6 Days (COCHIN – MUNNAR – PERIYAR – ALLEPPEY)
Day 01: Arrival Cochin
On arrival Cochin, you will receive a warm welcome at the International Airport by our representative and will be transferred to hotel. CHECK-IN 1400 hrs. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Cochin – Munnar
After breakfast, visit St. Francis Church, built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars where Vasco De Gama was buried for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisvon. Nearby is the Mattancherry Palace or ‘Dutch Palace’ (Closed on Fridays). Amazing are the Chinese fishing nets. They were introduced by traders from the courts of Kublai Khan. You will also see Jew City with Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Fridays & Saturdays), constructed in 1568, with hand-painted, willow-pattern floor tiles.
Afternoon drive to Munnar. On arrival transfer to hotel. One of the most popular hill stations in India, Munnar is situated at the confluence of three Mountain streams – Mudrapuhza, Nallathanni and Kundala. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03: Munnar
After breakfast visit Eravikulam National Park, a rare wild garden of rolling grasslands and evergreen tropical forests. Top station is a picturesque place with laterite Rocky Mountains. Afternoon visit Mattupetty Dam and Lake memorable spot renowned for their scenic beauty and Tea Museum, set up at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in Munnar is a fitting tribute to the toils and rigorous of its pioneers. A section of the Tea museum also houses classic bungalow furniture, typewriters, wooden bathtub, magneto phone, iron oven, manual calculators and EPABX of the1909 telephone system. A demonstration room for tea tasting is another attraction where one would come across different varieties of tea. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04: Munnar – Thekkady (Periyar)
Breakfast at hotel. Later drive to Thekkady. On arrival transfer to hotel. Later visit Periyar National Park, this unique wildlife sanctuary is about 780 sq. km centred on an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River. Different nature trails traversing diverse habitats form the trekking routes. This is an interpretive program offering excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trails often pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05: Periyar – Alleppey
After breakfast, drive to Alleppey. On arrival transfer to jetty to board the houseboat for overnight stay. The coastal town of Alleppey on the Arabian Sea is the Venice of the east, for the numerous canals that meander through the town. The backwater cruise moves through narrow canals & paddy fields. It is also known for its cashew nuts, coir trade & rice pepper crops. Also gain experience of local villager’s life style. Overnight stay at Houseboat.
Day 06: Alleppey – Cochin – Departure
After breakfast, proceed for city tour. In the temple architecture of India, Khajuraho complex remains After breakfast disembark the houseboat and drive to Cochin airport for onward destination.