Explore Kerala and South India

Explore Kerala & South India

Tourism in India

Destination Covered:

Mumbai - Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Cochin - Mumbai

Duration:
10 Nights / 11 Days
Tour Category:
Day 01 - Arrival Mumbai
Arrive in Mumbai, the Commercial capital of India. After completing formalities with customs and immigration, you will be received by our representative with Traditional Indian Welcome (with garlands).

Mumbai is the capital of Maharastra State and the gateway to this beguiling subcontinent. Of the four great cities in India, Mumbai is the most cosmopolitan, spear heading India's move in to the 21st Century. Afterwards transfer to your hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 02 - In Mumbai
After breakfast you embark on the sightseeing trip of World famous Elephanta Caves and Mumbai city.

Elephanta Caves: A must for any visitor to India. Mute testimony of the Golden Age in Indian history during the Gupta period and built to honour Lord Shiva. Elephanta is a 3 kms long elongated island, consisting of two hills separated by a valley. The caves with rock-cut figures and carvings are believed to be carved by the sculptors of Ajanta or Udayagiri. In the afternoon the guest enjoy the sightseeing tour of the Mumbai City-

Mumbai City: includes a visit the Gateway of India-erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911; Prince of Wales Museum, Jehangir Art Gallery, Marine Drive, Chowpatty beach, Hanging Gardens and the Crawford Market.

After completing the sightseeing return back to the Hotel for Overnight.
Day 03 - Mumbai - Cochin (Flight)
Breakfast at hotel. Free till departure. Afternoon assisted in your departure to the airport to connect your flight for Cochin. Arrive at Kochi (Cochin) meet and assistance at the airport by our representative and transfer to your hotel.

Embark upon the half day sightseeing of the city of Cochin-

A few interesting sites included in the tour are the Chinese fishing nets along the Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow etc.

The Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles work on the principle of balance. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450. Vasco Da Gama Square, the narrow promenade that parallels the beach, is the best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea. Enjoy SUNSET while on the boat. Over night stay at Cochin.
Day 04 - Cochin – Munnar By Surface Approx (150 Kms – 04 Hours)
After breakfast drive to Munnar by surface.

Munnar: Situated at an altitude of 1,524m and set amid dramatic mountain scenery in what was once known as the high range of travancore, the hill town of munnar is the commercial centre of some of the world’s highest tea growing estates. it has a cool bracing climate exuding an old-world charm and the atmosphere is fragrant with extensive tea and cardamom plantations. the enchanting high ranges, craggy peaks, lakes and streams and the crisp mountain air makes it an ideal retreat. the highest peak of south india, anaimudi or the elephant's head peak (2,695m) is only a short distance from here and munnar serves as a good base for treks to the peak. munnar offers good opportunities for bird watchers as the green slopes of munnar and the dense shola forests in the folds of the hills offer varied, protected, habitats for feathered species.

On arrival check in to the Hotel. Afternoon: Visit Tea Museum and Sanctuary. Return to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 - In Munnar
Breakfast at hotel. This morning embark upon the sightseeing of the city which would include the visit to:

The Kundale Tea Plantation: An area surrounding a lovely lake that offers some of the most stunning views of the region. If you arrive on a Sunday, make sure to drop in at the small Kundale Club in the afternoon, where the local planters gather with their family.

Eravikulam National Park: By driving north from Munnar for 30 minutes and then hiking a few kilometers, you reach this sanctuary which is home to three thousand free-roaming ibex. Declared as a National Park in 1978 it covers 97 Km of rolling grass hills forested valleys.

The High Range Club: Charmingly colonial in style, this wicker-and-old-teak club still serves as a social centre for the far-flung farmers of the region around Munnar. Housing an elegant lounge, a delightful dining room, the obligatory gentlemen's bar, billiards room and a library.

Top Station (32 Km/ 20 mile): 1700m above sea level, this is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. The rare Neelakurunji (Strobilanthus) belongs to this region. This plant blooms every twelve years bathing the hillsides in bright violet. Top Station also offers a panoramic view of neighboring Tamilnadu.

Return to the hotel after the sightseeing. Overnight will be in Munnar.
Day 06 - Munnar – Thekkady By Road Approx ( 100 Kms – 02 Hours)
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast this morning drive to Thekkady. Drive through the plantations and small Kerala villages. The whole of Kerala including the towns are like villages and the simplicity of the state can be felt while driving. All around would be scenic beauty. Reach Thekkady. (This place is also known as Periyar because of the Lake Periyar) Check in at the resort.

The river Periyar is the longest river in Kerala. This is the only perennial river in South India with clean water. The river occupies an important place in the history of Kerala. In the Sangam age Tamil epics such as Chilapathikaram, 'Akananuru', 'Purananuru' etc much has been said about this mighty river, formerly known as the 'Choorni Nadi' or 'Thamraparni Nadi'.

In the evening visit Kumily market to buy the best spices available. Overnight will be at Thekkady. Overnight will be at Periyar.
Day 07 - In Thekkady
Breakfast will be at the resort. Enjoy the boat ride through Periyar Lake - Wildlife sanctuary. You can visit the rare species of plants and animals.

Afternoon visit spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. You can in the afternoon go for a short trek in the forests with a trained guide for some adventure. Overnight stay will be at Periyar.
Day 08 - Periyar - Kumarakom By Road (Approx 130 Kms / 04 hours)
Early morning proceed to Kumarakom. This journey will also be a beautiful one passing through rolling tea gardens and rubber plantations. Stop at a tea factory and watch the tea making process (interesting for children and elders). There is a beautiful solitary church you pass by and it is a nice place to stop for photography.

Reach Kumarakom and visit the Bird Sanctuary. Proceed to the Vembanand Lake.

The backwaters of Kerala are a unique product of Kerala and are found nowhere else in the world. Backwaters are a network of lakes, canals and estuaries and deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea.

The backwaters of Kerala are a self supporting Eco-system teeming with aquatic life. The canals connect the villages together and are still used for local transport. Over 900 km of this labyrinthine water world is navigable.

Check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat. The houseboat with all modern comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. You will have lunch, dinner and breakfast in the Houseboat. A ride on the houseboat is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.

Cruise through the backwaters towards Alleppey. Lunch will be served on the boat. The menu is simple and traditional. The cook (chef) of the boat prepares the lunch from fresh materials and even you can have a peek at the recipe.

Tea and snacks would be served in the evening. The boat will be anchored in the backwaters along a paddy field and you can go for a stroll into the village or relax at the deck of the boat.

Dinner will be on the boat. Overnight will be at Houseboat.
Day 09 - Alleppey – Cochin By Surface Approx (70 Kms – 02 Hours)
After breakfast this morning free till departure. Check out of the houseboat and drive to Cochin. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight will be in Cochin.
Day 10 - Cochin - Mumbai (Flight)
Breakfast at hotel. Free till departure. Assisted in the transfer to the airport to board the flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival received at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight will be in Mumbai.
Day 11 - Mumbai - Overseas (Flight)
Breakfast at the hotel. Free till departure. Evening assisted in the departure transfer to the airport to board your flight back home
 
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