Experience Kerala

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Day Place Highlights
1 Kochi Overnight at hotel
2 Kochi Fort Kochi with colonial churches, Dutch palace at Mattancherry, Dutch cemetery,
Willingdon (man made island belonging to Indian Navy and Port Trust.
Also see, St. Francis church where Vasco Da Gama was initially buried.
Enjoy a cultural evening, highlight being the vibrant Kathakali dance, with masks and bright make-up.
3 Kochi-Munnar Overnight in Munnar
4 Munnar Tea museum which tells tales about tea in Munnar. Mattupetty, known for lovely landscapes and dairy farm,
Kundala plantations to see tea plucking to processing
5 Munnar-Periyar Overnight in Periyar
6 Periyar Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar. Watchout for wild animals from your hotel or undertake a nature walk with the help of an expert naturalist
7 Periyar-Kollam Overnight in Kollam
8 - 10 Kollam Enjoy your stay in the land of lagoons - Kollam
11 Kollam-Alleppey Check in on a houseboat. Enjoy a backwater houseboat cruise. You can even opt for canoeing and fishing.
12 Alleppey-Kumarakom Houseboat cruise to Kumarakom
13 Kumarakom Birdwatching at bird sanctuary
14 Kochi Departure

Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days
Destination : Kochi - Munnar - Periyar - Kollam - Alleppey - Kumarakom - Kochi

Experience Kochi


Enchanting Kerala dazzles with shimmering lagoons in Kollam, dense jungles and lake in Periyar, quaint hills in Munnar, rippling backwaters at Alleppey and Kumarakom. The Kumarakom lodges a sanctuary having countless national and migratory winged guests, largely thronged by ornithologists and animal lovers. Portuguese and Dutch settlements in port town Kochi reveals the history of ancient foreign inhabitants. Soak yourself in spa massages in Kerala.


Day 1 Arrival at Kochi in evening

Welcome to Kochi. Our representative will welcome you on arrival at the airport and escort you to the hotel.
Overnight in Kochi.


Day 2 Kochi

After breakfast, enjoy a half-day tour of Cochin. Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city, also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. The ruler of Kochi allowed the Portuguese to construct a fort next to the waterfront here. Thus, emerged Fort Kochi. Also called Fort Emmanuel, Portuguese planned their livelihood around the church with settlements and church. St. Francis church, the first church of colonial era where Vasco-Da-Gama's body was buried before being taken to Portugal. You'll also come across a Dutch cemetery, Santa Cruz Basilica, Indo Portuguese museum and Cochin Thirumala Devaswom Temple, Willingdon Island here.
In the evening, witness a Kathakali dance performance. Kathakali is the most recognized dance drama form in Kerala. It dates back to the seventeenth century and is deeply rooted in mythology, taking its themes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. A traditional Kathakali dance performance began at dusk continued through the night, culminating at the auspicious hour of dawn, when Good finally conquers Evil. Now, of course, shorter performances are more the norm! Costumes and makeup are dramatic characteristics of the dance, and the technique involves highly intricate gestures and expressions.
Overnight in Kochi.

Munnar Hills


Day 3 Kochi-Munnar (127kms/3-4hrs drive approx.)

After breakfast drive to Munnar; upon arrival in Munnar you will check in at a hotel and relax. Overnight in Munnar.


Day 4 Munnar

Today, enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Munnar. In the morning, visit the Tea Museum in the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea, which showcases some of the exquisite and interesting aspects of the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Munnar. This Tea Museum houses curios, photographs and machinery. Also visit Mattupetty, located about 13 kms from Munnar. Mattupetty is known for its dam and the beautiful lake, which offers enjoyable boat rides. Later visit the Kundala tea plantations and Kundala Lake. The lake is the most photographed part of Kundala. Take a stroll in the tea estate, and enjoy the refreshing mountain breeze. Here you can view the entire process of making tea, right from plucking of tea leaves to their processing.
Overnight in Munnar


Day 5 Munnar-Periyar (135kms/3-4hrs drive approx.)

After breakfast this morning you will check out of the hotel and drive to Periyar. Upon arrival in Periyar you will check in at the hotel and relax. Thereafter you are at leisure to explore at your own pace. Overnight in Periyar.

 

Periyar Wildlife

Day 6 Periyar
After breakfast you will enjoy a boat ride in Lake Periyar. The best way to explore Periyar is by boat, but you also have the option of watchtowers. At Eddapaliyam, right from the hotel, it is possible to sit back and enjoy the sight of gaur, elephant and wild boar as they come out to graze from inside the deep forest. Trekking is an option open only to the serious naturalist. For such visitors, the Forest Department provides guides who are local.
Overnight in Periyar.


Day 7 Periyar-Kovalam(161kms/3-4hrs drive approx.)

After breakfast you will check out of the hotel and drive to Kollam. Upon arrival in Kollam you will check in at a hotel and relax. Overnight in Kollam.


Day 8 Kovalam

Day at leisure or relax on lagoon side. Overnight in Kollam.


Day 9 Kovalam

Day at leisure or relax on lagoon side. Overnight in Kollam.

Kollam Houseboat


Day 10 Kollam

Day at leisure or relax on lagoon side. Overnight in Kollam.


Day 11 Kovalam-Alleppey (83kms/2hrs drive approx.)

After breakfast you are at leisure till noon. At noon you will check out from the hotel and then drive to Alleppey. Upon arrival in Alleppey you will check in at a houseboat and relax. Meals on board.


Enjoy a day cruise on a house boat in Alleppey. Alleppey, "Venice of the East" has a large network of canals that meander through the town and surrounding villages. The Snake Boat Race held every year in August in the backwaters is a major attraction. An enchanting glide in a "Kettuvallam" (Houseboat) takes you through palm fringed narrow canals, winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and tiny hamlets. Flocks of ducks swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky share the backwaters with country boats of various types … carrying passengers from all walks of Kerala's rural life ranging from the milkman and newspaper boy to local politicians, priests and wedding parties.
Overnight in Alleppey.


Day 12 Alleppey-Kumarakom (houseboat cruise)

After breakfast you will again cruise on Kerala backwaters and then proceed towards Kumarakom. Overnight on a houseboat.


Day 13 Kumarakom-Kochi (65kms/1-2hrs drive approx.)

After breakfast you will check out of the houseboat and then enjoy a walk inside the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on Vembanad Lake, which is home to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. An ornithologist's paradise, the sanctuary is spread across 14 acres, and is the favourite haunt of local birds like Waterfowl, Cuckoo, Owls, Egrets, Herons, Water Ducks, Parrots, Teal, Larks, Flycatchers and Wood Beetle. The Island of Pathiramanal (meaning Sands of night), with its lush acres of wooded land, attracts a variety of migratory birds that flock in thousands, some from the Himalayas, some even from as far as Siberia, including the Siberian Crane.
Later you will drive to Kochi. Check in at a hotel and relax. Overnight in Kochi.


Day 14 Kochi departure

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Kochi airport for your departure flight. Here we part ways and hope you had a memorable trip with us. Have a pleasant flight.

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