KERALA : The God's Own Country, Land of coconuts, state of nirvana, One of the most popular among 6 tourist destination and 50 must-see destination in a lifetime, Kerala, the dreamlike tropical paradise , is truly oracular and beautiful. This tiny state is also a symbol, which popularly referred to as the "Land of Ayurveda"
Fascinating tour of Kerala:
Day 01 : Arrival / Cochin ( By Flight )
Meet and greet upon arrival by our representative and transfer to hotel for overnight, whilst the room key and check-in is organized, our tour representative would discuss the tour plan and hand over the documents to you.
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Cochin: Colonial name Kochi) the queen of Arabian sea, Since ancient time, Cochin known as a main spice trading hub, is also referred to as the gateway of Kerala. Cochin is famous for numerous of popular things, you can purchase tea made over here at the tea processing units, apart from this, Cochin also famous for cottage industries, which provides you a delicious chocolates and natural honey. Kerala does not remain untouched from the urban and mall culture and no wonder, Kerala is turning into shopper's paradise, apart from the small scale industries, indulge in handicraft, pickles, tea, chocolates, honey, snacks, bamboo products and spices, there are clump of boutiques and mall in town, that sell the western and ethnic wear.
OPTIONAL: Evening Enjoy Kathakali Dance Show Kathakali is the classic dance - drama of Kerala, since the 17th century and it's belong to Hindu mythology, Kathakali is a combination of literature, music, painting, acting and dance. The extremely stylized gesture, the elaborate make-up, the mask and the glorious costumes of these all male-dancers, recreates an unmatched sense of pageantry
Overnight Hotel - Cochin
Day 02: Cochin - After breakfast, we will proceed on the guided tour of city.
Chinese Fishing Net: (Colonial name Cheenawala) is one of the unique primitive mechanisms, in which a net is fixed to a pole on the shore. While fishing, the whole net is dropped into water by the crude mechanism using long bamboo poles. By the same mechanism the pole is lifted along with the catches
Jew Town, Synagogue: The unique feature here is the unexpected and isolated Jewish Community, whose origin date back to AD52. They are self-contained and have their own Synagogue. The area around Synagogue, known as "Jew Town", which is famous for the spice trade, market of small firms work together in old bedraggled building and you can feel the aroma of ginger, cardamom, cumin, turmeric and cloves.
Santa Cruise Basilica: The Santa Cruise Cathedral Basilica is one of the oldest churches in Cochin, In 1503, the Portuguese commander Dom Afonso de Albuquerque defeated the king of Cochin and gave them permission to build a fort. This part of the city reflects an unusual blend of medieval Portugal. This is an oldest and one of the eight Basilicas church in the country, this is a place, which visited by tourist throughout the year, this is a place of devotion as well as symbol of historic significance.
Bolgatty Palace - This palace build by the Dutch in India, which is located on the island, popularly known as Bolghatty Island in Cochin, This is one of oldest heritage property in India made by Dutch and as well existing Dutch palaces outside Holland. This quaint mansion built in 1744, by Dutch traders. In now a days the palace became the property of state and converted into a heritage hotel resort. Bolgatty palace has swimming pools, golf course, ayurvedic center and daily Kathakali performance.
Overnight Hotel - Cochin
Day 03: Cochin - Munnar (150 km / 3 Hrs)
After breakfast, we drive to Munnar, which is approximately 150km from Cochin and this distance may be covered in around 3 hrs. Munnar, blessed with scenically vibrant valley of the Cardamom Hills. Munnar is full of plantations of extensive tea and spice throughout the journey, you can feel the fragrance of tea and spice in air as well. On the journey, you can enjoy the waterfall hills, forest and tea estates.
Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel.
After lunch, we drive for local sight scene of Munnar , through this journey, we cover, world's highest tea estate, Munner is surrounded with 30 tea garden, and this one is the highest one, which spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers, Lush Green Hill - a really blessed place in Munnar, surrounded by hills, and many of things there, which a man can only dream, in a sentence you can define it - " a place to be seen to be believed" , and Eravikulam National Park - Munnar is surrounded by forest and hills rich in wildlife, home for world's rarest mountain goats, Nilgiri Tahr. These forest also populated by elephants, tiger and deer, apart from these, you can also find a variety of birds over there. Munnar is a place which can provide you a peace, a true communication with nature throughout the journey.
Overnight Hotel: Munnar.
Day 04: Munnar
After breakfast, we will drive to the following places
Mattupetty Dam: Munnar is beautifully located at the confluence of three rivers, Muthirappuzha River, Chanduvarai River and Kundale River. A reservoir is known as Mattupetty dam, which is located at Mattupetty hill, which is approx 13km drive away from Munnar. The Mattupetty Dam mainly use for the electricity generation, which is situated at an attitude of 1700m, you can easily find visitor enjoying picnic here. A view of dam is really spectacular, surrounded by wooden hills and tea plantation.
LockHart Gap: This is a place for trekking and adventure loving people, located at the distance of 13km from Munnar. This tremendous place lies close to Mattupetty, from this place, view are amazing, the mist-clad blue hills covered with lush greenery and winding roads. The healthy climate and colorful surroundings make it one of the most preferred locations in munnar.
Photo Point: This place is situated at the height of 1700 mts from ground, which is always preferred for the photo shooting and taking snaps for tea garden from top,
Shooting Point: There is a place in Munnar, which is quite famous among India cinema, south Indian movies used to shoot at this place, Kundale, a beautiful lake, mainly popular for boating, lie close to this shooting point.
Blossom Park: This is another attraction of Munnar, a beautiful garden, having a collection of large verity of flowers of different hues and spices.
Day 05: Munnar - Periyar/Thekkady (160 km / 04hrs)
After breakfast, we will check out and drive to Periyar/Thekkady through the Cardamom hills, this is one of the 16 projects, which came in influence for reserving the tigers. The 55 sq km reservoir and the surrounded forest, provide protection to the animals within. In nowadays Periyar became one of the most impressive wildlife sanctuaries in the world.
In late afternoon, we will move to local sight scene, In this local sight scene, you will take spice and plantation tour in one of the famous garden/plantation for spice.
Overnight Hotel - Periyar/Thekkady
Day 06: Periyar
Following breakfast in this morning, we would take a short trek inside the forest, through boat cruise, we will see the wild life. In a middle of forest or in a heart of forest, Periyar lack or reservoir is situated by the dam.
Elephant Safari: After the boat cruise, we will take elephant ride, during this ride, you can take a view of forest from top of elephant and take a photograph as well of other animals with desire activities.
After the Wildlife journey, we will get back to the hotel.
Overnight Hotel - Periyar
Day 07: Periyar - Allepey Houseboat (136km / 03 hrs)
After breakfast, we will move on for Allepey, known as backwater. The houseboats of Allepey, mainly formed with local and eco-friendly bamboo poles, coconuts fiber ropes, bamboo mats carpets etc. The houseboat furnished with all urban facilities inside the boat, as per the comfort level , like - bed, a kitchen, western toilets and an upper deck, a traditional lanterns are used for light. The food is of traditional Kerala flavor along with the local Specialties - delicious fish and prawns.
Have Lunch and Dinner at Houseboat.
Overnight Stay - House Boat.
Day 08: Allepey - Kovalam (135km / 04km)
After the breakfast, we will check out from hotel and move on to Kovalam, upon arrival transfers and check in to the hotel.
Kovalam - the paradise of south India. Kovalam is very much popular for the excellent beach which suit all desires and occasions. Three curve shaped beaches, alienated by stony outcropping, for the major attraction. Kovala is one of the most happing and famous place destinations for traveler spots in India. It has high rank among tourist. Kovalam is also known for the Ayurvedic salons and resorts for same.
Half Day is at leisure at the resort, day is free for Ayurvedic massages and in-house facilities.
Overnight stay - Kovalam
Day 09: Kovalam We take breakfast at the hotel.
Full day is at Leisure at the resort, day free for Ayurvedic massages and in-house facilities.
Overnight stay - Kovalam
Day 10: Kovalam - Trivandrum ( 11km/ 18min) After breakfast, we check out and move on to Trivandrum International Airport to board flight back to home.
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