Into the wild : 4 Days exploring Kerala’s wildlife

  • Tour Itinerary
  • Kerala
  • Indus Holidays Bestseller
Suitable for

Couple/Family

Duration

3 Nights 4 Days

Category

Nature / Adventure

Package type

Customisable

This short break will plunge you neck-deep into the magical wild of the Periyar. For wildlife enthusiasts, the treks and tours will give a chance to spot deers, bisons,elephants and if the gods are willing, the tiger. The trip also has scope for spice tours,elephant showers and martial arts if

Starting from

8000

/person

Experience Highlights

  • Rainforest
  • Wildlife
  • Ecotourism
  • Partake in one of the eco-tourism programmes organised by the tiger reserve to get the best of wild life experiences in Thekkady
  • Watch a demo of ancient martial art form Kalaripayattu by individuals devoted to the tradition. (Optional)
  • Spot wild life at the edge of the lake as you course through river enveloped in fog and mist
  • Visit a beautiful waterfall in the middle of a rainforest which plunges 80 ft into dark granite below

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Tour Summary

  • 4 Days
  • 2 Destinations
  • Short daily travel
  • Day 1 - Kochi - Athirapilly
  • Day 2 - Athirapilly - Thekkady
  • Day 3 - Explore Thekkady
  • Day 4 - Departure from Kochi

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

  • Kochi to Athirapilly
  • 1 hr
  • 45 kms

Tucked in a dense rainforest is the stunning sight of the Chalakudy river taking an 80 ft plunge down a rock-face and flowing into the distant horizon. A stayover at Athirapilly offers you a chance to tune into the rhythm of the jungle, meet some wild friends and awaken to the intimate rumble of Kerala’s biggest waterfall.

  • Enjoy a scenic drive to the rainforest, stop by Thumboormuzhy butterfly garden
  • Cross over a majestic hanging bridge to experience Ezhattumugham ethnic village
  • Walk down a paved pathway to glimpse the famed Athirapilly falls from the top
  • Later. hike to the base for an up-close view of the falls or take a dip in rock pools around
  • Optionally head to Vazhachal falls and stop by Charpa falls en-route.
  • Unwind at your resort today evening with inhouse activities and dinner.

Stay at Athirapilly

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Stay at Casa Rio

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Executive Cottage

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that the rainforest of Athirapilly is the only habitat in India for endangered species of Hornbills?

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Athirapilly

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Activity Add-ons

Day 2

  • Athirapilly to Thekkady
  • 5.5 hrs
  • 170 kms

Sheltered in the tranquil spice hub of Periyar is one of India’s best managed wildlife reserves (home to 40 odd hard-to-spot tigers) and a 25-sq-km artificial lake perfect for a scenic spotting cruise. Dig deeper into the range of activities, perhaps trek with a tribal villager or go rafting to see Periyar’s real jungle magic unravel.

  • This morning, drive through a landscape of cardamom plantations, grasslands and tea gardens to the forests of Thekkady
  • Halt at a Spice plantation, learn from an expert about cultivation and the healing power of spices (Optional)
  • Enjoy a scenic Lake cruise inside the thickly forested Periyar reserve to spot wildlife by the water edge
  • Evening, visit a local theatre to see warriors showcase Kalaripayattu, a 3000 year old Keralan martial art (Optional)
  • Shop around the spice town tonight, enjoy dinner and relax at your resort

Stay at Thekkady

Spices Lap Plantation Resort

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Executive Cottage

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that the 100-year-old lake, surrounded by Periyar wild-life sanctuary is artificial?

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Thekkady

View more tips

 

 

Activity Add-ons

Day 3

  • Explore Thekkady
  • Full day
  • In Town

Today you will have some of the best wild life experiences on offer in Periyar. A nature walk by the lake side, an elephant safari, shopping and evening seeing tribal art (if interested)

  • Early morning consider a nature walk in the reserve
  • Dawn is an excellent time to view exotic wildlife with your trained tribal guide in the periyar reserve. Walk through the safe path and spot wildlife along the way. Head back to your resort for a late breakfast
  • Experience Kalaripayattu: One of the oldest fighting systems in existence (optional)
  • Unwind at your resort today evening with inhouse activities and dinner.

Stay at Thekkady

Spices Lap Plantation Resort

(See our stay selections)

Executive Cottage

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that the 100-year-old lake, surrounded by Periyar wild-life sanctuary is artificial?

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Thekkady

View more tips

 

 

Activity Add-ons

Day 4

  • Departure from Kochi
  • 5.5 hrs
  • 170 kms

Nowhere else in India can you find such an intriguing mix: a 450-year-old synagogue, colourful street art, iconic fishing nets and gable-roofed victorian structures squeezed together with boho cafes. A tropical port city which sits astride a cluster of little islands, Kochi is far more than your gateway to Kerala.

  • If time permits, dig into Kochi’s colonial past by foot to explore heritage churches, landmarks and the well preserved Dutch Palace.
  • Indulge in some shopping. Consider buying traditional Kerala sarees or spices from local market.
  • We will drop you at the airport by evening on time for your departure flight.

Departure from Kochi

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that Kochi was a natural harbour created by the massive floods of 1340?

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Kochi

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Activity Add-ons

Offers & Packages

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  • Athirapilly 1 night
  • Thekkady 2 nights

3 Nights Deluxe Package

Starting From

8000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

3 Nights Luxury Package

Starting From

12000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

3 Nights Premium Package

Starting From

16000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

3 Nights Deluxe Package for family

Starting From

9500 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

We handle each booking individually to get best possible prices and inclusions. This means our negotiating power can often lower prices or get more inclusions than indicated here. Give us a try!

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