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Day 1: Arrive Calicut - Silent Valley National Park (80 Km / 3 hours)

Arrive at Calicut airport in Kerala, where 'AN INDIAN ESCAPE 'representative will meet you at the airport and assist you with departure for Silent Valley National Park.

Day 2 Day 5: Silent Valley National Park

Spend 3 full days in the park looking for the endemic 'lion tailed Macaque'. India is well known for her extensive diversity of primates with 19 species distributed all over the country. Of these only five species have been reported from Kerala State. They include two macaques (Bonnet macaque and Lion Tailed Macaque), two langurs (Nilgiri Langur and Hanuman langur) and one prosimian (Slender loris). Among these, the lion- tailed macaque (Macaca silenus) and Nilgiri Langur (Presbytis johni), are highly endangered and endemic to the Western Ghats. The Silent Valley National Park is a unique preserve of natural rainforests. Within an area of 237. 52, it houses a rich mosaic of varied habitats. Out of these springs the amazing variety of life forms some of them endemic to the Western Ghats.

The valley exudes a quite grandeur, a mystery half revealed and half concealed that is part of a story older than mankind, for this rainforest probably dates back to 50 million years. Silently she beckons us to witness the marvellous exuberance of life that expresses itself in an incredible chaos of plants and animals and birds and insects.

The lion-tailed macaque is a diurnal rain forest dweller. It is a good climber and spends a majority of its life in the upper canopy of tropical moist evergreen forests. Unlike other macaques, it avoids humans. In group behaviour, it is much like other macaques: it lives in hierarchical groups of usually ten to twenty animals, which consist of few males and many females. It is a territorial animal, defending its area first with loud cries towards the invading troops. If this proves fruitless, it brawls aggressively.

Apart from the lion tailed macaque there also resides 200 species of birds sighted and identified in the Valley, 14 are endemic to the Western Ghat's.These are Nilgiri Wood Pigeon,Blue winged Parakeet, Grey headed Bulbul etc. The major reptile seen here are King Cobra, Cobra, Viper, Krait, Rat Snake, Tree frog, Bronze frog, Rufescent Burrowing Frog, Indian Chameleon, etc.The river Kunthi and its tributaries harbour many forms of fresh water life.12 species of fish have been identified out of which two are new to science.19 species of frogs including 2 new species have been sighted from the valley .Of the 128 species of butterflies identified in the Valley, nine are exclusive to the Western Ghats.

The park also has a good representation of beetles, bugs, grasshoppers and a list of mammals as well.

Day 6: Silent Valley – Calicut (80 Km / 3 hours drive) – Kochi (by train)

After breakfast depart for Calicut railway station, where you will connect a train to Kochi (13h40 / 17h20).

Cochin has one of the finest harbors on the Arabian Sea coast and it has been a port of call for foreign traders for centuries. It is also its main trading center for spices & seafood.

Day 7: Kochi - Thattekad (45 Km / 1 hour)

The Thattekad or Dr.Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, named after the world-renowned ornithologist, the late Dr.Salim Ali (1896-1987), is just over one and a half hours drive from the port city of Cochin. Dr Ali, often called the "Birdman of India," described Thattekad as the "birders paradise" with its teak, mahogany and fruit-bearing trees that are home to nearly 270 species of birds.

Day 8: Thattekad - Kochi (45 Km / 1 hour)

Transfer back to Kochi airport today to connect your onward flight.

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