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Western Ghats Walking and Cycling  in Kerala
Western Ghats Walking & Cycling Holiday in Kerala
Western Ghats Walking and Cycling in Kerala (KM - 02)
Region : South India
8
Days

Activity

Comfort

Cost per Person

US$ 900

Based on a minimum of 2 people travelling

Tour Overview

This is an 8-Day multi activity holiday in Kerala with trekking & cycling through the Western Ghats at Munnar and Periyar. On this tour you will trek through some of the most breathtaking landscapes of the Western Ghats near Munnar and cycle through the winding roads of the cardamom hills. You will have ample opportunities to experience the culture and people of this area besides excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing during this walking and cycling holiday in Kerala.



Western Ghats Walking and Cycling in Kerala

Day 1: Sholas and grasslands
You will be transferred to the start point, about 20 kms from Munnar. The trek from an altitude of 1500 m gradually goes to over 2600m, passing through cloud forests and grasslands which are typical to the higher areas of the Western Ghats. The area also has abundant wildlife – notably elephants, sambar deer, sloth bear and the Nilgiri tahr - the latter being endemic and endangered. Your trail passes over the undulating mountain grasslands and ascend Meesapulimala - the second highest peak in the Western Ghats. The panoramic views below is breathtaking - the world’s highest tea estate Kolukkumalai nestled amidst the hills and the great plains of Tamilnadu below. Descend and continue trekking through grasslands and high altitude rain forests to a resort set amidst the high altitude forests at Pothamedu.
Day 2: Papathy Shola Trek
After breakfast, transfer to today’s starting point of the trek at Suryanelli. Perched atop the mountains here is the Papathy Shola (‘Butterfly Forest’), so named due the spectacular annual migration of butterflies every October. The thick high altitude cloud forests here provide an ideal home not only for the butterflies but large numbers of birds & wildlife including the endemic Malabar Giant Squirrels. Your trek through vast swathes of forests and grasslands will amaze you with its natural beauty & endemic flora & fauna. As you come down after the walk, the sight of the vast expanse of the Anaerangal Lake is a sure salve for tired eyes. The Anaerangal Lake, meaning “The lake Where the Elephants Come Down” –is a magnet for herds of elephants that to come down for grazing and water. Snaking across a large area, this lake is placid and beautiful and a source of water for farmers downstream. Many tribal colonies have sprung up around it to farm for spices and cardamom which grow abundantly in the salubrious climate here.
Day 3: Mathikettan National Park Trek
Today you will be trekking through the Mathikettan Shola National Park. This is a high altitude rain forest saved from ‘development’ and preserved through a campaign by environmental activists here in Kerala. Within the park, endemism thrives – birds, butterflies and variety of plants found nowhere else. Your destination is Santhanpara, set amidst luxuriant vegetation and spice growing hamlets, passing large cardamom forests where cardamom, pepper & coffee are grown within the canopy of the forests. Elephants are common here. You will reach Santhanpara by evening & transfer to a luxurious planter’s bungalow.
Day 4: Cardamom Hills Cycling
After an early breakfast start the cycling towards Vandanmedu the cardamom capital of the world. The trail passes through the tea estates, dense forests where spices are grown and small spice growing villages. The path is winding and the sceneries are breathtaking as you cycle through the world famed Cardamom Hills. Stay will be at a spice plantation theme resort.
Day 5: Periyar Tiger Reserve
Today’s cycling will take you around the Ramakalmedu area where the Western Ghats hovers over the Tamilandu plains. This is Kerala’s spices heartland with small family holdings contribute to making Kerala the spices capital of the world. The route is undulating and through remote villages. Your destination is Periyar Tiger Reserve as we pass through forests, tea gardens and spice plantations.    
Day 6: Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar Tiger Reserve is one of the best managed Wildlife Reserves in the country, with verdant forests extending over an area of 777 sq. km. Here, in the crisp, cool air of the Western Ghats you will experience wilderness and abundant wildlife first hand. The uniqueness of this sanctuary is the Periyar lake, an artificial lake, which was created by damming the Periyar River a century ago. The open grasslands and varied topography supports a magnificent variety of animals - elephants, Gaur (Indian bison), Sambar deer, Barking deer, Mouse deer, Nilgiri langur, Bonnet macaque, Lion-tailed macaque, leopards, Jungle cats, Wild dogs and most importantly the tiger. An estimated 40 tigers inhabit the Reserve. You will be going on a day long hike through these rain forests. This is a conservation-based hike conducted by a team of former poachers & local community members who have turned protectors of the forests. The proceeds of this programme largely goes to sustaining their livelihood in return for joint participatory management of the forest in which they play a positive part. The tiger is the main predator in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Return by nightfall to your resort in town.  
Day 7: Kulamavu
Today is the last day of cycling from Periyar towards the mountain town of Kulamavu. You will be going through the winding hill roads through forests, tea estates, spice gardens and numerous village and small towns. One of Asia’s major arch dams – Idukki – comes en-route. By late noon you will cycle into a resort set against the mountain skyline and overlooking the plains below.
Day 8: Kochi
 After a morning walk through the mountains, drop to Kochi.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation for 7 nights on twin share room basis
  • All surface transfers from Munnar to Kochi. Car will accompany during cycling
  • All activities as mentioned
  • Cycling and trekking guides
  • Permits & permissions to enter forest areas

 

 

 

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