Duration : 8 Day / 7 Nights
Destination : Cochin, Periyar, Kumarakom, Mararikulam
DAY 01: Cochin
Arrive at Cochin or Kochi airport and transfer to hotel. Later in the afternoon visit the Dutch Palace-built by the Portuguese in 1557 and subsequently renovated by the Dutch after 1663. The murals are perhaps the best in India. Jewish Synagogue – built in 1568 and the oldest Synagogue in the Commonwealth are at Mattancherry. St. Francis Church – built in 1510 and the oldest European church in India, Chinese Fishing Nets- introduced by the court of Kublai Khan can be seen in Fort Cochin. Dinner & overnight at the hotel
DAY 02 – Cochin/ Periyar(Thekkady)
After breakfast depart for Periyar (198kms – 05hrs). On arrival transfer to the resort.
Evening at leisure. Dinner & Overnight at the resort.
Morning we explore the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary which spreads over 777 sq km, roughly half of which is dense evergreen forest, savannah grassland and moist deciduous forest. The forest was declared a tiger reserve in 1978 under Project Tiger, and so the name Periyar Tiger Reserve is sometimes used to denote the place as well.
We will do a 02 hr boat ride in an artificial lake formed during the construction of the Mullaperiyar Dam in 1895 – that explains the dead tree branches sticking out of the water. These trees were submerged in the waters of the dam. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the few places where the chances are pretty high that you will spot an elephant in the wild at close quarters and from the safe confines of a boat. Not just elephant, but if it’s your lucky day, gaur, masher, otter and other wildlife. O/n at the resort. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner & Overnight at the resort.
DAY 04- Periyar/ Kumarakom
After breakfast depart for Kumarakom via Kottayam (120kms-04hrs). On arrival check in at the hotel. Evening Sunset cruise in Vembanad Lake. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 05 –Kumarakom
Morning breakfast at the hotel. The enchanting backwater destination of Kumarakom is a small village that is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Kumarakom strengthens Kerala’s reputation for being God’s own country with its unbelievably beautiful mangrove forests, coconut groves and emerald green paddy fields interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with while lillies. It is part of the Kuttanad region, and the bird sanctuary here spread across 14 acres of any ornithologist's paradise. O/n at the resort.
DAY 06 – Kumarakom/ Mararikulam
After breakfast transfer from Kumarakom to boat jetty by boat. Later drive to Marari beach resort by road. On arrival check in to the resort. Day at leisure.
Dinner & overnight at the hotel.
DAY 07 – Mararikulam
Full day at leisure. Dinner & overnight at the hotel.
DAY 08 – Mararikulam – Departure
After breakfast transfer to Airport for onward flight.