Queen of Hills in South India

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Day Place Highlights
1 Kochi Overnight at hotel
2 Kochi
Drive to Munnar
Fort Kochi with colonial churches, Dutch palace at Mattancherry, Dutch cemetery, Willingdon (man made island belonging to Indian Navy and Port Trust. Also see, St. Francis church where Vasco Da Gama was initially buried.
Overnight at Munnar.
3 Munnar Tea museum which tells tales about tea in Munnar. Mattupetty, known for lovely landscapes and dairy farm, Kundala plantations to see tea plucking t0 processing
4 Munnar-Periyar Check out hotel and drive to Periyar, leisure, Overnight in Periyar
5 Periyar Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar. Watchout wild animals from your resort or go for a nature walk inside the palace with a guide
6 Periyar-Kumarakom Check out hotel and drive to Kumarakom, Time for birdwatching amid serene surroundings, Overnight in Kumarakom
7 Kumarakom-Alleppey Houseboat cruise through backwaters
8 Alleppey-Kochi Airport to Mumbai Departure

Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days
Destination : Kochi - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kochi


Nature has endowed Kerala with unmatched beauty which grips visitors at first sight. Portuguese and Dutch settlements in port town Kochi reveals the history of ancient foreign inhabitants. Alleppey’s tranquil backwaters are ideal to explore life ashore, away from noise and stress. Munnar’s green hub is population-pollution free, an idyllic hill retreat. Chirpies at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary offers an exclusive date with birdies. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary’s fauna explored on jeep safaris or kayak cruise on lake Periyar is thrilling.


Day 1 Arrival at Kochi from Doha in evening

Our representative will welcome you on arrival at the airport and escort you to hotel .

Overnight in Kochi


Day 2 Kochi-Munnar (127kms/3-4hrs drive approx.)

After breakfast , enjoy a half-day tour of Cochin. Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city, also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. The ruler of Kochi allowed the Portuguese to construct a fort next to the waterfront here. Thus, emerged Fort Kochi. Also called Fort Emmanuel, Portuguese planned their livelihood around the church with settlements and church. St. Francis church, the first church of colonial era where Vasco-Da-Gama's body was buried before being taken to Portugal. You'll also come across Dutch cemetery, Santa Cruz Basilica, Indo Portuguese museum and Cochin Thirumala Devaswom Temple, Willingdon Island here.

Thereafter you will drive straight to Munnar; upon arrival Munnar you will check in at a hotel and relax.

Overnight in Munnar


Day 3 Munnar

Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Munnar; Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea here has a famous tea museum inside its complex. The museum has photographs and curios which relate the evolution of tea plantations in Munnar. This Tea Museum houses curios, photographs and machinery. Also visit Mattupetty, located about 13 km from Munnar. Mattupetty is known for its dam and the beautiful lake, which offers pleasurable boat rides. Later visit the Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake. The shimmering blue lake is the most photographed part of Kundala. Take a stroll in the tea estate, and enjoy the refreshing mountain breeze. Here you can view the entire process of making tea, right from plucking of tealeaves to their processing.
Overnight in Munnar


Day 4 Munnar-Periyar (135kms/3-4hrs drive approx.)

After breakfast in morning you will check out hotel and drive to Periyar; upon arrival Periyar you will check in at a hotel and relax. Thereafter you are at leisure for your own activities.

Overnight in Periyar

 

Day 5 Periyar
After breakfast in morning you will check out of the hotel and drive to Periyar; Post arrival at Periyar, enjoy boat ride in Lake Periyar; please note to avail ticket for boat ride/ferry ride, guests need to personally stand in queue and need to purchase the ticket accordingly.

The best way to explore Periyar is by boat, but you also have the option of spending time atop watchtowers. At Eddapaliyam, right from the hotel, it is possible to sit back and enjoy the sight of gaur, elephant and wild boar as they come out to graze from inside the deep forest. Trekking is an option open only to the serious naturalist. For such visitors, the Forest Department provides guides who are local tribals.

Overnight in Periyar


Day 6 Periyar-Kumarakom (125kms/3-4hrs drive approx.)

After breakfast you will check out hotel and drive to Kumarakom; on arrival Kumarakom you will enjoy a walk inside the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on Vembanad Lake, which is home to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. An ornithologist's paradise, the sanctuary is spread across 14 acres, and is the favourite haunt of local birds like Waterfowl, Cuckoo, Owls, Egrets, Herons, Water Ducks, Parrots, Teal, Larks, Flycatchers and Wood Beetle. The Island of Pathiramanal ( meaning Sands of night), with its lush acres of wooded land, attracts a variety of migratory birds that flock in thousands, some from the Himalayas, some even from Siberia… including the Siberian Crane.

Later check in at a hotel and relax. Thereafter you are free at leisure for your own activities.
Overnight in Kumarakom.


Day 7 Kumarakom-Alleppey (47kms/1hr drive approx.)

After breakfast you are at leisure till noon; in the afternoon you will check out of the hotel and embark on a houseboat; thereafter you will enjoy a houseboat cruise in Kerala backwaters; meals on board. Alleppey, the "Venice of the East" has a large network of canals that meander through the town and surrounding villages. Here in the backwater resort you will have the opportunity for nature walk, fishing, small boat cruise for just 1 hours….or unwind yourself in the lap of nature (near the beautiful Vembanad Lake).

Overnight in Alleppey


Day 8 Alleppey-Kochi (53kms/1hr drive approx.) & exit

After breakfast you will disembark from the houseboat and drive to Kochi airport to board flight for Mumbai at around 1400hours; henceforth your journey ends with sweet memories.

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