On arrival our representative will greet you at Cochin airport/ Railway Station and then transfer to the hotel. Check-in and relax for a while amidst the comforts of your room. Overnight at the hotel.
Cochin has been a gathering place of merchants since antiquity and is full of bustling traders. A half day tour is planned for you which includes Fort Kochi which is the oldest European settlement in India (1500), and has a mixture of English, Dutch and Portuguese influence. The Mattancherry Palace was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, but extensive renovations by the Dutch some hundred years later earned it the name the Dutch Palace. It has some of the best murals in India, depicting scenes from the Ramayana and other great legends. On our tour we visit the Jew town synagogue where Kochi's surviving Jewish community come to worship. Nearby are the interesting cantilevered Chinese Fishing nets.
In the early evening we see a performance of Kathakali, which is thought by some to be the very essence of the culture of Kerala. Its origins may have come from traditional temple rituals and from an art form known as Koodiyattam. It is the face make up which makes this dancing so unique. The dancers can take up to three hours painting their faces - the features are heavily emphasized as it is the facial expressions and coordinated eye movements which are important in the dance. The dances usually portray events from the Ramayana and Mahabharata, great Indian epics. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive to Munnar (approx. 135kms / 04hours), the beautiful hill station of Kerala and the place where the unfolded green carpet is waiting for you. Munnar is breathtakingly beautiful, a haven of peace and tranquility - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and relax for a while amidst the comforts of your room. Explore the rest of the day along with the nature at your own. Overnight at the hotel.
After enjoy the sumptuous breakfast proceed for a morning sightseeing trip of Munnar, visiting the Eravikulam National Park where you can see the very rare mountain goats locally called the Nilgiri Tahr, visit Mattupetty Dam which offers many fascinating sights to relish. Enroute also visit Kundala Lake, Echo Point and View Point & Green carpet of Tea Gardens. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning drive through the Western Ghats to Thekkady (approx. 90kms / 03hours), a beautiful area of tea gardens, rubber estates and coffee and pepper plantations, located high in the Cardamom hills. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and relax for a while amidst the comforts of your room. In the afternoon, visit a spice garden where you will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of the spices are grown. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning after breakfast drive to Kumarakom (approx. 115kms / 03hours), en-route you will visit a working tea estate, where you will have the opportunity to learn how tea is grown, graded, the various processes involved in the production of tea and an introduction to tea tasting. Continue drive to Kumarakom and check-in at the hotel.
This is an enchanting backwater destination of Kerala. Spread over a cluster of islands on Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is pictured as a mesh of lush tropical waterways and low-lying paddy fields. Rest of the day is free for individual activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Have an early wake up and make your day by hearing the chirruping melodies of the sweet birds. Proceed to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary which lies at the edge of the grounds of an old estate where a profusion of all kinds of birds can be observed. Enjoy sumptuous breakfast later explore the rest of the day at your own leisure by watching the Vembanad Lake which has its majestic canals, streams and dis tributaries along its banks weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web. Evening is free for individual activities or relaxation. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning at leisure and later drive to Alleppey (approx. 35kms / 01hour). Here we will board our houseboats and begin our journey into the network of the Kerala backwaters. The traditional houseboats are simple vessels, with en-suite twin rooms. The pace is relaxed - enabling us to see riverside village life in its entirety. The industrious villagers survive on narrow spits of land, keeping cows, chickens and cultivating vegetable gardens. Even the shells from the fresh water mussels are burnt to make building lime, and the fiber from the coconut palm has many uses including Coir products made from coconut fiber. The gardens are generally well tended often with brightly colored flowers, such as hibiscus, contrasting sharply with the tropical greenery. Lunch, Dinner and overnight on houseboat.
Morning after breakfast disembark the houseboat and proceed to Kovalam (approx. 160kms / 04 ½ hours). Kovalam beach is known as the "Paradise of the South". Kovalam is the place where one can see the golden sand at the day time & silver sand in the night. With high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlight nights.
Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and relax for a while amidst the comforts of your room. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning at your leisure, day on your own to relax and enjoy Kovalam Beach. Overnight at the hotel.
** If interested you can also book an excursion to Kanyakumari, the town located on the southern tip of India. The town is named after the goddess Devi Kanya Kumari, the sister of Krishna and as such is a popular site for pilgrims to visit and take a dip in the ocean.
Morning at leisure. In time transfer to Trivandrum airport to connect flight for onward destination.
Mr Malagar Singh
East Vinod Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi, India - 110091
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