Kerala – Birds and Backwaters

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  • Travel between : 01 Oct 18 and 09 Dec 18
  • Board Basis : As per Itinerary
  • Duration : 10 nights
  • Book by : 31 Aug 18
  • Includes : Flights from London Heathrow with Emirates Airport taxes
  • 6 nights accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 4 nights accommodation on Full Board basis at Thattekad
  • All transfers, sightseeing & excursion as mentioned in itinerary by air-conditioned car
  • Entrance fees to the monuments
  • Services of local English speaking guide as per the
  • Itinerary during city tour
  • 1 day cruise with lunch on backwaters
  • Enjoy a day at Elephant Camp in Periyar and experience activities such as Elephant bathing, feeding and timber dragging
  • Boat ride at Lake Periyar
  • Visit Thattekad bird Sanctuary Kumarakom bird Sanctuary
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Detailed Itinerary ::

Highlights: Thattekad – Periyar – Kumarakom – Cochin
Other departures: Birmingham – £1999
Alternate travel dates: 16 Jan 19 – 31 Mar 19
Hotels:
Thattekad – Hornbill Camp 2*
Periyar – Cardamom County 4*
Kumarakom – Aveda Kumarakom 5*
Cochin – Flora Airport Hotel 4*

Itinerary::

Day 1:

London Heathrow to Dubai by flight
Dubai to Cochin by flight
Cochin to Thattekad by surface (Approx. 60 kms / 1 -2 Hrs)
– 08:05 Hrs: Arrive at Cochin.
– Upon arrival welcome, meet & assist at the airport by our representative and straight drive to Thattekad – The Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, covering an area of hardly 25 km², and located about 60 km north-east of Kochi (Kerala state, India), is one of the important bird sanctuaries of India. Salim Ali, one of the best known ornithologist has described this sanctuary as “the richest bird habitat on peninsular India”. The literal meaning of Thattekad is flat forest, the region is an evergreen low-land forest and is located between the branches of Periyar River, the longest river in Kerala. The Thattekad Bird Sanctuary has a rich and varied birdlife. Several species of birds, both forest birds as well as the water birds, visit the sanctuaries.
– Upon arrival at Thattekad, check in at hotel / homestay.
– Rest of the day at leisure.
– Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2: Thattekad

– Morning visit Thattekad Bird Sanctuary.
– Afternoon visit Thattekad Bird Sanctuary.
– Overnight stay at Hotel / Homestay

Day 3: Thattekad

– Morning visit Thattekad Bird Sanctuary.
– Rest of the day at leisure.
– Overnight stay at hotel / homestay.

Day 4: Thattekad

– Breakfast at the hotel / homestay
– Full day at leisure for independent activities and stay at hotel.
– Overnight stay at hotel / homestay.

Day 5: Thattekad to Periyar

Thattekad to Periyar by surface (Approx. 140 kms / 3 ½ – 4 ½ Hrs)
– Today after breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Periyar – The scenic drive takes you through green hills with forests, plantation of tea, species and rubber, streams and waterfalls
– Upon arrival at Periyar, check in at hotel.
– Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6: Periyar

– Early morning take a boat ride on the lake in the Periyar National Park, a ‘Project Tiger’ reserve. A boat ride is the only way to see birds and observe closely the giant of Periyar – Elephants and Gaurs (The giant Indian Bison) without disturbing them on their way (Subject to availability)
– In the afternoon you can enjoy the program provided at the Elephant Camp at Periyar, you can experience the activities such as Elephant bathing, feeding, timber dragging. – Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 7: Periyar to Kumarakom

Periyar to Kumarakom by surface (Approx. 145 kms / 4 -5 Hrs)
– Today after breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Kumarakom.
– Upon arrival at Kumarakom, check in at hotel.
– Rest of the day at leisure.
– Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8: Kumarakom

– This morning enjoy visiting Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, the bird sanctuary is spread across 14 acres. A visit to the bird sanctuary, set within the lush acrea of wooded land nearby, aquaints you to the variety of migratory birds that flock in thousand, some from the Himalayas, some even from as fare as Siberia.
– The main attractions are local birds like the waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron and the water duck, as well the migratory Siberian cranes. Parrots, teal, larks, flycatchers, wood beetle, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons and visit local villages.
– Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9: Kumarakaom

– Breakfast at the hotel.
– In the afternoon day cruise with lunch (Approx. 4 – 5 Hrs)
– Evening disembark the houseboat and check in at hotel.
– Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Kumarakom

Kumarakom to Cochin by surface (Approx. 80 kms / 2 Hrs)
– Breakfast at the hotel.
– 11:00 Hours checkout from hotel and drive to Cochin.
– Upon arrival at Cochin, check in at Hotel.
– Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11:

  • Cochin to Dubai by flight
  • Dubai to London Heathrow by flight
  • Transfer from hotel to Cochin airport in time to board the flight for London Heathrow via Dubai.