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Day 1 : Cochin – Munnar (by Road 130kms approx)
Arrive at Cochin airport/railway station and get greeted by the driver waiting for you. He will get you driven to Munnar. Check in at the Munnar hotel. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Munnar is a town located in Kerala state in the southern Western Ghats in South India. The name is often used to refer to the whole tourist area of Idukki District of which the town forms a part. Munnar panchayat of Devikulam block is the largest in the district with an area of 557 km². The name of Munnar is believed to be derived from the Tamil words Munu (three) and aaru (river), referring to the town's strategic location at the confluence of the Muthirappuzha, Chandavurai and Kundaly rivers. The area is surrounded by vast jungles and remains wet and cold during most of the year. The Mattupetty Dam is nearby. The people of Munnar share the culture and traditions of Kerala and their Tamil neighbors. The entire area of Munnar, nearly about 556.44 square kilometer of land really belonged, and still belongs to the royal family of Poonjar and was given on lease for 99 years by the then poonjar King Kerala Varma in 1887.During the British rule of India, Munnar was developed to cultivate tea plants. At that time, most of the people around the area were employed as laborers for plantations throughout the area. In the early stages of development, only Tamilians and a small number of Malayalis inhabited Munnar. From the late 1890s till 1921, tea was transported down from Top Station by 24 inch railway and ropeway to Munnar for transshipment throughout the World. Most of the top positions in the estates were occupied by the British "Managers". A few bungalows were built for them and these are still in use. Munnar was a Hill Station for some British who sought a cooler climate. The two educational institutes in Munnar are Govt. Arts & Science College and College of Engineering Munnar undertaken by CCEK. Hospitals in Munnar are Tata General Hospital, Matha Hospital and Arun Hospital.
The history of plantation in Munnar started in the 1870s. J.D. Munro, a European, identified the agriculture potential of the land on a hunting expedition. In 1877 he leased 580 Sq Kilometres of land from the Poonjar Raja who was in control of the land. Munro formed a co-operative called ‘North Travancore Land Planting and Agricultural Society’ and members of the society started farming in different parts of Munnar. The crops included coffee, sisal and cardamom. Tea plantation was started by A.H. Sharp, another European at the A.H. Sharp Parvathy estate (Present Silent Valley Estate). In 1895 Finlay, a European company entered the scene and acquired about 33 tea estates in Munnar. In 1897 the Kannan Devan Hills Produce Company was formed to manage Finlay’s estates. In 1964 the Tata Group, an Indian corporate giant entered into a collaborative venture with the Finlay leading to the formation of the Tata-Finlay group. In April 2005 tea plantations under the Tata group were transferred to a new company called Kannan Devan Hills Produce Co, Pvt Ltd. Today the company manages 16 estates spread over in about 8600 hectares of land.
Day 2 : Munnar
After breakfast at your convenient, start sightseeing of Munnar. Visit Rajamalai, Matuppetty, Kundala Dam etc. Evening will be free for leisure activities & stay overnight at hotel.
Kuthumkal Waterfalls: The Kuthumkal Waterfall is an important tourist attraction at Munnar. The foggy waterfall provides a picturesque view of the water, cascading down from scintillating heights. The utter beauty of the place attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Observatory Hills: The Observatory hill is located at Nedumkandam. It is called observatory hill because it is an ideal location for observing heavenly bodies and a perfect location for people who are interested in watching the heavenly bodies, due to a highly clear sky.
Pothamedu: Pothamedu is located about 6 km from Munnar and offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery at Pothamedu is ideal for trekking and Long Mountain walks.
Devikulam: Devikulam is located about 7 km from Munnar and is a tranquil hill station with its velvet lawns, interesting flora and fauna and the cool mountain air at Devikulam is a singular experience. The Sita Devi Lake, with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings, is a nice picnic spot. The Sita Devi Lake is also perfect for trout fishing.
Attukal: Attukal is located about 9 km from Munnar, between Munnar and Pallivasal. Attukal provides a panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills. Attukal is also ideal for long treks.
Nyayamakad: Nyayamakad, about 10 km from Munnar, is located between Munnar and Rajamala. Nyayamakad is a land of spectacular waterfalls. Here, the waters ca scade down a hill from a height of about 1600 meters. The captivating surroundings make an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.
Chithirapuram: Chithirapuram,10 km from Munnar is known for sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds and courts, Chithirapuram still exudes an old world charm. Home of the Pallyvasal Hydel Power Project, this hill town is also famous for its picturesque tea plantations.
Day 3 : Munnar –Alleppey (By Road 185 Kms / 5 Hrs.)
After breakfast at the hotel, Drive to Alleppey. Check in at the pre booked house boat. And enjoy this beautiful experience for rest of the day and relax. You will be enjoying in the same houseboat floating on the beautiful backwaters of Kerala. Stay overnight at the house boat.
Alleppey: Washed by the silvery waves of the Arabian Sea, Alappuzha, the Venice of the East welcomes you to the backwaters of Kerala. The Palm fringed canals and shores bustling with glimpses from the day to day life in the country side, the mirror still lagoons, picture book lakesides and its long sandy beach has blessed Alappuzha, the water locked district, to become one of the best Backwater tourism destinations in God's Own Country. The large network of canals provides Alleppey its lifeline. Water carnivals using the gigantic snake boats and the country canoes of varying sizes have an important role in the community life of the people of the district. This district is also notable for its numerous pilgrimage centres that draw vast crowds on the festival days and also boasts of having some of the best ayurvedic rejuvenation centres in Kerala. This Venice of the East is also famous for its coir and carpet industries in addition to featuring many other attractions of tourist importance.
Houseboat: The Houseboats of Kerala are a new addition to the travel and tourism of the state's backwaters. These crafts, measuring up to 120 feet in length, retrieved from the age old cargo vessels of the State. Once they ruled the backwaters, poled along by one or two men, heavily loaded with rice, coconut and other commodities. But in the recent times, these big vessels have been replaced by more and modern modes of transport, relegating them to neglect and decay. But like the phoenix it again raises to the attention of the modern world, with a difference – this time the cargo is comfort and rippling relaxation. It takes great skill and meticulousness to construct these giant houseboats by tying huge planks of jack wood together. Curiously enough, not a single nail is used in their making of a houseboat. There used to be an entire clan of artisans who were involved in house boat construction. Today, an innovative holiday idea has restored these majestic representatives of a unique culture and with them their makers. The Kerala houseboats that cruise these emerald waterways are an improvisation on the large country barges, which were an essential part of the land's ethos in days gone by. Modified to meet a novel concept of holidaying, the Kettuvalloms (houseboats) are comfortably furnished with an open lounge, one or two bath attached bedrooms and a kitchenette, and are extremely eco friendly, merging smoothly into the panorama. Every houseboat is manned by a crew of 3 men, usually a cook, guide and oarsman. House boating can be the most relaxing experience for any age, size or type of people. The following are a few suggestions and ideas are the result of many years of experience, and with an intension to help make your trip more fun. What works for one person does not necessarily work for another, so you may find only bits and pieces of this useful to you. Feel free to use your imagination to expand your experience on a lazy houseboat trip in any way you can think of. The idea is to have fun, and there are lots of ways to do it.
Day 4 : Alleppey – Kovalam (by Road 165kms / 5 Hrs.)
After breakfast at the houseboat, check out and get driven to Kovalam. On arrival check in at hotel and get fresh for few hours. Then in the afternoon, go for a sightseeing of Padhamanabha Swamy temple, Museum, Horse Palace, Art Gallery. Evening you will be free at Kovalam Beach. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Kovalam: Thirty years ago, Kovalam was a hippy idyll: a picture perfect tropical beach; a traditional fishing village providing fresh fish, fruits and toddy (coconut beer). Today this tiny beach is the focus of a multi-million dollar business, drawing thousands of tourists for a week dose of ozone, UV and a refreshing Indian Experience. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world tourism map. Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum. Today Kovalam beach is known as the "Paradise of the South". "Kovalam" means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. The crescent-shaped beach has three parts. The southern most beaches, and the most popular, is light house beach. It offers an amazing sight of Vizhinjam mosque. The northern Samudra is a laidback one and time seems stands still here. The middle, hawah, in the early day, is a beehive of activities with fishermen setting out for sea. With a high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights. Azure water and favorable climate make Kovalam a favorite year-round spot for swimming. Sea here is pacific and shallow where you can take a dip in the saline waters. The clean white sandy beach will arouse a temptation irresistible: to lie idle on the sands and tan your body.You could get into any of the Ayurvedic massage centre and indulge in a rejuvenating herbal, body-toning massage and holistic therapies. Its scenic beauty and serenity is supplemented by the availability of excellent accommodation. There are a lot of restaurants which provide western style food as well as Indian, which is delicious. The grilled seafood items such as lobster, king prawns and kalamari are got fresh from the sea at Kovalam. Ayurvedic massage parlors, yoga centers and water sport facilities, make Kovalam a popular haven for tourists from all over the globe. It is warm and clean filled with the coconut trees and the white sand bed as the sea breeze gently plays with the waves. Swimming and bathing are very refreshing and exhilarating in the waves. One can walk into the sea for about 100 meters without loosing ground. This cove is also the safest place for swimming. At many coastal places there are beautiful patches of coral reefs. The underwater views, which are visible during snorkeling, are really marvelous. Highly commercialized and very crowded through most of the year, Kovalam manages, against all odds, to retain much of the charm which made it a popular beach in the first place. Surfing and swimming are among the other water sports possible in Kovalam beach. Many people from different countries and cultures intermingle with each other and get together in this paradise of the South and spend their leisure time joyfully.
Day 5 : Kovalam
The day will be free for personal activities. Spend ayour day at leisure on the picturesque white sandy beaches of Kovalam. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Ayurveda: The exclusive Estuary Ayurvedic Spa offers an extensive menu of over different body and beauty treatments, integrating the traditional Indian systems of Ayurveda with the more contemporary western spa approach. The spa experience strives to achieve the ultimate harmony between the physical and the mental realms of the individual.
With unique focuses on the traditional Indian sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda, Estuary Ayurvedic Spa provides the skillful synthesis between age-old therapies and modern spa technology. The personalized therapy and activities programs is designed to meet individual needs and health goals? de-stress, detoxification and cleansing, deep relaxation, anti-aging, weight & inch loss, while also offering guidance in the areas of nutrition and exercise.
Some of the treatments offered at the Ayurveda Centre are:
General Massage: This is a full body massage with herbal oil that improves the peripheral circulation, lymphatic and venous drainage and also tones up the body. Duration: 45 to 60 minutes
Rejuvenation Massage: This kind of massage is done with the hands and foot as well for 60 to 90 mts. This is excellent for rejuvenation, sexual enhancement, relaxation and also to improve the general vigor and vitality. Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
Relaxation Massage: This is for the complete relaxation of the body and mind. Duration: 90 minutes
Cream Massage: This massage is done with a special kind of herbal mixture to improve the skin texture and complexion, also to reduce cellulite. Duration: 45 to 60 minutes
Powder Massage (Udwarthanam): Here the massage is done with warm herbal powder in a reverse manner. This is effective in reducing weight, gives stability and strength, gives better skin luster etc. Duration: 45 to 60 minutes
Head Massage: Special massage to the head with different strokes. Duration: 15 to 25 minutes
Marma Massage: This is to normalize the energy flow by inducing the vital points in the body. Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
Chakra Massage: This is a therapeutic massage to revitalize nerve centres. Duration: 45 minutes
Chavittithirummu (Foot Massage): This is a special massage with the foot. Duration: 30 minutes
Kolthirummu: Special massage using smooth rounded herbal sticks. Duration: 60 minutes
Mukhalepam (Herbal face pack): This is the facial treatment with herbal paste, very effective for wrinkles, blackheads etc.. This treatment beautifies and rejuvenates the facial skin.
Sareeralepam (Herbal body pack): This is the body treatment with herbal paste, very effective for old-age skin problems. This treatment beautifies and rejuvenates the skin.
Steam bath: In this medicated steam is introduced in to a wooden cabin for 15 to 20 minutes which helps to dilate the minute channels in the body in order to cleanse the body.
Thaila Dhara: In this treatment medicated oil is poured on the forehead in a rhythmic way. This is mainly for stress, mental tension, headache, insomnia, and impaired memory. Duration: 30 to 45 minutes
Thakra Dhara: In this treatment medicated buttermilk is poured on the forehead or the whole body in a rhythmic way. This is good for stress symptoms and some therapeutic skin conditions. Duration: 30 to 45 minutes
Ksheera Dhara: In this treatment medicated milk is poured on the forehead in a rhythmic way. This is done especially for sleeplessness, anxiety, nervousness
and some neurological disorders. Duration: 30 to 45 minutes
Dhanyamla Dhara: Here a specially prepared herbal liquid is poured all over the body in order to increase the lipid metabolism. Duration: 45 to 60 minutes
Kizhi: Here massage is done using special type of bolus which is made from herbal mixtures, on the whole body or on the affected part by dipping it in a suitable oil or herbal liquid. These are good for pain, stiffness, internal inflammation, obesity, muscle weakness, sprain, strain, water retention, cellulites etc. Elakizhi-(with herbal leaves), Podikizhi-(with herbal powder), Njavarakizhi-(with herbal rice and milk), Narangakizhi-(with lemon and herbs), Mamsakizhi (with mutton and herbs) Muttakizhi-(with eggs and herbs) Lavanakizhi-(with salt and herbs) Manalkizhi-(with salt and sand)
Sirovasthy: A cap is fitted on the head and medicated oil is poured into it. This treatment is effective for insomnia, headaches, facial paralysis, numbness in the head, dryness of nostrils and throat. Duration: 30 to 45 minutes
Kadivasthy: Here warm medicated oil is kept on the lower back of the patient with a herbal paste boundary. It is useful in low back pain, spondylosis and other problems in the lower vertebral column. Duration: 30 to 45 minutes
Urovasthy: Here warm medicated oil is kept on the chest of the patient with a herbal paste boundary for 30 to 45 minutes. It is useful in asthma, bronchitis, chest congestion and also to improve heart function. Duration: 30 to 45 minutes
Greevavasthy: Here warm medicated oil is kept on the back of neck in a herbal paste boundary. It is useful in cervical spondylosis, neck stiffness and other inflammatory conditions in the neck. Duration: 30 to 45 minutes
Pizhichil: This is a swedana treatment in which warm herbal oils are applied on the whole body in a rhythmic way. This treatment is very useful in rheumatic problems, arthritis, hemiplegic, paralysis, paraplegia, sexual weakness and nervous disorders. Duration: 45 to 60 minutes
Nasyam: This is a Panchakarma treatment in which herbal juices or oils are dripped to the nostrils which cleanses head. It is effective for facial paralysis, headaches, migraine, sinusitis, and for some mental disorders.
Snehavasthy: Herbal oil or ghee is applied into the rectum (Enema).
Kashayavasthy: Mixture of herbal decoction, oil, honey etc. is applied into the rectum.
Dhoopanam: Medicated fumes are puffed to the face, ears or scalp.
Tharpanam: The treatment is to cleanse and prevent the diseases in the eyes. Here eyes are treated with various herbal preparations.
Day 6 : Kovalam – Trivandrum (by Road 15 kms / 30 Mins. approx)
This morning get driven to Trivandrum airport for boarding your connecting flight to your onward journey.
Payment Terms & Methods :
Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount
Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.
Cancellation & Refund Policy :
Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
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