Urumbikkara in Idduki region is great for a workout, either a good hard trek or some exhilarating rock climbing. The area can only be reached by jeep as it is quite remote. Steep tracks and wild rocks, Madamma Kulam water fall and pool and delightful picnic spots make a great day out. If you have no climbing experience, stick with the trekking for your own safety.
We are currently researching more destinations for rock climbers in Kerala, before adding them we need to be confident about organisation and safety precautions plus degrees of difficulty and professional guidance.
Many of the lakes in Kerala provide boats for hire from rowing, canoeing and kayaking, to motorboats, power boats and water scooters. You will be offered a life jacket, please use it, accidents can happen to anyone. Then we have the native boats of Kerala, the classic houseboat is a must do trip on the backwaters where you will see country boats, fashioned from dug out trees. Ferries criss cross the backwaters providing the local people with cheap transport. Fishing boats set out in the early morning from many of the beaches in Kerala, and if your visit corresponds with snake boat races, make a point of watching.
Kerala is amazing as a trekking destination, the hill stations, forests, wild life parks and coastal paths give so many opportunities to see this state at it,s best. The temperate climate at higher altitudes means it is comfortable for walking in the fresh air, don,t forget the camera, there is so much you will want to record, from wide panoramas to flora and fauna. We can arrange a trekking tour for you with booked accommodation along the way.
Cycling, like trekking, is an eco friendly and satisfying way to travel and because it takes you close to nature, you will experience things missed by motorists. We can arrange for you to hire cycling equipment and a guide. We will also book accommodation along your preferred route.
Kumarakom Bird sanctuary, on the banks of Vembanad lake, is a wonderful spot for bird enthusiasts. The best way to sight the large number of indigenous and migratory birds is to cruise along the lake, stopping off at Pathiramanal island. Houseboats can be hired at Allepey or Kumarakom.
Pathramamal is a 10 acre island 40 km from Kumarakom only accessable by boat. It is a favourite haunt of some rare migratory birds.
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary on the banks of the Periyar river is also know as the Salim Ali reserve after the world famous ornithologist. The 25 sq km peninsular of deciduous forest provides habitat for some rare species including Crimson- Throated Barbet, Bee Eater, Sunbird, Blackwinged Kite and Night Heron.
Eravikulam (Rajamalai) near Munnar is only accessable in a Mini bus, this is to protect the environment and wildlife from encroaching traffic. There are still birds to be seen, and large birds of prey can be spotted riding the thermals high above. The high range terrain offers spectacular views.
Kadalundi is a sanctuary on an island group where the Kadalundi river meets the Arabian Sea. This unspoiled area is home to almost a hundred native species and there are said to be sixty migratory species in large numbers during February and March.
Kerala is specially blessed with many wildlife reserves, please go to the wildlife section of Kerala Attractions for descriptions of the sanctuaries.