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Backwaters of Kerala Tour

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The God who made Kerala, according to a popular Malayali (Local Language) saying, had a Green Thumb. Indeed, India’s most verdant state-rated by “National Geographic Traveler” as one of the world’s must see destinations, is a Paradise landscape of palm lined beaches, teary jungles, plantation-covered hills, tropical rivers and calm as ever lakes.

Destination Covered:

Cochin – Munnar – Periyar – Alleppey – Kumarakom – Trivendrum

Backwaters of Kerala Tour Itinerary

Day 01: Cochin

You will arrive at Cochin International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a our representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.

COCHIN : A city with a rich past, Cochin from time immemorial had seen maritime trade with the outside world. Biblical Ophir visited by King Solomon’s ships about 1000 B.C was believed to be a village on the Malabar Coast. The phoenicians came here to trade for spices, ivory and sandal-wood. Galleys from Greece and Rome, dhows from Arabia and great junks from China, they all came here. The Portugese led by Vasco Da Gama arrived in 1502 and later the Dutch and the British. And descendants of the Jews who arrived in ancient days still live here.

Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be accorded with a Traditional Welcome. Welcoming guest is an age-old tradition. ‘Atithi Devobhava’ - treat your guest as if he were God. Indian hospitality can be savored immediately as one arrives at the hotel. The guest’s forehead is anointed with the traditional red ‘tika’ which is considered auspicious along with garlanding. Relax with a non-alcoholic welcome drink following which proceed to check in at your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: In Cochin

After leisurely buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed for a full day combined city tour of Cochin

Sightseeing tour of Cochin takes you to the Jewish section where the first emigration of Jews to Kerala is said to have taken place in the 6th Century B.C (In the Ist Century A.D. Jews had fled from Roman persecution and sought haven in Cranganore, 50 miles away). The Jewish Synagogue in Mattancherry was built in 1568 and rebuilt in 1664 with Chinese willow-patterned tiles and gold crowns and has ancient scrolls. Visit the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese in 1510 and later taken over by the Dutch. See St. Francis Church, the first European Church in India, where Vasco Da Gama was burried until his remains were taken back to Portugal, and the Chinese Fishing nets named after the country of their origin.

A boat cruise in the backwaters takes you in the midst of a lush green setting of shady lagoons, wooded islands and canals. You have the opportunity to see the life of the local people as your boat goes winding past villages and houses on stilts, coconut groves, and small-scale industries making coir rope and mats.

Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Cochin - Munnar by Surface

After buffet breakfast in the hotel you will be driven from Cochin to Munnar.

Munnar : Breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquility - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country. Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air - yes! On arrival in Munnar, check in at the hotel.

Rest of the day free to visit the Tae Gardens The Kundale Tea Plantation: An area surrounding a lovely lake that offers some of the most stunning views of the region. If you arrive on a Sunday, make sure to drop in at the small Kundale Club in the afternoon, where the local planters gather with their family.

Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Munnar - Periyar

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven from Munnar to Periyar.

PERIYAR : The sanctuary is spread at estimated 777 sq- km.One has to treat Periyar as a pleasant escape from the rigours of Indian travel, a nice place to cruise on the lake, and an opportunity to see some wildlife and enjoy a jungle walk, then you will probably find a visit well worthwhile. The park encompasses a 26 -sq-km artificial lake, created by the British in 1895 to provide waterto Madurai, and spreads into Tamil Nadu. It is home to bison, antelopes, sambars, wild boars, monkeys,langurs, tigers, leopards, a wide variety of birds,and many elephants. Boat trips on the lake are thestandard way of seeing the sanctuary.

Half day visit to the wild life sanctuary at Periyar.

The Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Formed with the building of a dam in 1895, this reservoir meanders around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a perennial source of water for the local wildlife. You may even get a glimpse of the tiger during this season. A summer palace of the former Maharaja of Travancore, set along the lake, is a hotel and a fine place to stay. Spice gardens and plantation estates surround the national park.

Later in evening boat cruise at Periyar Boat cruises make the best bet to explore the wilds of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Today the Periyar Lake presents an excellent boating spot for tourists. Although it is unusual to see many animals from the boats, still you spot a family of Elephants, Wild Boar, and Sambar Deer by the water's edge.

Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Periyar - Alleppey

After buffet breakfast and drive to Alleppey. On arrival in Alleppey, Transfer to the houseboat. Embark the houseboat from Alleppey.

Overnight at the Houseboat.
Day 06: Alleppey - Kumarakom by Surface

Disembark the houseboat at Kotayam. Later drive to Kumarakom. On arrival in Komarokom, transfer to the hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Kumarakom - Trivandrum by Surface

After an early buffet breakfast, drive from Kumarakom to Trivandrum.

TRIVANDRUM :A modern city with wide avenues and several beautiful parks and picturesquely situated on small hills. The highlight of the tour is a visit to the ancient Padmanabha Swami Temple, the “Gopuram” (temple-tower) of which is the main architectural landmark of the city, and which has in the main courtyard and on some 400 pillars intricate granite sculpture.

On arrival in Trivandrum, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Trivandrum - Kumarakom - Trivandrum

After buffet breakfast, proceed for half city tour of Trivandrum.

Proceed to the Chitralayam Art Gallery to view the collection of Oriental paintings and then visit the Trivandrum Museum to see the display of local arts and crafts.

Later drive to Kovalam. Walk through the backwater at Kovalam. Return to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09: Depart Trivandrum

Breakfast at the hotel. Later in time transfer to airport to board flight to Back home.

(NO HOTEL ENVISAGED IN DELHI FOR THIS DAY)

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