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HILLS AND BACKWATERS OF KERALA

DURATION : 11 Nights / 12 Days

DESTINATIONS : Cochin - Munnar - Madurai - Thekkady - Alleppey - Kovalam

Tour Highlights

Best Season :  January – February – March – April & October – November – December

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We start our tour in Kochin, the centre of the Indian spice trade for many centuries, before heading inland to visit the hill station of Munnar, surrounded by tea and rubber plantations, grassland and verdant forest. Christianity and even Judaism have left their mark on the coastal regions, but it is Hinduism that dominates, producing one of India’s most elaborately decorated temples at Madurai. High in the Western Ghats, Periyar National Park is home to an array of wildlife and an abundance of colourful birds. We finish by cruising along the picturesque Kerala backwaters then relaxing on the tropical beaches of Kovalam.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fort Kochi, an amalgam of old Portuguese, British and Dutch architectural treasures
  • Munnar, a famous hill station in the Western Ghats
  • Meenakshi Temple, one of the largest temple complexes in India
  • Thekkady, famous for its spices like black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves
  • Houseboat cruise through the backwaters of Alleppey
  • Kovalam beach, a tropical paradise of soft sands, palm trees and warm, clear waters
  • Flexible tailor-made booking options

Short Description

We start our tour in Kochin, the centre of the Indian spice trade for many centuries, before heading inland to visit the hill station of Munnar, surrounded by tea and rubber plantations, grassland and verdant forest. Christianity and even Judaism have left their mark on the coastal regions, but it is Hinduism that dominates, producing one of India’s most elaborately decorated temples at Madurai. High in the Western Ghats, Periyar National Park is home to an array of wildlife and an abundance of colourful birds. We finish by cruising along the picturesque Kerala backwaters then relaxing on the tropical beaches of Kovalam.

Detailed Itinerary

 
Day 1: Arrival - Cochin

Arrive Kochi and transfer to the hotel; afternoon and evening free

Arrive at the International Airport of Kochi. After a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at the airport and Later board the vehicle and transfer to Kochi hotel for check-in (20-30mins drive). Kochi is also known as Cochin - the “Queen of Arabian Sea”, it is one of the finest natural and major harbor city of Kerala and it has a cosmopolitan culture highly influenced by historical trading partners. Afternoon and evening free for us to explore the town or relax at the hotel.

Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 2: Cochin Sightseeing

Sightseeing of Cochin

In the morning after breakfast we proceed for the sightseeing tour of Kochi, we start with Mattancherry Palace also known as the Dutch Palace; it was built by the Portuguese and presented to Veera Kerala Varma (1537–65), Raja of Kochi, in 1555 AD. Visit Jewish Synagogue, it is the oldest synagogue in all the Commonwealth of Nations and was built by Malabar Yehudan People, or Cochin Jewish community. Then we visit St. Francis Church, it is the oldest European church in India and was built in the beginning of 16th century. Later visit The Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi, it is a very popular tourist attraction. These nets are fixed land installations, which are used for a very unique and unusual method of fishing. After that we return back to hotel and relax.

Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 3: Cochin - Munnar

Drive to Munnar, reach in the afternoon and check-in to the hotel

Today we drive to Munnar (Distance: 130km); it is a beautiful hill station situated in the Western Ghats range of mountains at an altitude of 1600m above sea level. Munnar was once the summer resort of British Government in South India and it is popular for its vast tea plantations. Reach there in the afternoon and check-in to the hotel; rest of the day is free for us to relax at the hotel and enjoy the beauty of the Munnar.

Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 4: Munnar Sightseeing

Explore Munnar

This day we walk into the tea plantations area and explore the beauty of the sprawling tea plantations just like a carpet spread over the hills and then we climb to seven Mallai hills. Before reaching to the top point we cross through cardamom and coffee plantations and finally we reach at top; from here we would be blessed with a magnificent view of Chittrapuram Dam, Changulam Lake and Annamudi Peak. After that we return back to our hotel and relax.

Overnight stay at Hotel

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Day 5: Munnar - Madurai

Drive to Madurai, reach there and check-in to the hotel

Morning after breakfast we leave Munnar and start driving towards Madurai (Distance: 170km approx.). Madurai is a major city and the oldest city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu; it is commonly known as temple town of the country. Madurai is located on the bank of River Vaigai; reach there and check-in to the hotel and relax.

Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 6: Madurai Sightseeing

Sightseeing of Madurai

Today we proceed for the sightseeing tour of Madurai; we start with Meenakshi Amman Temple, it is a historic Hindu Temple situated on the bank of River Vaigai. The Temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati known as Meenakshi and her consort, Lord Shiva named here as Sundareswarar It was built between 1623 – 1655AD; after that we head to flower market, it is one of the biggest flower market in the southern India. Madurai flower market is popular for Jasmine, rose and other varieties also; especially Jasmine flower is exported to the countries like Germany, The United States of America and Italy. Jasmine flower in Madurai is also known as Madurai Malli. Later we return back to our hotel and relax at the hotel.

Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 7: Madurai - Thekkady

Drive to Thekkady, reach and check-in to the hotel. Afternoon visit spice garden

This day we start driving to Thekkady (Distance: 145km approx.) leave the temple town and enter into the hills of Thekkady, we reach Periyar National Park in the afternoon; Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area and also notable as an Elephant reserve and a Tiger reserve. It was declared as the Periyar National Park in 1982 and it is set in the high ranges of Southern Western Ghats in Cardamom Hills. We reach there and check-in to the hotel; in the afternoon we visit to the spice garden.

Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 8: Thekkady Sightseeing

Explore Periyar National Park by walk and afternoon boat safari on Periyar Lake

Today we spend the early morning for a jungle walk into the national park and later after breakfast we have free time for optional activities such as Ayurvedic massage, Kathakali dance show. Late afternoon we take a boat safari in Periyar national park at Periyar Lake to see the wild life such as wild elephant, chital and sambar deer, wild boar, and lots of bird species. Evening is free for us to explore on our own.

Overnight Hotel

Day 9: Thekkady - Alleppey

Drive to Alleppey, reach there and board the houseboat

This day we drive to Alleppey (Distance: 150km approx.), a backwater heaven interlocked with lakes and canals. The network of canals is used for inland navigation. A vast stretch of paddy fields make this place as the rice bowl of Kerala. Apart from rice production the coir making and boat building is a thriving industry in this area. Houseboat or a Backwater Cruise along the palm fringed waterways of Alleppey is the most exciting holiday experience. Reach there and board the traditional houseboat and enjoy the backwaters.

Overnight stay at Houseboat

Day 10: Alleppey - Kovalam

Drive to Kovalam and relax on the beach

Morning after breakfast we drive to Kovalam (Distance: 165km), Kovalam is the beach resort of Kerala and is very popular tourist destination. Kovalam beaches are very popular due to shallow waters and low tidal waves. Kovalam has three beaches which together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach these are Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach. The beaches are covered by fertile coconut palms; especially the southernmost part of light house beach is most beautiful. We reach there and check-in to the hotel and we relax on the beach.

Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 11: Kovalam Free Day

Day free in Kovalam

We have a day free to enjoy the idyllic soft sandy beaches, warm clear waters and wide views of the ocean horizon that Kovalam has to offer or an optional excursion to Kanaykumari can be arranged.

Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 12: Kovalam - Trivandrum

Departure transfer to the International Airport of Trivandrum

Now today you will be assisted by our representative while checking out at the hotel then you will be transferred to Trivandrum International Airport to board the flight for back home.

Inclusions / Exclusions

he Price Includes:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per program.
  • Breakfast
  • Arrival/Departure with assistance.
  • All meals during the stay in Alleppey Houseboat.
  • AC transport as per program.
  • English Speaking Local Guide as per Program.
  • One bottle of water per person per day.
  • All fuel, parking, toll, state taxes & driver allowances.
  • GST 5%

The Price Excludes:

  •  Any airfare / visa / insurance
  •  Any meals except mentioned in the column cost includes.
  •  Any Monument Entrance Fees.
  •  Any expenses of personal nature such as tips, beverages, laundry, telephone calls, photography, video fee, etc.
  •  Any new taxes / fees imposed by the Government.

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