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Duration 17 Days
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Transport
Air-conditioned Car, House Boat, walking
Accommodation
Hotels and Houseboat Stay
Departs Daily

Important notes:
You are required to arrange and purchase internal flights before travel. Combination trip. Please see inclusions and exclusions for details.

Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days
Covered Destination : Cochin – Munnar – Periyar – Kumarakom – Houseboat – Kovalam – Cochin


Day 01: Arrive Kochi (Cochin)
Arrive at the Kochi (Cochin) Airport. Our representative will escort you to the hotel. After a traditional Indian welcome at the reception, check in and relax for a while amidst the comforts of your room. Later, move for a half day city sightseeing tour of Cochin. Visit Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow. After a sunset cruise, return to the hotel and attend the evening Kathakali dance performance.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Cochin.

Day 02: Kochi
After breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for the sightseeing of Kochi city visit the Jewish Synagogue (of 1568) which is the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth. It is an interesting little place with hand painted willow pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in China in the mid 18th century. The synagogue is located in an area called Jew Town which also is one of the centers of the spice trade in the region

Also visit the ancient Mattancherry (Dutch) Palace built by the Portuguese in 1557.  This palace was presented to the ruler of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill.  The Palace’s alternative name “Dutch Palace” resulted from substantial renovations by the Dutch after 1663.  The most important feature of the palace is the astonishing murals that adorn some of the palace rooms, depicting scenes from the Ramayana, the Mahabharta and the Puranic legends connected with Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Kumara and Durga.

Another stop is made at the St. Francis Church, the oldest European built church in India. Constructed in 1503 by the Portuguese Franciscan Friars, the expedition was led by Pedro Alvarez Cabral. He famed Vasco de Gama, the first European to reach India by sailing around Africa, died in Cochin in 1524 and was buried here for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisbon.  His tombstone can be seen inside the church.
Also pay a visit to the amazing Chinese fishing nets operating on principles of physics advanced for their times. Returns to hotel for relax.
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 03: Kochi - Munnar
Get ready after breakfast for your morning drive to Munnar, where sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make it a unique experience.
On the way to Munnar, we will take a short visit at Bhoothathankettu Dam. The reservoir and children's parks are big attractions here. Check in to your resort and get ready for the special trip to Pothamedu for an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The breath taking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks. Return to your resort in the evening.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04: Munnar
Munnar gets its name from the Malayalam and Tamil phrases for 'three rivers' - as the town is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams, at a height of 5,250 ft above sea level.This morning after breakfast, visit Mattupetty famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Proceed to Mattupetty lake and dam, which is a very beautiful picnic spot. You could enjoy boating in the lake and view mountains and landscapes from afar. Onwards proceed to Echo point famous for the natural echo phenomenon and then to Top Station offering marvelous views of Munnar valley below. Munnar is cradled in a valley hemmed in by hills. Many of its attractions are to be found on its outskirts, within a radius of 10 to 40 km from the town.
Say hello to the Nilgiri Tahr.Half the world population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr lives in the Eravikulam National Park at Munnar. Friendly as they are, you can pat them or pose for pictures with them. So meet them and have plenty to brag about back home. Return to the resort and enjoy the facilities at your resort.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 05: Munnar - Periyar
Get ready after breakfast for your morning drive to Periyar nestled in spice and rubber plantations. Known to be Kerala's pride and testimony to nature's splendor, Periyar has a lot to offer in terms of wildlife. Periyar is famous for its rare habitat of birds and animals and is one of the most popular destinations for nature lovers. Check in to your resort and get ready for your trip to cardamom hills where you could have a closer look at the spice plantations.The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the places where the chances are pretty high that you will spot an elephant in the wild at close quarters and from the safe confines of a boat. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 06: Periyar
Day free in Periyar for independent activities.
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 07: Periyar - Kumarakom
Get ready after breakfast for your morning drive to Kumarakom. Kumarakom is a sleepy little village tucked away from the din and bustle of city life. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is an Ornithologist's paradise and a favorite haunt of migrating birds like Siberian stork,darter,heron and teal to name a few.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08: Kumarakom
Day free in Kumarakom
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 09: Kumarakom
Day free in Kumarakom
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 10: Kumarakom - Alappuzha Houseboat cruise
Check into the houseboat at 12 noon for 1 Night / 2 Days riding in the backwaters & small canals. A glide in a houseboat through the enchanting backwaters is sure to rob your heart. Palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expense of panoramic sight one can never forgetting less than 15 minutes, the low hum of the motor and the dazzling afternoon light have tuned out the noises in your head, the deadlines, the telephone, the unfinished chapters. Watch the white tire-tread clouds turn into wisps of animal fur and then disappear.
Overnight stay in a houseboat.
{Houseboat does not move from 05 PM - 07 AM and all meals will be provided on the houseboat}

Day 11: Alapuzzha - Kovalam
As you breakfast aboard the houseboat for another day, check out the spellbinding natural scenery of the backwaters running through Alapuzzha (famous for houseboats, snake races, lakes, coir and coconut). Check out the below-sea level farming and disembark. Drive to Kovalam. On arrival in Kovalam, check in to the hotel.
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 12: Kovalam / Kanyakumari / Kovalam
After breakfast, time is free to spend on beaches optionally you can take sightseeing tour of Trivandrum city, (16 kms) the capital of the state of Kerala is a beautiful seaside city built on seven hills. The famous Sri Padmanabhaswamy Swami Temple is dedicated to Vishnu and is a landmark in the city. Later drive to Cape Camorin also known as Kanya Kumari 85 kms, this place is at the tail tip end of India, one can see the 3 seas meet over here (Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean & bay of Bengal) on arrival visit Kumari Amman Devi Temple, Vivekananda Rock & Ashram, enjoy sunset.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13: Kovalam
Kovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourist. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful Bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The day is free for leisure at resort, Ayurveda treatment,message, yoga classes, swimming, beach volleyball, indoor games and learn to cook with spices, sunbathing, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising etc.
Overnight at stay at hotel.

Day 14: Kovalam
Day free in Kovalam for independent activities.
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 15: Kovalam
Day free in Kovalam for independent activities.
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 16: Kovalam
Day free in Kovalam for independent activities.
Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 17: Kovalam / Kochi / Trivendrum
Morning after breakfast, transfer to Trivendrum airport to take your return flight back home.
End of the services with happy memories.


Inclusions
- 16 Nights accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Daily breakfast.
- Transportation/Transfers by Air Conditioned Ambassador for entire tour as per itinerary.
- One night stay on an air conditioned Deluxe House Boat on Full board basis {Cruise : Kumarakom to Alleppey trip}
- Meet assistance by our company representative on arrival
- Sunset cruise at Kumarakom by country boat
- Farm tour at Philipkutty.
- All present applicable taxes.

Exclusions
- Meals except those listed in above inclusions
- Sight seeing expenses at all places.
- Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry, telephones, etc.
- Any Domestic or International flight charges.
- All other than those listed in above inclusions.
- Entrances at all the places.
- Any guide charges.

Clients Feedback
Guest Name: Mrs. Walter and Her Doughter
Email: walter.vonhauff@hotmail.com
(GERMANY)

Tour Report : Based on out of 5
About Hotels
All hotels were very good. (Between 4-5)

About Driver
Excellent driver was good to us (5)

About Guide
The guide in Cochin was very good (5)

About us
You are a good company, you received us very well and arranged us a good trip (5)

Guest Name: Mr. Ming Ching And his Wife
Email: kgkenneth159@gmail.com
(HONG KONG)

Tour Report
About Hotels

Very good hotels and really enjoyed our stay.

About Driver
Drivers were excellent.

About Guide
Guides were interesting and well learnt about their cities

About us
Excellent. Quiet a success to have organized such a complex tour two weeks before my arrival in India. I have seen the care with which you supervised everything at every step of my stay in India


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