Vythiri is a hill station, located in the district of Wayanad, in northern Kerala. Cool temperate climate, beautiful landscapes, thick green cover and picturesque tourist spots make the region a hit with tourists.
Situated at an altitude of 1300m from the sea level, Wayanad is fast becoming a popular haven for tourists
Check into the hotel and relax. Evening free to take leisurely strolls in and around the place.
Wayanad Wild Life Sanctuary Muthanga is the abode for a wide variety of wildlife and beautiful birds. This Sanctuary in Muthanga has fair numbers of the magnificent mammals (elephants).
The Wildlife Species that could be spotted during Wayanad Wildlife Safari include Elephants, Gaur, Cheetal, Dholes, Jackals, Tigers and Otters. The avifaunal species that could be spotted on a Wayanad wildlife safari include Crested Serpent Eagle, Crested Hawk Eagle, Malabar Grey Hornbill and King Vultures. Common leopard butterfly could be spotted if you are lucky enough.
Meenmutty Waterfalls is located 29 km from Kalpetta in Wayanad District. It is a three-tiered waterfall with a height of 300 metres.
Pookode Lake is one of the major tourist attractions in Wayanad. The lake is surrounded by thick woods and trees. This scenic lake presents a calm and serene environment. The lake is cuddled up in the surrounding lap of mountains. The tall trees and dense woods that surround the pathway of the lake provide a memorable visual treat.
Edakkal Caves - These two caves on the Ambukuthi Hills, lying between Sulthan Battery and Ambalavayal. The walls of the caves are decorated by many pictoral writings of the New Stone Age Civilization. The caves are known all over the world as one of the earliest centres of human habitat.
Banasura Dam the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia, the Banasura Sagar Dam is situated 15 kms from Kalpetta .
The dam holds a large expanse of water and its picturesque beauty is enhanced by the chain of mountains seen on the backdrop. It is constructed in the Banasura Lake and the nearby mountains are known as Banasura Hills.The scenic mountains beckon adventure tourists and the dam site is an ideal starting point for trekking. During monsoon, visitors may also be able to see small islands in the dam’s reservoir. They are formed while the flooded reservoir submerges the surrounding areas too. The vast expanse of the crystal clear water of the dam dotted with small islands is a scenic marvel that cannot be missed.
Ooty, also known as Ootacamund, is the Queen of hill stations and the capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in India
In the afternoon have a joy ride on the toy train. Offering some unique perspectives of the region, the Ooty mountain train begins its journey at Mettupalayam, some 46 kms southeast of Ooty, winding its way leisurely across the scenic landscape of the Nilgiris district.
In the evening, visit St Stephens Church, situated in the hilly area on Club Road. The oldest in the Nilgiris, the church was built in 1829 and consecrated in 1830. The beam of the church was taken from the palace of Tipu Sultan at Srirangapatnam.
The Dodabetta Peak , Nilgiris district’s highest peak looms at an impressive height of 2,623 metres and provides one of the town’s most noticeable and recognisable natural landmarks.
The Botanical Gardens in Ooty houses 650 different species of plants of Japanese and Italian origin at its 22-hectare facility, as well as a large collection of indigenous specimens, including a variety of roses and rare flowering plants.
Elephant Camp in The Punnathur Kotta, located 3 km from the Guruvayur temple is the largest elephant sanctuary in India. Once the property of the kings of Punnathur, this 10 acre camp is home to more than 60 elephants. The intriguing fact here is that all these elephants are offerings made by devotees to the temple.
This elephant camp has produced many renowned elephants like Guruvayur Kesavan and Guruvayur Padmanabhan, used during major temple festivals & processions to carry the temple idol like the Shiveli procession.
The elephants in the camp will participate in an elephant race held by the temple to determine who will carry the Guruvayurappan Idol during the festival. The Anayottam (Elephant Race) attracts thousands of tourists to this place.
Drive to Kochi and check into hotel.
One of the most interesting cities in India, Cochin is fondly called ‘The Queen of the Arabian Sea’. It has one of the finest natural harbours in the world and from time immemorial the Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, British and Portuguese sea fares followed the sea route to Cochin and left their impressions on the town.
Afternoon Sightseeing – stroll through the streets of Fort Kochi, where the city's extraordinary history of foreign influence and settlement is reflected in an assortment of architectural styles which have an old world charm.
In the evening free to take leisurely strolls in and around the place.
St. Francis Church is the oldest church constructed by the Europeans in India.
Chinese Fishing Nets are a fascinating sight at the entrance of the Cochin harbor. They were first brought to Kerala by the Chinese traders from Kubla Khan’s Court
The Dutch Palace which was built by the Portuguese is well known for its mural paintings representing scenes from the epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha. In the central courtyard of the palace is a temple dedicated to Pazhayannur Bhagavathy.
The Jewish Synagogue built in 1568 A.D was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662 and rebuilt by the Dutch two years after. Scrolls of the Old Testament and a number of Copper Plates inscribed in the Hebrew script are preserved in the synagogue.
Santa Cruz Basilica is a Roman Catholic Church with beautiful paintings on its ceiling.
The Indo Portuguese Museum which is located in the Bishop’s House has a good collection of sculptures, precious metal objects and Vestments.
The Dutch Cemetry is situated near the entrance to the beach, a short distance away from St Francis Church.
Enjoy Kathakali, the stately dance of Kerala.
Kathakali make-up is the the slow metamorphosis of mortals into immortal deities and demons. A lengthy affair, the process takes two-three hours to complete. Doing the facial using natural pigments like manayola, actors turn themselves into mythical beings step-by-step. And as the brilliant head-gear is fixed on their heads, they become larger than life.
Munnar, is one of the most popular hill stations in South India known for its sprawling tea estates. Arrive and check in at hotel/ resort.
Proceed on a sightseeing tour of the picturesque Mattupetty Dam where you have the opportunity to go boating.
Also visit Echo point a picturesque destination amongst the mist clad hills. Break the silence of the place by screaming / shrieking only to hear your voice come back to you.
Visit Top Station, located on the borders of the two states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The place is famous for the Neelakurinji flowers that bloom once in twelve years
The Eravikulam Park known for its endangered species of the Nilgiri Tahrs and other varied species of flora and fona.
The Periyar National Park is spread over an area of about 777 km and comprises a thick evergreen forest with exotic wild life. The sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attraction of Periyar is the herds of wild elephants that come down to play / drink water from the lake. Enjoy the boat ride through the lake to catch these animals in their natural habitat.
Spice Garden Visit is a tour through the jungle which gives visitors glimpses of the various varieties of spice plants. Spices growing here include vanilla, black pepper, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg and mace, surrounded by coconut palms, bananas and jackfruit.
Alleppey, the ‘Venice of East' might today appear a far-etched cliche of travelogue writers, but this quaint little town is certainly the Venice of India. Nowhere else will you find, spread out across the center of town, a unique crisscrossing network of canals on which thatched country boats punt along leisurely. The proximity of lakes adds to the Venetian ambiance.
The Kerala houseboats/ Kettuvalloms that cruise these emerald waterways are an improvisation on the large country barges, which were an essential part of the land's ethos in days gone by. Modified to meet a novel concept of holidaying, the kettuvalloms (houseboats) are comfortably furnished with an open lounge, bath attached bedrooms and a kitchenette, and are extremely Eco-friendly, merging smoothly into the panorama. Every houseboat is manned by a crew of 3 men, usually a cook, guide and oarsman.
Marari Beach is a beach in Alappuzha District of Kerala, India. Barely 11 km from Alappuzha (Alleppey) town, this sleepy little village (also called Mararikulam), is an idyllic location for a relaxation.
Also known as Thiruvananthapuram, Trivandrum is the capital city of Kerala. Flanked by the Arabian Sea in the west and the state of Tamil Nadu in the east, the Western Ghats are full of wooded highlands & scenic views making it an ideal destination for nature lovers & adventure buffs alike.
With many avenues like the Trivandrum Museum, Public Library & the Swati Thirunal College of Music; the city has been the pulse of the cultural scene in Kerala. The illustrious painter Raja Ravi Varma belongs to the city & his works are displayed at the Sri Chitra Art Gallery. Home to the famous Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple, which has several murals dating back to the 18th century are well preserved. Age old traditions which have been passed out through generations are meticulously followed till date.
The natural beauty, paradisaical surroundings and the sand washed shore makes Kovalam the most prominent beach of South India. The coconut trees lined along the Kovalam beaches make it look divine. The surroundings of the Kovalam beach will rejuvenate you and make your stay relaxing.
Check out from hotel to drive to Trivandrum Airport to catch the flight for onward journey.
Not all those who wander are lost
J. R. R. TolkienNov. 9, 2015
J. R. R. Tolkien
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted
Bill BrysonNov. 9, 2015
A traveler without observation is a bird without wings
Moslih Eddin SaadiNov. 9, 2015
Moslih Eddin Saadi
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.