Travel enthusiasts planning holidays in the southern part of India often land in Kerala – God’s Own Country and include a drive through the rolling hills even though such a trip may not be included into standard tour packages. Read on to know more!

a-road-trip-to-thekkady-from-kochi-on-a-holiday-to-keralaHolidaymakers contemplating to book travel packages to India and seeking short yet rewarding holidays often take a tour to the southern part of the country. Captivating cascades, dazzling beaches, lush forests, amazing backwaters, cloudy mountains, fresh aroma of spices and coffee, vibrant culture and not to forget a plethora of attractions that are reminiscent of the place’s colonial past – Kerala has it all. No wonder this beautiful state of India is one of the most popular destinations to experience gratifying holidays.

Every nook and cranny of Kerala exudes an inimitable natural grandeur forcing even those travellers who are hard pressed on time to get a slice of this verdant South Indian state. Such travellers often include a road trip in their travel packages to the popular Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Thekkady. Here is a rundown of all that this incredible stretch of natural beauty features to be explored on a drive tour.

Kochi, the starting point of your road trip proudly flaunts its beauty and glorious past. Adorned by palm fringed sparkling ocean with powdery soft sand strips and natural harbour, the city is considered to be one of the amazing destinations to celebrate holidays in South India. Apart from the picturesque panorama, the city features various sites that reflect its struggle of the colonial period. A quick visit to St. Francis Church, Fort Cochin, Dutch Palace and Jewish Synagogue are often seen integrated in the sightseeing tour packages. While in Kochi, spending an evening enjoying the traditional Kathakali dance performance and savouring the delectable cuisines of South India is highly recommended.

Nature lovers taking holidays packages in this state of South India would do well to start their road trip from Kochi to Thekkady early in the morning to avoid the traffic and heat of the day. It will take you almost three and a half hours to reach Thekkady by car. The route features awe-inspiring scenic beauty and tourists who take travel packages in this part of India get an opportunity to witness the lush green rolling tea plantation, milky-white waterfalls and cascades. The dark blue sky above punctuated with white patches of clouds and the fresh aroma of cardamom and coffee around make for a treat for the sight and the senses.

The afternoon sightseeing tour at Thekkady is a part of most travel packages. The sanctuary lends a chance for wildlife lovers headed for holidays in this part of Kerala to witness animals like sambar, cheetal, gaur, wild dogs and a diverse species of birds. The National Bird Sanctuary of Periyar is a popular retreat that holidaymakers often include in their tour before concluding their trip here.