Kerala – Monsoon & Festive spl.

Kerala monsoon festive spl tour

CANCELLED DUE TO FLOODS

We know you love Kerala during winters. But Third Eye Explorers would like to show through it’s unique eyes, how fabulous Kerala is specifically now in August. It becomes all green & colourful with festival & monsoons. Our trip is different from 95% of other usual Kerala tours. 

Major Attractions

snake boat race in keralasnake boat race in kerala

Snake Boat Race (Vallam Kali): Its a traditional boat race event in Kerala conducted specially this season from past 600 years. Its a major tourist attraction of races of longboats paddled by around 100 men rowing a boat together.  On the day of this fiercely fought boat race, the tranquil lake front is transformed into a sea of humanity, including tourists from abroad for watching it.

 

neelakurinji in 12 yearshills filled with neelakurinjineelakurinji

Blue Beauty: Every 12 years, the hills of Munnar burst into a sea of blue, a rare natural spectacle. An endless stretch of rolling hills carpeted with tiny blue flowers welcomes the visitors. It’s the time of Neelakurinji, a flower with 40 odd varieties. This stellar phenomenon can be admired only now when these flowers bloom. Admire ‘Valley of Flowers’ (or Hills to be precise) in the South without any hikes.

 

kerala waterfallbaahubali songraavan

Overflowing Waterfalls: What better season than the monsoons to see the waterfalls in their full glory? One is the Largest Waterfall in Kerala, where shooting of several films have happened here, like Baahubali, Raavan, Dil Se, Guru, Madras Cafe, etc… We will visit several waterfalls in the whole tour.

 

Colourful Onam Festival : To be in Kerala during Onam is a delight, as it is the most important festival of Kerala. You will savour the rich cultural heritage of Kerala through folk dances, world’s oldest martial art form – Kalaripayattu, decorated elephants, traditions, feasts, etc. We will relish the famous Onam Sadya lunch in this tour. Also, it’s the best time now to get an Ayurvedic Kerala massage, which foreigners come specifically for.

 

scenicforest-route

Third Eye Explorer’s Spl new Destination: As usual, we always add our unique spices to the recipe. Here travellers will be exploring pristine beauty, not ventured by normal tourists. No more description, just be there to feel the beauty. Till then enjoy these teaser pics.

 

Type: Leisure Tour

Dates: 10th to 15th August, 6 Days & 5 Nights

Age: 20 to 60yrs

Cost Per Person: Rs. 17899/- Can avail Referral Bonus. 50% Advance for Booking, balance 7 days before departure.

 

Cost Includes:

All local Travelling in Kerala, from Cochin to Cochin

Accommodation on triple sharing

Boat Race Entry Tickets

Neelakuringi Entry Tickets

Sightseeing & Transfers

Spl. Onam Sadya lunch once

Daily Breakfast & Dinner

Friendly Tour Leader

Make new friends which is priceless

Excludes: Travelling from your city to Cochin, Any personal expense, camera charges, mineral water / cold drinks, anything not mentioned in includes

Contact: 9819155259

Small batch size only will be taken. We go full for these spl. tours, so Hurry!!!

 

Notes: a. If you are looking for the usual old Kerala trip, then this is not for you.

b. Spl. Kerala massage can be availed at your expense.

c. Kindly let us know if you are suffering from any health issues, so that 1st aid & medical help can be arranged accordingly.

d. Cancellation if done 30 days prior, then 50% will be refunded. After that no refund will be provided.

 

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Valley of Flowers

valley of flowers

A World Heritage Site, Valley of Flowers is an Indian National park, a monsoon trek. When you will be driven to Govind Ghat you will have breathtaking rain-washed landscapes and the Alaknanda will accompany you. You will be passing through lush greenery, hillside hamlets and streams. The Valley of Flowers looks like a carpet of colours – green, yellow, red, blue. The flowering pattern keeps changing in few days. Flowers that grow here are rare and the valley is surrounded by mountains with bright snow at the top, brown and grey soil in the middle and trees at lower levels.

​Valley of flowers trek is a must do trek by every trekker in the Himalayas. Valley of flowers is located in western Himalayan valley in Chamoli district. Trek starts from Govindghat where you can reach by road from Haridwar.

flower valley with snow capped hills

Whom is this trek meant for?

Valley of flowers is a good trek for people of all age groups. You can go on this trek with your parents and little ones. This is a popular and well established trail where the flowers provide you with visual delights while the sacred Hemkund Sahib is manna for your spirit.

The Valley of Flowers ​trek manages to show you a glimpse of the joys of Himalayan trekking in just about four days. Once you finish this trek, it doesn’t come as a surprise when you find yourself planning your next big Himalayan adventure.

valley of flowers

Region: Uttarakhand, Western Himalayas

Duration: 6 days & 5 Nights

Highest altitude: 14,400 ft

Level: Moderate

 

If you have a group of minimum 5 persons, then you can opt any dates till 15th Sept.

If you don’t have a group, then we have our batch starting at Haridwar from 1st Sept.

 

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Getting to base camp, Govind Ghat

10-11 Hrs: Hotel Stay

We will camp at Govind Ghat, little beyond Joshimath. It will take you approx 11 Hours to reach here from Haridwar/Kathgodam. ​

Day 2: Govind Ghat to Ghanghria 

6-7 Hrs: Stay in Tents

Trek starts from crossing the bridge over Alaknanda river. The complete trek goes along the river side and is full of breathtaking views. Once we are at Ghangharia, you will find helipad and space to camp. We will stay at our camp today.

Day 3: Ghangria to Valley of Flowers and back to Ghangria

10 Km: Stay in Tents

We will leave early so we can have whole day to enjoy the beauty of Valley of Flowers. Once you are in the gates of the Valley of Flowers you can imagine yourself to be in a dreamland. Enjoy flowers, lot of flowers, like a carpet on the mountains and then you will find glaciers, bees and nature. Come back to Ghangharia with heart filled with nature’s beauty.

Day 4: Ghangria to Hemkund Sahib and back to Ghangria

7-8 Hrs: Stay in Tents

Today will again be an early start to visit the Hemkund Sahib. You will need a poncho and might need a trekking pole as well. We will trek slowly and steadily on the steep path with mesmerizing views all around. Melting glaciers, river stream and waterfall all beautiful… After around 2 Hrs you will be above the tree line. Take numerous breaks as the path is gonna be tough today. Once you are at the Gurudwara, warm yourself with tea and khichdi. The lake is just behind the gurudwara. Enjoy the lake in the midst of mountains at an altitude of around 4300 mts. Will leave by afternoon. Today it’s gonna be tough on knees and toes. Stay at Ghangharia.

Day 5: Ghangria to Govind Ghat 

5-6 Hrs: Stay in Hotel

Let’s trek back with the memories and recognize the things we crossed earlier. Once you are at Govind Ghat, you can plan to visit Badrinath / Auli the next day. Stay at Govind Ghat

Day 6: Govind Ghat to Haridwar 

Drive back to Haridwar/Kathgodam with lots of memories

 

Charges: Just Rs. 9999/- per person including pickup & drop at Haridwar

Inclusions:

1. Accommodation (Guest house, Home stay, Camping)
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.) (Egg)
3. Trek equipments
4. Permits
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff
7. Transport from Haridwar to Govind Ghat and return

Exclusions:

1. Any kind of personal expenses
2. Food during the transit
3. Insurance
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Price Includes”

 

To Carry:

1.Trekking shoes 2.Backpack (40-60 litres) 3.Three warm layers 4.Two trek pants 5.Two collared t-shirts 6.Thermals 7.Sunglasses 8.Suncap 9.Synthetic lower 10.Hand gloves 11.Balaclava / Woollen Scarves 12.Socks (2 pairs) 13.Headlamp / LED torch 14.Trekking pole

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Maximum only 20 persons will be taken in a batch, so hurry.

FAQs

1. What is the style of accommodation in this trek?

Accommodation during the trek will be in rooms & tents at different places, where you will be sharing with fellow trekkers.

 

2. What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

Day time temperatures will range from 12-20ºC and night time temperature will range from 4-10ºC.

 

3. Will there be snow on this trek?

There will be no snow on the trek.

4. Which are the best seasons for the Valley of Flowers trek?

This trek is best done during monsoon, July – September, when the valley comes alive with the alpine flowers that it is known for. After that, the beauty wilts off.

5. Are backpacks, raincoats and other equipments available for rent?

There are several websites that rent out trekking equipment. We can guide you for the same.

6. Is this a good trek for a first timer?

Valley of Flower trek is easy-moderate and the trail is popular and well established. It is suitable for a first time trekker provided you are fit and prepared (we’ll provide with more details) for the trek before setting off.

7. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

The minimum age requirement for this trek is 8 years. If your child meets this criterion and is physically fit, you can take her/him along.

8. Who will be with us on the trek?

A team consisting of a qualified & experienced Trek leader & support staff will be with you throughout the trek.

Exploring the Wild in City

SGNP forest stream

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

Mumbai is a city of contrasts. One such element is the presence of a National Park with pristine wilderness in the midst of what is India’s busiest metropolis. Which other metropolis in the world can boast of such a privilege? Aren’t we blessed enough?

The first 2 weeks of the monsoons is the most characteristic period when the forest undergoes a sudden and very pleasant transformation, making a perfect time to have a walk in the woods. The dry forest floor is now occupied and bursting with herbs, various lilies, arums which chiefly dominate this first fortnight of the monsoons. Vast portions of the park are restricted and can only be accessed with the permission of the Forest Department. It is in these areas that the park has tucked away the best of its treasures.

Shilonda nature trailInstead of the usual tar road to Kanheri, we will explore inside the forest the muddy unpaved trail which makes for excellent nature watch – plants, butterflies, bugs, spiders, birds, flowers, wild fruits, monkeys and other varieties of insects, making Shilonda an ideal place for nature and macro photography. This trail is one of the most pleasurable walks as it criss-crosses a small forest stream at many points and wading across this crystal clear water is nothing less than therapeutic for a city-sick soul. It is purely a nature walk with the expert naturalists of BNHS leading you, in literally a zero pollution zone right in the heart of one of the most polluted cities in India.

Shilonda trail board

This trail is organized by BNHS.

Naturalist Experts from BNHS: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri & Mr. Sanal Nair

Reporting: Meet inside SGNP, beyond the Ticket Counter under the large map of SGNP at Sunday, 25th June, 7.30am

Charges: Rs. 325/- (includes Forest Department permission fees and Naturalist Expertise)

For further details & Registration: Whatsapp 9819155259

Prior registration is mandatory, kindly do not just RSVP. More than 40ppl have already registered. Hurry

Note: SGNP gate opens at 7:30am, participants will have to buy the entry ticket at the main gate. SGNP is usually crowded on Sunday, hence a long queue is unavoidable. However, entry tickets to SGNP can be purchased online from http://www.bit.ly/sgnponline , Please carry packed breakfast, hat/cap, and adequate water. The programme should conclude by 10:30am. Be prepared for rains.

Lovely Lilies Trail

Lilies trail

Monsoon is synonymous with abundance of wildflowers. They create a riot of colours in the bright green as they bloom and fruit profusely in the short monsoon season to complete their life cycles. We are lucky to find several species here in Mumbai itself! These include a range of lilies such as Crinum lilies, Glory Lily, Hill turmeric, Pancratiums and more. Besides, this is also the time the local vegetable vendors sell wild vegetables such as wild yam, kantoli, cockscomb, pot cassia and other range of leafy vegetables; all these only grow in the wild and only during monsoon.

To learn all fascinating facts about these monsoon special lilies, iNaturewatch Foundation has organized a short trail. The path is undulating and terrain is covered with range of monsoon special plants, the trail ends with waterfall view.
So, join us to witness these lovely lilies before they are gone with the heavy rains!

lily-pic

Date: 18th June 2017
Time: 7.30 am – 9.30 am

Venue: Kharghar Valley Trail, Kharghar Driving Range, Near Golf Course

Meeting point: Next to Convent of Jesus & Mary High School & Jr. College, Opp to Navjivan Hospital, Sector 6, Kharghar.

How to reach: Board a train to Kharghar Railway Station. Take Rikshaw for Convent of Jesus & Mary High School.

Our Expert: Isaac Kehimkar, Chairman and Author of Wildflower of India

Programme Fee:
Children (up to 5 years): FREE
Children (5-15 years) and Senior citizens: Rs.150/- per head
Adults: Rs. 250/- per head
(The fees are meant to support the foundation activities and resources person fees.)

More than 35 people already booked.

Registration : http://www.inaturewatch.org/registerforevent.php

REGISTRATION PRIOR TO THE EVENT IS MANDATORY, kindly do not just RSVP.

For Queries: Whatsapp at +91 9819155259

You can make online payments directly to them using IMPS/PayU:https://goo.gl/Zr08W8

Hurry, before we get Full.

Celebrate Occassions by Sea Sailing

Sailing Mumbai

This Winters, celebrate & surprise your dear ones, take them for a serene sail on a private yacht along Mumbai’s picturesque shorelines! Be treated to a sight of Mumbai’s skyline only the seagulls and dolphins know. Get your friends/family along and have fun in your private boat booked exclusively for you. We also let you discover sailing by getting a hands-on feel of sailing these beautiful yachts with the Captain. The sailing experience is ideal for people who want a relaxing break, a romantic adventure, or celebrate any special occasions.

Who can participate: Family, Friends, Couples, Kids, Senior Citizens, etc.

Duration: 2 Hours

What you see: We sail pass some of Mumbai’s oldest lighthouses accompanied by seagulls and the gentle splash of the water. You’ll learn the basics of sea awareness, how to orient yourself in the water, and to know exactly where you are.

Soon we’ll be passing the Naval base, a sight reserved only for fortunate people like you, and the shipping channel where you can see huge ships heading out to distant lands. While your captain merrily rolls out steamer-loads of information about different types of boats and sea vessels.  Don’t forget to look out for submarines, they like to pop out for a peep every now and then.

Once you’ve got your sea feet, the captain will let each one of you handle the boat! You can relax on the deck, put your feet in the water and feel the water wash away the stress and every memory of the city.

CHOOSE YOUR BOAT

Sea bird – Open Sailing Yacht (capacity maximum 5 persons)

Cost of this yacht: Weekday: 3500/-, Weekend & Bank Holiday: 4000/-

Cabin Sailing Boat (Capacity maximum 4 persons)

Cabin Sailing Yacht

Cost of this yacht: Weekday – Rs. 5000/-

Weekend & Bank Holiday – Rs. 5250/-

Macgregor 26 – Sailing Yacht with a luxury cabin (capacity maximum 6 persons)

Mac Gregor - Luxury Cabin Sailing Yacht

Cost of this yacht: Weekday: 7000/-, Weekend & Bank Holiday: 8000/-

Wavedancer – 2 BHK Cataraman Sailing Yacht with Music System

wavedancer

Cost of the yacht: Rs. 15000/- (capacity maximum 14 persons)

CHOOSE YOUR SLOTS: 7 – 9am, 9 – 11am, 2 – 4pm, 4 – 6pm or 6 – 8pm

Itenary: Reach 15mins prior at start point i.e. Jetty No. 5. Take Motorboat ride of 15mins from start point to your selected yacht. Experience sailing for around 90 minutes,  hands-on sailing with the help of the captain, click pictures, have fun in the sea. Return to the shore by motorboat ride.

Where: Mumbai’s iconic harbour, Gateway of India

Charges: Cost as per boat choosen, not per person.

Make it more attractive with add-ons like Flowers Bouquet, a Cake, decoration with Balloons and a Fruit Champagne or Soft Drinks all at just Rs. 1000/-

Physical Requirements: You must be capable of climbing into the boat and moving from one boat to another. Not suitable for people with mobility issues.

Hurry before your preferable yacht & time slot gets booked.

For details and registration kindly reach: 9819155259