Starting on Sunday 26th February 2017 we will take a group of adventurous travellers through Kerala with a variety of exciting activities with its high mountains, dense forest and gushing rivers. This 6 Nights and 7 Days tour of Kerala is perfect for nature lovers or those seeking a little adventure. From water sports in Kovalam, to trekking in the jungles of Thekkady, this tour is sure to keep you busy. In addition, you still have time at the end to for some sightseeing in the ancient city of Cochin, the perfect way to wind down! This tour provides a perfect mixture of active adventure, culture and wildlife. Discounted to just £499 per person.
- Bond Safari at Kovalam, view the marvels of the underwater paradise on own self-propelled, eco-friendly electric scooter
- Cycling through the coastal villages to Varkala
- Kayaking trip through the inland waterways and non touristic places in Alleppey
- Jungle camping and trekking in Thekkady
- Visit Munnar hill station, tea factory, tea museum
- Sightseeing in Cochin, visiting oldest European Church in India (St. Francis Church), Pardesi synagogue constructed in 1567 and the ancient Chinese fishing nets
- 6 Nights and 7 Days
- Starts Sunday 26th February 2017!
Day 01 – TRIVANDRUM / KOVALAM
Your driver will be waiting for you at Thiruvananthapuram Airport and will take you to your hotel in Kovalam.
Your adventure begins with a Bond Safari. A bond is a fancy scooter coupled with an air filled container that allows a person to explore the marvels of the underwater paradise without any of the rigors required by a typical deep water scuba dive. It allows a person to effortlessly ride on a self-propelled, eco-friendly electric scooter. Fear not, you will not be thrown into the deep! The first step will be a small class followed by diving suits. You will then be taken to the dive site where there will be abundant sea life. Be assured, a professional diver will be present at all times.
Overnight stay at Sagara Beach Hotel.
Day 02 – VARKALA
Today after breakfast we head to Varkala. Lined with golden sands and blossoming green vegetation, Varkala is a popular tourist spot in Kerala. The laterite cliff provides a breath taking view of the adjoining beach. The beach itself has much to offer with facilities such as sunbathing, swimming and boat riding. The area is also a popular region for Ayurvedic treatments and therapeutic massages.
Today we’ll hire some bikes for some cycling through the coastal villages to Varkala. Optional surfing and beach activities are also available.
Overnight stay Hindustan Beach Retreat
Day 03 – ALLEPPEY
Today we make our way to Alleppey, reaching there at around11am. By 11:30am we aim to begin our kayaking experience.
The trip takes you through the inland waterways and non-touristic areas of the Alleppey backwater with a mixture of kayaking and mechanised Shikkara boat to cover the big lakes. Paddle boats are used for the small canals. Traditional lunch is included and Tea from a local tea shop. The trip ends around 6:30pm, perfect time to watch the sunset view across the Alleppey backwaters.
Overnight stay at the Green Palace
- Mechanised Shikkara boat as support boat & Sit on Top Kayak
- Beginners & Advanced Kayak
- Tea, Tender Coconut, mineral water, Snacks, Juice
- Life jacket
- Lunch at village restaurant
- Village walk
- Local dishes
- Tea with local villagers
Day 04 – THEKKADY JUNGLE CAMP
Today we head to Thekkady for the overnight stay at the Gavi Jungle Camp. Thekkady is home to India’s largest wildlife sanctuary, the famous Periyar wildlife sanctuary and was a former royal hunting reserve. Covering an area of 777 Sq. kms, and surrounded by a lake covering 25 Sq. kms. The sanctuary is home to wild elephants, boar, deer, nomadic tribes and the great Indian tiger reserve.
The Gavi Jungle Camp, a community based eco tourism program provides an opportunity to camp outdoors on the banks of the Periyar river within the Periyar tiger reserve. The program includes trekking in the forest (‘Windy Walks’), a safari in Gavi, and a boat trip on the famous Periyar Lake. Dinner, breakfast and lunch is included with traditional food prepared by the Urali tribe.
Overnight at the Jungle Camp (Tented Accommodation)
Day 05 – MUNNAR
In the morning, after breakfast, we embark on the scenic drive to Munnar, a hill station, located 1,600 m above sea level. Munnar traces some of its recent history to the British Raj, where the elite would spend their summer months during the colonial days. Dotted with picture-book hills, forested hill stations, sprawling tea plantations, Munnar is a haven for peace, relaxation and tranquillity.
Visit tea factory, tea museum. You will check into Bracknell forest where you will stay tonight, but first you will go for a jungle walk. Your trek will begin at 8.30-9am around a height of around 1420 meters MSL, through the tea plantations. It will take around 30-40 minutes. On reaching the top we will then trek along the ridge through grassland where you will have the breath taking views of the rocky mountain slope on one side and the tea plantations and the Shola forest on the other. On a clear day you will have the opportunity to see the Anaimudi, which is the highest peak in South India and the water reservoir of Idukki Dam, listed as the highest arch dam in Asia. The trek will continue through a nature area where you will be able to see exotic spices such as cardamom and cloves. This is a perfect spot for endemic birds of this part of Western Ghats. A picnic lunch/refreshments will be provided in a suitable place during the trek. The trek will take around 40 minutes to an hour with the highest point will be around 1950 metres.
Your vehicle will be waiting for you at the finishing point.
Day 06 – COCHIN
Today we head to Cochin. Set within the tropical Malabar Coast, Cochin or Kochi includes a natural harbour surrounded by a collection of islands interconnected by backwaters and lagoons.
Historically significant as a major centre of commerce, Cochin has drawn in Arab, Chinese and European traders and explorers for over 600 years.
After check in at the hotel, we go for walking tour to explore Fort Kochi. Granted by Rajah of Kochi in 1503 to the Portuguese, the area is lined with some of India’s oldest colonial buildings. The Dutch, French and British all settled in Kochi making Kochi a real potpourri of international and Indian cultures.
- Accommodation at above mentioned Hotels/Resorts
- Daily Breakfast
- Transportation using A/C Mini Van
- Bond Safari at Kovalam
- Cycling from Veli to Varkala
- Kayaking at Alleppey
- Trekking at Peiyar with tented accommodation and all meals
- An english speaking guide
- International flights
- Departure transfers
- Departure and airport taxes
- All other meals
- All optional tours or activities during free time
- Transfers outside of the tour program
- Travel insurance
- Tips and items of a personal nature