A 10-Day South India Safari Adventure: Exploring the Wild

Author: Nidhi Sood on Feb 08,2023

Embark on a 10-day South India Safari Adventure and explore the stunning beauty of the Western Ghats. From the rolling hills of Munnar to the dense forests of Mathikettan Shola National Park and the rich wildlife of Periyar National Park, this trip offers a unique blend of nature, culture, and adventure. With guided tours, scenic drives, and thrilling experiences, this safari is the ultimate way to discover the hidden treasures of South India.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Cochin

Your South India safari adventure begins as you arrive at Cochin International Airport. Your private guide will greet and escort you to your hotel, where you can check in and freshen up after your journey. The city boasts a rich history, cultural heritage, and diverse landscapes. Take a walk around the city's local markets, soak in the bustling atmosphere, and indulge in some shopping. 

Day 2: Exploring Cochin

After a traditional south Indian breakfast (Dosa, Idli, and Sambar), begin your day by marveling at the stunning Chinese Fishing Nets at Fort Kochi Beach. Next, head over to St. Francis Church, a historical marvel that stands tall as the oldest European church in India. Continue your journey through the charming lanes of Mattancherry and visit the Dutch Palace, which showcases a unique blend of Dutch and Indian architecture. End the day with a breathtaking Kathakali dance performance showcasing Kerala's rich culture.

Day 3: Cochin to Thekkady

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, it's time to leave Cochin and head toward the beautiful hill station of Thekkady. The drive will take approximately 4 hours and offers scenic views of the lush green countryside. Upon arrival in Thekkady, check in at your hotel. Spend the rest of the day leisurely exploring the vibrant streets and markets and trying local cuisine. In the evening, you can return to your hotel and rest for the night. 

Day 4: Periyar National Park Safari

After breakfast, your private guide will take you to Periyar National Park for an adventure-filled Safari tour. Witness the beauty of the Western Ghats and its diverse wildlife. Take a boat ride on Periyar Lake, a picturesque lake surrounded by lush green forests. This is an ideal opportunity to spot elephants, bison, tigers, and other wild animals in their natural habitat. The boat ride lasts for approximately 2 hours and offers an unforgettable experience. In the evening, return to the hotel for lunch and relax. 

Day 5: Thekkady to Munnar

After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, it's time to continue your South India Safari Adventure and head towards the charming hill station of Munnar. The drive from Thekkady to Munnar will take approximately 3 hours and offers breathtaking views of the Western Ghats. Upon arrival in Munnar, check in to your hotel and freshen up. Munnar is famous for its tea plantations and is a perfect place to indulge in local shopping. Browse through the local markets and pick up some tea, coffee, and spices to take back home as souvenirs. In the evening, return to your hotel and rest for the night, ready for a full-day sightseeing tour of Munnar tomorrow.

Day 6: Sightseeing in Munnar

Wake up to the beautiful surroundings of Munnar, surrounded by rolling hills and tea plantations. After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will embark on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city. Visit the famous tea plantations, and see the process of tea production. Take a walk through the tea gardens and admire the beauty of the lush green surroundings. Next, visit the Eravikulam National Park, home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. This park offers a perfect opportunity to witness the Western Ghats' wildlife, including rare birds and animals. In the evening, return to your hotel for a well-deserved rest, ready for another day of adventure.

Day 7: Munnar to Mathikettan Shola National Park

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, it's time to leave Munnar and head toward Mathikettan Shola National Park. This national park is a dense tropical forest, offering a perfect opportunity to witness diverse wildlife, flora, and fauna. Take a guided tour of the national park, and go on numerous trekking trails that lead to breathtaking vistas. As you venture deeper into the park, keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the diverse wildlife that calls this place home. Spot the graceful sambar deer, the elusive Nilgiri Tahr, and various bird species as they go about their day. Visit the serene waterfalls and streams that flow through the park, taking a moment to dip your feet in the cool, clear waters and soak in the peace and tranquility of the surroundings. In the evening, return to your hotel and rest for the night.

Day 8: Return to Cochin

Drive back to Cochin (four-hour scenic drive). Check in at your hotel and rest. In the evening, take a ferry ride to the picturesque Vypin Island and visit the Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort. Afterward, visit the Hill Palace Museum, surrounded by lush greenery, offering a serene atmosphere to relax and rejuvenate. Return you to the hotel for dinner. 

Day 9: Immerse Yourself in the Art and Culture of Cochin

Start your day with a visit to the Jewish Synagogue and the Jewish Quarter in Mattancherry. Next, explore the Indo-Portuguese Museum, showcasing the Portuguese influence on Indian architecture. Later, visit the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, an international art festival showcasing a diverse array of contemporary art worldwide. End the day with a stunning sunset cruise on the backwaters of Kochi, surrounded by the serene beauty of nature.

Day 10: Departure

It's time to depart with the beauty of India as your private guide drives you to the airport for your international departure. Take the memories of your South India Safari Adventure home with you, and cherish them forever.

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