OVERVIEW- Blessed with scores of natural treasures, Tamil Nadu & Kerala always entices travelers from different nooks and corners of the globe. Some of the best gems in the treasure trove of South India are Ooty, Coonoor, Kodaikanal, Munnar and Kumarakom. Resting in the lap of Mother Nature, all of these are very beautiful hills stations that allure visitors with their charm. The towns are blessed with picturesque charm and scenic vistas. Other than the alluring atmosphere, this mesmerizing summer hill station is affluent with cultural and historical backdrop. Some of the highlights of this wonderful itinerary are beautiful vistas of Ooty, salubrious weather of Coonoor, tourist attractions of Kodaikanal, the peaceful ambiance of Munnar, the wildlife of Kumarakom and Thekkady along with the stunning wonders of Cochin.
COIMBATORE- Situated on Nilgiri’s foothills, Coimbatore is one of the fastest growing cities of India. It is a significant hub for the textile, education, commercial and IT sectors. Nestled in the state of Tamil Nadu, the city is located on the banks of the Noyyal River and surrounded by the Western Ghats, Coimbatore has beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, wildlife and numerous lakes making it a tourists’ paradise.
OOTY- Ooty, the capital of Nilgiris district and the Queen of hill stations nestled in the beautiful Nilgiris Mountains is the land of picturesque picnic spots. It was a popular summer gateway of Britishers during the colonial days due to its high altitude (2240 meters above sea level). The travelers are greeted by the dense forest, sprawling grasslands, lofty mountains and numerous tea gardens on most of the routes. And shop for souvenirs at the popular local markets.
COONOOR- Coonoor situated at an altitude of 4927 meters id the second largest hill station in Nilgiri region after Ooty. It is located about 19 km to the south of Ooty. It is famous for lush green views of Nilgiri hills with an extensive variety of wildflowers and birds it is home to. It also abounds in sprawling vegetation, tea bushes, coffee plantation and a profusion of sunflowers, marigolds and rhododendrons, mountains and lovely waterfalls.
KODAIKANAL- The charming hill station of Kodaikanal lies amid sylvan beauty in the southern part of the upper Palani Hills near Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu. Perched at a height of about 2,133 meters, Kodaikanal - with its rocks, woods, lovely lake and refreshing environs - is an ideal hill resort for tourist and nature lovers.
MUNNAR- Munnar amidst beautiful landscapes often referred as the Kashmir of South India is more essentially a tea town. It is a commercial centre for tea and it has some of the highest grown tea estates in the world. It also takes the credit of having the world's best tea estates.
PERIYAR- Periyar in the southernmost state of Kerala is one of the sixteen Project Tiger reserves in India, and one of the most picturesque and beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in the world. With its waterways, forests and grasslands, it provides a magnificent venue for both mammal and bird watching.
KUMARAKOM- Kumarakom is a cluster of islands on the Vemband Lake. Apart from this Kumarakom is also of interests to the ornithologists for the backwater section boasts of a bird sanctuary and exhibits a rich flora and fauna and is marked as one of the important Aqua Tourism destination. The major attraction of Kumarakom is the local houseboats known as Kettuvalloms. Most of these Ayurvedic centers are attached to the resorts in a peaceful and rejuvenating atmosphere which contributes for rejuvenation and healing.
KOCHI (COCHIN) - Kochi is the commercial capital and the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala, Kochi along with its mainland part, Ernakulum is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. With one of the finest natural harbors in the world, Kochi is the most modern city of Kerala where the best shopping markets are located.
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Tour Destination: Coimbatore – Ooty – Coonoor – Ooty – Kodaikanal – Munnar – Tekkady - Kumarakom – Kochi
Travel Duration: 08 Nights/09 Days
DAY 1: COIMBATORE - OOTY- Today drive to the ‘Queen of the Blue Mountains’- Ooty. Transfer to hotel. Later visit the attractions of this beautiful hill station.
BOTANICAL GARDEN- The garden is very popular with nature lovers and those who long to walk among greenery and see rare ferns and shrubs up close. It is located at the slopes of the Doddabetta peak. The terraced garden is maintained by the Tamil Nadu horticultural society and covers an area of 22 hectares. OOTY LAKE- Covering an area of around 65 acres, the Ooty Lake is a manmade lake formed in 1824 under the British. It features a boathouse which offers boating facilities to the visitors and is famous for for boating on the lake or enjoy their favorite outdoor activity of fishing.
DODDABETTA PARK- It is the highest point in the district, making it possibly the best vantage point around Ooty. The picturesque Nilgiris and the amazing views this place has to offer. This place offers amazing trek spots and plenty of quiet and picturesque locations to solitary wanderers like me.
LAMB’S ROCK- another vantage point that is ideal for taking pictures and is a wonderful picnic spot.
PYKARA RIVER- Known as a sacred place for the Toda people, Pykara River flows through the plateau and form several cascades and waterfalls. The Pykara falls are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ooty and are famous for the shola trees, Toda settlements and wildlife.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 2: OOTY - COONOOR - OOTY- Today drive to the beautiful hill station Coonoor and visit
SIM’S PARK- Bounded by the breathtaking contours of land over a hundred years, this amazing park was developed. The park, spread over 12 hectares, was developed by Mr. J.D. Sims and Major Murray in the year 1874. The park contains naturally occurring trees, creepers, shrubs besides many unusual plant species.
DOLPHIN NOSE VIEWPOINT- A huge rock, the Dolphin's Nose resembles a dolphin's nose and is located at 1000 feet above sea level. The road to this popular viewpoint goes through hairpin turns and breath stopping narrow roads. Once you reach the rock, you can see jaw-dropping gorges on both the sides of it that will surely give you an adrenalin thrill.
HIDDEN VALLEY- The Hidden Valley, nestled in the beautiful hills of Coonoor, is splashed with a lush, green landscape and with the enchanting mountain-views at the backdrop, every footstep seems a marvel. Since the valley is not totally accessible, hence a trek is necessary to savour its beauty.
CATHERINE’S FALLS- St. Catherine Falls is situated around the sphere surrounding of Coonoor. It is located at a height of 250 feet and has a special place in the heart of the visitors. The name of the Catherine Falls is perceived to be baptized after the wife of M.D. Cockburn. The pretty lady was believed to have spread the coffee plantation to Kotagiri region.
DROOG FORT- Droog Fort served Tipu Sultan as his outpost in the 18th century. at a distance of about 15 kilometres from Coonoor town the fort is based at an elevation of 600 feet from sea level, tourists need to trek their way through the tea gardens to make it to the famous tourist attraction.
ST. GEORGE CHURCH- The church is a work-of-art in the history of Coonoor. The church is the unique example of an archetypal Cantonment Church. It was established by Colonel J.T.Boileau in 1826. A number of travelers from across the world come here to see the beauty of this magnificent church.
In the evening continue your drive to the beautiful hill station Ooty. Transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 3: OOTY – KODAIKANAL- Today drive to a charming hill station of Kodaikanal. Transfer to hotel. In the evening visit
KODAI LAKE- Kodai Lake that lays in the heart of Kodaikanal, is a star shaped man made lake that is draped on an area of 60 acres. Boating, horse riding, cycling and angling are a few of the adventure activities tourists can appease themselves with, near the lake.
BRYANT PARK- Bryant Park is a wonderfully maintained garden situated towards the South-East corner of Kodai Lake. Along with Kodai Lake, this is one among the top Kodaikanal tourist places.
Overnight at hotel
DAY 4: KODAIKANAL- After breakfast visit this beautiful hill station
COAKERS WALK- Coakers walk is an one killometer long built on the mountain. It was constructed in 1872, by Lt Coaker. The outlook of the path defines the beauty of the nature I.e Mountains, valleys, cities etc. Telescope house is must watch of the coakers walk. People are allowed to ride bicycles.
PILLAR ROCKS- The famous Pillars Rocks of Kodaikanal are located around 8 km from the lake and are an exquisite picnic spot. Constituting of a beautiful mini garden, the place is so named as it has three vertically positioned boulders reaching up to a height of 400 feet.
BEAR SHOLA FALLS- Bear Shola Falls that lies in close proximity to Kodaikanal is an exemplary picnic spot. Earlier, many bears used to drink water from this fall, hence the name Bear Shola Falls.
GUNA CAVE- Guna Cave is wonderful tourist spot in Kodaikanal on Moir Point road. The cave is formed between two large Pillar Rocks.This large, dark and ancient cae is also called as Devil's Kitchen.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 5: KODAIKANAL – MUNNAR- In the morning after breakfast, start driving towards the beautiful hill station of Munnar. Transfer to hotel. Later embark on a sightseeing tour in and around Munnar.
TEA PLANTATIONS- A vast expanse of tea plantations, winding roads, passionate climate and royal gardens make this hill station, Munnar, the Darjeeling of the south.
ATUKKAD WATERFALLS- Located on the way to Pallivasal amidst dense vegetation; the Atukkad Waterfalls is one of the major tourist attractions in Munnar. The water is cold and is also known as a great trekking hotspot in Munnar.
MATTUPETTI DAM- The dam is situated 13 km off Munnar at 1700m above the sea level, is highly famous for the Indo-Swiss live stock projects. This picnic spot is also popular among its visitors for various activities like speed boating and horse riding.
ECHO POINT- A very beautiful place to visit when in Munnar, which is itself situated at the confluence of three mountain streams- Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala and hence is a very scenic place to visit, Echo Point got its name from the natural echo phenomenon that occurs here. Echo Point is situated at a serene, calm lake bank.
DAY 6: MUNNAR- Today go for the wildlife safari to very famous national park.
ERAVIKULAM NATIONAL PARK- The protected forest is located at an average elevation of 2000 meters above sea level and is home to several endemic and rare species of flora, fauna, reptiles and avifauna totaling at a whopping 750 species. The Eravikulam National Park is a home to rare and endangered species like Tiger, Leopard, Nilgiri Tahr, Gaur, Indian Muntjac and Sambar Deer, Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat, Wild dog and Dhole.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 7: MUNNAR - PERIYAR- After breakfast, drive to Periyar. Transfer to hotel. Later visit
PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY- Periyar wildlife sanctuary and National Park in the Thekkady region of Kerala is an apt example of nature’s bounty that boasts of a rich bio-diversity in terms of flora and fauna. Best way to explore its magnetic natural surroundings and amazing wildlife is not a guided walk trip, but a boat trip in the adjoining Periyar Lake. The lake is branched into various creeks and islets that are certainly the prominent habitats of the wildlife prevailing in the region.
PERIYAR LAKE & BOAT RIDE- Periyar Lake is a beautiful artificial lake in the heart of Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Boat ride is the best way to explore the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Taking a boat ride in the lake of Periyar to explore the wildlife attractions and view the birds of the sanctuary offers a mesmerizing experience.
In the evening you can sit back and relax.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 8: PERIYAR - KUMARAKOM- In the morning after breakfast, start driving to the beautiful backwater village- Kumarakom.
VEMBANAD LAKE- The Lake emits the hues of sapphire and emerald. The sight of emerald green coconut fringes flanked by the sapphire led backwaters is a treat for eyes. With 96 km length and 14 km width, Vembanad Lake is recognized as the longest lake in India and largest water reservoir in Kerala.
KUMARAKOM BIRD SANCTUARY- Unique and diverse typography of Kumarakom is home to some of the peculiar variances of birds. This 14-acre bird sanctuary is sprawling on the eastern banks of the Vembanad Lake. As per the fact, the bird sanctuary was earlier a tree plantation. A vast variety of birds including endangered species like waterfowl, egret, heron, cormorant and Brahminy kite can be spotted here. A leisure walk through the lush green forest will show tourists the best of Kumarakom. A cruise along the Vembanad Lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary.
In the evening you can sit back and relax.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 9: KUMARAKOM - KOCHI- Drive back to Kochi to catch flight/train towards onward destination.
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Coimbatore at a Glance
Ooty at a Glance
Kodaikanal at a Glance
Munnar at a Glance
Periyar at a Glance
Kumarakom at a Glance
Kochi at a Glance
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