DAY 01 : ARRIVE COCHIN
Arrive Cochin by flight. Meet & assist by our representative and drive to your hotel. Cochin is the arguably the ideal starting point for exploring the unfathomable diversity and beauty of Kerala, rated in the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council and featured in National Geographic Traveler’s '50 greatest places of a lifetime. On arrival, check in to your hotel and relax. Afternoon, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry.
Fort Cochin has a small community in itself. Since it is a natural harbor and one of the most important trade centers in south of India, Fort Kochi is one of the most important towns in the state. The Europeans have left a major impact on the culture and traditional heritage of Cochin. One can see a unique blend of European, Dutch and Portugal lifestyle in fort of Cochin.
St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica and Chinese fishing nets are attractions in the Fort Cochin area. Walk through the “Heritage Zone”; the Fort Cochin area, where the Portuguese settled in the 16th century. Also visit Mattancherry which is centre for spice trade and curio shops. Later visit Jewish Synagogue (closed on Friday’s and Saturday’s) and Dutch Palace (closed on Friday).
Evening enjoy an exclusive candle light dinner.
DAY 02 : COCHIN / MUNNAR
Morning after breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Munnar, the misty hill station of tea gardens ( around 3 ½ to 4 hrs drive ). Enroute stop at Cheeyappara waterfalls for a break.
Munnar is a hill station - breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquillity - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country. Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favoured summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. 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 - yes! Munnar has all these and more. On arrival, check into your hotel and relax.Overnight at Munnar. Hotel : Devonshire Greens
DAY 03 : MUNNAR
Morning after breakfast, proceed to visit tea factory museum, Mattupetty Dam and Echo point. You can do a speed boat ride through the artificial lake at Mattuppetty.
Mattupetty Dam : The most attractive part of Mattupetty dam is its still water which reflects the tea garden around. You enjoy the pretty natural surroundings of this beautiful dam. Adventure lovers also have options here like trekking in the Shola forest.In the midst of the hills, surrounded by the tea gardens, Shola forest and hilly woods lays a beautiful lake, just a few miles away from the Mattupetty dam. The serene ambience of the lake will take you to a world of peace. You have endless options – either you can go for boating in the lake or you can sit on the shore enjoying the tranquillity here. Afternoon free for some shopping and independent activities.Overnight in Munnar. Hotel : Devonshire Greens
DAY 04 : MUNNAR / THEKKADY
Morning after breakfast, check out from hotel and drive to Thekkady (around 3 ½ hrs drive). Thekkady, one of India's major wildlife sanctuaries, sprawled over an area of 777 sq. kms is rich in varied flora and fauna. It is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations of tea, cardamom, pepper, cloves and cinnamon in the High Ranges and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.
On arrival, check in toyour hotel and relax. Later in the afternoon proceed for a spice plantation visit. If interested you can do an elephant ride through the plantations. Also visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary to see the wildlife. Elephants, wild boar, bison are the main attraction here. Enjoy boating through Periyar Lake to see the wildlife in close range.Hotel : Green Woods
DAY 05 : THEKKADY / ALLEPPEY ( HOUSEBOAT )
Morning after breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Alleppey (around 3 ½ hrs hours drive). Around 1200 hrs board a traditional Kerala houseboat from Alleppey and cruise along the serene backwaters.
During the cruise, the countryside offers a close look into an engaging rustic life. You can see skilled fishermen launching their cockshell boats, large flotillas of ducks waddling down to the water from thatched houses on the banks, women neck-deep in water, with their waist-length hair heaped in a crown, searching for fish with their feet and aimless cattle grazing in lush pastureland, where white lotuses lie here and there in small, low-lying pools.
The personal chef on the houseboat will prepare delicious Kerala style cuisine for you on board. Evening, cruise up to sunset and then the houseboat will be anchored for dinner and overnight stay.Houseboat : Deluxe House Boat
DAY 06 : ALLEPPEY / MARARI
Morning after breakfast around 09:00 AM disembark from houseboat in Alleppey and drive to Marari ( around half an hour to 45 minutes drive ).
On arrival check into a beautiful beach resort and relax. Overnight at Marari Beach.Hotel : Abad Turtle Beach
DAY 07 : MARARI
Full day free at leisure. If interested you can avail an Ayurvedic massage after consulting the in house Ayurvedic physician here. No Transport envisaged. Overnight at Marari.Hotel : Abad Turtle Beach
DAY 08 : MARARI / COCHIN
In time transfer to Cochin airport to board flight for onward destination.END OF THE TOUR