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Thattekad bird sanctuary

Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary is one place that pays homage to Keralas rich natural landscape. Founded in 1983 by Dr. Salim Ali, it is well-known as one of the most attractive and spectacular sanctuaries in India. It did not earn its name as being the richest bird habitat apart from the Himalayas during that time for nothing.

The bee-eater, black winged kite, falcon grey, Ceylon frogmouth, night heron, jungle fowl and crimson-throat barbet are just a few of the many types of birds witnessed within this area. Because of this vast collection, this sanctuary is not only one of the most famous landmarks in the city, but a veritable haven for bird watchers the world over. Birds are not the only species that have made this land home.The sloth bear, elephants, reptiles, porcupines and leopards among others have also managed to find sanctuary within these boundaries. The abundant vegetation filled with rosewood, mahogany and teak is also noteworthy and make for a wonderful blanket that protects life within the sanctuary.

To enjoy and explore the Sanctuary completely you have to follow certain rules. If you wish to spot wild animals you have to keep total silence and discipline. It is better to visit with small groups. You have to arrange early morning and late afternoons visit to the forest, because it is the ideal time to enter the forest. The Sanctuary prohibited travelling alone especially in the Elephant Reserves. You can seek the assistance of a forest guard while going into the forests.

Don't wear colourful clothes or perfumes. Khakis, browns and green are best suited and carry your drinking water and food. You have to respect the animals and their habits so do not disturb or tease animals. Do not litter the surroundings, and do not remove anything from the Sanctuary. So try not to carry tape recorders and radios. You can carry note pad, flash light, road maps, and bus, train and airline time-tables. For safety you can take first aid kit with medicines for common ailments. If you are taking boat ride in Periyar don't do anything that will rock the boat or endanger lives.

How to reach:

Air : Nearest airport is at Kochi, 71 kms.

Rail : Aluva is the nearest railway station, 48 kms

Wild Side Of Kerala

Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days
Destination: Cochin - Periyar - Kumarakom - Silent Valley - Wayanad - Cochin

DAY 01 : Cochin - Periyar

Day 01 - Arrive in Cochin and proceed to Periyar by road 120 km / 05 hrs. Periyar in Thekkady district spans approximately 780 sq. km and is one of the 27 Tiger reserves in India. Herds of elephants, bison, wild bears and a variety of other wildlife are also found in profusion here.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Evening at leisure or visit the Tribal Heritage Museum and tribal village on the periphery of the National Park.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 02 : In Periyar

Day 02 - After breakfast, proceed for a boat ride on Lake Periyar. Post lunch, visit a spice plantation or take a three-hour guided trek into the forest Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel..

DAY 03 : Periyar - Kumarakom

Day 03 - Depart early morning for Kumarakom by road, 185 km / 04 hours. Kumarakom is Kerala's most visited location, a clutch of islands on Lake Vembanad, and the backdrop of the Booker Prize winning novel, "The God of Small Things"Check-in at the hotel. Enjoy a sunset cruise on Lake Vembanad in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 04 : In Kumarakom

Day 04 - After breakfast, visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary which spans 14 acres off the banks of Lake Vembanad. Look out for waterfowls, cuckoo, owls, egrets, herons, water ducks, parrots, teal, larks, flycatchers and wood beetle. The Siberian Cranes visit the sanctuary during winter. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 05 : Kumarakom - Silent Valley

Day 05 - After breakfast, drive to Mukkali, 23 km from Silent Valley, and approximately 230 km from Kumarakom. Check into Forest Department Rest House. It is possible to trek all the way into the forest or get up to Sairandhiri by a jeep and trek up the rest of the way. Silent Valley is at the core of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, with virgin forests that have evolved over the last 50 million years. An undulating landscape cloaked in thick layers of green make the Silent Valley a trekker's paradise. Rare orchids, plants and animals, including the lion-tailed macaque, wild elephants, Nilgiri langur, butterflies and hundreds of species of other insects thrive on the Kundali Hills.

DAY 06 : In Silent Valley

Day 06 - Post breakfast, take a guided tour of the Silent Valley through the numerous treks and look out for some of the 26 species of endangered mammals, 120 species of avifauna, 11 species of snakes, 19 species of amphibians, and nine species of lizards in the park. The gigantic Kattualying wild tree is also unique to this forest. Rest of day at leisure Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 07 : Silent Valley - Wayanad

Day 07 - After breakfast, proceed for Wayanad (Kalpetta), 150 km Wayanad is a highland district with very charming scenery and exciting adventure opportunities like trekking, rock climbing, rafting and bird watching. Its natural attractions include the Chembra Peak, Edakkal Cave, Kuruva Island, Lakkidi, Pookot Lake, Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, Kanthanpara Waterfalls and Soochippara Waterfalls. Arrive in Kalpetta and check into hotel. Relax in the afternoon or explore any of the nearby natural attractions - Chembra Peak, Neelimala, Meenmutty falls, Sentinel Rock falls and Banasura Sagar Dam. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 08 : In Wayanad

Day 08 - After breakfast, leave for Kuruva Island on the Kabani River and Pakshipathalam in Mananthamavady. Post lunch, a visit to Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary. Overnight at the hotel.

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