Destination : Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Cochin
Welcome to Incredible India! The very first day will begin with your arrival in Cochin International airport. After welcome you will transfer to your hotel. Later take a short sightseeing tour of Fort Kochi area which would include your visit to Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis church, Santa Cruz Basilica and Chinese fishing nets (Depend on time permit). Close-by to the Chinese Fishing Nets, the local fishermen put a fish market where the purpose remains to sell all the stock they have so that they do not need to carry anything back home. It’s a very interesting market as it has almost all variety of sea food available and that too at a throw-away price. Interestingly, you can select any fish or any other sea food here and may ask them to prepare it fresh, right in front of your eyes and can relish it right there & then. Believe me, it’s an experience in itself.
Stay overnight in Cochin hotel.
Morning early breakfast at hotel, after that drive to Munnar, on the way visit after taking a picturesque drive reach the high ranges of Munnar – the highest and the most beautiful tea growing region in the world. On arrival, check in at your hotel and free for leisure activities.
Stay overnight in Munnar hotel.
[Munnar is a pleasant hill station and is a breathtakingly beautiful destination in God’s own country. Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days and has unending expanse of tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains and exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests].
Morning breakfast at your hotel and proceed for sightseeing trip of Munnar which includes Echo Point, Pothanmedu view Point, Tea Garden and explore the local people lifestyle and own activities.
Stay overnight in hotel Munnar .
Morning breakfast at your hotel after that drive to Periyar, on arrival check into hotel and then proceed for sightseeing trip to proceed on a game viewing cruise on the Periyar Lake. Here you will be able to see a large variety of wildlife, which includes wild elephants, monkeys, deer, wild boar and different species of birds, can also be spotted.
Later and during the day, we will take you to a tour of the spice plantations – option on direct payment [like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee and may taste the world’s best pepper].
You may visit a local village to have a special ‘elephant tour’ package – Optional on direct payment (This program includes 01 hr Elephant ride, Bathing, Feeding, Showering, Timber Dragging, Command & Communication etc. to the domestic elephants visit).
Stay overnight in hotel Periyar.
Morning check out from your hotel and drive further to Kumarakom. En route enjoy an Elephant ride cum spice plantations tour where a detailed demonstration about the cultivation of some of the exotic spices of the world will be given to you.
Drive further through beautiful spice and rubber plantations and reach Kumarakom- an island with a beautiful bird-sanctuary and extremely serene atmosphere. On arrival check in at your hotel, later half of the day will be kept free.
Kumarakom is located on the banks of the Vembanad Lakein the Kuttanad region and renowned for its natural beauty. It is an ideal base to experience the famous Kerala backwaters, replete with meandering lagoons, coconut trees, endless rows of paddy fields interspersed by waterways and canals.
During the day, you may rejuvenate your body and mind by the Ayurvedic treatments at the hotel (on direct payment basis).
Morning breakfast in hotel, check out and later drive to board the houseboat, on arrival, you will be welcomed and served with the welcome drink in a nice Indian tradition before boarding the houseboat. Embark in your exclusive Houseboat with fully furnished bedroom, attached bathroom, living room, etc. You will have your exclusive chef who will prepare tasty meals and seafood for you.
Your houseboat trip makes you experience this very unique thing. While sitting on the deck of your houseboat or while sitting in the spacious open sit-out area, outside your bedroom, you can see the people starting their day. Among the many interesting things which you can see in the day long journey, few which I am sure would catch your attention are:
Houseboat trip is the perfect way to experience the backwater lifestyle of Kerala. Your journey in the beautiful backwaters of Kerala is the only way to explore what otherwise seems more like a poet’s version. During the day, you will be served delicious meals prepared by your chef and his assistants.
For the whole day you will be moving over the backwater canals witnessing every aspect of backwater lifestyle in a leisurely manner. You have the discretion to ask your boat to be moored at any point you find appealing. By the evening, your boat will get moored close to one of the villages, located by the backwaters. You can surely take a tour of this small village.
Please Note: The check in time at the houseboat is 12.30 PM in the noon. The boat remains stationary from at around 06.00 P.M. in the evening to 06.00 A.M. the next morning. The AC of the houseboat functions during the night only. The check out time is 09.00 A.M.
Stay overnight in Houseboat Alleppey.
Morning After breakfast at hotel and drive to Cochin, On arrival, free for leisure and on time transferred to Cochin Airport to board flight to back home with sweet memories.….. End of Services!!!