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DISCOVER  KERALA
09 Nights / 10 Days
Cochin - Kumarakom - Allepey - Periyar - Madurai - Munnar - Cochin
 
 
 

 

trips to indiaDAY 01 : ARRIVE COCHIN
Arrive Cochin in the morning, transfer to hotel.
Evening, witness Kathakali Dance Show

DAY 02 : COCHIN
Full day sightseeing of Cochin including Asia's best preserved Synagouge, the Dutch Palace and the oldest European Church in India - the St. Francis Church where Vasco De Gama was originally buried. A leisurely walk through the Fort Cochin area which gives you a close look at the operation of the huge catileavered Chinese fishing nets introduced by Chinese traders which is still used in Kerala backwaters as a traditional way of fishing.

DAY 03 : COCHIN - KUMARAKOM (140 KMS, 03-04 HRS DRIVE) - OVERNIGHT BACKWATER TRIP TILL ALLEPEY
After breakfast, leave for Kumarakom in time to board houseboat for overnight backwater trip till Allepey.

On arrival in Kumarakom, commence an overnight houseboat cruise to Allepey, which gives one a fascinating insight into the life of a Keralan Backwater Village. As the boat glides along the backwaters one can see the daily life in the backwater villages. On the narrow strips of land, fisherman fishing, children swimming and playing in the water, women doing their daily chores, mobile shops in tiny canoes, the cultivation of paddy and it's harvesting (during harvest season), huge country barges ferrying the coconuts, rice, coir etc.
Note : The cruise commences at 1300 hrs with lunch served onboard and continues till dusk. At dusk the boat will anchor in a wide waterway or lake for the night. (The backwaters close to boat traffic at dusk as the fisherman lay their nets in the backwaters. Other boats are not allowed to ply in the backwaters after dusk.) On the following day the cruise commences again after breakfast and you will be dropped at Allepey by 1000 hrs.

DAY 04 : ALLEPEY - PERIYAR
Checkout from the houseboat and proceed to
Periyar. Periyar has one of the world's most fascinating Natural wildlife reserves noted for its geography, diverse wildlife and scenic beauty. Arrive at Periyar and check in at hotel.

Evening : Boat ride on the Lake Periyar where one can have a unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.

DAY 05 : PERIYAR
After breakfast, leave for Jungle Walk The forest provides specially trained guides who can be hired at the hotel for early morning treks into the jungle. The treks are of a duration of 03-04 hrs. These treks are an ideal way to really feel the forest and to experience it closely.

Afternoon, proceed for a spice plantation visit where one can see the cultivation of a whole range of spices like pepper, cardamom, cloves, turmeric, vanilla, all spice cinnamon etc. This is followed by a visit to spice shops which are found in the small town of Kumily just 01 km from the hotels.

DAY 06 : PERIYAR - MADURAI
Morning, drive to Madurai.  Upon arrival, check-in at prebooked Hotel

Afternoon, visit Madurai one of the oldest cities in South India and has been a centre of learning & pilgrimage for centuries. Visit Madurais main attraction Sri Meenakshi temple which attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over India. The temple is named after the daughter of a Pandyan King. Designed in 1560 by Vishwanatha Nayak, the present temple was substantially trips to indiabuilt during the reign of Tirumalai Nayak (1623-55 AD), but its history goes back 2000 years to the time when Madurai was the capital of Pandya Kings.

DAY 07 : MADURAI - MUNNAR
Morning, leave for Munnar. Arrive Munnar and checkin at prebooked hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Munnar, once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Govt. in South India, is located at the confluence of 03 rivers as the very name signifies. The sprawling tea plantations and picturesque towns make Munnar a popular hill resort town in South India. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 08 : MUNNAR
Morning, sightseeing of Munnar. Visit the tea plantations, a tea factory (subject to permission being granted), the Eravikulam National Park - home of the endangered Nilgiri Thar (Ibex), followed by visit to the Mattupetty dam, the Indo Swiss Dairy farm, the Kundala Lake and other scenic spots. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 09 : MUNNAR - COCHIN
Transfer to Cochin.  Rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 10 : DEPART  COCHIN
Morning, Transfer to Cochin airport to board onward/return flight.

 


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