Kerala reserves for nature lovers

Trip description

This stay will be principally aimed at lovers of flora and fauna who will find here the most beautiful things that Kerala has to offer.

Day 1: Arrival in Kochi

Day 2: Kumarakom

Day 3: Kumily

Day 4: Periyar

Day 5: Periyar and its elephants

Day 6: Munnar

Day 7: Munnar and the Eravikulam National Park

Day 8: Munnar and the Chinnar National Park

Day 9: Ooty

Day 10: On the tigers trail

Day 11: Wayanad Nature Reserve

Day 12: Wayanad

Day 13: Calicut

Day 14: Kochi

Day 1 : Arrival in Kochi

Day1 : Arrival in Kochi ©PATRICE ALCARAS

Take time to get yourself acclimatized and discover the romanticism of Fort Cochin: Visit the Santa Cruz church, stroll through Princess Street and watch the sunset over the Chinese dip nets. In the evening, you can attend a representation of {1}kathakali{/1}.

Day 2 : Kumarakom

Day2 : Kumarakom ©François JANNE DOTHEE

Visit of "Bird Sanctuary", a bird reserve on Vembanad lake, the largest in Kerala. Walk along the backwaters on a "rice boat" between mangroves, fields of paddy and coconut trees. Overnight in an establishment located on Vembanad lake.

Day 3 : Kumily

Day3 : Kumily ©

Head to the Periyar reserve, along the winding and green roads of the Western Ghats. After a good dinner, a good night's rest is required.

Day 4 : Periyar

Day4 : Periyar ©f9photos - Fotolia

Early in the morning, visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary by jeep (or on foot for the most adventurous), accompanied by a guide who will make you discover the corners of the reserve. In the afternoon, boat cruise on the artificial lake of the reserve that will allow you to see animals coming to quench their thirst. If you are lucky, you can perhaps see a tiger.

Day 5 : Periyar and its elephants

Day5 : Periyar and its elephants ©Agence de Promotion de Madère

A trip to the Spice Village, where you will discover the spice plantations, followed by a cooking class, will make you a professional about culinary art of Kerala. In the late afternoon, ride on elephant back, you can then feed and wash them.

Day 6 : Munnar

Day6 : Munnar ©f9photos -

Departure in the morning to Munnar, through the mountains lined with tea and rubber plantations. In the evening, take a trail to admire the sunset on the surrounding hills.

Day 7 : Munnar and the Eravikulam National Park

Day7 : Munnar and the Eravikulam National Park ©krishphotos -

Visit to a tea factory. In the afternoon, go to the Eravikulam National Park, 16 km away. It is the ideal place to see Nilgiris tahr (rare mountain goats) but also lion-tailed macaques.

Day 8 : Munnar and the Chinnar National Park

Day8 : Munnar and the Chinnar National Park ©PATRICE ALCARAS

Morning departure to the Chinnar National park: elephants, leopards and bear expect to be surprised in their natural habitat. After lunch, departure to Mettupalayam.

Day 9 : Ooty

From Mettupalayam you will join Ooty, a climatic station at 2 200 m of altitude, aboard a "toy train", a miniature steam train that will make you travel in the middle of the tea and coffee plantations, on the mountain side.

Day 10 : On the tigers trail

Golf in one of the best preserved British clubs or follow the tiger trail in the Mudumalai reserve, you can choose how to relive the British splendour. Departure in the afternoon to Kalpetta and Wayanad reserve: The road offers a sumptuous landscape with tea plantations as far as the eye can see and crossing of picturesque villages.

Day 11 : Wayanad Nature Reserve

Day11 : Wayanad Nature Reserve ©François JANNE D'OTHEE

The last reserve of this circuit, the Wayanad nature reserve is located at the crossroads of three states: Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Visit of the Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, especially to see elephants in their natural environment.

Day 12 : Wayanad

Day12 : Wayanad ©RealityImages -

Departure early in the morning to discover the cave paintings of the Edakkal cellars. The ascent to the peak Chembra, the highest peak of the Western Ghats, is a pleasant trek if time permits. Departure to Calicut the next morning.

Day 13 : Calicut

Day13 : Calicut ©François JANNE D'OTHÉE

You can explore the beach of Kappad, which saw Vasco de Gama landing on May 20, 1498, visit one of the many religious buildings in this city, get lost in the market, and take the pulse of a city typical of Kerala.

Day 14 : Kochi

Day14 : Kochi ©Ailisa -

Arrival in Fort Cochin in the morning, visit of the historical monuments of the city by rickshaw. Afternoon dedicated to relaxation on Cherai beach, on the island of Vypeen. Kochi is the last step in this circuit.

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