DAY 1 – Kochi
Welcome to Incredible India : Welcome to Incredible India! You are welcomed & picked up by our executive from the airport and transferred to the hotel in your private car. (Our executive will be waiting outside the custom area with a placard of your name). We will have a welcome briefing covering the various aspects of the tour and you will be handed over the India travel kit containing all relevant documents of your trip (air/rail tickets, hotel vouchers, transport, guide, sightseeing vouchers, writing pads with other travel related documents). No pre-planned activities for the day but the car & the driver will be at your disposal.
Note: The normal check in – check out time of the hotels are 1200 hours and if your arrival time does not suit this we can arrange activities for you on the first day or pre-book the hotel from the previous night on additional charge and as per your request. Normally it takes more than 1 hour to get out of the airport from the time of arrival.
DAY 2 – Kochi > Munnar (130 km / 4 hrs)
Munnar – breathtakingly beautiful : Drive towards east to reach Munnar . As the highly esteemed ‘National Geographic Traveler’ puts – it is “one of the fifty must see destinations of a lifetime and one of the ten paradises of the world.” Swathed in the velvety green carpet of tea plantations, it is one of the most romantic landscapes of the world.
On reaching Munnar check into the hotel for lunch and some rest. Later visit the Eravikulam National park. It is famous for its population of Nilgiri Tahr – highly endangered specie of mountain goat.
DAY 3 – Munnar
Verdant carpet of manicured gardens :After breakfast set out to enjoy wildlife on the Rajamala-Udumalpet road (SH 17) that snakes right through Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary – home to deer, leopards, elephants and the endangered grizzled giant squirrel. If you are lucky the legendary white bison may appear to give you a rare glimpse.
Overnight stay at Munnar.
Spice town : Drive towards south for Periyar .The Periyar sanctuary, declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978 under the Project Tiger scheme, attracts travellers from all over the world. It was created by the old Travancore State Government in 1934. The park encompasses a 26 sq. km. artificial lake, built by the British in 1895 to provide water to the temple city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu.Overnight stay at Munnar.
DAY 5 – Periyar
A fascinating wildlife sanctuary : For the day you can choose from a list of jungle activities that can be arranged by the forest department. You can either go for Bamboo rafting in the Wildlife sanctuary which is a whole day program or for a guided day trek, Elephant ride etc. Camping inside the reserve is also possible.
DAY 6 – Periyar > Kumarkom (128 km / 4 hrs)
Haven of birds :Early morning you go for a boat safari in the Periyar Tiger reserve. After this you have the option of going for an elephant ride and bathing the elephant and also getting a shower from it.
Post lunch you drive towards west and reach Kumarkom – a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake. A 14 acres bird sanctuary- a haven for a host of migratory birds like Siberian stork and many others including Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck etc is the hall mark of Kumarkom. You can either go walking inside the sanctuary or take a boat trip round the islands. We recommend an evening or an early morning trip when the chances of spotting the birds are good. Overnight at Kumarkom.
DAY 7 – Kumarkom > Kochi (76 km / 1.5 hrs)
Commercial capital of Kerala : Early morning visit the bird sanctuary. After breakfast you drive towards Kochi . It is the most cosmopolitan and modern city of Kerala.It comprises of Ernakulum (the mainland) and a group of islands on lake Vembanad. It was also dominated by the Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese and the British at some point of time, all of whom have left indelible marks.
The sight seeing for the day includes Mattancherry palace, Pardesi synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica, St Francis church and Chinese fishing nets. In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance performance. Overnight at Kochi.
DAY 8 – Kochi > Wayanad (300 km / 6-7 hrs)
An idyllic hill town : After breakfast drive northwards to reach Wayanad . It is acclaimed by the Keralans as having the most beautiful landscape in the state. A good part of the rolling hills are covered with deciduous rain forests. With 26% forest cover, far greater than any other district in Kerala, Wayanad is home to two major wildlife reserves. Patches of water bodies in the form of lakes and waterfalls accentuate its appeal.
Rest of the day is at your own. Overnight in Wayanad.
DAY 9 – Wayanad
Enchantingly green Today you will go for a safari in the Wayanad Wild life sanctuary. This deciduous rainforest is an integral part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It consists of two separate pockets: Muthanga in the east of the district is contiguous to the Bandipur and Mudamalai, and Tholpetty in the north on the border with Nagarhole. Elephants, bisons, sambar and spotted dear, peacocks, langur and monkeys are plentiful. Entry to both parts is permitted only with a guide. You can also visit the Eddakal caves that have Neolithic age carvings. But for the caves you are supposed to trek uphill for about a kilometer.Overnight at Wayanad.
DAY 10 – Wayanad > Kozhikode(130 km / 3.5 hrs)
The way back : Day at your own till drop at Kozhikode airport to board flight for your onward journey. We hope that you leave with fond remembrances to cherish.
Endangered Niligiri Tahr
Birdlife & Wildlife
Option Of Elephant Ride & Bathing It And Getting A Shower From It Too