Total Days including Arrival & Departure : 7 days
Tour Start Location : Cochin
Countries Covered : India
Tour End Location : Cochin
Day 1 : Arrival at Cochin & Sightseeing in Cochin
Arrive Cochin Airport and transfer to hotel. Enjoy City tour of Cochin -Visit the Mattancherry Dutch Palace - (closed on Fridays and public holidays), which was built by the Portuguese in 1555 and renovated by the Dutch in 1663. Visit a Jewish Synagogue-(closed on all Saturdays and Jewish holidays) in Jew Town and Fort Cochin Area. There are a couple of streets of picture-postcard houses out of another age. Visit St. Francis Church - (closed for visitors on Sundays from 08.00 to 11.00 hrs) the oldest European Church in India. It has several antiquities including a wealth of records. See the Chinese Fishing Nets, along the tip of Fort Cochin unique to this part of Kerala and living symbols of a centuries-old Chinese influence on this coast. Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel
Night Stay: Cochin
Day 2 : Cochin to Munnar (147 kms/4 hrs drive)
After a breakfast in cochin hotel, Check-out cochin hotel and proceed to Munnar by car. This drive takes about 4 hours and you enjoy the hills ride, beautiful coffee/tea estate views. Arrive Munnar and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel
Night Stay: Munnar
Day 3 : Munnar Sightseeing
After breakfast, go for a sightseeing tour of Munnar. Enjoy the serene views which Munnar offers owing to its famous tea plantations, and visit Eravikulam National Park to watch the rich flora and fauna of the region. (Eravikulam National Park is shut from 15 Jan to 15 Mar; during these dates Park visits cannot be done but all other sightseeing tours shall be provided as per the itinerary). In the afternoon, visit Mattupetty Lake and Dam and Echo Point, famous for its echo phenomenon. Overnight at the hotel
Night Stay: Munnar
Day 4 : Munnar to Periyar/Thekkady (124 kms/4 hrs drive)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Periyar/Thekkady, this is also known as Periyar. (110 kms / 3.30 hrs) Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the world\'s most fascinating natural wildlife reserves. Enroute visit Lock Heart Gap, Signal view Point, Anayirangal Dam, Spice Plantations etc. Evening for shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Night Stay: Periyar
Day 5 : Periyar/Thekkady Local Sightseeing
Today after breakfast , Sightseeing in Periyar/Thekkady The town also houses one of world’s most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries. Lying at an altitude of 700-1900m above sea level, Periyar has a cool and comfortable climate. In the afternoon, proceed to visit the spice market at Kumily where you can buy fresh spices. Overnight at the hotel.
Night Stay: Periyar
Day 6 : Periyar/Thekkady to Alleppey Houseboat (A/C Deluxe) (146 kms/ 3hrs 30 mins)
Today morning after breakfast Proceed to Alleppey, Known as the Venice of the East. On arrival check in to a Traditional Houseboat of Kerala Style. Cruise through the back waters is the fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of backwaters. Explore the Kerala traditional food prepared by chef in the Houseboat. Relax and enjoy the sun set at the backwaters. Stay overnight in the Houseboat
Night Stay: Alleppey Houseboat
Day 7 : Departure from Alleppey to Cochin (72 kms/ 2hrs 30mins)
Morning after the breakfast proceed to Cochin and drop at the airport on for your onward journey. Leave Kerala with unforgettable experience.
Cochin, for centuries the hub of Indias spice and tea trade, Fort Cochin occupies the northern tip of a peninsula dividing the mouth of the Vembanad Lake from the Arabian Sea. Its low-rise, red-tiled skyline bears the imprint of its former colonial residents: Lusitanian chapels, Jewish synagogues, Dutch burghers houses, Armenian mansions, and British bungalows and godowns (warehouses) all survive in the Forts grid of narrow lanes the largest collection of early colonial buildings in Asia. Visitors can savour the atmosphere of bygone eras by staying in one of the beautiful heritage hotels that have opened around the waterfront.
Munnar, in east-central Kerala, is the epicenter of the states tea industry. Plantations of neatly manicured bushes cloak the slopes soaring above this ramshackle town, overshadowed by south Indias highest peaks. Visits to tea gardens are popular daytrips, and the more energetic may trek to the high, grassy ridges overlooking the valley for a glimpse of a Nilgiri tahr, a rare mountain goat endemic to this area.
The pride of Kerala and a testimony to natures splendour and human innovation, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar Lake – an artificial lake, at Thekkady. Here the high ranges of the Western Ghats are clothed in dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grasslands. Below this thick green canopy roam herds of elephants, sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs.
A float in a "Kettuvallam" (Houseboat) via the spell binding backwaters of Alleppey is positive to rob your heart. Palm fringed slender canals winding through the huge expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets coated up alongside bothaspects of the canals are panoramic points of interest you could by no means overlook. A house boat is about 67 feet in length and has a width of around 13 feet in the middle. The materials that go into the making are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc. The main wood used is Anjili. The house boats have fully furnished single and double rooms with sundeck, private balcony with comfortable chairs, kitchen and toilet with WC.
|City||Premium||Luxury||Once In A Life Time|
|Cochin||P J Prices Regency||The Taj Gateway hotel||The Taj Gateway hotel|
|Munnar||Aranyaka Resorts Munnar||Parakkat Nature Resort||Parakkat Nature Resort|
|Periyar||The Mountain Courtyard (4 Star)||Green Woods Nature Resorts (5 Star)||Green Woods Nature Resorts (5 Star)|
|Alleppey Houseboat||Premium Houseboat||Luxury Houseboat||Top Luxury Houseboat|