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  1. Walks & Hikes in Plantations & Hill Stations of South India

    17 Days/ 16 Nights

    Under Rs 2,000

    Per person per night

    About South India Walking Tour- Adventures in the South of India are a lavish contrast to the peaks and plains of Northern India. Many civilizations and dynasties have ruled for centuries. There are hundreds of amazing rock-cut shrines from the medieval era sculpted out by Hindus, Jains & Buddhists; Forts, Palaces, Mosques Palaces, and tombs of the Muslim dynasties. Multiple life is required to see this myriad of land . Our walks & hikes in this itinerary will take you to the foothills of the Banasura range through the semi-dry deciduous jungle, grassland. There is plenty of flora and fauna en route.
    Munnar’s scenery is breathtaking and at an altitude of around 1600m having the highest tea plantations globally. The views over the valley when the morning mist clears are second to none. Our walks take you through the Lakshmi Hills, a set of seven hills offering amazing views, and some mystical moments because of the mist and low clouds.
    The highlights of the trek are walks & hikes following the mountain ridge offering beautiful views around, amidst the tea plantations, throughout grasslands. Anaimudi peak (highest peak in South India) and Idukki reservoir (formed by Idukki dam will be the highlight. Visit the Kukkal caves were home, until recently to the Palaiyar tribes, who used to wear clothes made of leaves. Visit sheep farms in lovely meadows summit the Kukkal hill. Visit the conservation centers such as the elephant sanctuary at Guruvayoor where you will hopefully catch them at the bathing time!
    Farmers form the backbone of the villages. Spend an entire day with a farmer and getting introduced to rubber tapping and various procedures associated with it. Savour traditional meals, visit handicraft products making units, and introduction to medicinal plants are the other highlights of this itinerary.

    Walks & Hikes in Plantations & Hill Stations of South India

    BEST SEASON - October - April

    NO OF DAYS/ NIGHTS: 17 Days/ 16 Nights



    CITY
    NIGHTS PROPOSED HOTELS STAR RATINGS
    Bangalore N/A No hotel  
    Mysore 1 night Sandesh The Prince/ Southern Star Mysuru 4*
    Kalpetta 3 nights Banasura Island Retreat/ Marmalade Springs Retreat/ Abad Brookside Lakkidi 4*
    Guruvayur 1 night Krishna Inn / Sopanam Heritage/ Guruvayur Gateway 4*
    Kumarakom 3 nights Whispering Palms/ Royal Riviera 4*
    Munnar 3 nights Abad Copper Castle/ Grand Plaza/ Rivulet Resorts/ Sterling Munnar 3.5/4*
    Kodaikanal 3 nights Great Trails Kodaikanal 4*
    Chennai 1 night Crowne Plaza Adyar/ Novotel Chamiers/ Radisson Blu 5*




    Details Itinerary
    Day 1 Mysore 144kms/3hrs Drive

    We arrive in Bangalore in time for breakfast and after time to freshen up

    We travel to Mysore. (approx. 3 hours drive). Later this afternoon we’ll enjoy a stroll around the town.

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner




    Day 2 Wayanad/ Kalpetta

    This morning we’ll visit the splendid Maharaja’s Palace, and enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the surrounding Chamundi Hills, 

    We continue to the hill region of Wayanad, one of Kerala’s most beautiful regions (approx. 3.5 hours drive) We enjoy a three-night stay in Wayanad.

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner




    Day 3 Wayanad/ Kalpetta, Hikes / Walks

    Distance: ~6km; Difficulty: Medium

    The morning drive will take you to the foothills of the mountain range, which is the start point for our superb walk today. The trail heads uphill almost immediately from the start point and continues uphill through the semi-dry deciduous jungle. It finally opens out into grassland before the last 200m dash over gravel. There is plenty of flora and fauna to take in en route, aided by your guides. 

    Post lunch, we will follow the trail downhill with the last section through coffee, pepper, and rubber plantations.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




    Day 4 Wayanad/ Kalpetta, Day with Farmer

    Farmers form the backbone of the villages. In a way to learn more, a specialized package spending an entire day with a farmer will be a first of its kind by a holiday maker. Starting off with a special breakfast at the farmer’s house, the guests are introduced to rubber tapping and various procedures associated with it. After the luxurious traditional Kerala lunch, the guests will be entertained in a treehouse in the evening. Visiting handicraft products, making units and introducing medicinal plants are the other highlights of the day.  A sumptuous evening feast will mark the end of the day.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




    Day 5 Guruvayur 160Kms/ 5 Hrs
    Visit the elephant sanctuary where we’ll hopefully catch them at the bathing time! We continue to the pilgrim town of Guruvayur for 1 night. Guruvayur is home to Kerala's most important and richest Krishna shrine and is an important pilgrimage site.

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner



    Day 6 Kumarakom 133Kms/4 Hrs

    We make a stop at the coast today en route to Kumarakom, and have the chance to dip our toes in the Arabian sea! 

    This afternoon, we continue to Kumarakom, situated on the shores of Lake Vembanad, where we’ll stay for 3 nights

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner




    Day 7 Kumarakom 

    From our lakeside accommodation, we’ll spend our time here enjoying the famous backwaters of Kerala by boat, visiting local villages, taking a walk in a nature reserve and, for the early risers, a pre-dawn “quiet” walk to watch the sunrise.

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 8 Kumarakom

    A full-day experience of the backwater countryside

    Activities - Canopy Ride (Covered Rowing Big Country Boat), Coconut Tree Climbing, Toddy Tapping, Screw pine Weaving, Coconut Leaf Weaving, Net Fishing, Coir Making, Paddy Field Visit, Village walk

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner



    Day 9 Munnar 150Kms/5 Hrs

    We travel to Munnar today (approx 5-hour drive) in the center of Kerala’s principal tea-growing region. In fact, Munnar has the highest tea plantations in the world. Munnar’s scenery is breathtaking and at an altitude of around 1600m, the views over the valley when the morning mist clears are second to none. 

    We stay in Munnar for 3 nights.

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner



    Day 10 Munnar Hikes & Walks

    Distance: ~13km; 

    Difficulty: Easy-Medium

    Today’s walk is set of seven hills offering amazing views, and some mystical moments because of the mist and low clouds. The trek will start at the height of ~1420 meters through the tea plantations for about 30 to 40 minutes until you ascend the ridge. Subsequently, the rest of the trek follows the ridge which offers beautiful views around, through grasslands, of which one side will be rocky mountain slopes and the other side will be tea plantations, patches of Shola forest, and more. On a clear sky day, you can see Anaimudi peak (highest peak in South India) and Idukki reservoir (formed by Idukki dam - one of the highest arch dams in Asia and the third tallest dam in India). After spending some time at the top making sure to capture memories and take in the views, you will head back down the hill and end your tour where it began.

    Walks & Hikes

    While the previous day’s summit offers awesome views of the lowlands, today's trek offers terrific views of the Hills and the verdant green tea estates. The trek start point starts off easily enough through shola thickets. As we ascend, the trail emerges into grassland before some scrambling at the end. The summit at about 7200ft is often enveloped in a cool-mist which is very enjoyable after all the exertion. We will retrace our steps back.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     

    Day 11 Kodaikanal 172Kms / 6-7 Hrs


    We leave Kerala today and head to the Raj-era hill station of Kodaikanal in the state of Tamil Nadu (approx. 6-7 hours drive). Today will primarily be a travel day, but stops will be made to stretch our legs and for refreshments. Kodai (as it is also known) is perched at an altitude of over 2,000 meters, on top of the Palani range, with breathtaking views over the Vagai plain. We stay in Kodai for 3 nights.

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner



    Day 12 Kodaikanal

    Day Hike through Plateaus & Peak

    Distance:16 KM (up and down)

    Difficulty Level: Medium

    The trek goes through undulating steep sections, but nothing too difficult. En route, you can enjoy panoramic views of Dam and Hills.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     


    Day 13 Kodaikanal

    Day Hikes - Caves & Hills

    Distance:12 KM

    Difficulty Level: Medium

    These caves were home, until recently to the tribes, who used to wear clothes made of leaves. The trek starts from a village. The sheep farm has resulted in lovely meadows. Past here, the trail winds uphill until we make a summit of a hill. The terrain includes grassland and shola, with stretches of swampy ground.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

     


    Day 14 Chennai 113Kms / 3Hrs

    We leave Kodai this morning and drive to Madurai (approx. 3 hours drive), one of the oldest cities in South Asia. We’ll visit the impressive Meenakshi- Sundareshwarar temple and perhaps be lucky enough to experience a colorful ritual or procession. 

    A late afternoon flight takes us to Chennai and transfer to the international airport

    Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

     


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