Kerala Trekking Tour
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You will go across the Western Ghats from Munnar, a medieval hill station, to Madurai, a beautiful temple city, to learn about the two states in the south of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Kerala is a beautiful pretty place with lovely beaches, verdant woods, and spice and tea gardens, and it is here that you will reach Meesapulimala Peak. You will next go to Tamil Nadu's arid environment, where you will marvel at Madurai's elaborately crafted Sri Meenakshi Temple. A visit to the Periyar Animals Sanctuary will provide you with an assortment of wildlife as well as a plethora of beautiful birds, and a tour on a typical houseboat will allow you to unwind on Kerala's quiet backwaters.
Arrive Cochin International airport by flight
Assistance upon arrival at Cochin airport and transfer to the hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Cochin - Munnar
You go from the coastal strip in the morning for Munnar, which is nestled amid Kerala's tallest mountains, which create a craggy line eastward of Cochin. The travel is around 160 kilometers long and should take about 6 hours. Munnar is a lovely hill station in the Western Ghats, situated at around 1600 meters above sea level. Because of the pure mountain air, it was originally a summertime retreat for the British government in south India. It the ringed by lakes, reservoirs, woods, and various tea plantations and is located at the convergence of the three creeks Mudrapauzha, Naliathanii, and Kundala.
Following breakfast, you travel across old Munnar and up to Nagarmudi (1500m), a small town wherein you begin your climb with the help of a professional expert. The hike starts with such a gentle incline across tea fields before ascending into the Seven Malai Hills. You love going past cardamom and coffee farms well before racing ahead (1700m). Your efforts would be compensated with breathtaking views of Munnar and the surrounding villages. After that, you return to your vehicle.
Munnar - Silent Valley
The trip to the Silent Valley is breathtaking, taking you will across tea fields and gardens in a basin of hilly areas. Your hike will begin with a mild rise to the meadows, continued by a steady stroll across the tea garden lowlands at around 1600m. Wonderful sights of the tea farms can be seen all around itself, giving everyone an excellent sense of the location. You will resume your hike after lunch, which grows tougher as you will leave the tea estate behind eventually arrive at their tent.
Silent Valley - Messapulimala
Today you will go to Meesapulimala Peak (2630m), South India's second-highest peak. The route moves up from your campsite through the tough shola grassland until you reached wide meadows, which leads everyone to Meesapulima Peak. There are gorgeous vistas all around from the peak (which also serves as the boundary between Tamil Nadu and Kerala). You will climb to your tent after just a respite at the peak and your decent meal.
Messapulimala - Oorkadu
You will begin your trip in the mornings through the heavily forested region of Silent Valley, go through oak woods but along the Rhodo Valley's creeks. Following that, you will go through meadows and shola forests, where you may see huge squirrels, wild boar, and the Indian Gaur. You'll arrive at Yellapetty Village mid-afternoon after a picnic meal along the way. From here, You'll be driven in jeeps for around 30 minutes before walking to your Oorkadu camping.
Oorkadu - Koviloor Village
This morning, you will travel to the picturesque town of Koviloor, which will be a rather simple hike with certain minor highs and lows (1900m). Anywhere along the route, you'll pass across Pazhathottam's verdant veggie growing zone and the region's ever-present tea estates. You'll find a shaded area for your lunch break before continuing on to Vattavada, a tribal settlement. The tribes in this area have distinct cultures, art forms, and natural medicines which makes it a good site to travel. You could even see some rare butterfly species flying about if you're lucky. After crossing a small canal, you'll arrive in Koviloor Villag, where you'll set up a tent.
Koviloor Village - Mundhan
Your final day of hiking will take you through the agricultural ridge. Views of picturesque Koviloor village may be had from your vantage point. Because of the abundance of fruit and vegetables cultivated, this area is regarded as the "market of India." While taking in the landscape, you may come across farmers working on their crops. You'll finish your hike with a picnic lunch under the trees while taking in the scenic splendor. Following noon, you will go to Mundhan in jeeps.
Mundhan - Madurai
This morning you'll travel over the plains to Madurai, Tamil Nadu's colorful temple town. Madurai is one of South India's oldest and most intriguing cities. The enormous Sri Meenakshi Temple, most of which was erected between the 16th and 18th centuries during the Nayak period, lies in the center of the city, and the town revolves around it. It's a swarm of activity, and it's the site of a near-constant religious celebration. Worshippers wash in the Golden Lily's tank and crowd the Hall of a Thousand Pillars, which are each individually carved.
Madurai - Thekkady
You will leave following breakfast and drive to Thekkady. The trip is breathtaking as the route climbs into the Western Ghats, providing breathtaking vistas of Tamil Nadu. Thekkady is a tiny buzzing hamlet from where the Periyar National Park may be visited. This entire area is known for its spice production, and after lunch, you'll take a brief stroll through a spice garden to witness how many different spices are grown. In the afternoons, you'll have plenty of time to go about the market, where you may browse the many stores offering cardamoms, vanilla, peppercorns, chilies, turmeric, and other spices.
The Periyar National Park is situated around a massive man-made lake and is one of the largest in south India. You will have a brief nature walk in the nearby tropical forest in the mornings and an optional boat ride and cruise on the lake in the afternoons (tickets for the cruise may be acquired in advance online). This is something you encourage to prevent long lines. If you want to buy tickets ahead of time, please let your leader know. This is a fantastic opportunity to see birds like kingfishers, storks, and hornbills, as well as elephants, otters, wild pigs, and buffalo.
Thekkady - Alleppey
You will begin your journey today by moving to Allepey, which is located on the seashore. You'll board your houseboats and begin your journey through Kerala's backwaters. One of the highlights of the tour is a houseboat cruise; these charming houseboats, made of Anjili wood and bamboo, have been used to transport commodities for hundreds of years. They've been refurbished and transformed into elegant cruises boat.
Alleppey - Cochin
You'll return to Cochin in the afternoon for a guided tour of Mattancherry Palace, which was created as a gift for the Raja of Cochin by the Portuguese, the Jewish synagogue from 1568, and St Francis Church. You will also see Cochin's town, bazaars, and the historic harbor region. The Portuguese established Fort Cochin in 1503 and it is said to be the first European outpost in India. Lime-washed brilliant green, yellow, and blue warehouses filled with the scent of tea and spices line the small alleys; rickety old motorcycles and hand-painted trucks heaped high with merchandise fill the narrow streets, and food vendors exist on every corner.
Mattancherry and the Dutch Palace are located further down the road. The synagogue, established in 1568 for the Jewish residents of Cochin's commercial communities, is located next to the Palace (please bear in mind that the synagogue is closed on Saturdays). The majority of visitors opt to stay in Fort Cochin and explore its intriguing streets.
Cochin - Onward destination by flight
This morning you will transfer to the Cochin airport to board the flight back home.