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Duration : 8 Day / 7 Nights
Destination : Cochin, Kumarakom, Munnar, Cochin
Day 1. Arrive Cochin
Arrive Cochin by flight and transfer to your hotel. Evening free to relax.
Day 2. Cochin
Morning sightseeing of "Queen of Arabian Sea" - Cochin, a major port of call on the ancient trade route from China to Rome. The mixture of influences here is a heady brew. Chinese fishing nets dot the coast, Roman coins are dug up as treasure trove, the Mattancheri Palace was built by the Portuguese, and Willingdon Island was created by the British. Here you will find Hindu Temples, Christian Churches, mosques, and a synagogue (the Jewish settlement dates from at least as far back as AD 400). Cochin is a melting pot of races and cultures, charmingly emphasizing that variety is indeed the spice of life. Visit famous monuments & churches. Evening we make a short drive to watch the dance-drama of Kerala – The Kathakali in a local theatre. O/n Hotel.
Day 3. Cochin - O/N House Boat
Morning after breakfast transfer to Alleppey to board our houseboat and sail through scenic backwaters, passing through one of the few areas in the world where farming is done below sea level. The houseboat will cruise through the Chambakulam area and anchor to explore the boat yard which displays the traditional long snake boats used in races. Visit St. Mary’s Church, established by St. Thomas in 1721. Also catch a glimpse of village life along the backwaters and experience a way of life unique to this region. The boat will pass through picturesque stretches of the backwaters of Alleppey. In the evening we anchor our houseboat. O/n Houseboat.
Day 4. Arrive Kumarakom
Morning after breakfast disembark from the houseboat at Kumarakom. 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 5. Kumarakom
This day is for sightseeing at Kumarakom.
Day 6. Kumarakom / Munnar
Morning after breakfast drive to Munnar through Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary – a throny scrub jungle presents no where else make this sanctuary unique. There is a wide range of animals and a good number of birds in this sanctuary. Animals include elephant, gaur, sambar, porcupine, lion taled monkey etc. Birds like jungle fowl, spotted dove, Kerala laughing thrush etc are seen here. Proceed to Munnar via Marayoor – the only place in Kerala that has a natural abundance of sandalwood trees. Check into the hotel. Afternoon we make a short drive to Eravikulam National Park. You will find yourself wondering through the tea plantations, as you soak in the neat arrays of verdant green, dotted with the red and blues and violets of the women who are plucking tea leaves.
Eravikulam National Park – this is the home of the Niligiri Tahr (locally called Varayadu, meaning rock goat), the rare mountain goat that is fast becoming extinct. Most of the remaining Nilgiri Tahr are found in this park. We explore the park by 02 – 03hrs walk, the views are stunning from the top.
Day 7. Munnar / Cochin
Morning drive to Cochin (5hrs) the drive will take you through Cardamom, Coffee, Pepper and Rubber Plantations. Arrive Cochin and check ion to the hotel. Afternoon free to relax.
Day 8. Early morning departure
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