Day 1: Cochin arrival.
Transfer to Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary (approximate 70 kms), one of the best birding spots in India. Some of the rare and most-wanted species found here are Orange-headed thrush, Large-billed leaf-warbler, Jordon’s night jar, Indian cuckoo, Oriental darter, Cormorants, Whiskered terns, Collared scopes owl, Ceylon frog mouth, Grey-fronted green pigeon, Yellow-browed bulbuls etc. The sanctuary is a habitat for different varieties of cuckoos and a region of the sanctuary popularly called “Cuckoo Paradise” is home to them, among which are the: Drongo cuckoo, which may be easily mistaken for Drongo, Indian hawk cuckoo, which is highly vocal, and the Large hawk cuckoo, which looks relatively massive compared to other types of cuckoos, and is characterized by a dark grey and heavily streaked throat.The Indian pitta, which visits the sanctuary during winter and spends almost six months here.
Check-in to a birding lodge or resort. Evening go for a birding walk with your naturalist. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Thattekkad Bird sanctuary
Today we have two sessions of birding and photography, one in the morning 6.30 am till 11:30 am and the second session starts by 4pm till 8 pm. Though the Ceylon Frog mouth is the highlight of the bird list found here, you can spot more than a hundred species of species in a two day tour. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Thattekkad – Periyar Tiger Reserve (Approximate 130 kms, 5 hrs drive)
After breakfast, transfer to Periyar Tiger Reserve, an example of nature’s bounty with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Sprawled over an area of 925 km2., Periyar is one of the 48 tiger reserves in India. Zealously guarded and efficiently managed reserve is a repository of rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna and forms the major watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, the Periyar and Pamba.
Check in to your hotel by afternoon. Post lunch, walk with your naturalist for 2 hrs inside the Park for capturing some Wildlife in the jungle during their evening activities. Back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 4: Periyar Tiger Reserve
Birding and wildlife watching treks and safaris in the morning (8 am till 11am) and evening (4 to 7 pm) sessions. Evergreen forests, semi evergreen forests, moist deciduous forests etc comprise the vegetation of Periyar. Montane Grasslands and marsh lands adds to the diversity. Birds, Butterflies, Mammals etc of all species seen commonly in the Southern Western Ghats are found here. Nilgiri Marten is one of the rarest endemic recorded in this Sanctuary. Back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 5: Periyar – Munnar (Approximate 110 kms, 5 hrs drive)
After breakfast, transfer to Munnar. Check in to your resort and post lunch, go for birding and photography tour in the hills of Munnar. Your naturalist will take you through the tea plantations, grasslands and Shola forest patches during this trip for finding some endemic birds of this high altitude region. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 6: Munnar
Visit Rajamali the tourism zone of Eravikulam National Park where you can try to find an endemic mammal the ‘Nilgiri Tahr’. A This is also very promising birding and butterfly watching environs. Birding trips in the evening. Overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 7: Munnar – Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary (Approximate 65 kms, 2 hrs drive)
After breakfast, transfer to Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Stay in a log hut in the middle of the jungle. The vegetation here is dry deciduous with scattered vegetation comprising trees not more than 30ft height and thorny scrub jungle which makes spotting wildlife easier. Apart from the common wildlife species found in the Southern Western Ghats, here you have another Western Ghat Endemic, the Grizzled Giant Squirrel.
(Note: Accommodation facilities offered in the Park are very basic and minimal. If the guests prefer a hotel stay, we advice you to accommodate them in hotels at Marayur or Munnar and we can organize two sessions of treks for trying their luck in wildlife watching and photography. However we recommend an overnight stay in the Park if the group size is not more than 4 pax. )
Day 8: Chinnar – Parambikulam Tiger Reserve(Approximate 110 kms, 4 hrs drive)
After breakfast, transfer to Parambikulam Tiger Reserve. The sanctuary has a rich diversity of animal life including: 39 species of Mammals , 16 species of Amphibians , 268 species of Birds, 61 species of Reptiles , 47 species of Fishes, 1049 species of Insects,. and 124 species of Butterflies. This sanctuary is also referred to as the “state capital for the massive Gaur” by wildlife experts. Important mammals include: Lion-tailed Macaques, Nilgiri Tahr, Elephants, Bengal Tigers, Indian Leopards, Wild Boar, Sambar deers, Bonnet Macaques, Nilgiri Langurs, Sloth Bears, Nilgiri Marten Small Travancore Flying Squirrel and Indian Wild Gaur. There are 124 species of butterflies recorded in the sanctuary of which 34 are rare and endemic. 268 bird species have been recorded in the sanctuary. 134 species are listed as rare and 18 species are endemic to Western Ghats.
Check-in to the tented niche. Go for a safari by canter at 3.30 and return to the camp by 7.30pm. Dinner and overnight stay in Swiss tents.
Day 9: Parambikulam
Short trek through the jungle after breakfast. Back to camp by noon. Go for a safari by 3.30 and return to the camp by 7.30pm. Dinner and overnight stay in Swiss tents. Parambikulam Tiger reserve is one of richest in population of Wild elephants, gaurs, Leopards, Tigers and Indian Sloth Bears. Dinner and overnight stay in Swiss tents.
Day 10: Parambikulam – Valparai (Approximate 90 kms, 4 hrs drive)
After a photo-session in the morning, check out and proceed to Valparai. Valparai is another richest forest tract adjacent to the jungles of Kerala. Valparai is a mid-elevation hill station. The tea plantations are surrounded by evergreen forest. The region is also a rich elephant tract and is known to have many leopards. The drive to the town from Pollachi passes through the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary noted for elephants, boars, lion-tailed macaques, Gaur, spotted deer, Sambar, and giant squirrels. The area is also rich in birds, including the great horn bill. The Valparai range is also habitat to the Nilgiri Tahr, an endemic wild ungulate.
After lunch, visit the nearby wildlife spots with your naturalist to try your luck on spotting some Lion-Tailed Macaques and Leopards. Back to hotel by evening.
Day 11: Valparai to Cochin (120 kms, 5 hrs drive) or Coimbatore International Airport (120 kms, 4 hrs drive):
After breakfast, transfer to Cochin Airport or Coimbatore airport.
Note: Traffic through the road to Valparai is not permitted from 6 pm till 6 am)