BEST OF KERELA

Kerala, INDIA

Kochi – Munnar – Thekkady – Alleppey/ Kumarakom/ Kollam- Kochi/ Trivandrum 6 Nights / 7 Days

Day 01: Arrive at Kochi & local

Wedged between the Western Ghats on the East and the Arabian Sea on the West, the narrow strip of land known as Kerala is a destination of a lifetime .Arrival & Check in to hotel. Cover the local sightseeing of Cochin including visit to various islands of Cochin like Mattenchery Island – Mattancherry is primarily a trading city, famous for its thriving Gujarati settlement brought to the city in the 16th and 17th centuries by the spice trade.Fort Kochi ( Old Kochi )- Even a casual stroll through Fort Kochi located in the port city of Kochi in Kerala is enough to make you feel transported to another world and time. Since Fort Cochin was under the possession of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British at different points of time, the region still bear the influence of European architecture. Welingdon Island – Headquarters of the Southern Naval Command of India, The island is named after Lord Willingdon, a British Viceroy to India etc. You will see Jewish Synagogue – At the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town lies the synagogue of the white Jews near Mattancherry palace. The synagogue is now a fascinating mixture of shops, warehouses and spice auction rooms, Dutch Palace & Museum – The Dutch palace at Mattancherry was actually built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin Raja in AD 1555. The main attractions of the palace lie in its wall murals that depict the scenes from the Ramayana. Chinese fishing nets – They are fixed land installations, which are used for a very unique and unusual method of fishing, St. Francis Church – The oldest European church in India, St. Francis Church was built in the early 16th century. Today, it stands as the pride of Fort Cochin etc

Day 02: Cochin – Munnar (4 Hrs Drive)

Check out & transfer to – Munnar meaning “three rivers” is located at the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. This quaint town is located at an altitude of 1600 meters above the sea level away from the heat and buzz of urban life. Evening free for the relaxation.. Arrival at Munnar & check in . Evening free for the relaxation OR Eravikulam National Park The 97 sq. km. park is situated in the Devikulam Taluka and is home to the Nilgiri Tahr. On the way to the park Elephant Ride can be enjoyed.

Day 03: Munnar – Local sightseeing

Today cover the local sightseeing of Tea Gardens, Matupetty Dam/Lake – The Mattupetty lake and dam , just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful picnic spot. Boating can be enjoyed here. Kundala Dam/Lake- Kundala is a picturesque town on the way to Top Station. The Golf Course which belongs to Tata Tea Ltd. is located here. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction Top Station – 1700 Mts above sea level , this is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodiakanal road. Top Station (a viewing point) also offers a panoramic view of neighbouring state of Tamil nadu. Also Echo Point on the way back can be enjoyed. Back to the hotel after sightseeing. Also a Tea Estate Visit is a must when in Munnar, it feels as if your eyes can see the widespread of beautiful green colour in & around the vicinity. Back to the hotel after sightseeing.

Day 04: Munnar – Thekkady (3 Hrs Drive)

Morning check out & depart to Thekkady. Arrival & check in to hotel – Discover the veritable essence of Kerala’s well kept wilderness secrets at Thekkady. The landscape here is dotted with tropical forests, exotic spice plantations, tea gardens and beautiful lakes. Evening visit Spice Gardens – The spice plantations of Thekkady are a huge draw for travelers from all over the world. The most abundantly found spice in Thekkady is pepper, but you will also see a variety of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric and curry leaves on the slanting slopes of the spice plantation & some time for spice shopping. In evening enjoy Kathakalli Show.

Day 05: Thekkady

Today Half day Jeep Safari can be done & then visit to Periyaar wild life sanctuary – The Periyar Tiger Reserve at Thekkady is one of the best tiger reserves in India. The place offers a wide array of avenues to quench your thirst for adventure and for enjoying safaris, tiger trails, plantation tours & Spice Garden. Kalaripayattu – Martial Art Show – can be enjoyed in evening.

Day 06: Thekkady – Alleppey / Kumarakom /Kollam (5/4/7 Hrs Drive)

Check out & move for the Elephant Ride & then proceed to Alleppey/Kumarakom. Arrival & checkin. Alleppey / Kumarakom comprises of a cluster of petite islands scattered across the emerald backwaters of Vembanad. Backwater cruises along these tranquil waters in a houseboat is a must-must have for any tourist visiting Kerala. Kollam (Quilon)- Between the eight cornered Lake and the Lakshadweep Sea, at the Southern extremity of a network of backwaters lies Kollam beach towards 63 kms of north of Trivandrum. Here one can enjoy Backwater Curises, Astamudi Backwater, etc.

Day 07:Alleppey / Kumarakom /Kollam– Cochin/Trivandrum (2/4/5 Hrs Drive)

Check out & transfer to Cochin /Trivendrum Rly. Stn./Airport to board the train/flight for further destination.