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KERALA BIRD WATCHING TOUR

KERALA BIRD WATCHING TOUR

For the bird watcher, kerala is a dream destination with over 500 species of birds. The bird tours will be of 4 to 8 days duration. The major Birding locations are Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Periyar tiger reserve & Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Your accommodation will be in estate lodges, forest lodges and tree houses. You will be accompanied by an experienced guide throughout your journey.

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INR 39900

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Duration: 9 Nights / 10 Days

Route: Cochin -Thattekad -Periyar -Alleppey-Kumarakom -Cochin

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  • Day
    1

    ARRIVAL COCHIN

    You will be met in Cochin by a KeralaToursCo Representative who will then escort you to your hotel. Spend some time seeing the sights which may include a visit to the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica or a boat tour of the harbor islands. In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance show on the harborfront overlooking the Chinese Fishing Nets.

  • Day
    2

    COCHIN - THATTEKAD (60 KM / 2.5 H)

    Spend the day seeing the sights which may include a visit to the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica or a boat tour of the harbor islands. In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance show on the harborfront overlooking the Chinese Fishing Nets.

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    3

    THATTEKAD

    After breakfast, you'll be driven through the Cardamom Hills to Munnar - famous for rolling hillsides of tea plantations. Dinner and overnight in Munnar.

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    4

    THATTEKAD

    A fun day of exploration. Vist the Eravikulam National Park - covering 97 sq. km. along the crest of the Western Ghats in the High Ranges of the Idukki District. The Park is home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr as well as Ruddy Mongoose, Clawed Otter and various other fauna. Later, enjoy a visit to the Tea Museium to learn about the production of tea. Afterwards, enjoy an elephant ride on the way back to Munnar.

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    5

    THATTEKAD - PERIYAR (160 KM / 4 H)

    Take another wonderfully scenic drive through the hilly countryside en route to Periyar where you'll explore the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary on a Guided Jungle Walk. Later, enjoy a Guided Tour of a Tea Plantation and end the day on a short ride atop an elephant. Spend the evening relaxing.

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    6

    PERIYAR

    Descend to the backwaters of Kumarkom - the Rice Bowl of Kerala. Kumarkom rests along the shores of Lake Vembanad, the largest freshwater lake in Kerala. Abundant in fish and fowl, coconut and palm groves and rice paddies, it's a virtual feast for the eyes. Relax and take it all in under nature's canopy. Pay a visit to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - home to migratory flocks as far away as Siberia - an ornithologist's dream. Relax over a fresh fish dinner prepared Kerala style.

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    7

    PERIYAR - HOUSEBOAT (135 KM / 3.5 H)

    Enjoy the scenic drive down the Cardamom Hills to the Alleppey backwaters and board your private deluxe houseboat for an overnight cruise. All houseboats, regardless of category, have highly personalized service including an on-board chef who will no doubt create some of the best food you'll find on the entire tour. Meander around the boat, perch yourself on top and observe the peaceful way of backwaters life, pull up next to a fishing boat and buy a fresh catch, stop off for fresh coconut juice, relax in the back open-ended sitting room and drift away to the morning.

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    8

    ALLEPPEY - KUMARAKOM (BY BOAT)

    Enjoy a boat ride through the backwaters to Kumarakom and disembark at the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Resting in one of the most popular migratory routes of Asia, the Bird Sanctuary host birds from as far away as Siberia. Spend the day bird watching and the evening relaxing by the shores of Lake Vembanad in the peaceful environs of the Bird Sanctuary.

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    9

    KUMARAKOM

    A full day at the Bird Sanctuary. Spend the night.

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    10

    KUMARAKOM - COCHIN - DEPARTURE (95 KM / 2.5 H)

    Transfer to Cochin to your point of departure.

Extend or Customize Your Tour

We would be happy to assist with additional travel and hotel arrangements. Changes to this tour can be added as an inclusive part of the package.

Twin Sharing Basis & Includes Daily Breakfast

PLACE NO. OF NIGHTS HOTELS ROOM TYPE
Cochin 01 NO. 18 Standard Room
Thattetkad 03 Honrbill Camp Luxury Tent
Periyar 02 Wildernest Superior Room
Alleppey 01 AC Houseboat 01-bedroom
Kumarakom 02 Abad Whispering Palms Standard Room

NO. 18

This architectural charm with its stone pathways, traditionally inclined terracotta roofs and its colonial bungalow outline stands much alone and unmatched by the Heritage Zone junction. Much alone and very much like the ancient and mighty rain tree which has spread its canopy over No.18 as though gesturing a secret sign of eminence toward this truly special place.

HORNBILL CAMP

Hornbill camp at Thattekkad near Kochi, is so located, to perfectly blend into the forest, so you can enjoy your own private jungle and the spectacular view of the river Periyar. Along its banks, birds flock in their thousands and the cool ambience is the ultimate prize for the birder. Known as the Birder's Paradise, the camp and the adjoining Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, is home to over 270 species of birds, including all the endemics. Mottled Wood Owl Spot-bellied Eagle Owl Malayan Night Heron, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Rusty-tailed Flycatcher, Grey-headed Bulbul, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon are some of the rarer species found here. 

WILDERNEST

Wildernest, in Thekkady is a beautiful country inn built with simple stone and exposed bricks. Cradled amongst resplendent surroundings, this unique hotel offers gratifying hospitality and exceptional service. The well-appointed cosy rooms with spacious sit-outs and lush green garden allow guests to simply kick back and relax. The array of contemporary amenities and the inviting aroma of delicacies add to a cherished relaxed holiday.

AC HOUSEBOAT

The houseboats of the present the gigantic, slow moving, remarkable vessel used for relaxation are the modified ‘kettuvalloms’ of the bygone. The kettuvallom meaning ‘boat with knots’ was so called because the complete boat was held together with coir knots only, without even a single nail for construction. The boat is made of planks of jack-wood attached jointly with coir. This is then coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels. A portion of the kettuvallom was roofed with bamboo and coir to serve as a restroom and kitchen for the crew. Food would be cooked on board.

ABAD WHISPERING PALMS

Laced by the bank of the Vembanadu Lake, the Abad Whispering Palms offers natural back water surroundings to the delight of its guests. Featuring well-designed and modernised accommodation, Abad Whispering Palms offers a truly luxurious stay for leisure and business travellers. Special arrangements like the Bamboo Pool Villa/Cottage is set up for guests who wish to spend time rejuvenating in the private pool, enjoying the mystic views of the lagoon. Garden Facing Cottages at the Abad Whispering Palms bring serene landscapes to soothe the eyes.

 

 

Inclusions

  1. AC Transport as per Itinerary
  2. All Meals at Hornbill Camp and on Overnight Houseboat Trip
  3. Entrance fees into Sanctuaries and Parks
  4. Birding Guide at Thattekhad, Periyar and Kumarakom
  5. One boat ride at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  6. A 3-Hour Guiided Forest Trek Periyar
  7. An evening Kathakali Dance Performance in Periyar
  8. Applicable taxes

Exclusions

  1. Meals which are not specified in the itinerary
  2. Laundry, telephone, personal nature expenses
  3. All other than those listed in above inclusion
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