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Scenic Kerala

Code:   SI 07

Scenic Kerala

Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days
Destinations Covered : Cochin-Munnar-Periyar-Kumarakom-Alleppey-Marari-Cochin


Day 01 :  Arrive Cochin
Meeting on arrival and  transfer to the hotel.
Check-in time is 12 Noon.
Afternoon sightseeing tour.
Cochin (Kochi) referred to as gateway to Kerala is commercial centre of the state. From time immemorial, travelers and traders from Arab, Portugal, China, United Kingdom and The Netherlands have visited this soil. A seaside city, it has a fine natural harbour. Cochin is most famous for Mattanchery Palace, St. Francis Church, Wellington Island, Bolghatty Island, Chinese Fishing nets and Jewish Synagogue.  
Day 02 : Cochin-Munnar drive, 130 km
Drive to Munnar and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India, it is now most popular holiday spot in South India, Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams at 1600 Mt above sea level.  Unending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air; sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the   Neelakurinji, a  flower which bathes the hills in blue colour once in twelve years. The Neelakurinji, will bloom next in 2018. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi - which towers over 2695 Mt and is an ideal spot for campers who like to do some trekking. 

Day 03 : Munnar-Periyar drive, 100 km
Drive to Periyar (Thekaddy) and on arrival, check-in at the hotel. 

Periyar, spread over an area of 777 sq km, this sanctuary has about 27 tigers and leopards.  However, sighting a tiger in Periyar is a fortune for one out of thousand.  The park encompasses a 26 sq km artificial lake and is the home for other protected species such as sambars, wild boars, elephants and antelopes.  Periyar’s rich bio diversity, great scenic charm, enormous tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom plantations is a nature’s gift. 

Afternoon boat cruise on Lake Periyar to view wildlife.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 : Periyar-Kumarakom, 135  km 
Morning leave for  Kumarakom via Kottayam. 

Kottayam dotted with churches and covered with rubber plantations, it is just 16 km away from Kumarakom and Vembanand Lake. To the city’s west are delightful backwaters and to its east is the most fertile and scenic part of the Western Ghats having rubber, tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom plantations.

On arrival, transfer by boat to backwater resort.

Rest of the day free.

Day 05 : Kumarakom-Alleppey backwater cruise  
Embark of Kerala Houseboat from Kumarakom Jetty at 12’ Noon.

Cruise thru enchanting waters of Vemband Lake, enjoy the panoramic views and the glimpses of Kerala rural life.  

13:30 hours – Anchor for lunch at Charukayal.

14:30 – Stop by the Pathiramanal Island and visit 400 years old wood house, known as Chavara Bhavan where the blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara was born.  Visit R and C Block where paddy is cultivated below the sea level.

18:00 hours - Anchor for the night. Lunch and dinner on board.

Day 06 : Arrive Alleppey-Cochin-Marari

Morning cruise through SNDP canal, Kuppappuram, Vilakkumaram Thodu to reach Alleppey jetty. Check out at 09:30 hours.

Transfer to Marari Beach, 12 km.

Rest of the day free.

Day 07 : Marari

Day at leisure

Day 08 : Marari-Cochin-dep.
Transfer to Cochin airport for flight to onward destination.





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