Friday, September 03, 2004

The Short Getaways

1. Thattekad forest Getaway, Kerala
Prepare for the Ultimate Eco- Adventure and enjoy the most pristine jungle, as natural as it gets! Let your stay at this camp be one with nature as you discover the joys of birding in a lowland tropical forest. With over 275 species in such a small area (16 of them endemics), Thattekkad offers a rare view into the world of birding in Kerala.
This is the ideal place to be one with nature and observe nature in all its pristine glory as well as the birds in their magnificence. Among the specialties of this camp is the tent accommodation, attached European style closet, a nature shower arrangement & excellent home-made food made with home-grown spices.
WHEN: September 25-26, (October 2-3, 16-17, 30-31) November(6-7, 20-21), Dec18-19 2004 [season upto April 2005)

2. Ayurveda and You, Kerala
Spend a relaxed weekend at an ayurvedic health resort & yoga centre. It is located in idyllic rural surroundings and functioning since Oct 2001. You will spend your days and nights in a kerala speciality "nalukettu" type house with great facilities for stay, food (Kerala type cuisine) and ayurvedic treatments in the traditional way. You got to feel it to understand it.
WHEN : Anytime you want! No group Size required.

3. Spice Plantation and Rainforest Retreat, Coorg
Dr. Anurag G, PhD in molecular biology from Toronto and his wife Sujata, a PhD from the Department of Botany (Delhi University), is a walking encyclopedia of natural remedies. Along with their ‘nature child’ Maya, they have accomplished what most people usually only dream of. They quit the rat race of urban drudgery to pursue a more harmonious existence with nature. After extensive travel through this vast country, they chose to settle in the rainforests of Coorg. The retreat was set up in 1999 to raise awareness about their environmental NGO. Today, the idea has blossomed into a heady mix of eco-tourism, offbeat adventure travel and the blues. The Rainforest Retreat, a 25-acre organic farm perched at 1,100m in the lush Western Ghats of Karnataka is famous for its unimaginable shades of green.
WHEN : Travel with us starting September. Nominate your dates(weekends) now! The most preffered date will be chosen!

4. Village getaway on the backwaters
"Wow !!" This is what all our travel members had to say.
"Where did you find this heaven?" others said.
This is an exquisite resort situated on a small island lying along the backwaters of Alleppey and Kollam. Nature finds her ultimate expression in this beautiful lagoon, surrounded by soft whispering lake, tall palms and rich greenery - the natural ingredients for a perfect holiday.
WHEN: (August 28-29), September 11-12, (October 2-3, 16-17), November(6-7, 27-28) 2004

5. Meesapulimala, Munnar
Incredible!!!! Tough to do it...but totally remarkable scenery!!! The start point is 18 kms from Munnar. The trek passes through shola grasslands and mountain streams which criss-cross the area. Guides will accompany. The area also has wildlife – notably elephants, sambar, tiger, sloth bear and Nilgiri tahr. You have to lucky and silent to see them. The camp stay will be in comfortable Alpine/dome tents. Good quality sleeping bags and sheets are also provided. In the month from November to February, temperatures here often go below freezing point. Its a trek that we recommend every one of our members to do. Beautiful!!!
WHEN: (August 20-21, 28-29), September 18-19, (October 9-10, 23-24), November(13-14, 20-21) 2004

6. 1-Day House Boat + 1-Day Rafting, Kerala
Here is a rare opportunity to experience the fascinating Water World of Kerala. This is a chance for you to cruise along the backwaters on majestic houseboats - exclusive to Kerala. Then onto a world of excitement while you shoot the rapids on the River Periyar - a ride through the famed Periyar while at the same time you are enthralled by the natural bounty of the forests of Kerala!
WHEN: October 30-31, November 27-28, December 25-26 all the way to May 2005

7. Periyar Tiger Reserve
Periyar tiger Reserve, Thekkady, has all what you need in a forest....great scenery, rich bio diversity, plenty of wild animals and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Sprawled over an area of 777 Sq .km., Periyar is one of the 27 tiger reserves in India. A bit scary when you think of tigers..but thats the adrenalin rush we all crave for. Don't worry! Equipped with excellent guides and logistics, its a MUST-DO !!!
WHEN: September 2004 to May 2005. Nominate your dates(weekends) now! The most preffered date will be chosen!

8. Lush Green Wayanad
This land is rich in natural wonders, history and tradition. With its vast expanse of greenery, spice scented breeze, mist capped hills, salubrious climate, hypnotising scenic beauty - Wayanad stands as one of the loveliest hill stations of Kerala. Have a picnic by the lake, swim at the waterfalls, walk through lush green forests and not to mention Kerala food. Especially the steamed bananas! 3-4 days needed to have a great time.
WHEN: September 2004 to May 2005. Nominate your dates(weekends) now! The most preffered date will be chosen!


THE TIME TABLE FOR THE ABOVE SHORT GETAWAYS
August 20-21 Meesapulimala
August 28-29 Village Getaway by the Backwaters

September 11-12 Village Getaway by the Backwaters
September 18-19 Meesapulimala
September 25-26 Thattekkad Forest Getaway

October 2-3 Thattekkad Forest Getaway, Village Getaway by the backwaters
October 9-10 Meesapulimala
October 16-17 Thattekkad Forest Getaway, Village Getaway by the backwaters
October 23-24 Meesapulimala
October 30-31 Thattekkad Forest Getaway, Houseboat+Rafting,

November 6-7 Thattekkad Forest Getaway, Village Getaway by the backwaters
November 13-14 Meesapulimala
November 20-21 Thattekkad Forest Getaway, Meesapulimala
November 27-28 Village Getaway by the backwaters, Houseboat+Rafting

December 18-19 Thattekad Forest Getaway
December 25-26 Houseboat+Rafting

Trips based on a minimum group size of 9-12. Hope you forward this email to all your friends and contacts so that we can form a group.
More trekking destinations in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka COMING SOON !!! We are still busy exploring them. Once we feel its great, we will make them available to you.


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