Cochin - Periyar/Thekkady 2 nights 3 days tour package.
This programme is quick glance through most sought out Wildlife Destination of Kerala. Periyar is popular for Spice Gardens and Periyar Tiger Reserve. You may also try an elephant ride here. Good option for bachelor or family weekends. Best place for buying genuine and fresh Spices.
Things to do:
Spice Garden visit
Guided Trek in Periyar Tiger Reserve
Tea Factory Visit with Tea shopping from Factory Outlet
Day 01 – Cochin – Periyar ( 5 Hours drive)
You will be picked up from Cochin to drive to Periyar ,the famous wildlife destination of Kerala. Afternoon option to visit a Spice Plantation and an elephant farm for a safari. Overnight at Hotel.
Indian agriculture began by 9000 BC as a result of early cultivation of plants, and domestication of crops and animals. Settled life soon followed with implements and techniques being developed for agriculture. Plants and animals—considered essential to their survival by the Indians—came to be worshiped and venerated.
Indian spices include a variety of spices and herbs grown across the Indian subcontinent (South Asia). With different climates in different parts of the country, India produces a variety of spices, many of which are native to the Subcontinent, while others were imported from similar climates and have since been cultivated locally for centuries.Spices are typically heated in a pan with ghee or cooking oil before being added to a dish. Lighter spices are added last, and spices with strong flavor should be added first. Curry is not a spice, but a term which refers to any side dish in Indian cuisine. It could be with a gravy base or a dry item. A curry typically contains several spices blended together.
Periyar - Conjures up images of elephants, chains of hill and spice scented plantations. Here, in the crisp, cool air of the Western Ghats you will see a lot of wildlife and observe the way of life of simple mountain people. Periyar Tiger Reserve is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India, and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.
Day 02 – Periyar
Full day explore the wildlife of Periyar. You may opt to go for a guided trekking in the Wildlife Park.Afternoon visit a nearby village viewpoint to have a view of Tamilnadu. Evening you may visit local shops for buying spices.Also if you are interested,you may opt to go for a boating in the Periyar Lake.As the advance reservations are with restrictions,this is strictly subject to availability.There is an option to go for a full day Jeep Safari to Gavi wildlife sighting point and also you may think of a full day guided trekking with Bamboo Rafting in Periyar Lake,if you are adventurous enough.Overnight at the Hotel.
The Thekkady sanctuary is one of the best in the country for watching and photographing wildlife. A cruise through the waters of Periyar Lake around which the wildlife sanctuary is situated, offers lots of photo opprtunities. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar remains the large herds of wild elephants that come down to the lake's edge. Tigers are sighted when the forest water holes dry up and these animals come and drink water from the river.
Day 03– Cochin Departure
After breakfast at your hotel,you will be driven back to Cochin to connect your onward travel.