Kerala – God’s Own Creation

Wellness in Wilderness

South India

Your Journey

A journey through the state of Kerala, witnessing all of its most spectacular habitats. Traverse through the lush forests of the southern Western Ghats, a range older than the Himalayas harbouring large tracts of virgin rainforests and high-altitude grasslands. Some of these microhabitats are endemic to this region and are home to very interesting wildlife found nowhere else in the world, to name a few – Nilgiri Tahr, Brown mongoose, Nilgiri Marten and other species such as the Asiatic elephant, leopard, wild dogs, sloth bear and over 400 species of birds. Travel to the dreamy tea growing hills of Munnar, an area that is surrounded by national parks on all sides. A hikers paradise with stunning trails that go through various landscapes, whilst looking out for interesting wildlife on the way. Walk through the rainforests of Thattekaad and Periyar with expert naturalists to unveil hundreds of lesser-known creatures that often go overlooked. End the trip on a note of utmost peace and tranquillity in Kumarokam – the backwaters of Kerala.

On this trip, we travel through coconut farms and paddy fields, plantations of coffee, tea and cardamom and finally to the rocky peaks where the people survive on subsistence farming coupled with forest produce. We explore avenues of nature, conservation, people and lifestyles thrown in with elements of true adventure making for an in depth understanding of this vast wilderness.


Nature walks through rainforests, grasslands and cloud forests in search of big and small wildlife. Birding walks to see species endemic to the southern western ghats.


Hike through various habitats including some of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats at 2500 m, track tigers and elephants on foot inside Periyar Tiger Reserve.


The landscapes on this journey are spread between a 2500 m altitude, with the grasslands, shola forests and tea gardens in the higher altitudes to the low altitude scrub, deciduous forests, coffee and cardamom plantations and finally to the coastal forests, mangroves and the brackish estuaries.


Learn the ways of the local forest communities, how they walk through the forests and use ancient techniques of understanding the tracks and signs of animals. Their medicinal usages of the rainforest flora.


Kerala has taken great initiatives in sustainable tourism practices by training ex-poachers to become guides in Periyar and earn an income through tourism. They have also trained many of the forest rangers to work as naturalists.

Unique Experiences

Thattekaad, or Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, is one of the top birding hotspots of the country. The 25 square kilometer sanctuary plays host to almost 350 bird species, including most of the forest endemics of the Western Ghats. Observing how the birds are found in the dense foliage through their sounds, subtle habitat differences and behaviour is extremely interesting to witness.

The grasslands and cloud forests around Munnar are habitats found nowhere else other than the southern western ghats. Hiking through these pristine areas is a truly special experience.

The tourism model in Periyar is unique and the guides themselves are ex-poachers who have been rehabilitated by the park authorities. Exploring the wilderness with them on foot is one of the best ways to experience these forests. The Periyar Tourism body has also set up night trails in the forest with the guides to experience the night life of the jungle.

Spend the day exploring the wilderness and the small fishing villages that dot the backwaters of Kumarokam. The guided walks into the islands and the birding boat rides are a great experience.

Itinerary Snapshot

Day 1


Fly into Cochin airport and drive for 2 hours to Thattekaad. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and familiarise yourself with the area.

Day 2


Early morning walk with a naturalist through the rubber plantations and forests that surround the property. Apart from birds, observe beautiful endemic butterflies and dragonflies. After lunch, spend the afternoon in the sanctuary, all the way till dusk, looking for specials like the Ceylon frogmouth, one of the must see birds on the planet.

Day 3


After a morning birdwatching walk, we drive to Munnar in 2 hours. After lunch venture out into the cardamon plantation and forest around the property and learn about the region.

Day 4- 5


Explore Eravikulam National Park and Pampadum Shola National Park with fantastic guides who are also forest rangers in search of elephants, Nilgiri tahr and Nilgiri martens. Learn about the various trees and flowering plants found here, many with specific medicinal properties. For those interested in longer hikes, the walk to the Meesapulimala peak is a fantastic experience.

Day 6- 7


After an early breakfast, drive for 4 hours to Periyar Tiger Reserve. Periyar has organised various ways to explore the reserve through non-motorised means. Spend the next 2 days partaking in their green trail, bamboo rafting experience and the boat safari to see wildlife. They also organize night walks, a thrilling experience to search for nocturnal animals.

Day 8


Post breakfast, drive towards the coast to Kumarakom.Built on one of the islands created by the backwaters and provides a great centre to understand and access the wilderness and countryside of this region. Best accessed by boat or by foot, both of which are conducted by expert naturalists.

Day 9

Vembanad lake

Spend the day birdwatching around the Vembanad lake, indulge in an ayurvedic massage, take a canoe ride along the backwaters through mangroves or simply your feet up and enjoy the tranquil ambience.

Day 10

Kochi Departure

Depart for Cochin airport for onward journey.


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