Package Name :
Hillstation backwater and
Cochin - Thekkady - Munnar - Kumarakom
Day 01 / Arrival Cochin
- Arrive Cochin. Meet & Greeted at the airport & transfer to hotel. Cochin, A
port town since early centuries, Cochin attracted traders and invaders from the
world over. Cochin offerssome fascinating snippets of history and culture. Also
known as the spice coast of India. Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of
cochin including . The Hill Palace Museum, a fully-fledged archeological museum
and Kerala’s first ever Heritage Museum are the main attractions(closed on
Mondays). Chinese Fishing Nets, this unique style of huge cantilevered fishing
nets were erected between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the Court of Kubla
Khan, a Chinese King. Santa Cruz Basilica, this historic church was built by the
Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. Pope John Paul
II proclaimed the Church a Basilica in 1984. The Jewish Synagogue, constructed
in 1568, this is the oldest Synagogue in the Commonwealth (closed on Saturdays &
Jewish Holidays). The area around the Synagogue, called Jew Town, is the centre
for Spice & Handicraft shops. Mattanchery Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the
Portuguese in 1557 and presented to the Regent of Kochi (closed on
Fridays).Return to hotel rest of the day free/ shopping at Ernakulam. Evening
Witness Kathakali the famous dance drama of kerala. This dance is characterised
by some great story telling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up. Start early
to see the artist preparing themselves for the show (5 PM ). Watch in detail the
ritual worth seeing hour long process of make-up as part of our daily KATHAKALI
performance. After the Performance, you will have a unique opportunity to take
photographs along with the artists in colorful costumes as a souvenir. Entire
performance will be supported with commentary in English. Night stay in Cochin.
Day 02 / Cochin - Periyar ( By road ) - Morning drive on a scenic route
dotted with plantations of rubber, cardamom, cocoa, green pepper and areca nut,
to the wildlife reserve at Periyar. Arrive Periyar and transfer to hotel.
Periyar an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, and elephant
sightings.One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady
is the oldest. Check into your hotel. Either have the rest of the day at leisure
or go on a spice plantation tour where you will be enticed by not only the aroma
of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg but will also get to know
how they are grown, harvested and processed before they reach the supermarkets.
In the evening you could go for a boat ride on lake Periyar for an golden
opportunity to sight elephants and other animals. Night stay in Periyar.
Day 03 / Periyar - Munnar ( By road ) - After breakfast drive to Munnar,
the famous hill station of Kerala. Munnar a hill station located 1600 metres
above sea level. Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration
in South India it still retains its colonial charm and is famous for its tea
plantations, most of which are privately owned. With its sprawling estates,
rolling hills, sparkling waterfalls, picture postcard hamlets and undulating
valleys, Munnar is an ideal get-away destination. Day is free to relax and to
walk around. Night stay in Munnar.
Day 04 / Munnar - Afternoon sightseeing tour of Munnar tea gardens spread
like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers, lust green hills, a place so
difficult to describe, very low population too far from pollution, most of the
covered by Tata tea. Also the Raja Malai, a top peak of Munnar where you can see
Neel Thar (mountain goats), Muttupetty dam, Indo Swiss project; you can also
enjoy boating in the Lake (optional). Night stay in Munnar.
Day 05 / Munnar - Kumarakom ( By road ) - Morning drive to Kumarakom near
Kottayam and stay in one of the backwater resorts. The panoramic backwaters here
offer an ideal retreat to enjoy nature at its best. Kumarakom, a bird sanctuary
located on the banks of the backwaters and renowned for its varied avian
population. Local varieties such as Waterfowls, Cuckoos and Owls, as well as the
migratory Siberian Cranes can be viewed here. Day excursion to the bird
sanctuary and optional boat ride to the nearby village through lagoons. Night
stay at Kumarakom.
Day 06 / Kumarakom - Alappuzha ( By road ) - Morning drive a short
distance before switching over to a boat for a through many canals and waterways
up to Alleppey. On Arrival embark on your private houseboat and cruise on the
Backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. Your houseboats or
‘Kettuvalloms’ are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite
bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape
from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings it’s the life along
the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience. The locals’ travel in
canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing
household goods, door to door in small wooden boats. As you cruise along the
backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other
places, enroute. Overnight on board. (Full Board ).
Day 07 / Alappuzha - Kovalam ( By road ) - Morning drive to Kovalam &
transfer to hotel. the international beach Resort with full of Coconut
trees.Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach of Kerala, with three
adjacent crescent beaches. Kovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourists,
especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach
has created a beautiful Bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure
options at this beach are plenty and diverse - sunbathing, swimming, herbal body
toning massages, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising etc. Evening
enjoy the beach. Night stay in Kovalam.
Day 08 / Kovalam - Trivandrum ( Day excursion ) - Morning drive to
Trivandrum- gateway to one of the most beautiful states in Kerela. The city
presides over one of the most scenic states, stretching along the southern coast
of the country, with the backwaters of the Arabian sea reaching deep into the
veredant countryside, kerela affords a fascinating experience. Afternoon
sightseeing tour of Trivandrum visiting The ancient temple of Sri
Padmanabhaswamy is one of the major attractions in the city of
Thiruvananthapuram.Napier Museum was built in 1880 and shows a harmonious
blending of Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and Italian architectural styles. Sri Chitra
Art Gallery has a good collection Tanjore, Mughal, and Rajput schools of art.
The Zoo in Thiruvananthapuram has many shady and delightful walks. Later back to
Kovalam. Night stay in Kovalam.
Day 09 / Kovalam - Trivandrum ( Departure ) - Transfer to Trivandrum
airport to board the onward flight.
1. Ayurvedic Massage
2. Water Sports at Kovalam.
3. Boating at Periyar Lake.
4. Kathakali dance performance.
5. Elephant ride on the Tropical Forests.