Kerala also known as God’s own Country and voted as one of the top 10 destinations in the world by Conde Nast traveler is a completely unique experience than anything else in India. It is the home of the backwaters, where you can see elephants in the wild, sit on a hammock and relax in natures embrace, enjoy spice seafood and experience the natural therapies of Ayurveda. This 8 day holiday covers the finest experiences of where you visit Cochin, Kumarakom, Munnar, Periyar and Alleppey.
Welcome to God’s own Country!
On arrival at Cochin airport, meet and greet by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is free to get over the jet lag. Evening you will have an introduction to the traditional dance form of Kerala - Kathakali! This dance form tells you the story from the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. It takes a couple of hours for the artists to do their makeup. You will be witnessing their makeup session and see the mortal men transfer into the character they play.
Today morning you will be met by your guide for a tour of Cochin which despite being the commercial hub is a self assured combination of both the past and the present. It’s the m melting pot of history including, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese and Jewish influence. Chinese fishing nets of Fort Kochi is an unusual form of fishing — shore operated lift nets; St. Francis Church is the oldest European church in India that has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. Also visit The Mattancherry Palace also known as Dutch Palace and the Jew Town including the Jewish Synagogue the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth nations. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the spice & fish market or to take a sunset cruise in the harbor.
After a leisurely breakfast drive to the hill town of Munnar (4 hrs). On the way make many stops to capture the stunning beauty of the Western Ghat hills, waterfalls and plantations. On arrival in Munnar, check in at your hotel. Rest of the day is to relax by the pool, reading a book or just marveling the scenic beauty.
Today morning you will be visiting some tea plantations and the Tea factory where you will witness the process of the tea leaving being turned in the high quality tea that lands in your daily cup of brew. Rest of the day free to explore the Munnar town.
After an early breakfast you will drive to Periyar (2 hrs) on the way visit spice plantations. There are over twelve varieties of spices that are cultivated in this region such as cardamom, pepper, vanilla, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, Ayurvedic herbs etc. The trip also passes through coffee and tea plantations.
On arrival in Periyar, with assistance of our representative you check in at the hotel. Later leave for an afternoon boat cruise in Lake Periyar to watch wildlife. This 777 sq km national park is home for the Asiatic elephants and Royal Bengal tiger along with other animals, birds and reptiles. The boat cruise is the best way possible to explore the park and to watch the wildlife from close quarters.
Evening explore the Kumily spice market to see and buy spices, if you have already not bought some during the spice plantation visit.
We start with an early morning drive to Kumarakom (3 hrs), and on arrival switch over to House Boat and cruise along the backwaters towards Alleppey. The Backwaters of Kerala is a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets formed by more than 900 km of waterways. The backwaters have a unique ecosystem - freshwater from the rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea. While cruising through these canals in a canoe boat you would come across many interesting aspects of day to day life in the land as well as on water. You can see the flourishing paddy fields, coconut lagoons & isolated islands. Also enjoy the lifestyles of the villagers while walking through the paddy fields.
Today morning on arrival in Alleppey switch over from House boat to a lake facing resort in Alleppey. Rest of the day is to laze around the pool, visit nearby temples or to indulge in an Ayurvedic massage.
Today morning you will bid farewell to God’s own country and be transferred to Cochin airport in time to connect onward flight home.
|Cochin||Dream Hotel||The Trident||Brunton Boatyard|
|Munnar||Abad Copper Castle||Ambady Estate||Windamere Estate|
|Periyar||Paradisa||Cardamom County||Elephant Court|
|Backwater||House Boat||House Boat||House Boat|
|Alleppey||Akkarakalam Memoirs Resort||Punnamada Resort||Lake Palace|
Accommodation at the Hotels mentioned in the program | Daily Breakfast at the hotels, except Jungle resorts where all your meals are included | Train Tickets wherever applicable | English speaking Local guide for sightseeing tours as mentioned in program | All transfers, sightseeing & excursions by private AC Toyota Innova | Jungle safari in the National Park as per program | Entrance fees for all monuments during sightseeing tours | Mineral water bottles in your vehicle [02 bottles each day] | Wet tissues in your vehicle | Meet and Greet assist at all arrival and departure transfers | Local India mobile phone with chip during the journey | WiFi available in your vehicle during the journey | Flower bouquet and garlands on arrival in India | Picnic Hamper available in the car [Juice, Coke cans, Chips, Biscuits etc] | Indian National daily newspaper during the journey | DVD player with movie titles in your vehicle on select journeys | All currently applicable taxes | Road taxes, parking fee, Fuel charges and interstate taxes at all airports
Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Telephone, Alcoholic, Camera, Medical, Airport departure Fees etc | Meals other than those specified above | Insurance, Visa fees | International or Domestic Airfare | Any Tips / Porter charges
Duration: A week upto a Month. The ancient Indian science of alternative medical treatment renowned the world over. Choose from our selection of resorts all over Kerala offering various treatments and rejuvenation plans
Duration: 4 hrs. An early morning tour to the famous Elephant Camp where you see the gentle beasts eating, bathing and being pampered. You also get a good chance to get close!
Duration: 2 hrs. The classical Indian dance-drama known for elaborate costumes and make up. Enjoy this magnificent show at the world famous Kerala Kathakali centre in Kochi
Duration: 4 hrs. A dawn to dusk rafting programme through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve. One gets a panoramic view of forest-clad hills; animals like elephants, gaur and sambar are sighted keeping close to the edges of the lake. A must do for adventure enthusiasts!
Copyright 2015 by Travel East - All Rights Reserved