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A Break in Central Kerala: 7 Days


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Arrival & Departure Point: Kochi (COK), Kerala, India
Destinations Covered: Kochi, Munnar, Kumarakom, Alappuzha, Kochi
Highlights: Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Lake, Pothamedu, Top Station, Echo Point, Devikulam, Chithirapuram, Pallivasal Hydel Power Project, Attukal, Nyayamakad, Rajamalai (Part of Eravikulam National Park), Tea Museum, Sandalwood forest Marayur, Blossom Park, Lakkom Water Falls, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumarakom, Alappuzha, Kuttanad paddy field below sea level, Chinese fishing nets, Coir making, Duck farming, Inland water villages, Fort Kochi, Indo Portuguese Museum, Chinese Fishing nets, Jewish Synagogue (Monday closed), Dutch Cemetery, Mattancherry palace, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica.
Duration: 6 Nights & 7 Days
Itinerary
Day 1, 2 & 3: Munnar (1800 meters above sea level, 140 K.ms from Kochi, 3.5 hours drive)
On arrival get met and assisted by our representative and he will transfer you to Munnar by a scenic drive and stopping at the spots of your interest such as waterfalls, Spices market etc.
When reaching Munnar check in to the hotel & get refreshed. You may relax. Afternoon or when you are ready to explore Munnar, the Royal Hill Station of Kerala, discuss with our driver about your interest, he is well aware of the tourist spots in Munnar and will give you information required. Below listed are some places to be visited in Munnar.
Mattupetty Dam: 
The Mattupetty lake and dam is a very beautiful picnic spot. The sprawling Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala lake are other attractions in the vicinity. Boating facilities like Speed Launch and slow speed motor boats are available on hire.
Kundala Lake:
Kundala Lake is an artificial reservoir of a minor arch shaped dam huddled between the mountain ranges. It is about a 20 km drive from Munnar. Boating facilities available here.
Pothamedu:
Pothamedu offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks.
Top Station:
This is 1880 meters above sea level & is about 40 km from Munnar. The panoramic view of the Western Ghats and the valley of Theni from Top station is simply breathtaking.
Echo Point:
Echo Point is about 15 km from Munnar. Go there and scream as loud as you can, and wait for a while. You can hear your echo back!
Devikulam: 
This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
Chithirapuram:
With its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds and courts, Chithirapuram still exudes an old world charm. Home of the Pallivasal Hydel Power Project, this hill town is also famous for its picturesque tea plantations.
Attukal:
A panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills, Attukal, located between Munnar and Pallivasal, is a feast for the eyes. The place is also ideal for long treks.
Nyayamakad:
Located between Munnar and Rajamala, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 meters. The enchanting surroundings makes an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.
Rajamalai (Part of Eravikulam National Park): 
Rajamalai is located at about 15 k.ms from Munnar.  This region is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragas hylocres). It was converted to a national park to provide a safe sanctuary for the endangered species of Nilgiri Tahr. The natural habitat of the Niligiri tahr ,Rajamala is 2695 Mts above sea level. Half the world’s population of the rare mountain goat or tahr a species becoming extinct is now found here.The total number of Niligiri Tahrs in Rajamala is estimated to be over 1300.
Tea Museum:
This tea museum is first of its kind in India. The aim of this museum according to its founders is to showcase the growth of more-than-a-century-old tea plantations in this region. Anyone visiting this museum will get a clear picture of how backbreaking is tea processing really.
Sandalwood forest Marayur: 
Marayoor is located at around 42 k.ms north of Munna. And is famous for the natural sandalwood forest. Not only that, this place is said to be part of the ancient stone age civilization dated back to 10,000 B.C. Stone age paintings, rock edicts and dolmens found there vouch for this rich heritage.
Blossom Park: 
Blossom International Park is about 3 km away from Munnar town and it spreads over 16 acres. It is a peaceful location to enjoy a calm and relaxing nature walk admiring flowers and surrounding green hillside. The park offer many activities for tourists like boating, cycling, roller skating etc.
Lakkom Water Falls:
This waterfall is about 25 k.ms from Munnar. Lakkom waterfalls are part of Eravikulam National Park.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary: 
Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is about 60 k.ms from Munnar. It is an ideal spot for trekking and enjoying wildlife closely. It is the habitat for endangered grizzled giant squirrel in India. Almost 34 species of mammals including panthers, spotted deer, elephants, tigers can be found here. It is also a bird watchers paradise. 245 species of birds live here!
Day 4: Kumarakom (160 K.ms from Kochi, 4 hours drive)
Today you are heading to Kumarakom after the breakfast from Munnar. a 4 hours drive will take you to Kumarakom, the melodious backwater village on the banks of Vembanad Lake.
Check in to the hotel and enjoy with your own activities.
Day 5: Alappuzha ( 45 K.ms from Kumarakom, 1.5 hours drive)
Fifth day is the highlight of your 7 days tour. As you drive to Alappuzha after your breakfast from Kumarakom, the Houseboat will be ready for you and the crews waiting with your tender coconut welcome drinks. Embark on board with your delicious drinks and start cruising to visit the inland water villages besides the serene backwaters of Kerala. Go for a walking tour through the backwater islands. See people making coir traditionally with coconut husks, Duck farming, traditional mode of fishing and much more there to see which includes below sea level paddy fields also. Kerala’s traditional meals will be served on board.
Day 6: Kochi (60 K.ms from Alappuzha, 1.5 hours drive)
Today morning embark from the houseboat after a delicious Kerala’s traditional breakfast and head to Kochi (Ernakulam) “the Queen of Arabian Sea” check-in to the hotel at Fort Kochi & relax.
Fort Kochi:
Fort Kochi, also known as “Old Kochi”, an obscure fishing village that became the first European township in India.  A leisurely stroll through its streets is one of the best ways to discover all that this city has to offer – each and every nook of this island is steeped in history. There is always something interesting awaiting you like its natural harbor and historical sites. A boat ride across the breathtaking blue lagoons and backwaters offers a glimpse of Kochi’s rural life and its inherent beauty.
In the evening, if you are interested enjoy a 2 hours Kathakali show from the local theatre at Fort Kochi. And don’t forget to visit any of the “You Buy I Cook” shop if you like to taste fish from Kerala.
 
Kathakali: An exotic and universally popular performing art of Kerala. ‘Mudra & Make-up’ demonstration follows the performance. The two hours pass too soon.
Day 7: Departure Transfer
After breakfast a city sightseeing and shopping drive to your departure point (Airport/Railway station)
The Package Includes:
  • Arrival assistance and transfer to Munnar,
  • Hotel Accommodations with Breakfast,
  • All Meals in Houseboat (traditional Kerala meals)
  • All Transfers and Sightseeing by A/c car,
  • All Land & Water Tours as per the Itinerary,
  • Sightseeing in Munnar & Kochi,
  • Departure transfer to Airport/R.Station,
  • And all taxes with service charges.
Price as per Request    

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