Arrive at Kochi airport and get transferred by road to Fort Kochi which is about 1.5 Hrs drive under normal conditions. There aren’t many cities or towns in India which will take you back into time like Fort Kochi would. As far back as 1500s when explorers like the famed Vasco Da Gama set foot on the Malabar coast. After Fort Kochi we travel to the serene back waters of Kumarakom which is just an 1Hr 30Mins. drive and stay at a back water resort. Experience the addictive charm and calm of the Kerala Back waters. After a nice relaxing break on the back waters you then travel to Thekkady / Periyar for some wildlife experience. Periyar is South India’s most popular wildlife reserve spread over 770 sq kms of thick forest, which includes a 26 sq.km man-made lake built during the British Raj. After the Thekkady / Periyar you head to Munnar. At about 5200 feet above sea level this green, nature filled hill station is famous for sprawling tea estates and the winding drives around them
There aren’t many cities or towns in India which will take you back into time like Fort Kochi would. As far back as 1500s when explorers like the famed Vasco Da Gama set foot on the Malabar coast. Packed with the old world colonial charm, this peaceful little seaside town was a fishing village which became the first European township in India known for spice trade. Experience Portugese and Dutch architecture, witness the Chinese fishing nets in action, visit several synagogues and churches, the Dutch palace, walk down the Jew town street, Mattancherry and the local spice market, visit art galleries, go for a sunset cruise, eat out at some interesting cafes, local sea food restaurants, enjoy the Kathakali dance and Kalaripayattu martial arts performances. Fort Kochi is the kind of place where you just float around and soak in the heritage, culture and the colonial past.
Weather: Winters stretch from November to February with a temperature range of 20 – 32 Deg C. Summers start in March and go up till June with a high of 33 DegC. Monsoons which are quite heavy come in July and stay until September.
Closest Airport: Kochi international airport (42Kms)
Railway Station: Nearest Ernakulam South which is approx. 12 Kms away but you can also use the Ernakulam Town station which is 16 Kms away.
Best time to visit: November to February
Language: Malayalam and basic English as the literacy rate is very high and it’s a tourism destination.
Population: Although Kochi city has a population of approx.. 3 million but the For Kochi area is not very densely populated.
Altitude: Sea level
Kumarakom is just an 1Hr 30Mins. drive from Kochi. Experience the addictive charm and calm of the Kerala Back waters. On the Vembanad lake which is the largest in Kerala, Kumarakom is a cluster of small islands which also is home to a rich bird sanctuary. Unrushed vibes of Kumarakom life are infectious. We will arrange a night’s stay on a Houseboat which will make you experience the Kerala back waters through it’s less crowded canals.
Weather: Summer extends from March to June with Max day temperatures at 38 DegC and minimum night temperature at 24 DegC. July – September is Monsoons with heavy rains. Winters starts in November and last until Mid February with days peaking at 28 DegC and the nights cooling down to 18DegC.
Closest Airport: Kochi international airport (80 Kms.)
Railway Station: Kottayam railway station (15kms. Approx.)
Best time to visit: October to February.
Language: Malayalam is the official but basic English is also spoken as the literacy rate is high and it’s a tourism destination.
Thekkady / Periyar is South India’s most popular wildlife reserve spread over 770 sq kms of thick forest, which includes a 26 sq.km man-made lake built during the British Raj. This was the first forest cover which became Kerala's first tiger reserve in 1978. Rich in flora and fauna the dense forests here have wild boars, Sambar deer, bison, Langur, Elephants and some Tigers too but it isn’t to spot the big cats. You spot a lot of resident and migrant bird species. The Periyar lake is really famous for the scenic lake cruises. If you really want to enjoy the core areas then try and go for reserved forest treks with Ex-poachers who tell you stories from their experiences. You also have the guided Tribal village trek to get an insight into the lives of the local tribes, their farming, their coexistence with the wilderness around. These are hills so from October – March it stays cold. Carrying a warm cover & rain cheaters would be helpful. To sum it up, you can enjoy, jungle walks, boat rides, bamboo raft rides, jeep safaris, Tribal walks, Spice and tea plantation walks, Elephant rides, there’s lots to do at Thekkady or Periyar (same place).
Weather: Pleasant summers (March – May) ranging from 20-36 DegC and cool winters (December – February) ranging from 16-26 Deg. Monsoons stretches from June to September and receives a lot of rainfall because of which it is a lean tourist season.
Closest Airport: Cochin international airport (165Kms) and alternatively Madurai (140Kms)
Railway Station: Nearest is Kottayam railway station (114Kms)
Best time to visit: October to February
Language: Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English
Population: 35,000 – 40,000 approx. but we have about 40 Tigers and a total of 900-1000 animals in the reserve.
Altitude: 700 - 900 Mtrs. ASL
At about 5200 feet above sea level Munnar is a green, nature filled hill station, famous for sprawling tea estates and the winding drives around them. In the colonial days Munnar was a summer escape for the British. Having a wildlife sanctuary and so much forest this serene hill station is rich in flora and fauna. The mist, the valleys, the streams, the waterfalls, the trekking, shop for tea, spices and there’s more. This is the most you could ask from one destination. We stay here for three nights before we head back to Kochi for the last night.