TREK – MUNNAR TO PERIYAR The trek from Munnar towards Periyar passes through highly mountainous terrain. The trek is arduous and takes 7 days hard trek. The highlights of the trek are: Passing through wilderness with sightings of elephants, endangered Nilgiri Tahrs, Indian Bison & Malabar Giant Squirrel High Altitude rain forests & grasslands holding great bio-diversity Rhododendrons Climbing the second highest peak South of Himalayas (Meesapulimala) Trekking through the world‟s highest tea estate (Kolukumalai) Lakes & cardamom forests Spice-growing villages Tribal settlements DAY 01 COCHIN – MUNNAR Arrival at Cochin. You will be meet and assisted at the Airport by GITC representative and transferred to Munnar. On arrival check in at hotel for 01 night. Rest of the day at leisure. DAY 02 RODO VALLEY Depart Munnar by mid-morning. Start the trek to Rodo Valley – a valley of Rododendrons at an altitude of 7000‟. The trek passes through virgin sholas (high altitude montane evergreen forests), rhododendrons forests, pine forests and spectacular valleys. Chances of sightings of elephants, bison, and the endangered Nilgiri Tahrs are high. A late lunch on arrival at the camp. A dip in the pure water of the streams or an evening walk to sight the Tahrs will keep your afternoons busy. Camp fire & dinner. DAY 03 SURYANELI CAMP Trek to Meesapulimala, the second highest peak south of the Himalayas. (2640 meters). We will pass through the world‟s highest tea estate –Kolukumalai- and see the vast plains of the neighbouring state of Tamilnadu. We will arrive at the destination at Suryanelli by evening. Camp fire & barbeque dinner. DAY 04 ANAERANGAL LAKE Anaerangal, meaning “The lake Where the Elephants Come Down” - a vast expanse of water is amidst a forest where elephants have come down for millennium for grazing and water. We will start our trek at the edge of the lake and move across the forest with our tribal trackers to keep you away from harm‟s way. Snaking across a large area, this lake is placid and beautiful and a source of water for farmers downstream. Many tribal colonies have sprung up around it to farm for spices and cardamom which grow abundantly in the salubrious climate here. Muduvans are believed to have migrated from the plains of Bodinaikanur in Tamil Nadu following the attack of King Pandya of Madurai. We will visit the moopan – the Tribal Chief and make our way to the camp near the Dam. DAY 05 SANTHANPARA Today we will cross the Anaerangal & move across the mountains to Poopara towards Santhanpara. These areas constitute the world-famed „Cardamom Hills‟ – the capital of the spice growing areas that have made Kerala famous through millenniums. We will pass large forested areas where cardamom , pepper & coffee are grown within the canopy of the forests. Elephants are common here. We will reach Santhanpara by evening & camp. DAY 06 NEDUNGANDOM Another day of hard trek will see us reach the small town of Nedungandom where for long where farmers have for long bought & sold their farming items. The mountains are filled with forests & spice–growing villages are everywhere. What will astound us will be the friendly people in these remote areas as you pass them by. We will camp near Nedungandom. DAY 07 CARMELIA TOP The toughest trek will take us to the top of a mountain near Vandanmedu which is considered the largest cardamom market in the world. We will pass through spectacular mountain scenery and deep forests before we camp for the day atop the mountain. DAY 08 THEKKADY Today is the last day of the trek & we will be arriving at Thekkady (Periyar) by evening. You will check in at hotel for 01 night. DAY 09 THEKKADY – COCHIN After breakfast checkout and proceed to Cochin. Check in at hotel for 01 night. Rest of the day at leisure. DAY 10 COCHIN On time transfer to Cochin Airport to connect departure flight for onward destination. Tour Concludes! Group Strength: Minimum 6 PAX & maximum 12 PAX TOUR COST: - Cost as per itinerary on twin sharing basis: USD 659 per person HOTELS ENVISAGED: - Day 01 Munnar Cloud 9 Day 08 Thekkady Cardamom County Day 09 Cochin Abad Atrium INCLUSIONS: - o Tented accommodation for 6 nights, 7 days trekking, full board. o 3 nights hotel accommodation on bed & breakfast basis. o Transfers as per the itinerary by A/c micro van. o Arrival & departure assistance. o All currently applicable taxes (any Govt. or State taxes subsequently introduced will be extra.) EXCLUSIONS: - o Any meals, accommodation or services not mentioned in the itinerary, hotel list or „includes‟ list. o Flight tickets. o Any increase in fuel costs. NOTE: - Confirmation of rooms is subject to availability at the time of booking. In case the hotels mentioned above cannot confirm the rooms, or if rooms are not available in the specified hotels, alternative accommodation shall be provided and the extra cost, if any, will have to be paid in addition to the charges mentioned above. Rates quoted are nett & non commissionable. Validity: 1 NOV 06 to 20 DEC 06 & 11 JAN 07 to 31 MAR 07.
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