Cycling & Trekking in Western Ghats
This programme is so well designed by our Naturalist Mr Benny Kurien who has dedicated his life to the study and researches on the bio diversity, flora & fauna in Western Ghats and published many books on the Western Ghats. This is a combination of cycling, trekking and wildlife explorations through the most popular Western Ghats of India. You will be passing through plantations, wildlife parks and amazing villages. This tour will give you a totally different outlook on this small State of Kerala.
Day 01 – Cochin
On arrival at Cochin Airport, you will be met & transferred to your hotel. Afternoon for free walks in Fort Cochin Area. Early evening a short cycling tour through the shore highway passing through small fishermen villages. Return to your hotel for overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel. Cycling:10 kms.
Day 02 – Cochin-Thattekkad (2 Hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Thattekkad Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, one of the low altitude evergreen forests, situated by the banks of River Periyar. On arrival, check into your hotel and later go for a cycling through the bird sanctuary and nearby villages. Overnight at hotel. Cycling: Approximate 10 kms.
Day 03 – Thattekkad – Munnar
Morning, after an early breakfast, start your cycling towards Munnar, known as nature lover’s paradise. On arrival in Munnar, you will be taken to the base camp of Chokkamudi peak to start your hiking to the Tahr Camp site which will be 3 to 4 hours trek. Your vehicle can be parked at the base camp and if you wish to be transferred to the Camp by motor vehicle, we can organise 4x4 Jeeps. You will be trekking through plantations like Cardamom, Pepper & Tea, grasslands etc. On arrival at the camp have a hot coffee/tea and settle down yourself. Later watch sunset from the campsite followed by campfire and dinner. Campfire and BBQ dinner .Overnight at Mountain Camp.Cycling:25 kms.
Day 04 – Trek to Shiva’s Head Chokkamudi
Early morning watch sunrise and go for a short morning walk. Breakfast at the camp. Later with a packed mini lunch, trek to the peak of 2450 Mtrs which will take around 8 Hours. The climbing of 4.5 Hours and walking down through another route for 3.5 Hours. Return to the camp for watching sunset, campfire and dinner. Overnight at Mountain Camp. No cycling.
Day 05 – Chokkamudi-Chinnar
After breakfast at the camp, our jeeps will bring you to the base station to continue your travel to Marayoor village for a tribal village visit and a soft walk through the sandalwood forest in Marayoor. You will also walk through the Tea Plantations. By early evening arrive into your jungle lodge in Chinnar. Overnight at a jungle lodge in Chinnar. No cycling.
Day 06 – Chinnar
After breakfast go for a full day trekking through Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary with a Packed Mini lunch. Evening return to your jungle lodge for overnight stay. Overnight at Jungle Lodge. No cycling.
Day 07 – Chinnar-Sethumadai (Topslip)
After breakfast, you will return to the base station at Chinnar to start your cycling towards Topslip covering some nice villages. Overnight stay at a farmsaty set on a private estate growing vanilla, banana & coconuts, in the edge of Anamalai Tiger Reserve .Evening you may cycle through the village. Overnight at a Farm Resort.Cycling:45 kms.
Day 08 – Anamalai Tiger Reserve (Sethumadai)
Anamalai is located in the foothill of Anamlai Bio-sphere and the highest mountain in South India. This day is for a visit to Anamalai Tiger Reserve, sharing flora and fauna with Parambikulam Tiger Reserve. Walking safari through Maruthum Koodam moist deciduous forest and Kariyanchola Rainforest for wildlife and birds (GPH, SFG etc). Early morning go for a safari at Anamalai Tiger Reserve and later a walking tour at Parambikulam Tiger Sanctuary. Today we will go with packed lunch. Early evening return to your farmstay to go for a Nature trail through the estate to try sighting butterflies, Paradise flycatchers and blue-winged parakeets. Later in a dusk walk we can try owling for mottled wood owl. Overnight at Farm Resort. No cycling.
Day 09 – Sethumadai-Ooty
After breakfast, drive to Ooty which is a nice climb through the Nilgiris. You will cycle a short distance in between. Afternoon visit Botanical Garden. Overnight at Hotel.Cycling:10 kms.
Day 10 – Ooty-Nagarhole (Kabini)
Morning, proceed to Kabini or popularly known as Nagarhole famous for Rajiv Gandhi National Park. Karnataka Sanctuaries has the biggest Tiger population in India which consists more than 400 Tigers as per recent census. You will go on cycle for a short distance in between. On arrival, check in at the Hotel. Evening go for a guided safari through the National park. Lunch & Dinner at Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.Cycling:30 kms.
Day 11 – Nagarhole
Early morning go for a guided safari in boat. After breakfast, go for a four-hour cycle ride through the villages nearby. Evening go for another land safari. Overnight at the Hotel. Cycling :15 kms.
Day 12 – Nagarhole-Mysore
After breakfast, drive to Mysore. Afternoon, visit to Mysore palace, Devaraja Vegetable, flowers and fruits market. Mysore is known as the city of Palaces and the entire architecture and decorum of the place is in harmony with the Royal style for which Mysore is known. The still existing colonial buildings add charm to the Royal city. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13 – Mysore-Kokkerebellur-Bangalore
After breakfast, drive to Kekkerebellur Pelicanery. Maddur village entrance on the highway from where you take a turn to the village, you will be again shifted to your cycles. Your van will follow you to Kokkarabellur to drive you back. This village is one of the best and undisturbed natural habitat of various migratory birds. Later drive to Bangalore to check in at an airport hotel for overnight stay. Overnight at Hotel.Cycling:10 kms.
Day 14 – Bangalore Departure
Today you will be transferred to Bangalore International Airport to connect your flight home.
Itinerary may change according to travelling seasons
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