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South India Trekking Tours

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Tour Details
Duration 14 Nights
Best Time Oct - April
Routing Arrival Cochi - Alleppey (House Boat) Munnar - Silent Valley - Rhodovalley - Space Station - Mundhan - Madurai - Tiruchirapalli - Thanjavur - Kumbakonam - Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram - Chennai Dep

In almost every part of India, there are great trekking and walking opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. Be it the rugged beauty of the Himalayas, the beautiful grasslands at Munnar or the rain forests at Periyar in Kerala - India has much to offer. During these treks you will come face to face with the spectacular beauty of the wilderness here, the far flung villages with their own peculiar traditions and the magnificent wildlife that inhabit the forests of India. Our camps are set amidst spectacular sceneries and locations in the mountains. The trekking tour of South India gives you an unforgettable experience.


DAY 01 :

Arrival Cochin (Kochi)

Upon arrival at Kochin airport meet to our representative, transfer to hotel.


DAY 02 :

Cochin (Kochi)

Breakfast at hotel, later proceed for a full day local sightseeing

  • Dutch Palace
  • Jewish Synagogue
  • St. Francis Church
  • Santa Cruz Basilica
  • Chinese Fishing Net

Rest of the time visit the Fort Kochi and local market.


DAY 03 :

Cochin-Alleppey Back Water

After an early breakfast leave from Cochin to Alleppey,

  • On arrival embark on your private houseboat and cruise on the Backwaters,
  • Your houseboat or 'Kettuvalloms' is Deluxe boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms
  • The locals travel in canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in small wooden boats
  • As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places

Overnight stay at the House Boat.


DAY 04 :

Alleppey-Munnar (155 Kms)

After breakfast leave the house boat and drive to Munnar, through the Neelgiri mountain, and on arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the time leisure for individual activities or visit the local market & temples. Once done, have an overnight stay at hotel.


DAY 05 :

Munnar

After breakfast commence full day local sightseeing.

  • Besides tea and other plantations, the old-world charm of Colonial establishments attracts visitors to this place all the year round
  • Pothamedu is known for its plantation business apart from trekking and hiking options amidst sylvan surroundings
  • Devikulam is an idyllic hill station near Munnar
  • Pallivasal is home to the first hydropower project in Kerala
  • Mettupetty has an artificial lake built by a small hydroelectric project

Later drive back to hotel, rest of the time visit local market etc.


DAY 06 :

Munnar-Silent Valley-Rhodo Valley (1850 M / 5-6 Hrs Trekking)

After breakfast drive to Silent Valley (18 kms / 1 hrs drive),

  • Later commence our trekking tour to Rhodovalley. It can be said to be the longest day, filled with too many activities as we walk through an area of plantations enjoying the magnificent scenery enhanced by red Rhododendron
  • This plateau of the Western Ghats is home to many endemic species of flora and fauna, such as Atlas moth, wild goat and wild boar. We can spot some villages and lakes from the top, such as Allapetty, Kendaley dam and Kundemalai village. The walking is not hard and we ascend gradually, and on arrival at Rhodovalley, take tent for overnight stay.


DAY 07 :

Full Day Excursion Meesapulimala (2630 M / 5-6 Hrs Trekking)

After breakfast commence for a local excursion to witness the wildlife as you will start climbing the second summit of the Western Ghats. Once done, take an overnight stay at the camp.


DAY 08 :

Rhodovalley-Space Station (1500 M / 6-7 Hrs Trekking)

Those who want a long and tough walk, will start the trek towards Nagamalai coffee plantation with a very steep descent through the lemon grass with great views across the valley to Kolukumalai tea plantation (known as the world's highest tea region).

  • Continue descending to coffee plantations
  • Finally we emerge from the coffee plantations and will go for a lunch by the trail before Kezhmuttap
  • After lunch we walk through the new tribal village of Kezhmuttap
  • You can then have the free time in afternoon or go for a walk in the hills around Space Station.


DAY 09 :

Space Station – Centre Station-Mundhan (300 M / 6-7 Hrs Trekking)

The harmonious sound of birds will awaken you in the early morning to visit the happening places.

  • Space Station, Central Station and Station Bottom mark the location of a rudimentary cable car built by the British early this century to remove the tea crop
  • Last day of trekking to reach the plains of Tamil Nadu
  • The descent first borrows a wide paved path, a sort of Roman road vestige of the British Empire
  • After Central Station (288 m) and a few houses, we plunge again into the forest
  • Beautiful waterfall jumps basin between walls of granite
  • We cross a true botanical garden: rubber, kapok, jackfruit, grapefruit, oranges, lemons and other species grow here in profusion
  • Also walk along the river, sometimes lined with bamboo giant invitation to refreshment stops. In the end, we find our vehicle that leads us to the camp, a place of great beauty surrounded by granite peaks soaring forms. Once done with all the exciting activities, take an overnight stay at the camp.


DAY 10 :

Mundhan-Madurai (90 Kms / 2-3 Hrs Drive)

After breakfast drive to Madurai, on arrival check in to the hotel and for rest of the time visit places like:

  • Meenkshi Temple
  • Tirumalai Nayaka Palace
  • Gandhi Museum
  • Local market

Overnight at hotel.


DAY 11 :

Madurai-Trichi (Tiruchirapalli)-Thanjavur (Tanjore) (158 Kms / 4-5 Hrs Drive)

After breakfast drive to Thanjavur en route visit Trichi (Tiruchirapalli)

  • Rock Fort Temple
  • St John's Church, Colleges and Missions dating back to the 1760's
  • Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
  • Gangaikondacholapuram Temple

On arrival at Thanjavur, check in to the hotel, and for rest of the day have some recreational time and an overnight stay at the hotel.


DAY 12 :

Thanjavur-Kumbakonam-Pondichery (196 Kms / 5-6 Hrs Drive)

Early in the morning proceed for a sightseeing of Thanjavur, which was the royal city of the Cholas, Nayaks and the Mahrattas. Visit the below sightseeing points as well:

  • Brihadeeswara Temple
  • Thanjavur Royal Palace
  • Thanjavur Art Gallery

En route visit Kumbakonam, on arrival at Pondicherry check in to the hotel and rest of the time have some leisure activity in beach side. Overnight at hotel.


DAY 13 :

Pondicherry-Mahabalipuram (132 Kms / 4-5 Hrs Drive)

Morning visit Pondicherry,

  • Sri Aurobindo Ashram,
  • Matri Mandir, one of the renowned Hindu Temple

And later drive to Mahabalipuram, on arrival check in to the hotel, rest of the time free to explore the beach side. Once done, have an overnight stay at the hotel.


DAY 14 :

Mahabalipuram

Breakfast at hotel, later full day sightseeing of

  • Shore Temple
  • Pancha Rathas
  • Arjuna's Penance
  • Krishna's Butterball
  • Mahabalipuram Beach

Rest of the time visit local market. Overnight at hotel.


DAY 15 :

Mahabalipuram–Chennai & Departure

Full day leisure time for relaxation, later in time departure and transfer to Chennai International Airport to take the flight back home. End the services.

Cities Deluxe Luxury
Cochin Gokulam Park Inn Taj Malabar
Alleppey Ac House Boat Deluxe House Boat
Munnar Abad Club Mahendra
Trekking Mountain Tent Mountain Tent
Madurai Hotel Germanus Taj Garden Retreat
Thanjavur Oriental Tower Hotel Sangam
Pondicherry Annamalai International Le Duplex
Mahabalipuram Ideal Beach Resort Taj Fisherman's Cove

Small supplements apply for travel between 15th December'2010 and 15th January'2011.

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing, bed & breakfast basis at the selected hotel OR Similar
  • Ground transportation as mentioned in the itinerary using an air-conditioned car or coach
  • Sightseeing tours as per the above itinerary along with an English speaking Monument guide
  • Kathakali Dance show at Cochin
  • One night Ac Deluxe House Boat
  • 04 Nts/ 05 Days trekking on full board with all trekking equipment & gear

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