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Gaur (Indian Bison)
Inside Periyar Sanctuary
Backwaters of Alleppey (Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
Backwaters of Alleppey
Backwaters of Alleppey
Backwaters of Alleppey
Backwaters of Alleppey
Backwaters of Alleppey
Backwaters of Alleppey (Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
Greenix Village Interior
Chinese Fishing nets (Nivalink Trip Dated - 23 September 2008)
Fort cochin Beach views (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)
Fort Cochin beach (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)
Harbour Views (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)
Typical Heritage Hotel in Fort Cochin (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 August 2012)
Elephant at Kodanad
Water Bodies inside Thattekad
Inside Thattekad Forest
Forests around Thattekad Sanctuary
Pineapple farms around Thattekad
Walking in Thattekad reserve foreset
Rubber Forest around Thattekad
Periyar River around Thattekad
Malabar Parakeet (Nivalink Trip Dated - 20 September 2014)

This is an ultimate short break for experiential travellers to Kerala looking for definitive experiences around Heritage, backwaters, plantations, wildlife and Bird watching.

Route

Cochin (Fort Cochin)(2) - Alleppey(1) - Thekkady(2) - Thattekad(1)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrive at Cochin. Proceed to Fort Cochin. Evening Walk around the Heritage Bylanes. Visit Greenix Village.
  • Day-2 In and around Fort Cochin
  • Day-3 Proceed to Alleppey boat Cruise Jetty. Alleppey round houseboat cruise.
  • Day-4 Proceed to Thekkady. Elephant ride in the evening.
  • Day-5 Half Day or Full day programme in Periyar Reserve Forest
  • Day-6 Proceed to Thattekad for Bird watching
  • Day-7 Morning Bird Watching before Departure.
Sightseeing Summary

Alleppey - Backwaters of Alleppey (1.00 kms), Alleppey Beach (2.00 kms)

Cochin (Fort Cochin) - St Francis Church (0.50 kms), Greenix Village (0.50 kms), Jewish Synagogue Fort Cochin (1.00 kms), Kumbhalangi Backwaters (10.00 kms)

Thattekad - Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary (0.50 kms)

Thekkady - Bird Watching in Periyar (1.00 kms), Walking in Periyar (1.00 kms), Bamboo Rafting in Periyar (1.00 kms), Elephant Junction (2.00 kms), Spice farm visit (3.00 kms), Periyar Boat Ride (5.00 kms), Gavi Ecotourism (40.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Cochin (Ernakulam) Departure - Cochin (Ernakulam)
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Guests looking to explore backwater lifestyle better may opt for additional night of houseboat or a night in a backwater homestay.

Distances
  • Cochin (Ernakulam) to Cochin (Fort Cochin) -13 kms (0.5 hrs)
  • Cochin (Fort Cochin) to Alleppey -62 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Alleppey to Thekkady -138 kms (4 hrs)
  • Thekkady to Thattekad -120 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Thattekad to Cochin (Ernakulam) -65 kms (1.5 hrs)
Route

Cochin (Ernakulam) - Cochin (Fort Cochin)(2) - Alleppey(1) - Thekkady(2) - Thattekad(1) - Cochin (Ernakulam)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrive at Cochin. Proceed to Fort Cochin. Evening Walk around the Heritage Bylanes. Visit Greenix Village. Arrive at Cochin and Proceed to Fort Cochin (45 kms - 1 hr). Fort Cochin is a charming heritage corner of Cochin visited for its heritage character, Arabian Sea views, Chinese Fishing nets, charming heritage bylanes and heritage hotels. Evening Walk in heritage bylanes of Fort Cochin visiting Church and Jewish Synagogue. Visit Greenix village for evening performances of traditional dance forms of Kerala.

Day-2 In and around Fort Cochin Visit Kumbhalangi area to experirnce rural lifestyle with backwater character. In the afternoon take a boat trip to neighboring Islands (Vypeen and Bolgatty) In the evening explore Fishermen at work using Chinese fishing nets. Evening Dinner at one of the charming restaurants in a heritage hotel in Fort Cochin.

Day-3 Proceed to Alleppey boat Cruise Jetty. Alleppey round houseboat cruise. Proceed to Alleppey houseboat Jetty (65 kms - 1.5 hr). Reach before 12 noon. Alleppey is renowned for its lakeside and backwaters and character and what gives Kerala the name "Venice of the East". Alleppey round of Houseboat Cruise. Overnight stay in Alleppey Houseboat.

Day-4 Proceed to Thekkady. Elephant ride in the evening. Alight at Kumarakom jetty at 9:30 AM and Proceed to Thekkady (110 kms - 3 hrs). Thekkady is a spice plantation area surrounded by Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and visited for its salibrious climate, plantation backdrop and activities around Periyar reserve forest. Late afternoon visit to Spice garden (Cardamom, Pepper, Cinnamon, Vanilla) alongwith visit to Elephant Junction for the elephant experience (elephant ride).

Day-5 Half Day or Full day programme in Periyar Reserve Forest Opt for one of the many programmes offered by the Forest dept that involves half -day walking / trekking in the forest (upto 3 hours) OR a full day programme involving walking / trekking / bamboo rafting. Guests may even opt for the Eco Tourism programme offered by Forest Dept at Gavi (42 kms from Thekkady).

Day-6 Proceed to Thattekad for Bird watching Proceed to Thattekad (150 kms - 4 hours). The route takes one through one of the most spectacular drives around the Rubber plantation area of Kottayam, Churches and luxury planter homes built on ethnic lines. Thattekad is a set on a lake around Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at 30 kms from Cochin Airport and renowned for its Bird watching experience. Late afternoon / evening enjoy Kayaking experience.

Day-7 Morning Bird Watching before Departure. Morning Bird watching in Thattekad Sanctuary and Proceed to Cochin Airport (30 kms - 1 hour) for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Alleppey :

  • Backwaters of Alleppey - Kuttanad Backwaters in South Alleppey is what gives Kerala Venice of the East tag. Day cruises / hourly boat rides are popular and available from Alleppey jetty. Guests seeking an experience either opt for overnight houseboat or Kayaking tour.

  • Alleppey Beach - A public beach at one end of Alleppey town where locals arrive for recreation.

Cochin (Fort Cochin) :

  • St Francis Church - St Francis Church is a tourist attraction at Fort Cochin. It was built in 1503 and is the oldest European church in India

  • Greenix Village - A craft village at Fort cochin that offers a wide ranging live performances. A visit here is very popular with guests to Fort cochin.

  • Jewish Synagogue Fort Cochin - Jewish Synagogue at Fort Cochin was built in 1568 and is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations.

  • Kumbhalangi Backwaters - 10 kms from Fort Cochin are a set of backwaters overlooking Kumbhalangi village, a fishermen village having 100+ chinese fishing nets.

Thattekad :

  • Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary - 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. Guests typically do a guided tour on a Bamboo rafting for bird watching.

Thekkady :

  • Bird Watching in Periyar - 320 different kinds have been counted in Periyar. The bird life includes darters, cormorants, kingfishers, the great Malabar Pied Hornbill and racket-tailed Drongos. Bird watching is possible via taking up a forest walk from Periyar forest entry gate at Kumily.

  • Walking in Periyar - Periyar sanctuary gate in Kumily, the forest department offers guided walks inside Periyar wildlife sanctuary. This is perhaps the best way to explore the forest and to be able to spot wildlife. Indian Bison (Gaur) and elephants have been known to have been spotted on these walks. Forest rangers that accompany the walks ensure complete safety of the guests.

  • Bamboo Rafting in Periyar - One of the full day long forest programmes has a combination of walking, hiking and bamboo rafting across periyar lake. Its one of the definitive experiences of Periyar.

  • Elephant Junction - Elephant Junction is where guests enjoy interaction with elephant that includes bathing elephant, elephant ride and being around playful elephants. Elephant junction is a huge hit with inbound guests and familiies with kids.

  • Spice farm visit - Spice farm visit is a popular excursion for guests in Kerala. The spices grown around the area include cardamom, cinnamon etc. alongwith vanilla, tea and coffee.

  • Periyar Boat Ride - A highly touristy boat ride is the main attraction for average tourist to Periyar. The boats are filled with 30-40 tourists with the aim of spotting wildlife on the edge of the lake. Binoculars are a must to have any chance of spotting a wildlife.

  • Gavi Ecotourism - Gavi is a quiet and pristine forest located at a distance of 40 km from Periyar Tiger Reserve. Gavi often serves as a base camp for deep jungle trekkers, birdwatchers, nature lovers and research student. There are number of eco-tourism related activities that are conducted by the forest authorities around Gavi area and are popular with tourists. Guests typically opt for a full day Gavi eco tourism programme.

Destination Overview

Cochin (Ernakulam) - Ernakulam, part of Cochin area is business hub of Cochin and also commercial capital of Kerala.

Cochin (Fort Cochin) - A heritage area a few kilometers from Willingdon Island. With many charming heritage hotels in the area, its perhaps the best area of accommodation for leisure and experience oriented travelers.

Alleppey - Alleppey is renowned for its backwaters and is known as the Venice of the east. Overnight houseboats in Alleppey lake and backwaters are considered an experience.

Thekkady - Thekkady (2500 ft asl) is a stopover on the South India Itinerary on Madurai - Kottayam route known for nature centric experiences connected with Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Thattekad - 30 km from Cochin Airport Thattekad is one of the best spots for birding in the area. The lake, the thick forest around and the Bamboo rafting offer nature centric experience

Access
Prefered Arrival : No ImageCochin (Ernakulam)No ImageCochin (Ernakulam)
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Distances
  • Cochin (Ernakulam) to Cochin (Fort Cochin) -13 kms (0.5 hrs)
  • Cochin (Fort Cochin) to Alleppey -62 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Alleppey to Thekkady -138 kms (4 hrs)
  • Thekkady to Thattekad -120 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Thattekad to Cochin (Ernakulam) -65 kms (1.5 hrs)

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Distances
  • Cochin (Ernakulam) to Cochin (Fort Cochin) -13 kms (0.5 hrs)
  • Cochin (Fort Cochin) to Alleppey -62 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Alleppey to Thekkady -138 kms (4 hrs)
  • Thekkady to Thattekad -120 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Thattekad to Cochin (Ernakulam) -65 kms (1.5 hrs)

Expert Speak

This short break focuses on essense of Kerala and experiences. Guests looking to enhance the experience may prefer to stay at Heritage hotels in Fort Cochin and homestays in Thekkady (For ethnic cuisine experience).

Expert Connect

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