Classic Kerala Tour with Backwaters : 10 Days

Begin your journey in Cochin- Gateway to Kerala, a vibrant cultural hub with strong Arab, Portuguese, Dutch and British influences. Capture the mesmerizing beauty of its harbor , the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, a Jewish synagogue and the palace built by the Portuguese. In the evening enjoy the story-telling art of Kathakali and the martial-art grace of Kalaripayattu.

Head to Munnar , a picturesque hill station in God's own country , known for its serenity and remarkable beauty. Set amidst thriving green tea plantations, exotic wildlife and clear trout streams, Munnar is a delight for tourists.

Drive through tropical evergreen and deciduous forests to arrive at Thekkady to the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The best way to see the reserve is by taking a boat cruise on the Periyar Lake to do some bird spotting and perhaps catch a glimpse of the elusive tiger!

A short drive takes you to Kumarakom –the awe-inspiring backwater town of Kerala. Enjoy the picture perfect coconut –fringed Kerala backwaters aboard a luxurious houseboat as you sail through narrow canals abundant with aquatic life and animals such as the otters, turtles and beautiful migratory birds. Unwind and relax as you admire your picturesque surroundings and watch the water gently slinking past as you sip cardamom tea from the deck.

Head to Mararikulam , a beach village in the district of Alappuzha full of coconut trees and a relaxed holiday atmosphere. From luxurious Ayurvedic massages, a rejuvenating yoga class at the beach front to sumptuous seafood, this little piece of paradise will take you away from the chaos, stress and humdrum of life.

Back in Cochin, you will find it hard to bid adieu to this gorgeous and spectacular place.

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Day 1-2: Cochin

The eventful history of this city began when a major flood in AD 1341 threw open the estuary at Kochi, till then a land locked region, turning it into one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Kochi thus became a haven for seafaring visitors from all over the world and became the first European town-ship in India when the Portuguese settled here in the 15th century.

The Dutch wrested Fort Kochi from the Portuguese in AD 1663 and later in the last phase of the colonial saga, the British took over, the town in 1795. During 1660's, Fort Kochi peaked in stature as a prime commercial centre and its fame spread far and wide - variously as a rich trade centre, a major military base, a vibrant cultural hub, a great ship building centre, a centre for Christianity and so on. Today, centuries later, the city is home to nearly thirteen communities.

In the evening proceed for Kathakali Dance Show along with Kalaripayattu, Thayyam and Mohiniattam presentation.

Overnight will be at Cochin.

Next day breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed for the city sightseeing.

Old Cochin area – this is one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. The Jewish community traces its history to nearly 2000 years ago. In 1948 the community numbered 2500 and today there are fewer than 30 people. The community is still centered round JEWTOWN where you will visit its crown Jewel, the Paradesi Synagogue. Built in 1568 and reconstructed after a Portuguese bombardment in 1662, the synagogue is distinguished by its tile roof and bell tower. The small synagogue is also known for its hand-painted, willow-patterned, blue and white Chinese floor tiles, and the many brass and crystal lamps that hang from the ceiling. Later visit the interesting International Pepper Exchange, also located in Jew town.

Chinese fishing nets – 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. Learn the operation of the interesting Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles which work on the principle of balance.
The other important places are the Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow, Mattancherry Palace, etc. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450.

Overnight will be at Cochin.

Day 3-4: Munnar

Drive to Munnar. Reach and check into the hotel.

Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathani & Kundala. 1600 meter above sea level this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling Tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neel Kurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in the blue every twelve years will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.

Overnight will be at Munnar.

Next day breakfast will be at the hotel.

The day will be spent at leisure taking treks and finding small buildings of historical importance around the hill station.

Enjoy full day city sightseeing along with tea estate visit.

Overnight will be at Munnar.

Day 5-6: Periyar - Thekkady

Drive southwards over rolling hills and coffee plantations to the PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, one of the major wildlife reserves in India. Indian elephants, wild boars, lion-tailed monkeys, ibex, tigers, leopards and sloth bears are on the list. The park surrounds a large, many-fingered lake and a dawn or dusk foray on one of the boats will be a thrilling experience. It is from the lake rather than vehicles that the wildlife is viewed. The sanctuary is rich in bird life. Great hornbills, kites, darters, herons, egrets, owls and kingfishers are in abundance. Surrounding the reserve are many small spice plantations and we spend an absorbing afternoon searching for pepper, cardamom, turmeric, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and betel.

Overnight will be at Thekkady.

Next day proceed for bamboo rafting or jungle walk experience at Periyar National Park.

Bamboo Rafting and Jungle Walks are unique programs available in Periyar. These eco-friendly programs take the tourists to the thick forests on trek and then to the catchments area of the Periyar Tiger Reserve on a bamboo raft.

You will visit the rare species of plants and animals. The “experience” will be customized as per your preference depending on how many hours you want to spend in the park.

Come back and enjoy breakfast at the resort.

In the afternoon visit spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel, you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices. Visit Kumily market to buy the best spices available.

Overnight will be at Thekkady.

Day 7: Houseboat

After breakfast proceed to jetty.

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 Kumarakom. 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 8-9: Alleppey

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 Kumarakom. 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 10: Back Home

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Spend day in leisure and enjoy last minute shopping.

As per the flight timings, you will be transferred to the airport to take flight back home with sweet memories of the South India.

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED

• Farewell dinner,

• Mobile phone during your tour,

• Harbour cruise in cochin,

• Kathakali dance presentation in cochin,

• Visit to tea estate in munnar,

• Day package at periyar with bamboo rafting,

• All meals in the houseboat,

• Unlimited mineral water and tissues during drives and

• Dedicated tour manager / coordinator for tour.


THE TOUR INCLUDES

• Accomodation at mentioned hotels on double occupancy,

• Daily buffet breakfasts,

• All tours and transfers in ac private toyota innova at disposal with driver,

• Meet and assist at the airport on arrival/departure,

• English speaking company authoirised guides at applicable places,

• Toll taxes, driver allowance, parking and

• Unlimited mineral water and tissues during drives and

• Dedicated tour manager / coordinator for tour

• All applicable taxes and service charges


EXCLUSIONS

• Lunches and dinners (except for those mentioned in inclusions),

• Personal expenses,

• Camera fees, tips etc,

• International airfare,

• Visa charges.

Hotels

City Luxury Palace & Boutique First Class & Heritage Nights
Cochin Taj Malabar Malabar House Casino 02
Munnar Club Mahindra Windermere Fort Munnar 02
Thekkady Spice Village Shalimar Spice Garden Cardamom County 02
Backwaters Luxury Houseboat Heritage Houseboat Deluxe Houseboat 01
Mararikulam Marari Beach Resort Marari Beach Resort Marari Beach Resort 02

Tour Price

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