove the dangers of altitude as individuals acclimatize at different rates and the symptoms can be unpredictable. Severe cases necessitate descent or immediate helicopter rescue and, in some extreme and unfortunate cases even death may occur.
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