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Day 1: Arrive Kochi

Arrive in Kochi where you will be met by PUREQUEST ADVENTURES-INDIA' representative at the airport.

 

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. Visit Mattancherry Palace ; Pardesi Synagogue in the heart of Jew town; St. Francis church and the Chinese Fishing nets. In the evening proceed to see the traditional dance form of Kerala – Kathakali.

Day 2: Kochi - Munnar (135 Km / 3 hours)

Drive to Munnar to explore Eravikulam National Park.

The main body of Eravikulam National Park consists of a high rolling hill plateau with a base elevation of about 2,000 m. The terrain consists of high altitude grasslands interspersed with sholas. Anamudi (2695 m, the highest peak in India south of the Himalayas is inside this park. Many perennial streams criss-cross the park. They merge to form tributaries of the Periyar River and Chalakudiyar River on the west and the east flowing Cauvery River in Tamil Nadu. Twenty six species of mammals have been recorded in the park including the largest surviving population of Nilgiri Tahr, estimated at about 750 in number. The other ungulates are Gaur, Indian Muntjac and Sāmbhar Deer, Golden Jackal etc.

Day 3: Eravikulam

Enjoy looking for nilgiri tahr and other mammals.

The Nilgiri tahr, Nilgiritragus hylocrius, known locally as the Nilgiri ibex or simply ibex, is an ungulate that is endemic to the Nilgiri Hills and the southern portion of the Western Ghats in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in southern India the Nilgiri tahrs are stocky goats with short, coarse fur and a bristly mane. Males are larger than the females, and have a darker colour when mature. Both sexes have curved horns, which are larger in the males, reaching up to 40 centimetres (16 in) for males and 30 centimetres (12 in) for females. Adult males weigh 80 to 100 kilograms (180 to 220 lb) and stand about 100 centimetres (39 in) tall at the shoulder...

Day 4: Munnar - Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary (200 Km / 5 hours)

Drive today to Parambikulam Sanctuary. Established in 1973, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary in the Sungam ranges of hills between the Anaimalai Hills and Nelliampathy Hills. The Western Ghats, Anamalai Sub-Cluster, including all of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site. Parambikkulam Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as part of the 390.88 square kilometres (150.9 sq. mi) Parambikulam Tiger Reserve on February 19, 2010.

Day 5: Parambikulam

Enjoy full day jungle activity.

The sanctuary has a rich diversity of animal life including: Mammals 39 species, Amphibians 16 sp., Birds 268 sp., Reptiles 61 sp., Fish 47 sp., Insects 1049 sp. and Butterflies 124 sp.

Day 6: Parambikulam - Valparai (30 Km / 1 hour)

A short drive will bring you today to Valparai - the pollution free heavenly land. Valparai is located above the 3,500 feet from the sea level on the Anamalai mountain range. The unique grass forests, Grass Hills, are also located near Valparai. The hill sports tall grass and houses elephants, boars, cheetah and other wild animals. In addition one can drive around the mountain tea estates enjoying the pleasant climate and forget the once dense forests that have paved the way for tea bushes. 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 Valparai range is also habitat the Nilgiri Tahr, an endemic wild goat. These mountain goats inhabit the high ranges and prefer open terrain, cliffs and grass-covered hills, a habitat largely confined to altitudes from 1200 to 2600m in the southern Western Ghats.

Day 7: Valparai

Enjoy looking for Nilgiri Tahr and other mammals like leopards,elephants etc.

The Valparai range is also habitat the Nilgiri Tahr, wild goat. These mountain goats inhabit the high ranges and prefer open terrain, cliffs and grass-covered hills, a habitat largely confined to altitudes from 1200 to 2600m in the southern Western Ghats.

Day 8: Valparai - Kochi (300 Km / 6 hours drive). The tour finishes on arrival in Kochi

Return to Kochi today to connect your onward flight.

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