South India Wildlife Tour

Mumbai - Cochin - Periyar - Alleppey - Kumarakom - Cochin – Delhi
06 nights/07 days
 
 
01 Day: Arrival Mumbai: 
On arrival at International airport you will be meet by our representative then transfer to the hotel where we hold the room on ready occupancy basis. Day free to rest and leisure. Overnight stay at Hotel. 
 
02 Day: Mumbai-Cochin: (By Air) 
After breakfast takes a sight seeing tour of Mumbai, drive to Gateway of India and from here cruise by motorboats to Elephanta Caves. A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where it is set. The caves houses large pillars that seem to hold the ceiling, which is made, have crossbeams. The picturesque presentations of the 9 marvelous sculptured panels, set on the walls are awe-inspiring. The most famous of the panels is the Trimurthi, or triple-headed Shiva, where the God is depicted as the destroyer, the preserver and the creator. Later in the afternoon transfer to the domestic airport to board the flight for Cochin. Arrival at Cochin and assistance at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Cochin. 
 
03 Day: Cochin: 
Today morning after breakfast take a sight seeing tour of Cochin, now called 'Kochi' is the commercial hub of Kerala and a town of great historical importance. It has one of the finest natural harbours and is called the "Queen of the Arabian Sea". Rest of the day is free for souvenir shopping, Visit The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town. The St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The Santa Cruz Basilica originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. The Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. Evening free for rest and individual activities. Overnight stay in Cochin. 
 
04 Day: Cochin - Periyar: (190 kms 3 ½ hour) 
After breakfast take a local sightseeing Parishath Thamburan Museum in old Durbar hall with typical Kerala architecture & later Hill palace Museum. Later drive to Periyar, on arrival transfer to the resort. Later in the evening take a spice plantation tour to see crops of 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. Overnight at Periyar. 
 
05 Day: Periyar: 
After breakfast checkout and drive to Thekkaddy, on arrival transfer to the hotel, later visit at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary one of India's biggest wildlife sanctuaries covering 777 sq. Km (300 Sq. miles) is a Tiger Reserve. Its centerpiece, the man-made Periyar Lake at the height of 2000 ft. covers 26 sq. km, running through the forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala, discover the park, animals found here include elephant, sambar, gaur and wild animals found here include elephant, gaur and wild boars and birds like ibis and grey heron. The visit is done in a boat to view animals with a bit of extra luck we may be able to see the rare tiger as well. Return to the hotel for overnight stay. 
 
06 Day: Periyar – Alleppey (114 kms – 2 ½ hours) Backwaters tours through sailing boat to Kumarakom. 
After breakfast checkout and drive for Alleppey, on arrival embark at the houseboat. The day for the journey of backwaters in the boat, through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters of Alleppey by regattas (snake boats) for which Kerala is very famous, while sailing enjoy palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget. The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent of our past trade links, are also found on the way. Flocks of duck swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of this tourist land, you also enjoy fishing from the houseboats, evening enjoy sunset from the sun-deck of the houseboats, moving towards Kumarakom. The Houseboats have generated electricity; sitting cum dinning area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loade d kitchen with a Chef, and Srank (Driver).Overnight at the houseboat. 
 
07 Day: Kumarakom-Cochin-Delhi-Back home: 
After breakfast disembark from the houseboat. Optionally you can visit to Kumarakom Wildlife sanctuary for a short visit. Later drive to Cochin airport (80 kms) airport to board the flight for Delhi. On arrival transfer to the International airport to board scheduled flight to hometown.

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