Kerala Golden Triangle

Kerala also known as Keralam is a state located in the south-west region of India on the Malabar coast. It was formed on 1 November 1956 per the States Reorganisation Act by combining various Malayalam-speaking regions. Spread over 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi) with a population of 33,387,677, it is bordered by Karnataka to the north and north east, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Laccadive Sea to the west. Thiruvananthapuram is the state capital among the 14 districts; other major cities include Thrissur,Kochi and Kozhikode.

Day 1

Arrive Cochin met and Transferred to Fort Cochin – Check in at Hotel.Evening Kathakali Dance Programme

Day 2

Morning City Tour With Guide Evening Harbour Cruise ( Optional )

Day 3

Morning Free Later transfer to Back Water Resort at Kumarakom

Day 4

Leisure at Back water Resort / Activities arranged by Resort

Day 5

Houseboat Picks up during Noon and Cruise Starts with Lunch Cruiseing starts after Lunch Explore back water Villages.Tea Snacks on board over nite at Houseboat

Day 6

Cruiseing in back water areas

Day 7

Morning Transfer to Thekkady – On Arrival check in at Hotel. Afternoon Spice Plantation Visit

Day 8

Morning Soft Trek Afternoon at Leisure

Day 9

Morning transfer to Munnar and Check in at Hotel.Sightseeing of Munnar

Day 10

Morning Visit Eravikulam Sanctuary Later Tea Factory Visit

Day 11

Morning transfer to Pollachi thru the Sandel wood forests. On arrival Check in at Shenbagavilasam

Day 12

Sightseeing and Explore in and around Shenbagvilasam

Day 13

Afternoon Transfer to mettupalayam and Check in at Black thunder Over Nite at Hotel

Day 14

Morning take the Morning train departs at 0710 Hrs . Arrive Ooty at 1230 Hrs – Check in at Hotel

Day 15

Sightseeing of Ooty

Day 16

Transfer to waynad area and Check in at Tranquill

Day 17

Relax at Resort

Day 18

Transfer to Calicut and Train to Trissur –On Arrival check in at Nattika Beach Resort

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THINGS TO NOTE
Kerala also known as Keralam is a state located in the south-west region of India on the Malabar coast. It was formed on 1 November 1956 per the States Reorganisation Act by combining various Malayalam-speaking regions. Spread over 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi) with a population of 33,387,677, it is bordered by Karnataka to the north and north east, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Laccadive Sea to the west. Thiruvananthapuram is the state capital among the 14 districts; other major cities include Thrissur,Kochi and Kozhikode..

COCHIN (KOCHI)

The city of Cochin comprises three main areas - historic Fort Cochin (where many of the places of tourist interest are located), busy Ernakulam (with its large range of shops and restaurants) and the more industrial Willingdon Island sandwiched between them. All three parts are connected by road bridges as well as water taxis, so travel around the city is not difficult. You may like to visit the excellent modern shops in Ernakulam or sample one of the many hotels and restaurants there. The Government Shop, where prices for crafts and souvenirs are fixed and fair, is called Kairali. For clothes and fabrics we recommend Jayalakshmi. Other department stores along the main MG Road include Chennai Silks and Parthas. Almost opposite Jayalakshmi (a few doors along from The Grand Hotel – which is good for lunch) is the Himalaya Herbals shop selling excellent body products such as soaps, shampoos and creams. For shoes that are suitable for the British climate as well as men’s clothes try Woodland (which is linked to Timberland). For antiques as well as gifts there are many shops in the Jew Town area. Fabindia have three shops (including one in Fort Cochin). All are open daily. Fabindia sell wonderful clothes (suitable for wear in the UK) and also home wares and body products.

KUMARAKOM

Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam (16 kilometres (10 mi)), in Kerala, India, famous for its backwater tourism. It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala.

THEKKADY / PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Thekkady, high up in the Western Ghats, is a small town close to the entrance of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is part of Project Tiger but tigers and leopards are rarely seen. However, it is said to offer the best chance of seeing wild elephant in the whole of India. There is also a good chance of seeing wild boar, Gaur bison, Sambar deer, Nilgiri langur, macaque monkey, otter and the Malabar giant squirrel, as well as a large variety of birds. Remember at altitude (Periyar is at 900m or more) temperatures can drop dramatically, especially at night. You may find that you need something warm to put on as soon as the sun sets.

The small town of Thekkady has a number of hotels and most within walking distance of each other. This enables you to eat elsewhere if you wish. There are a range of shops lining the main street offering gifts from all over India as well as spices. However, these shops are aimed at the tourist market and although you should find that the spices are of good quality you may not find the prices here as competitive as they are if you were to buy them in a regular supermarket or shop in one of the larger towns. Many of the shops claim that their products are organic but there is no guarantee that they are. Red Frog on the other hand (a stylish shop owned by the delightful Manu Abraham) is the only shop in Thekkady that has been officially certified as a supplier of organic spices.

Please note that there is a charge to enter the Sanctuary. At the time of writing this is `500 per person, per entry. All National Parks in India are government owned and controlled. Safaris within the parks vary and it is not unusual for the Forestry Department to introduce short notice changes to the modes of operation. There are occasions when wildlife sanctuaries and national parks are closed to visitors (eg risk of fire or a tiger census). Unfortunately, we are not given advance notice of these closures and if you are affected there is nothing that anyone can do.

There is a wide range of activities available in this area. All activities taking place within the National Park are controlled by the Forestry Department of the Kerala Government - consequently they are liable to change at short notice. The current range of activities is described below. If you have pre-booked any activities they will be listed on your itinerary.

SOFT TREK

Soft treks are offered each morning by the forestry department. Mostly the walks start and finish at the boat landing area (near the Aranya Nivas Hotel) but a few are being developed in other areas. These walks are taken with an official guide and take two to three hours. The soft treks operate with small groups of people (although you may come across another group during the trek). The soft trek is a slow walk with plenty of opportunities to stop to look at animals (birds, mammals, reptiles or insects) and plants. You will need closed in comfortable shoes (eg trainers) but not necessarily walking shoes. It is recommended that you dress in colours that keep you camouflaged in the forest (ie greens and browns). If you are visiting at a time when leeches are a problem you will be offered leech-proof socks.

SPICE PLANTATION VISIT

You will be taken by car to a spice plantation just outside Thekkady. Here you will see a variety of spices being grown (pepper, chilli, cardamom, cinnamon, allspice etc) as well as coffee and vanilla. You are free to ask questions about the production of these spices. The Spice Plantation is outside the National Park, therefore guests staying at a hotel inside the park (eg the Lake Palace) must expect to pay the entrance fee again when they return. Therefore, it makes more sense to visit the plantation either on arrival or departure.

BOAT TRIP ON THE LAKE

There are about four boat trips across the lake each day. The boats are large (with two levels) and are often crowded with excitable domestic visitors. For the serious wildlife watchers these trips are not at all satisfactory and most of our customers find the experience frustrating and disappointing. Please note that currently we are unable to book these tickets in advance and passengers must be prepared to queue. The policy regarding ticket purchase changes regularly so if you want to do this trip we advise you to obtain up-to-date information locally.

TREKKING

There are a number of trekking options including a full day trip with some bamboo rafting and a picnic lunch; another full day trek includes a jeep trip to another section of the park and some boating on a quieter stretch of the lake; a night trek giving you the opportunity to see some of the nocturnal animals; a trek to a tribal village etc.

BULLOCK CART RIDE

Take a bullock cart ride through a tribal village on the Tamil Nadu side of the border. There are four trips per day (as long as they have a minimum of 2 pax) and the trip takes one and a half hours. Not especially comfortable but our customers have enjoyed the experience.

ELEPHANT JUNCTION

An opportunity to interact with domestic elephants - various packages are available, activities include elephant rides, feeding and for the more adventurous an elephant shower (sit on the back of the elephant as it sprays water over you from its trunk!)

KALARIPAYATTU

‘Kalari’ means school or gym and’ payattu’ means to fight or exercise and this traditional martial art form is thought to be one of the most ancient in the world. Its influences can be seen in karate and kung-fu. Kalaripayattu incorporates strikes, kicks, grappling, weaponry and choreographed martial art sequences. Even if you don’t see yourself as a martial arts enthusiast you will find the one hour show (held daily from 6pm) fascinating and we are sure you will be amazed by the flexibility, strength and stamina of the participants.

MUNNAR

Munnar is a hill station on the Western Ghats, a range of mountains situated in the Idukki district of the Indian state of Kerala. The name Munnar is believed to mean "three rivers", referring to the town's strategic location at the confluence of the Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.Munnar town is in Kannan Devan Hills ( KDH ) Village in Devikulam taluk and is the largest panchayat in the Idukki district having an area measuring nearly 557 km².

Munnar is also famous for the wild orchids locally called Neelakurinchi which blooms once in 12 years. During this time the entire valley turns violet. It is also home to Nilagiri tahr, a rare breed of mountain goat. Munnar was once the summer resort of the British government in South India; it still wears the old charm of the British plantation days.Munnar has a variety of attractions to feast your eyes like placid lakes, meandering streams, misty mountain peaks, sylvan valleys, rare orchids and wildlife. Plantation visits, treks, tea factory visits, cycling, boating, paragliding, day tours to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary etc. add to the excitement. Here you can also have a glimpse of gaur, langur, liontailed macaque, elephants and Nilgiri tahr that roam the stretch of grasslands or are seen climbing the pinnacles of the undulating hills.

POLLACHI

Pollachi is a taluk in Coimbatore Rural district of the Tamil Nadu state of India. It lies in the southern part of the Coimbatore city around 40 kilometres from Downtown Coimbatore. This is the second largest town in the district after Corporation of Coimbatore. Owing to the proximity to the Western Ghats, Pollachi has a pleasant climate throughout the year. Pollachi is very popular for its markets, especially for jaggery, fresh vegetables and cattle. The Jaggery Market in Pollachi is Asia's largest of its kind. The central part of Kerala totally depends upon the vegetables from Pollachi. The cattle market of Pollachi is the biggest of its kind in southern India

METTUPALAYAM

This small town on the plains of Tamil Nadu is the starting point for the famous narrow-gauge Nilgiri Blue Mountain Railway (also known as the Toy Train). It climbs 26kms to Ooty passing through tunnels and over bridges. The full journey takes about five hours and there are times when people walking alongside the track are actually going faster than you are! Some of the route is very steep (1 in 12.5) so uses a rack-system and the trains used for this section are the original steam trains. The final section between Coonoor and Ooty is by diesel.


OOTY AND COONOOR

These two towns are hill stations (just 20 km apart) high in the Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats. This is tea growing country and outside the towns you will find plenty of ‘look out’ spots. This is an area much used as locations for Hindi movies.

Ooty (now officially called Udhagamandalam) is the famous hill station of the Raj period. When the British could take no more of the summer heat in Madras, they moved to the hills. It was called Ootacamund in those days but became known as Snooty Ooty. The centre of town (particularly around Charing Cross) is now very busy but if you get out of town you will find many beauty spots. The original inhabitants of this area are the Toda, a hill Tribe people. It is possible to visit the Todas in their settlements – this can be arranged locally.

Coonoor is not as famous as its neighbour but offers much the same hill station/tea growing experience and is not quite as busy. Sim’s Park is a delightful garden to visit and there are various look out points around Coonoor.

Many people visit this area in order to experience the Nilgiri Blue Mountain Railway. The ‘toy train’ is a narrow-gauge railway running from the plains of Mettupalayam, through Coonoor and on to Ooty. This was the line used for the sequences in the film ‘Passage to India’. Railway enthusiasts like to take the whole journey, which takes five hours (or more). The section from the bottom to Coonoor is by steam train; the last section to Ooty (which takes 1.5 hrs) is by diesel. If you have ‘pre-booked’ a journey on this train your car driver will drop you off at the station and then drive to the other end to meet you off the train. We recommend that you do not dismiss your driver until you are on the train as occasionally there are technical problems or schedule changes. If you are in the area over a weekend during the high season you may be able to take the Steam Chariot – this heritage train runs from Ooty to the Runneymede picnic area (23 kms) but is notorious for breaking down and leaving its customers stranded!!

WAYANAD

Wayanad District in the north-east of Kerala, India, was formed on November 1, 1980 as the 12th district by carving out areas from Kozhikode and Kannur districts. Kalpetta is the district headquarters as well as the only municipal town in the district. The region was known as Mayakshetra (Maya's land) in the earliest records. Mayakshetra evolved into Mayanad and finally to Wayanad. The Folk etymology of the word says it is a combination of Vayal (paddy field) and Naad (land), making it 'The Land of Paddy Fields'. There are many indigenous tribals in this area. It is set high on the Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 m. It is the least populous district in Kerala

KOZHIKODE

Kozhikode formerly known as Calicut, is a city in the state of Kerala in southern India on the Malabar Coast. Kozhikode is the third largest city in Kerala and is part of the second largest urban agglomeration in Kerala with a metropolitan population of 2,030,519 as per 2011 census. It is the headquarters of the Kozhikode district.
Calicut, once a famous cotton-weaving center, gave name to the Calico cloth. According to data compiled by economics research firm Indicus Analytics on residences, earnings and investments, Kozhikode ranked as the second best city in India to reside in. It was ranked eleventh among Tier-II Indian cities in job creation by a study conducted by ASSOCHAM in 2007.

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