Wednesday, 26 March 2014

6 nights, 7 days package

Cochin                                                   Day – 1
Pick up from Cochin airport. Drive to city hotel (35 kms).  Check in at hotel.  Relax at the hotel.

Munnar (135 kms-4 hrs)                    Day – 2
After breakfast proceed to Munnar, a small hill station located at 1600 M above sea level and which was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. . Here, more than 12000 hectares of lush, manicured tea fields form an irresistible canvas.   Check in at the Hotel/Resort. Afternoon visit the Tea Museum which houses an interesting array of relics and artifacts of the past.  At the adjacent tea processing unit one can see the various stages of tea manufacture and the intricacies of tea-tasting which is an educative experience. Open 10 am to 4 pm.  Evening return back to hotel.

                                                          Day - 3
After breakfast visit the Eravikulam National park in Rajamalai (18 kms) and home to the largest population of the endangered nilgiri tahr (wild goats). This 97 sq. Km park, a former hunting preserve of the British planters today exemplifies wildlife conservation at its best. The incredibly agile Nilgiri Tahr is today the pride of Munnar and its mascot.  Afternoon visit the Madupetty Dam, Echopoint & Kundale Lake. Night return back to resort.

Alleppey(190 kms – 5 hrs)                            Day - 4                            
After breakfast proceed to Alleppey.   At noon board the traditional houseboat and start the long and meandering ride through the unique backwaters of Kerala in a thatched roof houseboat. The houseboat is an improvisation of the large country barges, which were an essential part of the land's ethos in days gone by.  The kettuvalloms (houseboats) are comfortably furnished with an open lounge, bath attached bedroom and a kitchenette, and are extremely eco friendly. Every houseboat is manned by a crew - chef, guide and oarsman. Winding through the vast expanse of the paddy fields and tiny hamlets and palm fringed narrow canals is an unforgettable experience. Night at the houseboat.    

Kovalam(170 kms-4 hrs)                            Day - 5
After breakfast proceed to Kovalam - an internationally renowned tourist destination.  Enroute sight seeing at Trivandrum – a city with lovely tree-lined avenues and red tiled roofs and bounded by the Arabian Sea in the West.  Visit the Kuthiramalika Palace, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the Napier Museum and the Sree Chitra Art gallery.
 Check in at Resort. Evening watch the sunset on the Kovalam beach. The Kovalam beach is one of the best beaches in India.
Cochin (240 kms – 5 hrs)                               Day - 6
After breakfast, proceed to Cochin.  Check in at hotel.   Afternoon take a guided tour through the tree lined avenues and quaint little lanes of Fort Cochin and you will see the St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Chinese Fishing nets on the Fort Cochin Beach and the Dutch Cemetery. Then drive to Mattancherry (1 ½ kms) and see the murals at the Dutch Palace and the 400-year-old Jewish Synagogue.    Evening watch a cultural show of fort/art forms of South India.           
                                                                          Day - 7

After breakfast fre for shopping.  Check out at afternoon.  Evening drop at Cochin airport.

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