South Saga Cochin, Kerala, India

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DAY 01: ARRIVE IN COCHIN

  • Upon arrival at Cochin International Airport you will be met by our representative. You will be transferred to the hotel by private vehicle. Check- in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 02: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING OF COCHIN

  • After breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for the sightseeing of Cochin City. Start with the Jewish Synagogue (of 1568) which is the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth. It is an interesting little place with hand painted willow pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in China in the mid 18th century. The synagogue is located in an area called Jew Town which also is one of the centers of the spice trade in the region.
  • Also visit the ancient Mattancherry (Dutch) Palace built by the Portuguese in 1557. This palace was presented to the ruler of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill. The Palace’s alternative name “Dutch Palace” resulted from substantial renovations by the Dutch after 1663.

The most important feature of the palace is the astonishing murals that adorn some of the palace rooms, depicting scenes from the Ramayana, the Mahabharta and the Puranic legends connected with Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Kumara and Durga.

  • Another stop is made at the St. Francis Church, the oldest European built church in India. Constructed in 1503 by the Portuguese Franciscan Friars, the expedition was led by Pedro Alvarez Cabral. He famed Vasco de Gama, the first European to reach India by sailing around Africa, died in Cochin in 1524 and was buried here for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisbon. His tombstone can be seen inside the church.

 

Day 03: COCHIN – MUNNAR ( 127 K.M. APPROX. 4 HRS.)

  • In morning after breakfast check- out from the hotel and head up to the Western Ghats; a three hour drive to the town of Munnar.
  • Check in to your resort and get ready for the special trip to Pothamedu for an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The breath taking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks. Return to your resort in the evening.
  • Overnight stay in hotel.

 

Day 04: MUNNAR

 

  • This morning after breakfast, visit Mattupetty famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Proceed to Mattupetty lake and dam, which is a very beautiful picnic spot. You could enjoy boating in the lake and view Mountains and landscapes from afar.
  • Onwards proceed to Echo point famous for the natural echo phenomenon and then to Top Station offering marvelous views of Munnar valley below. Munnar is cradled in a valley hemmed in by hills. Many of its attractions are to be found on its outskirts, within a radius of 10 to 40 km from the town.
  • Half the world population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr lives in the Eravikulam National Park at Munnar. Friendly as they are, you can pat them or pose for pictures with them. So meet them and have plenty to brag about back home.
  • Return to the resort for rest. Overnight stay in hotel.

 

Day 05: MUNNAR – PERIYAR (90 KMS. APPROX. 3 HRS.)

  • After breakfast, you will leave for Thekkady, a beautiful area of tea gardens, rubber estates and coffee and pepper plantations, located high in the Cardamom Hills.
  • Arive at Thekkady and check-in at hotel.
  • Periyar is a protected area, and a Project Tiger nature reserve in the South Indian State of Kerala, set high in the mountains of the Western Ghats at the border to Tamil Nadu.  It lies in the districts of Idukki and Pathanamthitta. The protected area covers an area of 777 km², out of which a 350 km² part of the core zone was made into the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve, sometimes dubbed the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The park is often called by the name Thekkady also.
  • Evening, proceed for a boat ride on the lake to visit the reserve.
  • Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 06: PERIYAR

  • After breakfast you can visit the Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary. Periyar wildlife sanctuary 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 permanent source of water for the local wildlife. In the lap of the mountains, the Periyar wildlife sanctuary's enviroment is like a canvas of many shades. The fresh air of the moist deciduous forest gives one a chance to experience the peace and serenity and long to return for more.
  • Today explore the spice plantations in the surroundings.

 

A must for anyone who cares of taste and flavors, the spice plantation visit enables you to get a deeper understanding of how the spice used in everyday cooking throughout the world are grown, harvested and processed before they find their way to your local supermarket. The visit also provides you with a firsthand idea on the wonderful world of spices and its history, cultivation, medicinal values and economics, etc.

  • Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 07: PERIYAR – KUMARAKOM (160 KMS. APPROX. 4 HRS.)

  • After a leisurely breakfast, proceed for a private car transfer to Kumarakom.
  • Kumarakom is an emerald peninsula of paddy fields, meandering lagoons and backwaters that juts out into Lake Vembanad. Perhaps more famously knows as the Backwaters this area is unique being made up of labyrinth of canals and lakes that stretch between the capital Cochin and Quilon in the south. From the vastness of Lake Vembanad to the quiet streams just large enough for a canoe, the Backwaters form the arteries through which rural daily life calmly flows - children splashing in the water, women washing clothes at the water's edge, fishermen up to their necks in water digging out fish with their feet, rice barges transporting coconuts and rice (the staples of the Keralan diet) and, above all, an overriding sense of peace and tranquility that permeates every aspect of this stunning region.
  • Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to relax.
  • Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 08: KUMARAKOM

  • After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a day cruise on the backwaters of Kerala through the narrow canals on a traditional houseboat.
  • Backwater cruises in Kerala are carried out on large converted traditional boats, where you can rest at ease and observe the beautiful countryside while sitting on the deck. See the birds and aquatic life along the banks of the Kerala backwaters, and the local people in villages along the banks of Kerala backwaters carry out their daily routine of farming and fishing as you pass by on your cruise.
  • While on board, savour traditional Kerala cuisine.
  • Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 09: KUMARAKOM – MARARIKULAM (27 KMS. APPROX. 1 HR.)

  • After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Marari, the calm and serene Marari beach of central kerala located in Alleppey district. A unique beach with coconut palm fringed shore line with fisher men village nearby. An ideal choice for tourists seeking calm and serene settings. Check in to your resort at mararikulam and explore the wonders of nature. Optional – try out a traditional ayurveda massage which will take away all the fatigue of travel and keeps you rejuvenated.
  • Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 10: MARARIKULAM

  • Day free to relax at the resort or venture into the nearby fishermen village and interact with the locals. Tickle your taste buds with the local sea food specialities which comes fresh from the fishermens nets around. Overnight at Marari.
     

Day 11: MARARIKULAM – COCHIN (45 KMS. APPROX. 1 HR.)

  • After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed for Cochin airport to board your flight for onward journey.

 

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DAY 01: ARRIVE IN COCHIN

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Description

DAY 01: ARRIVE IN COCHIN

  • Upon arrival at Cochin International Airport you will be met by our representative. You will be transferred to the hotel by private vehicle. Check- in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 02: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING OF COCHIN

  • After breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for the sightseeing of Cochin City. Start with the Jewish Synagogue (of 1568) which is the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth. It is an interesting little place with hand painted willow pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in China in the mid 18th century. The synagogue is located in an area called Jew Town which also is one of the centers of the spice trade in the region.
  • Also visit the ancient Mattancherry (Dutch) Palace built by the Portuguese in 1557. This palace was presented to the ruler of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill. The Palace’s alternative name “Dutch Palace” resulted from substantial renovations by the Dutch after 1663.

The most important feature of the palace is the astonishing murals that adorn some of the palace rooms, depicting scenes from the Ramayana, the Mahabharta and the Puranic legends connected with Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Kumara and Durga.

  • Another stop is made at the St. Francis Church, the oldest European built church in India. Constructed in 1503 by the Portuguese Franciscan Friars, the expedition was led by Pedro Alvarez Cabral. He famed Vasco de Gama, the first European to reach India by sailing around Africa, died in Cochin in 1524 and was buried here for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisbon. His tombstone can be seen inside the church.

 

Day 03: COCHIN – MUNNAR ( 127 K.M. APPROX. 4 HRS.)

  • In morning after breakfast check- out from the hotel and head up to the Western Ghats; a three hour drive to the town of Munnar.
  • Check in to your resort and get ready for the special trip to Pothamedu for an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The breath taking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks. Return to your resort in the evening.
  • Overnight stay in hotel.

 

Day 04: MUNNAR

 

  • This morning after breakfast, visit Mattupetty famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Proceed to Mattupetty lake and dam, which is a very beautiful picnic spot. You could enjoy boating in the lake and view Mountains and landscapes from afar.
  • Onwards proceed to Echo point famous for the natural echo phenomenon and then to Top Station offering marvelous views of Munnar valley below. Munnar is cradled in a valley hemmed in by hills. Many of its attractions are to be found on its outskirts, within a radius of 10 to 40 km from the town.
  • Half the world population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr lives in the Eravikulam National Park at Munnar. Friendly as they are, you can pat them or pose for pictures with them. So meet them and have plenty to brag about back home.
  • Return to the resort for rest. Overnight stay in hotel.

 

Day 05: MUNNAR – PERIYAR (90 KMS. APPROX. 3 HRS.)

  • After breakfast, you will leave for Thekkady, a beautiful area of tea gardens, rubber estates and coffee and pepper plantations, located high in the Cardamom Hills.
  • Arive at Thekkady and check-in at hotel.
  • Periyar is a protected area, and a Project Tiger nature reserve in the South Indian State of Kerala, set high in the mountains of the Western Ghats at the border to Tamil Nadu.  It lies in the districts of Idukki and Pathanamthitta. The protected area covers an area of 777 km², out of which a 350 km² part of the core zone was made into the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve, sometimes dubbed the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The park is often called by the name Thekkady also.
  • Evening, proceed for a boat ride on the lake to visit the reserve.
  • Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 06: PERIYAR

  • After breakfast you can visit the Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary. Periyar wildlife sanctuary 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 permanent source of water for the local wildlife. In the lap of the mountains, the Periyar wildlife sanctuary's enviroment is like a canvas of many shades. The fresh air of the moist deciduous forest gives one a chance to experience the peace and serenity and long to return for more.
  • Today explore the spice plantations in the surroundings.

 

A must for anyone who cares of taste and flavors, the spice plantation visit enables you to get a deeper understanding of how the spice used in everyday cooking throughout the world are grown, harvested and processed before they find their way to your local supermarket. The visit also provides you with a firsthand idea on the wonderful world of spices and its history, cultivation, medicinal values and economics, etc.

  • Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 07: PERIYAR – KUMARAKOM (160 KMS. APPROX. 4 HRS.)

  • After a leisurely breakfast, proceed for a private car transfer to Kumarakom.
  • Kumarakom is an emerald peninsula of paddy fields, meandering lagoons and backwaters that juts out into Lake Vembanad. Perhaps more famously knows as the Backwaters this area is unique being made up of labyrinth of canals and lakes that stretch between the capital Cochin and Quilon in the south. From the vastness of Lake Vembanad to the quiet streams just large enough for a canoe, the Backwaters form the arteries through which rural daily life calmly flows - children splashing in the water, women washing clothes at the water's edge, fishermen up to their necks in water digging out fish with their feet, rice barges transporting coconuts and rice (the staples of the Keralan diet) and, above all, an overriding sense of peace and tranquility that permeates every aspect of this stunning region.
  • Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to relax.
  • Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 08: KUMARAKOM

  • After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a day cruise on the backwaters of Kerala through the narrow canals on a traditional houseboat.
  • Backwater cruises in Kerala are carried out on large converted traditional boats, where you can rest at ease and observe the beautiful countryside while sitting on the deck. See the birds and aquatic life along the banks of the Kerala backwaters, and the local people in villages along the banks of Kerala backwaters carry out their daily routine of farming and fishing as you pass by on your cruise.
  • While on board, savour traditional Kerala cuisine.
  • Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 09: KUMARAKOM – MARARIKULAM (27 KMS. APPROX. 1 HR.)

  • After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Marari, the calm and serene Marari beach of central kerala located in Alleppey district. A unique beach with coconut palm fringed shore line with fisher men village nearby. An ideal choice for tourists seeking calm and serene settings. Check in to your resort at mararikulam and explore the wonders of nature. Optional – try out a traditional ayurveda massage which will take away all the fatigue of travel and keeps you rejuvenated.
  • Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 10: MARARIKULAM

  • Day free to relax at the resort or venture into the nearby fishermen village and interact with the locals. Tickle your taste buds with the local sea food specialities which comes fresh from the fishermens nets around. Overnight at Marari.
     

Day 11: MARARIKULAM – COCHIN (45 KMS. APPROX. 1 HR.)

  • After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed for Cochin airport to board your flight for onward journey.

 

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