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Niraamaya - Nature Unplugged

 

DAY 1 – Arrival at Cochin Airport

On your arrival at the Cochin airport/railway station, meet and greet, and transfer to Munnar – a scenic 3-hour drive through panoramic Western Ghats. Arrive at Ecotones Camps and check-in to one of the premium rooms that features a relaxing porch amidst a lush garden. Enjoy time at leisure before lunch - a scrumptious spread of dishes made from locally grown vegetables and meat dishes seasoned with fragrant local spices.

Post lunch, embark on a jeep safari through rolling hills of tea estates towards Old Munnar. Take the winding road amidst elephant tracks, spotting exotic birds as you go. You will hear a cornucopia of sounds – from the almost human sounding whistle of the Malabar Whistling Thrush to the sharp single note of the Red Whiskered Bulbul.

Take a scenic route back to the camp through evergreen forests, stopping midway to see a waterfall and capture the enchanting sunset, before departing from the silence of the valley.

Freshen up and join fellow campers for swapping wildlife tales and an early dinner over a warm campfire.

Overnight stay at Ecotones Camps, Munnar

DAY 2 – Explore the wilderness at Munnar

An early start to the day, report at the reception at 03.45 am where a steaming cup of traditional coffee awaits you.

An hour’s drive to the foothills of the beautiful high-elevation montane grasslands, where we start the steep climb. As you climb higher, the black star studded sky slowly gives way to inky blue horizons, letting you take in the breathtaking landscape. Look out for the wild jungle cat or the many endemic birds.

Enter the Shola forest patch where you can settle on one of the many rocks interspersed in the grasslands to take in the magnificent sunrise. The descent to the emerald carpet of tea gardens is no less magnificent.

On your journey back to the camp, enjoy a leisurely drive through the villages. At the camp, a hot breakfast is laid out for you. Catch up on your sleep or wander through the gardens until lunch. After lunch, drive across to a tea plantation for photo ops and learn the art of tea plucking. Return to the camp for some mountain biking or a short trek to a secluded grassbank for a dip in the refreshing cool waters of the Chenkulam Dam. Or choose to relax on the sandbank dipping your toes in the water and taking in the majestic eucalyptus forests.

It’s been an exciting day in the outdoors, you will have many more tales to share over dinner.

Overnight stay at Ecotones Camps, Munnar
Optional off-the-beaten-path activities (for extended stays): Visit to the Ponmudi Dam, Visit to Eravikulam National Park – home to the Nilgiri Thar, visit to the hanging bridge and Village Walk (7 kms to & fro). Price upon request.

DAY 3 – Despatch to Thekkady. Introduction to the magic of Periyar

Post breakfast we depart for Thekkady, a scenic, spice-scented 3-hour drive through winding roads. Arrive at the award winning Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club (Luxury Country Retreat of the Year 2016).

After a refreshing drink and traditional Indian welcome, check-in to your plantation style cottages. Fuel up with a scrumptious lunch before you head for bamboo rafting which involves a 3 hour walk and an hour and a half of rafting. Watch out for some amazing visuals and captivating sounds.

Get back at the retreat for a quiet dinner, where you can watch a short film on the Periyar Tiger Reserve.

Overnight stay at Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady

DAY 4 – Explore the wonders of Thekkady

After a freshly cooked breakfast, our chef will take you on a culinary discovery of spices. Bring back your own stock of spices for a cooking class with the chef followed by lunch.

Work those calories off by exploring a 4km nature trail towards Mount Miracle. This walk is a great opportunity to catch local wildlife such as the Gaur or ‘Indian Bison’ and various species of deer. The highlight is looking out for the diversity of birds that teem this area.

After long days of outdoors, we have just the right antidote for you. A therapeutic Ayurveda treatment is already pre-booked for your convenience. Follow up this pampering with high-tea taking in the verdant splendour around.

In the evening, discover indigenous and unique martial art of Kerala, Kalarippayattu. Watch this ancient art form - a spectacular sight of complex movements. The evening ends with a Barbeque Dinner around a bonfire.

Overnight stay at Niraamaya Retreats Cardamom Club, Thekkady

Optional activities for extended stays : Jungle Scout, Gavi Jeep Safari, Border Hiking. Price upon request. Other activities / sightseeing options that are popular in Thekkady are also available upon request.

Day 5 : Depart Thekkady

Today, after breakfast check-out from the retreat with some wonderful memories. You will be transferred to Cochin airport for your homebound flight.

Inclusions

  • A dedicated holiday host
  • Food served during the tour is tweaked to the sensibilities of the guests’ palate
  • All meals will be served at Inji, the restaurant at Ecotones Camps and our all day dining restaurant ‘Samsara’ at Niraamaya Retreats
  • All land transfers and safaris are included in the package price
  • No additional charges for spa treatments mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entry fees for activities, monuments are included in the package price
  • While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of fluctuating weather conditions and or mechanical difficulties, all schedules and itineraries are subject to change

Terms & Conditions

  • Package is applicable on twin sharing basis only.
  • Package includes all taxes and meals, breakfast, lunch, hi-tea & dinner; it does not include room-service.
  • All reservations will be confirmed against a non-refundable advance deposit of 25% of the total package value. Balance to be paid within 45 days prior to arrival.
  • Additional nights will be charged on pro rata basis.
  • Refund for cancellations is applicable prior to 45 days from the date of arrival, after deduction of the non-refundable deposit and bank charges as applicable.
  • Less than 30 days from the date of arrival would attract 100% retention of the total package cost.
  • Food and stay for children below 6 years is complimentary.
  • Please note that only limited persons are allowed for Bamboo rafting in daily, so advance booking is recommended.

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Ayurveda Wellness Programs

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