South India Wildlife Holidays 07 Days
The geography of South India is diverse, including two main mountain ranges, the Eastern Ghats and the Western Ghats along with a plateau heartland. The wildlife of South India is worth experiencing, especially the ones in Bangalore. Several worth mentioning wild life parks in South India, such as Periyar, Kumarakom and Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary allow the voyagers to take pleasure in some of the never noticed before scenes and wildlife. A wide assortment of animals and plants make South India the most sought after wildlife destinations in entire India. Various famous ecological regions of South India include Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary among the main ones.
Destinations Covered : Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Alleppey - Kovalam - Trivandrum
Day 01: ARRIVAL COCHIN
On arrival kochi (Cochin) transfer to hotel check in hotel and relax,
KOCHI (COCHIN): The eventful history of this city began when a major flood in AD 1341 threw open the estuary at Kochi, till then a land locked region, turning it into one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Kochi thus became a haven for seafaring visitors from all over the world and became the first European town-ship in India when the Portuguese settled here in the 15th century.
Overnight stay at hotel,
Day 02: COCHIN - MUNNAR
Morning breakfast at hotel and drive to Munnar by road, on arrival at the most beautiful Hill Stations of Kerala, "Munnar". Munnar is famous for its manicured tea plantations and quiet colonial atmosphere. Check in the Munnar Hotel and spend
Munnar has an ancient history and prehistoric relics discovered around the area point to Stone Age civilization. However the written history begins from the 10th century onwards.
In Tamil, the word Munnar means three rivers and as it is at the confluence of three mountain streams, the name is apt. In the year 1790, the Duke of Wellington became the first European to visit the area and the Tamilians (known as 'Muthuvans') also migrated to Munnar and nearby places during this period. In the early 19th century, the headman of the villages of Anchanad, Kannan Thevar, held lands to the north of the high ranges, which belonged to the local Rajah of Poojar.
In 1877 said Poonjar chief, a subordinate of the Maharaja of Travancore, leased 588 sq. km of land around Munnar to a Mr. J D Munro, a British lawyer cum tea planter. This tract, henceforth called the Kannan Devan (Kannan Thevar) Concession Land, was completely undeveloped, largely unexplored, and covered with thick jungle.
Overnight in the hotel
Day 03: MUNNAR - PERIYAR
Proceed for Periyar after breakfast.
The river Periyar is the longest river in Kerala. This is the only perennial river in South India with clean water. The river occupies an important place in the history of Kerala. In the Sangam age Tamil epics such as Chilapathikaram, 'Akananuru', 'Purananuru' etc much has been said about this mighty river, formerly known as the 'Choorni Nadi' or 'Thamraparni Nadi' (Sukasandesam -stanza 66). A land route existed in the Sangam age from Mussuris (present-day Kodungalloor) to Madurai, which passed near the banks of the river Periyar. The capital of the old Chera Empire presumably existed on the banks of the river Periyar. It is believed that there was a flood in the 4th century AD that severely damaged the areas along the Periyar and the people living there had to escape to safer locations, abandoning their homes and livelihoods. The flood of AD 1341 resulted in the closing of Kodungalloor port and the opening of a new port at Kochi. The huge landslide that began in the high ranges as a result of the heavy downpours sent massive flows of mud and sand which created an Island at the 'Azhimugham' of the Periyar which is now known as the Vyppin Islands.
Proceed for enjoying a Boat cruise in Periyar Lake with lunch break. The most enjoyable part of seeing the wildlife is going around the lake in a boat. From the safety of a boat you can witness herds of wild elephants coming down to water and swim. The other prominent fauna to be seen are Tiger, Sambar, Barking deer, Mouse deer, Nilgiri Tahr, Wild Pigs, Wild dogs, Porcupine, Lion-tailed macaque, Malabar Squirrel, Flying Squirrel, Sloth Bear, Gaur and Black Langur (Monkey). Tigers and Leopards seldom come to the lakeside by day.
Relax in the evening. Overnight will be at hotel in Periyar.
Day 04: PERIYAR - ALLEPPEY
After breakfast, drive to Alleppey, check in at houseboat; enjoy the backwater cruise by watching beautiful villages, paddy fields, small churches, temples and day-to-day life of village people. Your crew will cook you delicious meals on the boat.
Overnight stay at Houseboat
Day 05: ALLEPPEY - KOVALAM
Morning after breakfast disembarks from houseboat and proceeds by road to kovalam,
Thirty years ago, Kovalam was a hippy idyll: a picture perfect tropical beach; a traditional fishing village providing fresh fish, fruits and toddy (coconut beer). Today this tiny beach is the focus of a multi-million dollar business, drawing thousands of tourists for a week dose of ozone, UV and a refreshing Indian Experience. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world tourism map. Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum.Today Kovalam beach is known as the "Paradise of the South".
Its scenic beauty and serenity is supplemented by the availability of excellent accommodation . There are a lot of restaurants which provide western style food as well as Indian, which is delicious. The grilled seafood items such as lobster, king prawns and kalamari are got fresh from the sea at Kovalam. Ayurvedic massage parlours, yoga centers and water sport facilities, makes Kovalam a popular haven for tourists from all over the globe.
Overnight stay at hotel,
Day 06: KOVALAM
Morning leisurely breakfast at hotel and full day enjoy free time at beaches of kovalam,
Overnight stay at hotel,
Day 7: KOVALAM - TRIVANDRUM - DEPART
Morning after breakfast proceeds by road to Trivandrum, on arrival transfer to airport to catch flight for onward destination with sweet memories of tour to India,