Diverse Natural Wonders of Kerala Alleppey, Kerala, India

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Tour Overview:
Kerala is the calmest and the most serene destination in south India which brings its tourists closer to peace and enlightenment. The world away from the hustle-bustle of city life, this is the place for some soul searching. The relaxing backwaters are an epitome of natural beauty. The elegant houseboats, Ayurvedic treatment, delicious cuisine, untouched nature and exotic wildlife are the real charmers of this place.
 
DAY 01: ARRIVAL COCHIN
  • Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Check in at the hotel.
  • Afternoon, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Cochin, which is the financial capital and the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala.
  • The tour covers - The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry (10 AM - 5 PM, Closed on Fridays and national holidays), renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue (10 AM – 12 PM and 3 PM – 5 PM. Closed on Saturdays and Jewish Holidays.) at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town. The St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The Santa Cruz Basilica originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. The Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese trade.
  • In the evening witness the world famous Kathakali dance at a local theatre, a traditional art form of Kerala and one among the national dances of India.
  • (Timings: Kathakali make-up starts at 5.30 PM & the performs starts from 6.30 PM till 7.30 PM)
  • Overnight stay at Cochin.
 
 
DAY 02: COCHIN – MUNNAR (APPROX.140 KMS/4 HRS.)
  • Morning after breakfast, checkout from the hotel and drive to Munnar.
  • Surrounded by lush green-carpeted tea and coffee plantations, Munnar is a picturesque hill station situated in the eastern part of Kerala. The town is located at the confluence of three mountain streams — Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kudala—and is known for its clean, neat, and brightly painted ambience. The beautiful landscapes, cozy weather, and the smell of tealeaves make Munnar one of the most sought-after destinations in South India. Precisely these were the reason why the British always retreated to Munnar when the heat and humidity was on its peak in other parts of Kerala. Munnar is situated near the Anaimudi Peak, the highest peak in the Western Ghats. The hills here are covered with a carpet of flowers in bloom. Also found here is an exotic plant called Neelakurunji that flowers just once in a 12-year period.
  • Check in at hotel upon arrival.
  • Rest of the day at leisure.
  • Overnight at hotel in Munnar.
 
 
DAY 03: MUNNAR FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING
  • Morning after breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Munnar, which includes visit to Mattupetty Dam, Kundale Lake, and Echo point. You will also visit the Rajamalai were the rarest species of mountain goat, ‘Nilgiri Thars’, can be spotted, and the Tea Museum  which has been built in the Nallathanni estate of Tata Tea. Its collection of memorabilia and artifacts takes you back in time when the tea industry had just begun to make its presence felt in Munnar in 1880s. Browse the museum for its array of curios, photographs and machineries, each depicting important events that contributed to a flourishing tea industry.
  • Munnar is a real hill resort having absolute green cover under misty scent of tealeaves all around, with crisp fresh air and the weather delightfully cool all the year round. Stroll in any direction and the whole world of tranquillity and serenity entices you.
  • Return to your hotel.
  • Overnight at hotel in Munnar.
 
 
DAY 04: MUNNAR – PERIYAR (APPROX. 110 KMS/3 HRS.)
  • Morning after breakfast, depart for Periyar (Thekkady). Morning drive through the Western Ghats to Thekkady, a beautiful area of tea gardens, rubber estates and coffee and pepper plantations, located high in the Cardamom Hills. This wildlife sanctuary is an established tourist spot and home to elephants, tiger, bison, sambar, wild boar, langur etc. The artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar dam across the Periyar Lake adds to the charm of the park. Spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a declared Tiger Reserve.
  • After check in at Hotel, go for a spice plantation visit.
  • A walk through the plantation opens up a vista of pristine greenery shrouded by low hanging clouds, gurgling brooks and a pale shadow of the Western Ghats in the backdrop. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide you will be taken on tour of the cover, cardamom, pepper, rubber, vanilla, coffee and tea plantations. The most abundantly found spice in Thekkady is pepper, but you will also see a variety of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric and curry leaves on the slanting slopes of the spice plantation.
  • Overnight at Hotel in Periyar.
 
 
DAY 05: PERIYAR – ALLEPPEY (APPROX. 145 KMS/4 HRS.)
  • Early morning (6 AM), proceed to the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary for boating.
  • Nestled at an altitude with temperatures ranging from 15 to 30 degree Celsius, the park skirts a serene artificial lake, the Periyar Lake. The most sought after way of wildlife viewing is a steamer cruise on the Periyar Lake past protruding bare tree limbs, while looking out for elephant herds by the water’s edge, sambhars peeking from a thicket, wild boars running amok, and if you are too lucky, you could spot the Great Indian Tiger languishing in a clearing of the forest. Always keep your binoculars handy, you could spot a blue-winged parakeet or a solitary kingfisher perched on an ancient tree limb jutting out of the lake. Of birds, you stand a chance of spotting Nilgiri wood pigeon, white-bellied tree pie, laughing thrushes and flycatchers to name a few.
  • Return to hotel, after breakfast, you will leave for Alleppey, board a (houseboat) and proceed for an unforgettable overnight cruise, through the mesmerizing unique backwaters of Kerala.
  • You will have an exclusive houseboat which cruises till sunset, and then it anchors for the night. Your boat has a private balcony with comfortable chairs. The rooms are well furnished with attached bathrooms and air conditioning which functions during sleeping hours. The boat has a fully equipped kitchen and an experienced cook to prepare authentic Kerala cuisine with seafood specialties and fresh vegetables.
  • The waterways of Kerala play a major role in the economy of the state as they link remote villages and islands with the mainland. It is an incredibly different experience to cruise in the backwaters in country boats, absorbing the beauty of Kerala's villages. Houseboats, also known as kettuvallam or rice boats, are today one of the major tourist attractions in Kerala, but these boats were used to carry rice bags in their earlier days. These houseboats are uniquely designed using local materials like bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, carpets etc. and are a fabulous way to enjoy exploring the fascinating beauties of backwaters. With their languid grace and quaint design adding another dimension to your cruise in the shimmering blue waters.
  • Lunch, evening tea with snacks and dinner served on board.
  • Overnight onboard the HOUSEBOAT (Air-conditioning will be functional during sleeping hours only)
 
DAY 06: ALLEPPEY – KOVALAM (APPROX. 160 KMS/4.5 HRS.)
  • Morning after breakfast, disembark the houseboat and drive to Trivandrum.
  • On your way visit Mannarssala Temple - Worshippers of the Naga (Serpent God) have always built their temples in groves where serpents are aplenty. Mannarassala is the largest serpent temple with 30,000 images of serpent Gods and has hundreds of snakes living around the temple.
  • Proceed towards Trivandrum, and upon reaching go for a sightseeing tour of the capital city of Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram has interesting places to see like, the Napier Museum ,  a beautiful building build by English architect Chrisholm combining English-Saxon-Travancore architectural styles carvings.(Open 10AM-5PM, closed on Mondays and before noon Wednesday.), the Sri Chitra Art Gallery (Open 10AM-5PM, closed on Mondays and before noon Wednesday.) -  displays a rare collection of mainly Indian paintings, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple (from outside only) – this temple is an architectural wonder and the icon around which the the city is built, and Horse palace -  unique palace designed by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal famous for its horse shaped windows and décor, has some good collections of antiques.
  • Later, proceed to Kovalam, the world famous beach destination of kerala. With three adjacent crescent beaches, Kovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse - sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes, Catamaran cruising etc. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night.
  • Upon arrival check in to your resort at Kovalam.
  • Rest of the day at leisure.
  • Overnight at Hotel in Kovalam.
 
DAY 07: DEPART FROM TRIVANDRUM (APPROX. 19 KMS/40 MINS.)
  • Morning after breakfast, Checkout from hotel you will be transfer to the airport for onwards journey.
 
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Tour Overview:
Kerala is the calmest and the most serene destination in south India which brings its tourists closer to peace and enlightenment. The world away from the hustle-bustle of city life, this is the place for some soul searching. The relaxing backwaters are an epitome of natural beauty. The elegant houseboats, Ayurvedic treatment, delicious cuisine, untouched nature and exotic wildlife are the real charmers of this place.
 
DAY 01: ARRIVAL COCHIN
  • Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Check in at the hotel.
  • Afternoon, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Cochin, which is the financial capital and the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala.
  • The tour covers - The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry (10 AM - 5 PM, Closed on Fridays and national holidays), renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue (10 AM – 12 PM and 3 PM – 5 PM. Closed on Saturdays and Jewish Holidays.) at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town. The St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The Santa Cruz Basilica originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. The Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese trade.
  • In the evening witness the world famous Kathakali dance at a local theatre, a traditional art form of Kerala and one among the national dances of India.
  • (Timings: Kathakali make-up starts at 5.30 PM & the performs starts from 6.30 PM till 7.30 PM)
  • Overnight stay at Cochin.
 
 
DAY 02: COCHIN – MUNNAR (APPROX.140 KMS/4 HRS.)
  • Morning after breakfast, checkout from the hotel and drive to Munnar.
  • Surrounded by lush green-carpeted tea and coffee plantations, Munnar is a picturesque hill station situated in the eastern part of Kerala. The town is located at the confluence of three mountain streams — Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kudala—and is known for its clean, neat, and brightly painted ambience. The beautiful landscapes, cozy weather, and the smell of tealeaves make Munnar one of the most sought-after destinations in South India. Precisely these were the reason why the British always retreated to Munnar when the heat and humidity was on its peak in other parts of Kerala. Munnar is situated near the Anaimudi Peak, the highest peak in the Western Ghats. The hills here are covered with a carpet of flowers in bloom. Also found here is an exotic plant called Neelakurunji that flowers just once in a 12-year period.
  • Check in at hotel upon arrival.
  • Rest of the day at leisure.
  • Overnight at hotel in Munnar.
 
 
DAY 03: MUNNAR FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING
  • Morning after breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Munnar, which includes visit to Mattupetty Dam, Kundale Lake, and Echo point. You will also visit the Rajamalai were the rarest species of mountain goat, ‘Nilgiri Thars’, can be spotted, and the Tea Museum  which has been built in the Nallathanni estate of Tata Tea. Its collection of memorabilia and artifacts takes you back in time when the tea industry had just begun to make its presence felt in Munnar in 1880s. Browse the museum for its array of curios, photographs and machineries, each depicting important events that contributed to a flourishing tea industry.
  • Munnar is a real hill resort having absolute green cover under misty scent of tealeaves all around, with crisp fresh air and the weather delightfully cool all the year round. Stroll in any direction and the whole world of tranquillity and serenity entices you.
  • Return to your hotel.
  • Overnight at hotel in Munnar.
 
 
DAY 04: MUNNAR – PERIYAR (APPROX. 110 KMS/3 HRS.)
  • Morning after breakfast, depart for Periyar (Thekkady). Morning drive through the Western Ghats to Thekkady, a beautiful area of tea gardens, rubber estates and coffee and pepper plantations, located high in the Cardamom Hills. This wildlife sanctuary is an established tourist spot and home to elephants, tiger, bison, sambar, wild boar, langur etc. The artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar dam across the Periyar Lake adds to the charm of the park. Spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a declared Tiger Reserve.
  • After check in at Hotel, go for a spice plantation visit.
  • A walk through the plantation opens up a vista of pristine greenery shrouded by low hanging clouds, gurgling brooks and a pale shadow of the Western Ghats in the backdrop. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide you will be taken on tour of the cover, cardamom, pepper, rubber, vanilla, coffee and tea plantations. The most abundantly found spice in Thekkady is pepper, but you will also see a variety of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric and curry leaves on the slanting slopes of the spice plantation.
  • Overnight at Hotel in Periyar.
 
 
DAY 05: PERIYAR – ALLEPPEY (APPROX. 145 KMS/4 HRS.)
  • Early morning (6 AM), proceed to the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary for boating.
  • Nestled at an altitude with temperatures ranging from 15 to 30 degree Celsius, the park skirts a serene artificial lake, the Periyar Lake. The most sought after way of wildlife viewing is a steamer cruise on the Periyar Lake past protruding bare tree limbs, while looking out for elephant herds by the water’s edge, sambhars peeking from a thicket, wild boars running amok, and if you are too lucky, you could spot the Great Indian Tiger languishing in a clearing of the forest. Always keep your binoculars handy, you could spot a blue-winged parakeet or a solitary kingfisher perched on an ancient tree limb jutting out of the lake. Of birds, you stand a chance of spotting Nilgiri wood pigeon, white-bellied tree pie, laughing thrushes and flycatchers to name a few.
  • Return to hotel, after breakfast, you will leave for Alleppey, board a (houseboat) and proceed for an unforgettable overnight cruise, through the mesmerizing unique backwaters of Kerala.
  • You will have an exclusive houseboat which cruises till sunset, and then it anchors for the night. Your boat has a private balcony with comfortable chairs. The rooms are well furnished with attached bathrooms and air conditioning which functions during sleeping hours. The boat has a fully equipped kitchen and an experienced cook to prepare authentic Kerala cuisine with seafood specialties and fresh vegetables.
  • The waterways of Kerala play a major role in the economy of the state as they link remote villages and islands with the mainland. It is an incredibly different experience to cruise in the backwaters in country boats, absorbing the beauty of Kerala's villages. Houseboats, also known as kettuvallam or rice boats, are today one of the major tourist attractions in Kerala, but these boats were used to carry rice bags in their earlier days. These houseboats are uniquely designed using local materials like bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, carpets etc. and are a fabulous way to enjoy exploring the fascinating beauties of backwaters. With their languid grace and quaint design adding another dimension to your cruise in the shimmering blue waters.
  • Lunch, evening tea with snacks and dinner served on board.
  • Overnight onboard the HOUSEBOAT (Air-conditioning will be functional during sleeping hours only)
 
DAY 06: ALLEPPEY – KOVALAM (APPROX. 160 KMS/4.5 HRS.)
  • Morning after breakfast, disembark the houseboat and drive to Trivandrum.
  • On your way visit Mannarssala Temple - Worshippers of the Naga (Serpent God) have always built their temples in groves where serpents are aplenty. Mannarassala is the largest serpent temple with 30,000 images of serpent Gods and has hundreds of snakes living around the temple.
  • Proceed towards Trivandrum, and upon reaching go for a sightseeing tour of the capital city of Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram has interesting places to see like, the Napier Museum ,  a beautiful building build by English architect Chrisholm combining English-Saxon-Travancore architectural styles carvings.(Open 10AM-5PM, closed on Mondays and before noon Wednesday.), the Sri Chitra Art Gallery (Open 10AM-5PM, closed on Mondays and before noon Wednesday.) -  displays a rare collection of mainly Indian paintings, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple (from outside only) – this temple is an architectural wonder and the icon around which the the city is built, and Horse palace -  unique palace designed by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal famous for its horse shaped windows and décor, has some good collections of antiques.
  • Later, proceed to Kovalam, the world famous beach destination of kerala. With three adjacent crescent beaches, Kovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse - sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes, Catamaran cruising etc. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night.
  • Upon arrival check in to your resort at Kovalam.
  • Rest of the day at leisure.
  • Overnight at Hotel in Kovalam.
 
DAY 07: DEPART FROM TRIVANDRUM (APPROX. 19 KMS/40 MINS.)
  • Morning after breakfast, Checkout from hotel you will be transfer to the airport for onwards journey.
 
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