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India - Kerala's National Parks & Backwaters

Tour Code: IND17

A 9-day wildlife tour to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Periyar Tiger Reserve and beautiful Eravikulam National Park in Munnar, including an overnight houseboat cruise along the backwaters of Kerala.

9 days from £2295(inc flights) Land Only Price: £1795 SRS: £495


The southern Indian state of Kerala is an increasingly popular destination for beach holidays, but it is also possesses an immense variety of wildlife. Beginning in historic Kochi (formerly Cochin), this natural history tour visits Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary near the city before travelling to Periyar Reserve, famed for its Indian Elephants and abundance of birds and mammals. We then head to Eravikulam National Park in the Western Ghat hills to look for rare mammals such as Nilgiri Tahr, and endemic birds. At Alleppey we’ll join a houseboat for an overnight stay, and enjoy navigating the scenic backwaters of Kerala before returning to Kochi.

  • Architecture & culture of historic Kochi
  • Large numbers of waterbirds at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  • Gaur, Nilgiri Langur, Dhole & Indian Elephant at Periyar
  • Endemic birds such as Nilgiri Pipit in the Western Ghats
  • Extensive bird list featuring many southern Indian specialities
  • Tea estates in spectacular hill country
  • Overnight on houseboat exploring secluded Kerala backwaters
  • Led by expert local naturalist guides

Food

All food is included, except for the main meals at Kumarakom and Kochi. The food will be a mixture of traditional Indian and Indianised Western in style.

Accommodation

Simple, comfortable tourist hotels and an overnight on a houseboat.

Wild Dog (Paul Reading)

Wild Dog (Paul Reading)

Outline Itinerary Download

Munnar; Eravikulam National Park

Day 1 Depart London

Day 2 Arrive Kochi; transfer to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Day 3 Overnight on houseboat

Day 4/5 Periyar Tiger Reserve

Day 6/7 Munnar, Eravikulam National Park

Day 8 Kochi

Day 9 Fly London

India boasts a mammal fauna of over 450 species but for many visitors the term wildlife is synonymous with the well-known national parks in the north of the country, and of course the magnificent Bengal Tiger. The allure of the Tiger is undeniable but within the Indian subcontinent this supreme predator occurs over a much wider range than might be expected and in the south of the country there are Project Tiger Reserves which also offer the opportunity to observe some of the very rare mammals found only in South India and Sri Lanka. The moist, tropical hill forests of Kerala, form a distinct vegetation zone in the Western Ghat hills which has resulted in the evolution of many bird species unique to this region of the country and a corresponding rich diversity of endemic mammals. The focus of this adventurous new tour will be the Mammals of Southern India and whilst there will be chances of seeing many of the more widespread Indian Species such as Indian Elephant, Sloth Bear, Tiger and Leopard, the itinerary also embraces Reserves where Gaur and Dhole may be encountered as well as a selection of the Endemic Mammals of South India including Nilgiri Tahr, Lion Tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Travancore Flying Squirrel, Grizzled Giant Squirrel, Stripe-necked Mongoose and Nilgiri Marten.

Cochin street (Tim Melling)Kerala scenery (Raghu Kulkarni)Tea County Resort, MunnarThattekad, southern India (Tim Melling)Tea plantations, Kerala (Tim Melling)Common Sandpiper (Tim Melling)Sunset, southern India (Tim Melling)Brahminy Kite (Tim Melling)Indian Cobra (Tim Melling)Indian Wild Boar (Paul Young)Sambar Deer (Tim Melling)Asian Elephant (Tim Melling)Sunset, Thattekad (Tim Melling)Aranya Niwas, PeriyarAranya Niwas, PeriyarAranya Niwas, PeriyarSunrise, Thattekad (Tim Melling)Sri Lanka Frogmouth (Tim Melling)Snake Charmer (Tim Melling)South India scenery (Raghu Kulkarni)Brahminy Kite (Tim Melling)Tea plantations, Kerala (Tim Melling)Indian Flying FoxesMalabar Trogon, southern India (Tim Melling)Lion-tailed MacaqueLotus flowers (Tim Melling)Kerala (Tim Melling)Kerala houseboat (Tim Melling)Fishmonger, southern India (Tim Melling)Bonnet Macaque (Tim Melling)Bonnet Macaque (Tim Melling)Black Eagle (Tim Melling)White-bellied WoodpeckerJungle OwletSri Lanka FrogmouthThattekad, southern India (Tim Melling)Kerala tea plantationsTea County Resort, MunnarTea County Resort, Munnar
D.B.
Dorset
A lovely holiday, well organised and the guide was very good as well.
R.M.
Devon
Our tour leader was fantastic! So quick at spotting birds moving through the trees, even whilst we were still driving along. Very considerate to all of us. A true gentleman.
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A lovely holiday, well organised and the guide was very good as well.
D.B., Dorset