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TROPICAL TREKKING IN KERALA

TROPICAL TREKKING IN KERALA

Trekking in the Tropics!! Meander through coffee and spice plantations, elephants roaming freely in their 
natural habitat, campfire cooking, and luxury tents. Ascend to the peaks of the Western Ghats, above the 
clouds, surrounded by the fragrance of the Cardmom Hills. Descend into the tropical backwater paradise 
of Alleppey and cruise the waterways in a private houseboat. End the tour on the shores of the Arabian 
Sea on the pristine beaches of Marari. A refreshing tropical trekking tour!

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Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days

Route: Cochin-Munnar-Suryanelli-Lakeside Camp-Santhanpara -ChaturangaPara -Periyar-Varkala-Alleppey-Mararikulam-Cochin

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  • Day
    1

    COCHIN ARRIVAL

    You will be met in Cochin by a KeralaToursco Representative who will then escort you to your hotel where you'll spend the next two nights. In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance show on the harbor front overlooking the Chinese Fishing Nets.

  • Day
    2

    COCHIN

    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.

  • Day
    3

    COCHIN TO MUNNAR (5 HOUR DRIVE)

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

  • Day
    4

    MUNNAR TO SURYANELLI - 14 KM TREK / 7 HOURS

    Start the day off with a pleasant morning trek ascending along grassy mountain paths to the second highest peak in the Western Ghats at 2,635m - Meesapulimala. Wildlife freely roams the ghats and you'll more than likely spot elephants, sambar, sloth bear and the Nilgiri tahr. At the summit, take a break to enjoy the panoramic views of the world’s highest tea estate - Kolukkumalai - blanketing the hills below in emerald greens. In the distance lies the hill station of Kodaikanal and the plains of Tamil Nadu. After lunch, make your descent back to camp. Spend the night at Anaerangal Camp enjoying fresh roasted barbeque over an open campfire, sleep in plush tents with en suite baths

  • Day
    5

    LAKESIDE CAMP - 14 KM TREK /4 HOURS

    The morning's short ascent will take you to Phantom's Head for the spectacular view of the Western Ghats; return to the camp for breakfast. Spend the afternoon trekking around Anaerangal Lake (Lake Where the Elephants Come Down) to observe elephants in their natural habitat. Along the way, pay a visit to the village of the tribal Muduvans. Later, return to camp for a late lunch. The evening will provide a pleasant stroll around the lake and a get together around the dinner campfire.

  • Day
    6

    LAKDESIDE CAMP TO SANTHAN PARA - 14 KM TREK / 7 HOURS

    A morning jeep ride around Anaerangal Lake leads to the starting point of the day's trek - near Thondimalla. Trek through the cool forests of the Cardamom Hills through cardamom, pepper and coffee plantations. Expect to share the way with elephants! Reach Santhan Para by evening. Enjoy a campfire meal before settling into your tent for the night.

  • Day
    7

    SANTHANPARA TO CHATURANGA PARA - 11 KM TREK / 7 HOURS

    The day's trek leads to Chaturanga Para - the border region between Tamil Nadu & Kerala. The ascent is somewhat difficult but the reward is a panoramic view of the neighboring Tamil Nadu plains along with a cool mountaintop rest. The surrounding mountainside, where a camp will be set up for the night, is a mix of forest, grassland, spice plantations, and homesteads. Relax around the evening campfire with a barbeque meal.

  • Day
    8

    CHATURANGA PARA TO PERIYAR (2 HOUR DRIVE)

    Drive down to Periyar/Thekkady and pay a visit to the Wildlife Sanctuary during the afternoon. Evening brings a guided plantation tour demonstrating the processing of spices.

  • Day
    9

    PERIYAR TO ALLEPPEY BACKWATERS (3 HOUR DRIVE)

    Descend the Cardamom Hills to the world of the tropical backwaters in Alleppey. Check in to the Green Palms Home - on a tiny island of its own - where you'll be catered to and invited to learn about local culture from the friendly owners. Spend the afternoon cycling, walking, canoeing, fishing or birdwatching. Enjoy a

  • Day
    10

    ALLEPPEY

    Transfer to your own 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 watch the world drift by.

  • Day
    11

    ALLEPPEY TO MARARIKULAM (2 HOUR DRIVE)

    Leave the backwaters behind and arrive at one of the most isolated and pristine beaches of Kerala - Marari.

  • Day
    12

    MARARIKULAM

    Golden sand, swaying palms, sounds of the surf, a wonderful resort to cater to your every need, fresh seafood...pure relaxation on the shores of the Malabar Coast.

  • Day
    13

    MARARIKULAM TO COCHIN AIRPORT

    Transfer to Cochin to your point of departure.

PLACE NO OF NIGHTS HOTELS
Cochin  02 Gama Heritage
Munnar 01 C7
Anaerangal lake 04 Camping
Periyar  01 Pepper Vine
Alleppey 01 Green Palms Homestay
Alleppey 01 Houseboat 
Mararikulam 02 Abad Turtle beach 

 

Inclusions

  1. Accommodation on twin sharing rooms at listed hotel or equal
  2. All meals including trekking packed lunches/refreshments
  3. Entrance fees
  4. Camping equipment & facilities
  5. Trekking guides & camp cook
  6. First aid & standby jeep for emergency evacuation
  7. Point-to-point luggage transport
  8. Kathakali dance show in Cochin
  9. All applicable taxes

Exclusions

  1. Camera fees, tips
  2. expenses of personal nature such as laundry, telephones, etc.
  3. Meals which are not specified in the itinerary
  4. Additional expenses related to strikes, natural disasters, etc.
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