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Thekkaddy Tour Packages

Thekkaddy Tour Packages: Experience Wilderness Like Never Before

Thekkaddy is home to the ‘Periyar National Park’ which is an elephant and a tiger reserve. The park covers 925 square kilometers in which rare flora including more than 1965 flowering plants, 171 grass species and 143 species of orchids can be found. They support the large variety of wildlife that inhabit the forest like the Asian elephant, Tiger, Indian bison, sambar deer, Leopard, otters which can be sighted during a boat cruise. The park can be dubbed as a bird watchers paradise as there are around 265 species of birds can be seen in the park, such as the Grey Hornbill, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Blue-winged Parakeet, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Crimson-backed Sunbird, and White-bellied Blue Flycatcher.

Activities that are prominently featured in Thekkaddy tour packages are listed below.


Trekking and adventure sports are popular in the Thekkady landscape. Nature walks along with experienced trekking guides can be a good chance for nature lovers to explore the wilderness. It also presents opportunities to witness birds and small wildlife in their natural habitat.

May be if you are in luck you may get to see the tiger in all its glory while exploring. Other species such as the langur, elephant and squirrel are favorites among tourists.

Adventure sports:

Hiking and rafting activities are not for the faint hearted, but to those looking to pump up their adrenaline, there is no better place to do it than Thekkady.


Boating is a much more relaxing way to enjoy the wildlife. There’s a high probability you’ll spot some rare fauna.

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Venice of the East-Alleppey

Venice of the East: Alleppey

There’s a reason why Kerala is called gods own country. Its nature in all its glory showing off in the form of the gleaming backwaters kissed with an array of trees. It’s a sight that is best enjoyed from a houseboat and what better place to choose than the Venice of the east! Alleppey also known as Alappuzha is located about 60 km south of Kochi and 155 km north of Trivandrum. The town has scenic backwaters along with beaches, lagoons and canals. The Alleppey houseboat packages are a major tourist attraction. It was described as the “Venice of the East” by Lord Curzon accounting to its waterway transportation.

The traditional snake-boat race which is held on the second Saturday of August is a major crowd puller. The trophy is named after the first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru who inaugurated the race in 1952.

‘Ketuvalloms’ or houseboats are used to provide transportation for the local folk and tourists. The Alleppey houseboat packages offered by tourism agencies such as “Kerala Hop on Hop off” is a must experience.

Beypore is a famous fishing harbour located south of Kozhikode which is the main boat building centre. With a history of 1500 years in boat building the expertise of the local builders are highly sought after.

Experience Alleppey:

  • The backwaters: Alleppey’ famous backwater boat ride is the first on a travellers mind when the visit Kerala. Make sure to look out for a good boathouse package.
  • Karumadikuttan: The 11th century Buddha statue
  • Pathiramanal: Island located on the backwaters where migratory birds throng and is a good spot for bird watching.
  • Alappuzha Beach: Among one of the favourite picnic spots in Alleppey. It’s a must see for tourists.

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The Species of Munnar

  Munnar in Kerala is home to several endangered species. One of the main attractions of Munnar is the Nilgiri Thar. The scientific name for this animal is the Nilgiritragus hylocrius. It is closely related to the sheep of the Ovis genus than the wild goats of the Capra genus. It is endemic to both Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The Nilghiri Thars are stocky in nature with a mane and short coarse fur. The males are larger than the females and have a darker color. The goats have curved horns though the male have slightly larger horns. The male’s horns can reach a height of 16 inches while the female can reach up to 12 inches. Adult males are called Saddlebacks as they have a light grey area on their backs.

Another wildly spotted animal in Munnar is the Sambar. This is a large deer that is actually native to the whole of the Indian subcontinent, China and southern Asia. The Sambar is an interesting species as they are nocturnal. The males live alone while the females are more comfortable in herds. They are quiet animals but may communicate via foot stomping. The appearance of the Sambar varies across a wide range. The general consensus is the height can vary from 40 to 60 inches while the color of the coat varies from yellowish-brown to dark grey.

Watching the Thar and the Samba in their natural habitat makes a Munnar a place to visit. There are many tourist agencies that offer tour packages to Munnar. Travel XS is offering a wonderful deal to travel to Munnar to experience its wonders and mysteries.

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Munnar: The Land of the 3 rivers

Munnar is a hill station/town located in the hills of Kerala. It is above sea level at the height of 1600m in the Western Ghat range of the mountains.  It is the called the lands of the three rivers as there are 3 rivers connecting/intersecting each other in that region.

The names of the three rivers are Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly. The town of Munnar is situated near the Kannan Devan Hills village in Devikulam taluk. It is the largest panchayat in the Idukki district in Kerala having an area measuring nearly 557 km². During the months of the monsoon, the daily temperature is about 19 degrees centigrade.  It could be classified as a subtropical highland. The language spoken in Munnar is Malayalam as it is for the rest of Kerala.

Munnar is an attractive place for many people to visit. There are several sanctuaries taking care of a number of endangered and endemic species. These species include the Nilgiri Thar, the Grizzled Giant Squirrel, the Nilgiri Wood-pigeon, Elephant, the Gaur, the Nilgiri langur, the Sambar, and the Neelakurinji.

One of the main attractions in Munnar is the Eravikulam National Park. This park houses the Nilgiri Thar. It also houses other species like rare butterflies, animals and birds. The Neelakurinji which blossoms once every 12 years is endemic to this part of the Western Ghats.

People are coming from all over India and the rest of the world to see these rare beauties of nature. Tour packages to Munnar are offered at great prices by Travel XS. Travel to Munnar in Kerala and embrace nature.

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The Culture of Kerala

Kerala has a rich and diverse history. Its mythology has had an immense impact on the culture of Kerala. The mythology harkens to the times of ancient gods, warlords and kings.  Hindu mythology is rich in its diversity which has affected Kerala to this day.

As per the old Hindu texts, the land of Kerala was recovered from the sea by Parasurama. This is why Kerala is called Parasurama Kshetram which translates as “The Land of Parasurama.”  Parasuama was a warrior sage who threw his axe across the sea and the water receded. These tales of noble warriors had its effect on Kerala. The culture of Kerala is a fusion of Aryan and Dravidian ideas developed over centuries with influences from beyond the seas of India. These changes affected Kerala in its music and dance.

Kerala has its own native music system. This is known as sopnam which is a step-by-step rendition of raga-based songs. The wider  music of Kerala is melam which is a style of percussive music performed at  temple festivals using an instrument known as the chenda.

Kerala has several native dance types. One of the most famous dances is Kathakali. It is a classical dance drama with elaborate costumes, makeup, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements. It is very similar to Japanese operas with a sense of story and style. It originated during the 17th century.

From mythology to music and dance, Kerala has become an attraction for many tourists across India and around the world. Tour packages to Kerala are offered at great prices by Travel XS. Travel to Kerala and embrace the culture and excitement.

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The Lure of Modern Kerala

Kerala had officially become a state in 1956 though India gained Independence in 1947. It initially encompassed Travancore-Cochin on July 1st 1949. On November 1st1956, the state of Kerala was formed by the States Reorganisation Act merging the Malabar district, Travancore-Cochin and the taluk of  Kasargod, South Kanara.

The decades that followed saw Kerala transform into a place of tranquillity and serenity. It has become a tourist destination for many foreign tourists as well as for people from all across India. Kerala can be divided into three climatically distinct regions: the eastern highlands, the central mid-lands; rolling hills, and the western lowlands. The climate is intriguing for a number of reasons.

Kerala has a wet and maritime tropical climate. There are seasonal heavy rains which gives Kerala that mysterious allure. The combination of rivers, lakes and seasonal rain is a magnet for tourists. With the Western Ghats being responsible for the high and steady rainfall, Kerala is really the land that God created.

Kerala feels like heaven on earth as millions of tourists flock to it every day. The land of coconuts is wonderful especially during the monsoon season.  Kerala is ahead of the rest of India in education with a literacy rate of 98.9 %. An educated public keep Kerala green, calm and serene. People are always signing up for holiday packages in Kerala

Tour packages in Kerala come with great prices and are offered by Travel XS. Their ‘Hop on Hop off’ includes Cochin, Alleppey, Thekkady, and Munnar.  If there was something that God did right, it was that he created Kerala to be paradise for the rest of humanity.

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