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Walkers' Tour of Kerala
Walkers' Tour of Kerala
Walkers' Tour of Kerala (KT - 07)
Region : South India
11
Days

Activity

Comfort

Cost per Person

US$ 1230

Based on minimum 2 pax travelling on twin share

Tour Overview

This tour is a walker’s tour through the most beautiful areas of Kerala. The walks start at the lowland forests of Thattekkad bird sanctuary, continuing with tea walks at Munnar and rain forest walks at Periyar. There is also a culturally rich walk through the backwater villages and the historic Fort Kochi.



Walkers' Tour of Kerala

Day 1,2 : Lowland Forests at Thattekkad
Arrival at Kochi. Meet & assist at the airport and transfer to Hornbill Camp near the lowland forests at Thattekkad. We will walk the trails in the forest, walk through the villages that dot the area and also go on kayaking trips on the river Periyar.
Day 3, 4, 5: Hiking in Munnar
We will leave the plains and head for the hills. Munnar is Kerala’s premier hill station, built around the tea industry. The altitude above 1600 m means an agreeable climate throughout the year. The tea estates here have meant that a ‘tea culture’ spawned by the British still is in place, with most of the land under the control of the tea companies. The Sholas or high altitude montane evergreen forests are typical to the Western Ghats and considered biologically extremely fragile. Our treks will pass through countless Sholas, tea estates and rolling grasslands, climbing to over 2600m during the course of our walk.
Day 6, 7, 8: Rain Forest treks at Periyar
We will transfer  to Periyar Tiger Reserve. Located  within the confines of the Western Ghats in the Southern Indian state of Kerala, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. The picturesque lake in the heart of the sanctuary was originally 26 sq km but now spans an area of 55 sq km. This perennial source of water, which initially led to the submersion of large tracts of forestland, slowly attracted wild animals. It eventually resulted in the adjoining forests being granted protection. Post-1975, Periyar finds itself in the enviable position of being a protected tiger reserve. The terrain ranges from hilly to flat grassland areas at the edges of the lakes. The vegetation is of moist deciduous type. We will stay at a family owned resort and go on day treks & jeep safaris from there into the forest in the company of the local trackers.
Day 9: The Backwaters
We will drive towards Kumarakom and embark the houseboat. No trip to Kerala will be complete without a cruise through the backwaters. We will disembark during the cruise and walk along the ‘bunds’ which protect this entire area which is below sea level, from being inundated. The small hamlets, farms and village roads are a treat to take leisurely walks.
Day 10: Kochi
We will travel to Kochi to take in the history & culture of Fort Kochi – St Francis Church, the Basilica, the Dutch Museum and the heritage walk at Fort Kochi.You will stay overnight at a heritage hotel in the heart of Fort Kochi.
Day 11: Depart Kochi
The Walker's Tour of Kerala ends. 

Inclusions

 Accommodation with most meals, all transfers including airport transfers, all activities and guided walks as shown.

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FAQs

Q. What is the type of terrain we trek through?

The terrain can be mountainous in Munnar to deep forests at places like Periyar.

Q. Do we need to get our sleeping bags, tents etc..?

We provide all camping materials like sleeping bags, tents, liners, air pillows.

Q. What about our main luggage?

For Munnar: We will take of your luggage & will reach you at your day’s camp. Carry only a day bag with your papers and valuables.

For Periyar: In case you are doing the Periyar Tiger Trail programme, you would have to leave your luggage in the hotel. You would have to take a small rucksack with your requirements for 1 (or) 2 day’s camping in the wild.

Q. What kind of food do you serve?

Ethnic food, both vegetarian and non vegetarian

Q. What about guides?

Qualified outdoor guides and trackers will accompany you on the trek.

Q. Is First Aid available?

Yes, the guide carries a comprehensive First Aid bag. For those suffering from allergies or require any special medication will need to bring those along. All our guides have undergone St John’s Ambulance First Aid Training course and are qualified. In case of serious injuries or emergencies, we have identified hospitals nearest to the trek routes to evacuate you.

Q. What about Wildlife encounters.

They are likely to be wild animal encounters but our guides and trackers are trained and experienced enough to keep you out of harm’s way.

Q. Do you have a suggested kit list?

We do have a suggested kit list which we will send you when you have booked the trip. Suffice it to say that this is a highly mountainous area where nights are cold. Hence you will require woolens as well as good walking shoes.

Q. Do we need a VISA to travel to India?

Yes

 

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