Bird’s Eye View: A week of wildlife & adventure in Kerala

  • Vagamon 1 night
  • Gavi 1 night
  • Thekkady 1 night
  • Thattekkad 2 nights
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Kerala
  • Indus Holidays Best Seller
Suitable for

Couple/Family

Duration

5 Nights 6 Days

Category

Nature / Adventure

Package type

Customisable

This well curated package will plunge you neck-deep into the best of wildlife experience Kerala has to offer. With ample scope for birding, waterfalls in the rainforest, Jungle jeep safari in exclusive eco-tourism zones and wildlife spotting treks in the magical Periyar this tour will leave

Starting from

18000

/person

Experience Highlights

  • Eco-tourism
  • Tent
  • Wild life
  • Enjoy guided birding in the richest bird habitat in peninsular India
  • Experience tent stay inside the eco-tourism hotspot, Gavi
  • Visit a beautiful waterfall in the middle of a rainforest which plunges 80 ft into dark granite below
  • Partake in some of the community promoted eco-tourism activities which take you for some amazing wild life experiences in the Periyar tiger reserve
  • Visit the heritage zone of Fort Kochi

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Tour Summary

  • 6 Days
  • 5 Destinations
  • Short daily travel
  • Day 1 - Kochi arrival - Vagamon
  • Day 2 - Vagamon - Gavi
  • Day 3 - Gavi- Thekkady
  • Day 4 - Thekkady - Thattekkad
  • Day 5 - Explore Thattekkad
  • Day 6 - Departure from Kochi

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

  • Kochi to Vagamon
  • 2 hrs
  • 100 kms

Experience the dales and knolls of Vagamon, a sleepy hill town popular for its meandering rivulets, mist-clad mountains, myriad trek routes and a distinctive serene vibe. Offering adventure and tranquility in equal proportions, Vagamon is Kerala’s well-kept secret.

  • Start your tour with Vagamon Meadows, scenic rolling grassland.
  • Stroll through Pine forest, amidst tall pine trees providing excellent photo ops
  • Consider a pedal boat ride in Vagamon lake surrounded by Tea gardens
  • Evening, visit Kurishumala, a prominent pilgrim and trekking spot
  • Trek up Thangalpara, an amazing vantage piont and a sacred muslim pilgrim site
  • Unwind after a cozy dinner in your resort

Stay at Vagamon

Holiday Vagamon

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Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

International Paragliding festival, a 4-day annual event is a real crowd puller where adventure enthusiast throng to Vagamon

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

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Activity Add-ons

Day 2

  • Vagamon to Gavi
  • 2 hrs
  • 70 kms

Secluded in a corner of Periyar tiger reserve, Gavi is a pristine ecotourism hotspot hidden from the masses. A camping experience inside the forest hosted by locals, abundant wildlife sightings, treks and its exclusivity (only 100 tourists permitted per day) are hallmarks of this stellar responsible tourism initiative.

  • After breakfast, get on-road today, winding past tea plantations and grasslands to enter Gavi’s deep forest.
  • Halt by the dam, have lunch and relax for a while at your camp by the lakeside .
  • Afternoon, canoe in the placid Gavi lake and trek to hidden waterfalls in the forest.
  • Join your guide to Sabarimala viewpoint today evening for panoramic view of the deep ravine below (subject to weather).
  • Enjoy a campfire with dinner cooked by locals and fall asleep to night sounds of the forest.

Stay at Gavi

KFDC Gavi Green Mansion

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Swiss Cottage Tent

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Natives of Gavi (around 200 families) are originally Sri Lankan refugees who came here during the 1970s.

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

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Activity Add-ons

Day 3

  • Gavi to Thekkady
  • 1.5 hrs
  • 40 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, start your day early with a safari in Gavi forest.
  • After breakfast,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

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Heritage Deluxe Room

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

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Activity Add-ons

Day 4

  • Thekkady to Thattekkad
  • 3.5 hrs
  • 110 kms

The serene 25 sq km forest patch at Thattekad, set by the riverine foothills of the Western ghats, is home to over 320 rare fluttering species. Halt here for a relaxed glimpse into planter life, opportunities for village cycling, kayaking in the river and obviously a few memorable birdwatching trips to the richest bird habitat in peninsular India.

  • This morning,drive past colourful painted houses to Thattekad forest region
  • Afternoon is best spent indulging in the inhouse activities at your resort
  • Consider a boat ride in the Periyar in later today evening
  • Enjoy a peaceful dinner, unwind amidst nature and prepare for early morning birding.

Stay at Thattekkad

Soma Bird's Lagoon

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Lake View Cottage

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is one of the richest bird habitats in India with over 300 species found in a small area of 25 sq kms.

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

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Activity Add-ons

Day 5

  • Explore Thattekkad
  • Full Day
  • In Town

The day is to experience birding in Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Serious birders can consider spending the whole day in the sanctuary.

  • Spend some time in Thattekad bird sanctuary to spot some rare species of avian
  • Walk/cycle around the resort or go on a guided trek with a local
  • Embark on a half a day long jeep safari to vantage points around
  • Alternatively consider heading to Paniyeli Poru, a serene waterfront locale
  • Evenings are best spent Kayaking in Periyar

Stay at Thattekkad

Soma Bird's Lagoon

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Lake View Cottage

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is one of the richest bird habitats in India with over 300 species found in a small area of 25 sq kms.

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

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 6

  • Athirapilly Visit & Departure from Kochi
  • 2 hrs
  • 65 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.
  • We will drop you at Kochi airport by evening with memories to last for a lifetime.

Departure from Kochi

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

Offers & Packages

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  • Vagamon 1 night
  • Gavi 1 night
  • Thekkady 1 night
  • Thattekkad 2 nights

5 Nights Deluxe Package

Starting From

18000 / 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.

5 Nights Luxury Package

Starting From

25000 / 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.

5 Nights Budget 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.

5 Nights Super Deluxe Package

Starting From

20000 / 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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