From the Elephant trail to the Ocean From the Elephant trail to the Ocean
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  • From the mountains of Kerala to the coast, innumerable water bodies kiss and cross each other to sketch an exotic aquatic net. This fascinating labyrinth of backwaters, canals, lagoons and rivers is an incredible haven dotted with traditional barges called the ’kettuvalom’, which have been transformed into house-boats for memorable stays.

    We propose a thematic discovery of Kerala, from the Western Ghats to the Indian Ocean, with water and nature being the main themes. This trip to Kerala will be a great pleasure for children and grown-ups alike. Allow yourself to be lulled by the lithe elephants and rhythmic waves.

    From Kochi (Cochin), we first go to Theekoy, a village next to the Meenachil river source, in the mountainous area of the Western Ghats. The natural environment alternates between tropical forest that inspired Rudyard Kipling “The Jungle Book", and the vast spice plantations that smell like a thousand perfumes. On foot, we will explore the spice plantations before discovering jungle riding on an elephant and swimming in natural pools.

    Then, we will go in the direction of Kumarakom, located in the great plain of Palai, with its endless rice fields. We will discover villages and do boat tours in the backwaters. We will embark on a house boat, which will combine charm and comfort, and will melt perfectly into the natural beauty of the lagoons and canals.

    Finally, to culminate your trip, you will discover the Malabar coast and its white sand beaches where we will meet fishermen on their frail boats.

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Day 1 : Arrival in Kochi (Cochin)
Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel on Fort Cochin island. Night in the hotel.

Day 2 : Fort Cochin
Free visit of the town. Night at the hotel.

Day 3 : Cochin - Munnar [140 Km - 3/4H of road]
Road to Munnar. Walk in the city, commercial center of tea plantations among the highest of the world. By walk, we explore the tea plantations. Night at the hotel.

Day 4 : Munnar : Eravikulam National park and plantations
With an English speaking naturalist guide, we explore the Eravikulam National park, and the tea and coffee plantations. Night at the hotel.

Day 5 : Munnar - Periyar [100 Km - 2/3 H of road]
By vehicle, we get to the mountainous area of the western Ghats to the National park of Periyar. The program includes: a half day walk in the jungle and the close villages and the discovery of the national park by boat on the lake of Periyar. Night at the lodge.

Day 6 : Periyar national park
We spend the day exploring the national park of Periyar and its surroundings with an English speaking naturalist guide. Night in a lodge.

Day 7: Periyar - Kumakarom [140Km - 4 H]
Departure for the ornithological reserve of Kumakarom. Transfer to the hotel. By bicycle, discovery of the Palai plain. Stroll with traditional boat on the canals edged by palm trees. Night at the hotel.

Day 8 : Kumakarom - Alleppey: "House boat" on the "Backwaters"
Short stage to Alleppey. We go on board of a traditional "house - boat", welcome by the crew, and we sail on the canals, lagoons and lakes. Diner and overnight on board (double room).

Day 9: "Backwaters" - Allepey
Late morning, we land at Allepey. Transfer to the hotel.. . Visit of the temples and the churches of the village. Night at the hotel.

Day 10: Alleppey - Varkala [110 Km - 3 H]
Road to Varkala. Night at the hotel.

Day 11 : Varkala
Free day in Varkala. Night at the hotel.

Day 12 : Varkala
Free day in Varkala. Night at the hotel.

Day 13 : Varkala - Trivandrum airport [1H30 - 40Km]
Departure from Varkalato Trivandrum airport according to the timetable of your return flight. End of our services.

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