01 / Arrival Cochin
Arrival Cochin meet assist at the airport and transfer
to Kumarakam (140Km drive). Kumarakam is situated on Lake
Vembanad, the hub of backwater tourism in Kerala. Mangrove
Forests, Paddy Fields, and Coconut Groves networked by
a maze of waterways and canals adorned with waterlillies
make Kumarakam an unbelievably beautiful, natural paradise.
Transfer to hotel. Night stay in Kumarakom.
02 / Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
The day is free for trekking in the Mangrove Forests,
Water Skiing, Fishing by the Lake or Bird Watching at
Kumarakam Bird Sanctuary, an ornithologists heaven.
Night stay in Kumarakom.
03 / Periyar
Morning Drive to Periyar (130Km drive). The Periyar Forest
is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Lying
at an altitude of 900 1800m above sea level and
spread across 777sq.Km, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geomorphology,
diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, its the
only sanctuary in India where you can view wildlife at
close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake.
Periyars biggest attractions are the Herds of Elephants
that come down to water and play lakeside.
Transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Periyar.
04 / Periyar Boat Ride
Start the day with a short Trek inside the Sanctuary followed
by a two hour Boat Ride. Evening leaves you free to explore
the local Spice Markets at Kumily, a small town 4Kms from
Thekkady. Night stay in Periyar.
05 / Munnar Hill Station
After breakfast depart for Munnar, 110Kms away; situated
1600m above sea level. Munnar is a Hill Station, once
the Summer Resort of the British Raj, Government
of South India. Sprawling Tea Plantations, winding lanes
and good holiday facilities make this a popular resort
town. Night stay in Munnar.
06 / Munnar
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Munnar
covering 1. Rajamalai & Eravikulam National Park,
15Kms from Munnar, this is the natural habitat of the
Nilgiri Thar, a rare mountain goat (Hermitragas Hylocres).
2. Marayoor, 40Kms from Munnar, the only place in Kerala
that lays claim to the natural growth of Sandalwood. The
Muniyara caves with murals and relics from the New Stone
Age Civilization. A Childrens Park, spread across
a hectare of land under the canopy of a Single Banyan
Tree, are of great interest to tourists. Night stay in
07 / Cochin
After breakfast drive to Cochin (150Kms drive). Keralas
Commercial Capital, and the most cosmopolitan of its cities.
Cochin is a fascinating blend of cultures.
The evening is free for leisure & shopping. Night
stay in Cochin.
08 / Sightseeing in Cochin
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing in Cochin, that
takes you very close to the regions History on the international
stage 1. The Hill Palace Museum, a fully-fledged archeological
museum and Keralas first ever Heritage Museum are
the main attractions (closed on Mondays). 2. 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. 3. 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.
4. 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. 5. Mattanchery
Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese in 1557
and presented to the Regent of Kochi (closed on Fridays).
Night stay in Cochin.
09 / Departure
Transfer to Cochin International Airport to board the
/ Choices / Additions:
Waterways One Night on a Houseboat:
The nights stay, Day Two of the Tour can be
spent on a Houseboat; we board at Alleppey the
Venice of the East. Alleppey is a fascinating
part of Kerala; land of Canals and Inland Lakes. The classic
Kerala Houseboat or Kettuvallam, (as it would
be locally known), is the giant traditional craft of the
waterways. Measuring up to 80 feet in length, they were
used to carry tonnes of rice & spices. A standard
Kettuvallam can hold up to 30 tonnes. Today these Houseboats
have been transformed into an innovative holiday idea,
including all the creature comforts of a well-furnished
Bedroom, an en-suite Bathroom, cosy Living Room, Kitchen and even a Balcony for Angling. The
Houseboat will cruise at a leisurely pace along palm-fringed
waterways, giving a panoramic view of Kerala Village Life.
On-board catering will provide the best of Kerala Cuisine
to suit your tastes.
At night the Boat will be Anchored on Lake Vembanad.
Saver Day One & Two at Alleppey:
A day trip to Kumarakam to visit the Bird Sanctuary. [Note:
This option will save cost on the Deluxe Tour].
a Beach Break [Additional Charges Apply]:
1. Coastlines :
Two nights in any one of the Beach Resorts
Beach Resort, Mararikulam.
(b) Kadapuram Beach Resort, Nattika.