Periyar National Park located in Kerala, India. The main attraction of the park is the Indian the elephants and the tigers.

Tour to Munnar and Periyar National Park from Kochi

By JAGAT : [11/June/24] Nestled on the southern coast of India, Kerala is a captivating destination that invites exploration. From serene backwaters and verdant tea plantations to diverse wildlife, unspoiled beaches, distinctive art forms, and delicious cuisine, this captivating Indian state ensures an unforgettable experience for every visitor. Usually, a tour to Kerala calls for a prolonged holiday to cover all the pristine spots of ‘God’s Own Country’. However, tourists from adjacent states and cities to Kerala can definitely plan for a short break.

Kochi is very popularly known as the ‘Gateway to Kerala’. So, you can make your entry to Kerala through Kochi make your progress to Munnar and Periyar National Park, and exit the tour through Kottayam.

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Complete Travel Guide for the Trip

The trip begins with arrival at Kochi

In order to reach Kochi, you can take a train to Ernakulam Junction or Ernakulam Town Railway Station, located in the southern and northern parts of the city, respectively. Kochi is well-linked to the major cities of India like Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, etc. The city has its airport, Cochin International Park, located towards the northern edge of the city. Government bus services are also available within and around Kerala to travel across the cities.

Reaching Kochi, book your accommodation and check into your designated room for some relaxation. Later, step out of the hotel to visit some of the attractions of the city. Major attractions of Kochi include -

  • 1. Fort Kochi
  • 2. Cherai Beach
  • 3. Mattancherry Palace
  • 4. Bolgatty Island
  • 5. Paradesi Synagogue
  • 6. Vypeen Island

If you reach Kochi in the early hours of the day, you can opt for sightseeing the same day. Alternatively, you can make another day’s halt at Kochi to enjoy the attractions.

Drive to Munnar

Reaching Munnar involves a drive of 108 km from Kochi. The city is a renowned honeymoon destination in Kerala and is therefore highlighted with the sobriquet ‘Kashmir of South India’. Reaching Munnar after a 3&½ hours drive, check into a hotel and freshen up. Munnar is a popular choice for honeymooners due to its consistently pleasant weather, despite being located in one of Kerala's warmest areas. Its stunning natural beauty is sure to captivate and provide a rejuvenating retreat for all visitors. Major attractions of Munnar include -

  • 1. Chokramudi Peak
  • 2. Eravikulam National Park
  • 3. Attukad Waterfalls
  • 4. Lockhart Gap
  • 5. Mattupetty Dam
  • 6. Top Station
  • 7. Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
  • 8. Indo Swiss Dairy Farm
  • 9. Meesapulimala

You need at least 2 days to cover the afore-mentioned attractions of Munnar. If you are short on holiday, you can skip a few places and proceed to Periyar National Park the next day.

Reach Periyar National Park, the final destination

Embark on a drive to Periyar National Park, checking out from Munnar. The distance to be covered is around 98 km taking up 3&½ hours to complete. You can opt to book your accommodation within the national park premises. The Gavi Safari is the prime attraction at Periyar. Periyar National Park, renowned for its rich wildlife, hosts a diverse array of species such as elephants, tigers, leopards, sambar deer, barking deer, wild boar, and numerous bird species. A key highlight of the park is Periyar Lake, created by damming the Periyar River. The lake offers boating opportunities, making it an ideal activity after a wildlife safari or nature walk.

In essence, Periyar National Park is a unique destination that blends wildlife, nature, culture, and eco-tourism, attracting both domestic and international visitors. Visiting Periyar National Park for a day is enough to make the most of it. The next day head towards Kottayam Railway Station, 101 km from Periyar National Park to step towards the return journey.