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Enchanting Kerala

Kerala-An intricate network of innumerable lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and the deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. Over 900 km of this labyrinthine water world is navigable. The largest backwater stretch in Kerala is the Vembanad Lake which flows through three districts and opens out into the sea at the Kochi port.

KERALA - Referred as the “Spice Garden of India”, Kerala is a beautiful state with an excellent landscape of palm-lined beaches, thick jungles, plantation-covered hills, and enthralling rivers and lakes. It is considered to be one of the cleanest and the most peaceful parts of India, with the state remaining a major source of India's bananas, rubber, cardamoms, coconuts, cashews, and ginger.

The National Geographic Traveler has quoted Kerala as India’s most verdant state with one of the world’s 50 “must see” destinations. “The god who made Kerala had a green thumb”, true to the popular Malayali saying, Kerala’s rich resources have long attracted visitors from across the oceans. It is in fact here that the first seafarers set foot on Indian soil.

Itinerary

4 Nights 5 Days

2N- Munnar 1N- Periyar 1N- House Boat

DAY 1
Cochin - Munnar ( 130 kms)
: On arrival at Cochin Airport or Ernakulam Railway Station, proceed for a half day sightseeing of Cochin, covering places of interest, including Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Jews Street, St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing Net and Indo-Portuguese Museum and later drive to Munnar. En route enjoy beautiful streams, small waterfalls, rubber, pepper, cardamom and tea plantations and thick forests. On arrival at Munnar, check into hotel for overnight stay.

   
DAY 2
 Munnar
In the morning, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Munnar covering Mattupetty Lake & Dam, Echo Point, Kundale Lake, Blossom Garden, Rajamalai and Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary famous for the Nilgiri Tahr and tea gardens. Return to hotel in the evening for overnight stay.
   
DAY 3
Munnar - Periyar ( 120 kms)
After breakfast, depart for Thekkady by road (Approx: 124 kms / 3 hrs). En route visit the panoramic Western Ghat hills covered with spice plantations and an occasional view of waterfalls and streams, several types of spice plantations like cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon and clove. On arrival at Thekkady, check into hotel. Later proceed for boating on the Periyar Lake (optional) and experience a view of calm crystal clear Periyar Lake and sanctuary. Watch different wild animals while boating. Stay overnight at Periyar.
   
DAY 4
Periyar - Alleppey (Houseboat)( 140 kms)
After breakfast, depart for Alleppey by road (Approx: 155 kms / 4 hrs). On arrival, check into houseboat and spend the day at leisure. Houseboat cruise is the best way to explore the beauty of backwaters. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy lunch, evening tea/coffee with snacks and dinner on it. Stay overnight in houseboat.
   
DAY 5
Houseboat - Alleppey - Cochin (Departure)(60 kms)
Spend the morning at leisure on the houseboat. In the afternoon, disembark houseboat at Alleppey and transfer to Cochin airport/railway station  for onward travel.
   

 

Itinerary

8 Nights 9 Days

Arrival Mumbai – Calicut – Wayanad – Munnar – Kumarakom –Cochin

Day -01           Arrival Mumbai

On arrival at the airport our representative will meet you and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free for relax. Overnight stay.

Day -02           Mumbai – Calicut by flight

After breakfast proceed to the airport on time (enroute can have sightseeing) to board flight for your onward journey.

On arrival at Calicut airport proceed to your hotel. Rest of the day free for relax. Overnight stay.

About Calicut

The historic Kappad beach in Kozhikode is where the Portuguese Navigator, Vasco da Gama first set foot in India i 1498. Calicut was the capital of the powerful Zamorins. This age-old commercial town still maintains its commercial traditions. The rock studded beach, locally known as Kappakadavu, is a well known tourist destination. The lightly flavored aromatic Malabar Biriyani is a treat for the taste buds.

Place of interest

Mananchira Square - This was once the courtyard of the Zamorins kings and is a favourite haunt for tourists.

Pazhassiraja Museum - The Pazhassiraja Museum of the state Archaeological Department is located at East Hill. Copies of ancient mural paintings, antique bronzes and old coins are on display. Models of temples, Megalithic monuments like dolmonid cysts, umbrella stone etc.

Beypore - This town is famous for its traditional boat building industry.

Kappad Beach - This beach has been developed as an interesting beach resort. It was here that Vasco da Gama landed in 1498. The beaches are clean with fascinating rock formation. The quaint little fishing village in the neighbourhood is an added attraction.

Kottackal - The famous Ayurveda centre, the Kottackal Arya Vaidya Shala is in this town. It was founded in 1902 and is a charitable institution offering treatment and rejuvenation programs

 

Day-03            Calicut

After breakfast proceed for a full day Sightseeing of  Calicut Visit Mananchira square Kappad beach - Vasco da Gama landed here on 27th May 1498 and Beypore - port city, 10 km south of Calicut, is famous for its ancient shipbuilding industry which constructed uru, the traditional trading vessels of Arabs. Evening back to hotel and overnight stay.

 

Day-04            Calicut - Wayanad

After breakfast drive from Calicut to Wayanad On arrival check in to your resort. Rest of the day free for relax. Overnight stay.

About Wayanad

Wayanad - A bio-diverse region spread across 2,132 square kilometers on the lofty Western Ghats, Wayanad is one of the few districts in Kerala that has been able to retain its pristine nature. Hidden away in the hills of this land are some of the oldest tribes, as yet untouched by civilization. Strikingly scenic, it is known for its sub-tropical savannahs, picturesque hill stations, sprawling spice plantations, luxuriant forests and rich cultural traditions.

Wayanad stands as one of the loveliest hill stations of Kerala. It is at a height of 700m to 2100 m above sea level. Its climate and geography makes it ideal for the cultivation of Coffee, Tea, Cardamom, Pepper and Rubber. The ancient carvings at the natural cave sat Edakkal speaks of a highly civilized people of pre-historic ages.

Places of Interest

Edakkal Caves – Located at a height of 1000 m on Ambukuthy are the Edakkal Caves. Nature representations on these cave walls made by Neolithic Celts were first identified by a British on a hunting trip. The New Stone Age pictorial writings on the wall are evidence of the prehistoric civilization that existed in these regions.

Bathery Jain Temple – One of the most important among the many Jain temples here, the Bathery temple is believed to have been built during the 13th century. The unique feature id the rather checkered history of the temple which was first served as a shrine, next as a centre of commercial trade and finally, as the ammunition store or battery of Tipu Sultan’s army.

Meenmutty Waterfall – An interesting 2 km jungle trek will lead to the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad. A unique feature of Meenmutty is that the water drops from nearly 1000 ft over three stages, presenting a triple – decker effect.

Lakkidi – The gateway to Wayanad, Lakkidi is situated 700 m above mean sea level, at the crest of the Thamarasseri Ghat Pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill station.

Pookoot Lake – This perennial freshwater lake in Vythiri nestling among the wooded hills is a popular picnic spot. As for the kids, there is a children's park at the recreation centre here.

 

Day-05            Wayanad

After breakfast proceed for a full day sightseeing. Edakkal Cave, Thirunelly Temple, Soochipara Waterfall, Pookoot Lake, and Kuruva Island. Evening back to the hotel for overnight stay.

 

Day-06            Wayanad – Munnar

After breakfast proceed from Wayanad to the famous hill station of Munnar. On arrival check in to your hotel. Rest of the day free for relax. Overnight stay.

About Munnar

Munnar is one of the most popular hill-resort towns in Kerala and in southern India. Munnar is located on the Western Ghats, situated in the Idukki district. The name Munnar is believed to be derived from the Malayalam words Munu (three) and aaru (river), referring to the town's strategic location at the confluence of the Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.

 

 

Places of Interest

Mattupetty (13 km from Munnar) Situated at a height of 1700 meters, Mattupetty is known for its highly specialized diary farm - the Indo Swiss Livestock Project. The Mattupetty Lake and dam, just a short distance from the farm is a very beautiful picnic spot. The sprawling Kundala Tea plantations and Kundala Lake are other attractions in the vicinity.

Eravikulam National Park: (15 km from Munnar]  This 97 sq km  park is home to the Nilgiri Tahr and ibex .The Anamudi peak (2695  meters) , the highest peak of South India  is located in the Southern region of the Park. The National park is divided in to three regions - the core area, the Buffer area and the Tourism area. Visitors are allowed only in to the Tourism area which is in the Rajamalai region.

Echo Point :{ 15 kms from Munnar]: This scenic place got its name from the Natural Echo Phenomenon here.

The Kundala Tea Plantation - Situated at a height of about 1800 m above sea level, this is a centre of tea plantations. Devikulam has a lovely little lake, hidden by the rolling green hills around the town. Velvet lawn, rare fauna and flora and the cool mountain air makes Devikulam a nature lover's retreat

 

Day-07            Munnar

Post breakfast. Proceed for a full day sightseeing of Munnar covering Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Lake, Eco- Point, Enjoy a boat ride in the evening and back to the hotel. Overnight stay.

 

Day-08            Munnar – Kumarakom

Post breakfast. Drive from Thekkady to Kumarakom. Upon Arrival check into the houseboat. Set sail through the lakes & Lagoons. Here you can witness the real beauty of Kerala backwaters. Overnight stay at the Houseboat.

 

About Kumarakom

Kumarakom - An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies. The placid backwater village of Kumarakom lies 15 km west of Kottayam. Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake, which is a part of Kuttanad, better known as the granary of Kerala. A 14 acre bird sanctuary adds to the natural beauty of Kumarakom. Birds such as water ducks, cuckoos, Siberian strokes, etc make Kumarakom their beautiful home. The beautiful swamps and a fish sanctuary are some other attractions of Kumarakom. The Vembanad Lake is at its maximum widest point in Kumarakom. 

A cruise through the famous backwaters of Kerala on the houseboat is a mind blowing experience. One can watch the scenery, paddy fields and the village life  along the banks while the house boat takes you through the  vast network of canals, gateways, rivers and lagoons. On Board you have the chance to taste the traditional Kerala lunch with fish and other Kerala Cuisines.

"Kettuvallom" which means a boat made by tying together pieces of wood. In the olden days this boats are used to transport huge cargo of food grains, coconut, coir (ropes made from Coconut fiber) and other commodities through the inland waterways of Kerala from one village to another. Discover this exotic land where the skiff is the family vehicle and children learn to swim even before they walk. Watch nimble fingers spin water- treated coconut fiber into long ropes with a traditional hand spindle at the backwater villages. Explore the lush paddy fields of Kuttanad, the only place in the world where farming is done below sea level. The traditional Kerala meals served on the House boat adds to your palate of a memorable holiday

 

Day-09            Kumarakom - Cochin Airport Departure

After breakfast check out from the houseboat and proceed to the airport to board flight for your onward journey.

 

TOUR ENDS

 

Total Package cost

 1050  GBP /- for 02 adults on twin sharing basis

 

Bruntun Boatyard

 

Zuri Kumarakom

 

Dream, Cochin

 

Club Mahindra, Munnar

 

Travancore Heritage, Kovalam

 
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