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Backwaters of Alleppey
Backwaters of Alleppey (Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
Backwaters of Alleppey (Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
(Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
(Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
(Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
(Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
(Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
Lake View from a resort in Kumarakom (Nivalink Trip Dated - 24 April 2006)
Vembanad Lake with Hycinth (Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
Periyar Boat Ride (Nivalink Trip Dated - 5 May 2008)
Elephant Junction (Nivalink Trip Dated - 5 May 2008)
Inside Periyar Sanctuary
Mattupatty Dam
Kannan Devan Tea Museum
Kannan Devan Tea Museum
Mattupatty Dam
View from Chinnakkanal
View from Chinnakkanal
Athirapally waterfalls
Plantations around Wayanad
Views around Wayanad
Soochipara Falls
Pookode Lake
Pykara Lake (Photo Courtesy: torilaure)

Complete Kerala Itinerary allows guests to visit all popular destinations in Kerala including Wayanad in North Kerala.

Route

Wayanad (Vythiri)(2) - Athirapally(1) - Munnar(2) - Thekkady(2) - Kumarakom(1) - Alleppey(1) - Kovalam(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Wayanad. Evening visit to Banasurasagar Dam.
  • Day-2 Wayanad Local Sightseeing
  • Day-3 Proceed to Athirapally Falls
  • Day-4 Proceed to Munnar. Enroute visit Kodanad Elephant Camp.
  • Day-5 Sightseeing In and around Munnar
  • Day-6 Proceed to Thekkady. Sightseeing around Thekkady
  • Day-7 Activities inside Periyar reserve forest
  • Day-8 Proceed to Kumarkom. Possible visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
  • Day-9 Proceed to Alleppey boat Cruise Jetty. Alleppey round houseboat cruise.
  • Day-10 Proceed to Kovalam. Enroute visit Ambalapuzha Krishna Temple.
  • Day-11 Kanyakumari excursion OR Visit to Neyyar Dam
  • Day-12 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Alleppey - Backwaters of Alleppey (1.00 kms), The Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple (14.00 kms)

Athirapally - Athirapally waterfalls (0.50 kms)

Kovalam - Hawa Beach and Lighthouse Beach (3.00 kms), Padmanabhaswamy Temple (11.00 kms), Napier Museum (14.00 kms), Aruvikkara (27.00 kms), Neyyar Dam (42.00 kms), Crocodile Rehabilitation and Research Centre (42.00 kms)

Kumarakom - Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (3.00 kms)

Munnar - Kannan Devan Tea Museum (1.00 kms), Punarjani Traditional Village (4.00 kms), Attukal Waterfalls (9.00 kms), Mattupatty Dam (15.00 kms), Top Station (37.00 kms), Marayur (40.00 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)

Wayanad (Vythiri) - Pookode Lake (5.00 kms), Anantnath Swami Temple (17.00 kms), Banasura Sagar (20.00 kms), Soochipara Falls (28.00 kms), Edakkal Caves (37.00 kms)

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

Fort Cochin / Cochin is the only popularly visited stay option left out in the itinerary and therefore can be added.

Distances
  • Calicut to Wayanad (Vythiri) -60 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Wayanad (Vythiri) to Athirapally -228 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Athirapally to Munnar -140 kms (4 hrs)
  • Munnar to Thekkady -102 kms (3 hrs)
  • Thekkady to Kumarakom -120 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Kumarakom to Alleppey -33 kms (1 hrs)
  • Alleppey to Kovalam -159 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Kovalam to Trivandrum -11 kms (0.5 hrs)
Route

Calicut - Wayanad (Vythiri)(2) - Athirapally(1) - Munnar(2) - Thekkady(2) - Kumarakom(1) - Alleppey(1) - Kovalam(2) - Trivandrum

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Wayanad. Evening visit to Banasurasagar Dam. Arrival at Wayanad (4500 ft asl - 80-120 kms - 2.5-4 hrs). Wayanad in North Kerala is an evergreen area renowned for its Rainforest character, tea plantation, getaway resorts and salibrious climate all round the year. Evening visit to Banasurasagar Dam (18 kms).

Day-2 Wayanad Local Sightseeing Explore sightseeing around Wayanad such as Edakkal Caves, Pookode Lake / Boating, Soochipara Waterfalls, Ancient Jain Temple.

Day-3 Proceed to Athirapally Falls Proceed to Athirapally Falls (228 kms - 5.5 hrs). Athirapally falls are perennial falls and a popular ex-cochin Getaway. Athirapally falls are excellent stopover on the Wayanad - Munnar oute. Walk around Athirapally falls in the evening.

Day-4 Proceed to Munnar. Enroute visit Kodanad Elephant Camp. Proceed to Munnar (140 kms - 3.5 hrs), enroute can visit Elephant Camp at Kodanad. Munnar (5000 ft asl) is a tea plantation region and a renowned Hill station in the plantation higlands of Kerala offering guests an experience of misty & salibrious climate and a relaxed stay around the tea plantations. Evening explore local market for shopping and visit Mattupatty Dam for boating.

Day-5 Sightseeing In and around Munnar Opt for one or two of the Mini-Excursions ex-Munnar such as Marayoor (Sandalwood Forests - 40 kms), Top Station (Highest view point in the area - 40 kms). Visit Kannan Devan Tea Museum and Attukal Waterfalls (8 kms from Munnar). In the evening visit the Punarjani Traditional Village that offers daily evening shows of Kalaripattu (Martial art form) and Kathakali (Dance form).

Day-6 Proceed to Thekkady. Sightseeing around Thekkady Proceed to Thekkady (2500 ft asl) (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. Post Lunch can go for the touristy Periyar boat cruise and later Kathakali dance show. Given time Spice garden visit (Cardamom, Pepper, Cinnamon, Vanilla) can be done alongwith a visit to Elephant Junction for the elephant experience (elephant ride).

Day-7 Activities inside Periyar reserve forest Guests can opt for an activity inside Periyar forest such as half day jungle walk / trek forest programme or a full day forest programme involving jungle walk / trek and Bamboo Rafting. Guest also can opt for a full day Gavi eco tourism experience programme (42 kms from Thekkady) involving Jeep Safari (Gavi trip), nature walk / hike, bamboo rafting etc. These programmes require to be reserved in advance.

Day-8 Proceed to Kumarkom. Possible visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Proceed to Kumarkom (120 kms - 3.5 hrs). Kumarakom is a destination renowned for lakeside experience offered by premium / luxury hotels. Visit the Kumarakom bird Sanctaury (Boating, 1.5 hour walking trail, Bird watching) OR enjoy the lakeside experience.

Day-9 Proceed to Alleppey boat Cruise Jetty. Alleppey round houseboat cruise. Proceed to Alleppey houseboat Jetty (33 kms - 1 hr). Alleppey is renowned for its lakeside and backwaters and character and what gives Kerala the name "Venice of the East". Reach before 12 noon. Alleppey round of Houseboat Cruise. Overnight stay in Alleppey Houseboat.

Day-10 Proceed to Kovalam. Enroute visit Ambalapuzha Krishna Temple. Disembark at the jetty at 10 AM and proceed to Kovalam (160 kms - 4 hrs). Kovalam is a renowned beach destination in South Kerala visited for its premium / luxury resorts offering excellent views of the Arabian Sea. Enroute can visit Krishna temple at Ambalapuzha, Padmanabha Swamy Temple and Napier Zoo at Trivandrum. Evening visit to the Lighthouse / Hawa Beach.

Day-11 Kanyakumari excursion OR Visit to Neyyar Dam Guests have an option for day excursion to Kanyakumari (85 kms - 3 hours), a renowned Pilgrimage and heritage destination OR undertake an excursion to Aruvikkara Dam and Neyyar Dam (Neyyar dam has been developed as a tourist centre and home to popular Lion safari park (where rescued lions are kept in natural environment), Deer park, Boating, Crocodile Rehabilitation etc).

Day-12 Departure Depart to Trivandrum (15 kms) 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.

  • The Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple - The Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is an 8th century Lord Krishna temple in South Alleppey and is one of the prominent Lord Krishna temples in Kerala after Guruvayur.

Athirapally :

  • Athirapally waterfalls - Athirappilly Falls is a renowned Waterfalls (80 ft) on the Chalakudy river, which originates in the upper reaches of the Western Ghats. This area is the only place in the Western Ghats where four endangered Hornbill species are seen and is otherwise excellent for bird watching.

Kovalam :

  • Hawa Beach and Lighthouse Beach - Hawa Beach and lighthouse beach interconnect each other and have a number of bars and beachside restaurants connecting them. At both ends there are number of hotels stacked next to each other. Guests arrive here in the evening for the sunset and then hangaround at one of the restaurat / Bars / Curio shops. Mornings one can see fishermen at work taking out fresh catch from their nets.

  • Padmanabhaswamy Temple - Padmanabhaswamy Temple (1566) is a Lord Vishnu temple in Trivandrum and one of the richest temple trusts in India and one the most visited temples in Kerala. The 100-foot seven-tier gopuram made in the Pandyan style architecture is the prime attraction for tourists.

  • Napier Museum - Napier Museum (1855) is an art and natural history museum situated in Trivandurm. Napier Museum is an art and natural history museum situated in Thiruvananthapuram. Museum is closed on Mondays.

  • Aruvikkara - Aruvikkara is a village at 17 kms from Trivandrum having a reservoir and garden that is renowned for its ancient Bhagavathi temple dedicated to Durga

  • Neyyar Dam - Neyyar dam has been developed as a tourist centre and home to popular Lion safari park (where rescued lions are kept in natural environment), Deer park, Boating, Crocodile Rehabilitation and Research Centre, Lakeside garden and a Watch tower.

  • Crocodile Rehabilitation and Research Centre - A crocodile farm was started at Neyyar Dam in 1977 for providing a safe haven for crocodiles. The number of crocodiles varies as muggers are raised and released to the Neyyar river and lake near the dam site. It also accommodates other reptiles like snakes that are caught straying at the tribal villages before they are released back into the sanctuary.

Kumarakom :

  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - Kumarakom Bird sanctuary is an area overlooking vembanad lake and is renowned for bird population and provides nesting grounds for a variety of birds. A walk (takes 2 hours) across the sanctuary in the mornings and evenings would provide opportunity to sight birds. There is also a lake at the entrance where boating is possible.

Munnar :

  • Kannan Devan Tea Museum - Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Company Private Limited (KDHP) is the largest tea conglomerate in South India. Tea museum opened by the company is one of the first in India.

  • Punarjani Traditional Village - Punarjani Traditional Village offers daily evening shows of Kalaripattu (Martial art form) and Kathakali (Dance form)

  • Attukal Waterfalls - A waterfall at 9 km from Munnar near Pallivasal and a popular tourist visit option.

  • Mattupatty Dam -

    A reservoir and popular tourist spot where boating is offered.

  • Top Station - Top Station is notable as the historic transshippment location for tea delivered up here from Munnar and Madupatty by railway and then down by ropeway. Top station offers stunning views of the hills and plains beyond. Enroute waterfalls can be visited.

  • Marayur - Marayur is is the only place in Kerala that has natural sandalwood forests. Ancient dolmens and rock paintings found in Marayur date back to the Stone Age.

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.

Wayanad (Vythiri) :

  • Pookode Lake - Pookode lake is set near Vythiri having a fresh water aquarium, children's park and boat house.

  • Anantnath Swami Temple - Anantnath Swami Temple is a Jain temple at 6 km from Kalpetta and is dedicated to Ananthnath Swami, a Jain Tirthankar.

  • Banasura Sagar - Banasura Sagar Dam is one of the biggest Earth dam in Asia and it attracts lot of tourists for Boating.

  • Soochipara Falls - Soochipara Falls is a three-tiered 650+ feet waterfall in Wayanad at 15-20 minute drive from Meppadi. It takes 15 minutes walk from parking area to the waterfall. The cliff face here is excellent for rock climbing.

  • Edakkal Caves - Edakkal caves are renowned for its pre-historic carvings and paintings. The caves contain drawings that range over periods from as early as 5000 BC to 1000 BC.

Destination Overview

Trivandrum - Trivandrum is a state capital of Kerala and access point to visit Beach Resorts of Kovalam / Varkala and plantation highlands around Ponmudi.

Calicut - Calicut is a major town in North Kerala and a preferred access point for most North Kerala destinations.

Wayanad (Vythiri) - Vythiri and Lakkidi are rain forests at just 65 kms from Calicut. Vythiri (3000 ft) is surrounded by rain forests and tea plantations all over and enjoy a pleasant weather all round the year.

Athirapally - Athirapally waterfall is local tourist attraction and a picnic spot. Athirapally is a good stopover enroute from Wayanad to Munnar or Alleppey

Munnar - Munnar is a premier hill station in Kerala. It is situated at about 6000 ft above sea level and surrounded by tea and Cardamom Plantations

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.

Kumarakom - Kumarakom is a patch Vembanad lakefront at 15 kms from Kottayam and renowned world over for their lake front resorts.

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.

Kovalam - Kovalam is one of the few developed beach retreats in India alongside Goa and home to several luxury beach resorts.

Access
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Distances
  • Calicut to Wayanad (Vythiri) -60 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Wayanad (Vythiri) to Athirapally -228 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Athirapally to Munnar -140 kms (4 hrs)
  • Munnar to Thekkady -102 kms (3 hrs)
  • Thekkady to Kumarakom -120 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Kumarakom to Alleppey -33 kms (1 hrs)
  • Alleppey to Kovalam -159 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Kovalam to Trivandrum -11 kms (0.5 hrs)

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Travel Ideas incorporated in the itinerary

Thekkady Getaway

Thekkady (2300 ft asl) is a stopover enroute Kumarakom (100 kms from Kottayam) from Madurai and more

Alleppey Getaway

Alleppey and its backwater network have given Kerala the name “Venice of the east”. Alleppey more

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Distances
  • Calicut to Wayanad (Vythiri) -60 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Wayanad (Vythiri) to Athirapally -228 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Athirapally to Munnar -140 kms (4 hrs)
  • Munnar to Thekkady -102 kms (3 hrs)
  • Thekkady to Kumarakom -120 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Kumarakom to Alleppey -33 kms (1 hrs)
  • Alleppey to Kovalam -159 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Kovalam to Trivandrum -11 kms (0.5 hrs)

Expert Speak

Wayanad is best visited with Coorg and other destinations of Malabar circuit and ideally should not be mixed with a Kerala Circuit. However this itinerary is still popular for the segment of traveller that does all major destinations of one state at one go.

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