Enchanting Kerala - GROUP TOUR Starting Price USD 535

Program name:

Explore Enchanting Kerala

Route :

Kochi – Munnar – Periyar – Backwaters (Kumarakom) – Houseboat (Allepey) – Kochi

DURATION :

6 NIGHT/ 7 DAYS

Departure Dates :

15&29 Aug’16 12 & 26 Sep’16 10&24 Oct'16 14& 28 Nov’16 12&26 Dec’16 09&23 Jan’17 13&27 Feb’17 12 & 26 Mar’17

   

Hotels used:

Standard (3*) Hotel - Style Boutique

Validity of costs:

Valid for the period mentioned


MAP

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Breathtaking panoramas, stunning seashores and
    exhilarating jungles
  • Warm welcome at Cochin International airport.
  • Enjoy Sunset cruise on vemabanad lake in Kumarakum
  • Enjoy boat ride on Lake Periyar flowing
    a safari inside the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Houseboat Cruise riding over Backwaters of Alleppey
  • Typical Kerala Cuisine inside houseboat

Day 01: Cochin.

On your arrival at the Cochin International airport, our representative will meet and welcome you. Later on he will assist you to transfer to Cochin Hotel. Overnight stay in the Cochin Hotel.


Day 02: Cochin-Munnar (140 Kms / 04 Hrs)
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After Breakfast checkout from the hotel and you will drive for the sightseeing of Cochin. The following places will be included in your visit:

 

St. Francis Church

St. Francis CSI Church, in Kochi, earlier called Cochin, originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. The Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India. His body was originally buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were removed to Lisbon.


Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi is a region in the city of Kochi in the state of Kerala, India. This is part of a handful of water-bound regions toward the south-west of the mainland Kochi, and collectively known as Old Kochi or West Kochi. Adjacent to this is Mattancherry. In 1967, these three municipalities, along with a few adjoining areas, were amalgamated to form the Corporation of Cochin.


Jewish Synagogue

The prosperous Jewish trading community built the Jewish Synagogue in 1568 whose links with Kerala begin in Kodungallor (Cranganore) in the north of the state. The oldest synagogue in India, it was partially destroyed in the war of 1662 and was rebuilt by the Dutch. In the mid-18th century the clock tower was added and the floors paved with exquisite hand-painted blue willow tiles from China. The synagogue is two hundred years old and no two tiles are alike.


Chinese fishing nets

The Chinese fishing nets (Cheena vala) are fixed land installations for an unusual form of fishing — shore operated lift nets. They are mostly found in the Indian state of Kerala. Huge mechanical contrivances hold out horizontal nets of 20 m or more across. Each structure is at least 10 m high and comprises a cantilever with an outstretched net suspended over the sea and large stones suspended from ropes as counterweights at the other end. Each installation is operated by a team of up to six fishermen.

Post lunch drive you to Munnar. Throughout the journey to Munnar, you will have opportunity to see the different facet of nature’s beauty. You will get to see the pristine stream, lovely waterfall and the well organized tea bushes and spice plantation filling the surrounding air with aroma. On arrival at Munnar check in at hotel .Rest of the day is free for leisure. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in hotel.


Day 03: Munnar Sightseeing

Enjoy the early morning breakfast and later get ready to enjoy Munnar tour. Munnar is blessed with heavenly beauty and blissful ambiance. Here visit the well organized tea gardens with ever-ending tea bushes, Mattupetty Lake and Dam, Echo Point ( Here the sound comes back to you), Kundale Lake and Rajmalai. Also visit Eravikulam National Park, a home to rare and endangered mountain goat also called Nilgiri Thar. Return back on time to the hotel and enjoy an overnight stay.

 

Day 04: Munnar-Thekkady(110 Kms/ 3 and ½ Kms)
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After Breakfast proceed for Thekkady. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Later we will drive you to Visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of India's most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries, where one can watch wildlife at close range. The vegetation, flora & fauna and birds are uniquely rich & varied and do not bear semblance to any other wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Even a casual visitor to this place will not fail to observe the special ecological pattern. The very sound of the name conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hill & spice scented plantations. The sanctuary is one of the best in the country for watching & photographing wildlife. Notable among the inhabitants are the tigers, majestic Asiatic wild elephants & distinctive Nilgiri Langur.

 

Day 05: Thekkady – Kumarakom (145 Kms / 4 Hrs)

Enjoy the morning breakfast and at 0900 am check out from the hotel and enjoy your journey to Kumarakom. Kumarakom is a scenic village located at the picturesque bank of the Vembanad Lake. On arrival directly visit to the exotic Kumarakom bird sanctuary and see varied species of colourful as well migratory birds in the park. The bird sanctuary is also termed as Ornithologist’s Paradise. Later check in at hotel, freshen up and have some rest. Later in the evening enjoy sunset cruise in Vembanad Lake. Later return back on time to the hotel. Overnight stay in the hotel.


Day 06:Kumarakom-Alleppey.(Houseboat)
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After breakfast drive to Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, and called Venice of the East. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters & lagoons, it has a wonderful past, it owes its existence to the sagacious Diwan Raja Kesavadas in the second half of 18th century. Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala with the unending stretch of paddy fields, small streams & canals with lush green coconut palms, was well known even from the early periods of the Sangam age. History says Alappuzha had trade relations with ancient Greece & Rome in the pre Jesus era. Alleppey is now the hub for backwaters tourism in Kerala.

On arrival we board the Houseboat, locally called Kettuvallam, cruise around backwaters of Alleppey to observe & experience the daily life of the villagers along the backwaters. Holidays on the houseboats are an out-of-this-world experience. Enjoy delicious dinner and a pleasant overnight stay in the houseboat.


Day 07:Alleppey-Cochin(54 Kms)

Enjoy a healthy morning breakfast and leisure time on houseboat. Later at 0900 Hrs boat arrives at Alleppey finishing point jetty. Check out from the houseboat and proceed toward Marari Beach and spend time at sightseeing of Marari Beach. Later transfer to the Cochin airport for boarding onward flight. Thanks you for your patronage and we look forward to serve you again in the near future.

 



 

Considered hotels - Standard (3 *) Hotel / Heritage Style

Room Types Price / Person
Double/ Twin Bedroom basis USD 535/-
Single Room basis USD 810/-
Triple (double room with additional extra bed) USD 460/-


Package Includes Package Does not Include
  • Accommodation as per itinerary.
  • All inter destination transfers & Sightseeing as pr the itinerary by Delux A/C vichle.
  • All meals at Delux Houseboat.
  • Spice Plantation Visit in Munnar.
  • Guided Tour of Cochin.
  • Entrance fees of visiting all places.
  • Houseboat Luxury Tax.
  • All hotel and houseboat taxes.
  • Govt. Service Tax.
  • Any kind of Air or rail fare.
  • Lunch & Dinner Charges at hotels.
  • Entry fee to Ervakulam National Park.
  • Items of Personal Nature, Porterage, Tips, Laundry, Mineral Water, Pony Rides, Entry fees to Museums, Optional Tours etc.
  • All other items and services not specified above.
  • Any other expenses incurred due to bad weather, road closure etc.