Day 1: Cochin- Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary (Approx 2 hrs drive)
On arrival at Cochin, meet and transfer to Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary . Your hosts will brief about Sanctuary and this community based ecotourism program. A short walk and a hour long boat ride in the reservoir will lead you to our camp. Go for a short walk with your naturalist while your hosts cook your food. Simple vegetarian meals will be cooked and served at the camp. In the afternoon, our naturalist will take you for a walk through lush tropical jungle to watch birds and butterflies. Learn to read animal signs and evidences. You will see some rare and endemic orchids flowering. There are chances of spotting wild animals too. But don’t except to walk into a tiger. That requires a longer stay. Your Eco- guides will identify the medicinal herbs they use. Exchange worldviews with your hosts over dinner. Your accommodation will be in tents. Sleeping bags are provided.
Day 2: Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary
Wake up at 5.30 with tea and cookies. Go for an early morning nature walk with our naturalist. After breakfast, a trek with your naturalist through the dense moist deciduous forests will help you learn more about the life in the jungle. Expect to see wild animals during the trek. At camp, you are at leisure in the afternoon. Perhaps you would like to relax under a cascade of the nearby mountain stream. After lunch visit a nearby Rain forest patch, watch birds. Back in the camp discuss with your hosts over dinner, their role in preserving these jungles. Listen to their jungle lore, encounters with wild animals…. long into the night. Learn to identify nocturnal birds by their calls. Or just let the jungle sounds lull you to sleep. Spend the night sleeping in tents and sleeping bags.
Day 3: Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary
Wake up at 5.30 with tea and snacks. An early morning birding trek will further lengthen your bird list including some rare endemics. After breakfast we trek back to Chimmony. Meet representatives from the Malayan community and give your opinions and suggestions directly to your hosts. Transfer to Thattekkad to check-in to a home stay on the boundaries of the Park. After lunch and siesta, go for a walk with your naturalist and local guides through the nearby plantations, forest areas, river sides, wetlands and Paddy fields for birding. You will be back in the home stay by late evening .Discussions over dinner and overnight stay at home stay.
Day 4: Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary- Chinnar (approx 150kms/5hrs)
Wake up early morning and do some birding. After breakfast, checkout from home stay and drive to Chinnar. Arrive Chinnar Forest station by 3.00pm and meet your naturalist and the team of Eco-guides. After a short briefing, you will be guided for a trek through the dry deciduous thorny scrub forests of Chinnar. A one hour trek will end at the campsite near river Pambar. You will be staying in a log hut. Trek around your camp with your naturalist for more wildlife viewing. These forests are home to one of the most endangered mammals of India, the Grizzled Giant Squirrel. The dry deciduous forest of Chinnar gives you an excellent opportunity to watch wildlife at close quarters. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 5: Chinnar
Walk around your camp early in the morning with your naturalist. After breakfast (cooked and served at camp), trek to Champakkad. Take a dip in the river Pampar to cool your body. A two hour long trek will end at Vasyappara. Camp in a traditional thatched hut on a ledge at the top of this hill – an ideal place for wildlife viewing and star gazing. For lunch and dinner, simple vegetarian food is cooked and served by your hosts at camp. Stay overnight in the hut.
Day 6: Chinnar-Munnar (60kms/2hrs approx.)
Wake up early in the morning and move around the camp with your naturalist. Look for animal signs like pug marks, scratches, scat etc on the nearby trek path and watch birds and animals without disturbing them. After breakfast, walk back to the Forest station with your guides and naturalist and bid adieu to Chinnar. Transfer to Munnar. Enroute visit Rajamalai – the tourism zone of Eravikulam National Park. Sightseeing tour of Munnar in the evening. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 7: Munnar- Kumarakom(150kms/4.5hrs approx.)
After breakfast check out and transfer to Kumarakom. Check in at hotel. Rest and relax. Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary in the evening or early morning tomorrow. Stay overnight at resort/hotel.
Day 8:Kumarakom- Alleppey(40kms/1hrs approx.)
After breakfast check out and drive to Alleppey. Board your HOUSEBOAT at 12.00 noon for an enchanting cruise through the serene backwaters of Kerala. Lunch, Dinner & overnight stay on board HOUSEBOAT.
Day 9:Alleppey- Cochin (60kms/1.5hrs approx.)
After breakfast disembark at Alleppey by 09 am. Transfer to Cochin. On arrival check in at Hotel. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening witness a cultural dance show ‘ Kathakali ‘ in a local theatre at Cochin. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 10: Cochin Sight seeing
After Breakfast go for a guided sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting the Synagogue built over 400 years ago by the large Jewish community and the Dutch Palace where murals narrate the entire epic Ramayana. Also visit the St Francis Church, the first European church built in India & the Chinese fishing nets used by the Kerala fishermen. In the afternoon you are free to explore Cochin on your own. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day11: After breakfast check out and transfer to airport.