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Kerala - God's Own Country

Munnar-Kumarakom-Cochin
06 nights 07 days
Best Time: October-March
Tour Code: SI02

ITINERARY
Day 01: Coimbatore to Munnar
Day 02: Munnar
Day 03: Munnar to Kumarakom
Day 04: Kumarakom
Day 05: Kumarakom to Cochin
Day 06: Cochin
Day 07: Cochin to onward destination

Highlights

Ideal family tour
Visit tea plantations in hilly Munnar
Enjoy endemic bird and wildlife sightings in Eravikulam NP
Most romantic sunset cruise and a thrilling motor boat ride on the backwaters
Wonderful opportunities to observe Indian Elephants
Sample scrumptious traditional local cuisine and cultural sights
Experience a traditional fishing village at Marari Beach

Description
This tour will take us around the best of coastal state of Kerala in southern India. Kerala has it all, beautiful beaches, lush tea plantations, emerald green land strewn with rivers, lagoons and backwaters, thick forests with magnificent elephants and other wildlife. Enchantingly beautiful, it is truly God's own country.

On this trip, we will be experiencing the diverse landscape, culture, cuisine and wildlife of Kerala. Arriving at the well-connected Coimbatore airport, we take you for a beautiful 7/8-hour drive through the greenest vistas in India. Munnar, a hill station at 1600 m altitude is the perfect start to a holiday in Kerala. With lovely weather all year through, its lush tea plantations and mist-covered hills are a sight to behold. For nature lovers, Munnar is close to a paradise. Eravikulam National Park (2000m), which was originally established to protect the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, is just 30 km from Munnar. This shola grassland eco-system is home to large numbers of birds, many of them endemic. With some stunning bird and wildlife sightings and fabulous views, we will move onto our next destination.

Completely different from the cool hills, we take you to warm Kumarakom, a sleepy hamlet near the sea, famous for its backwaters. Popular as a honeymoon destination, this naturally serene and laidback town is full of resorts where people come to unwind and relax. Indulge in authentic ayurvedic massages and treatments. Enjoy scrumptious mutton and fish preparations in true Kerala style. Let time stand still as you float on the backwaters on a sunset cruise. Watch small villages go by, as young kids wave to you from the banks and sometimes jump in to swim alongside. The experience is absolutely unforgettable.

Next day, we take you for an exciting boat ride through similar narrow canals all the way to Alleppey. Get a view of the back of beyond idyllic villages en route. From here we drive you to the exotic Marari Beach for the evening. Enjoy the warm water and golden sandy beach sipping fresh coconut water as you explore the traditional fishing village. Our last destination will be Cochin. After relaxing four nights, the gentle hustle bustle of Cochin will be the perfect way to get back to city life. A modern city with old world simplicity and charm, the old town of Matancherry is a must visit area. The Dutch synagogue, elaborate yet simple temples with their resident ornate holy elephants, the fishing nets silhouetted in the sea form a pretty fascinating picture. Another unmissable cultural experience is attending a Kathakali (Kerala's classical dance) perfomance which we will arrange for you. You will have two nights to soak in the vibe and enjoy the traditional cuisine before we take you back to the airport for your journey home.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Coimbatore - Munnar
Meals: On your own
Morning flight to Coimbatore. On arrival, transfer to Munnar (8 hours). Overnight in a hotel. Munnar is a hill station 125 km from Kochi to the West. The altitude is above 1600 m and the climate is nippy. The rain fall of over 300 cm is recorded mainly during June to September. The shola-grassland eco- system so typical of Munnar is home to large numbers of birds, many of them are endemic.

Day 02: Munnar
Meals: Breakfast
Visit Eravikulam National Park, which is a plateau at an average height of 6500 feet. About 30 km from Munnar, it is high up in the mountains of Western Ghats. This park was originally established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr, which found its way into the endangered list of animals. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1975. It covers an area of 97 sq. km of rolling grasslands and high level sholas.

Day 03: Munnar-Kumarakom
Meals: Breakfast
Drive to Kumarakom (6 hours). On arrival, check-in at the resort. Sunset cruise in the backwaters.

Day 04: Kumarakom
Meals: Breakfast
Morning backwater cruise by motor launch through narrow canals to Alleppey (2½ hours). Transfer by car to Marari Beach to spend the evening on the beach.

Day 05: Kumarakom-Cochin
Meals: Breakfast
Today we proceed to Cochin through narrow roads of Kerala, an interesting drive through various small towns, plantations and paddy fields. Overnight stay in a unique small hotel in Fort Kochi.

Day 06: Cochin
Meals: Breakfast
You will be met by your guide and taken for a full day guided tour of Matancherry and Fort Kochi. Enjoy Kathakali dance in the evening in a cultural centre. Overnight stay.

Day 07: Cochin-onward journey
Meals: Breakfast
Transfer to Cochin airport for onward / return flight. Tour ends

Services included:
-Accommodation on twin sharing basis in the hotels
-Meals as per the itinerary
-Sightseeing with guides
-Boat ride in backwaters
-Permits and entry fee
-All surface transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle

Services not included:
-Optional tours/excursions, personal & incidental expenses.
-Tips, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, camera fee etc.
-International and domestic air fare, visa, insurance.
-Elephant rides

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