Point of Arrival & Departure: Kochi (COK), India
Destinations Covered: Kochi/Athirappally–Munnar–Thekkady–Kumarakom–Houseboat–Fort Kochi.
Highlights: Athirappally waterfalls, Ezhattumukham (7 Faces of River), Kodanad Elephant Training Centre, Eravikulam National park, Mattuppetty dam, Pothenmedu, Rajamalai, Periyar wildlife park, Kumarakom, Houseboat cruise, Alappuzha, Kochi Harbour cruise, Mattancherry spice market, Jew’s street, the Synagogue, the Dutch palace, Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, Bird watching, Village visit, Elephant Safari, Spices Plantation Visit, Village walk & much more
Duration: 7 nights & 8 days
Day 1 & 2: Athirappally
On arrival at Kochi Airport/R.Station, you are greeted and whisked away to a hotel near Athirappally Waterfalls. After check in and refreshed you have the day tour options of visiting the Ezhattumukham (7 Faces of River), Kodanad Elephant Training Centre and Athirappally Waterfalls.
Quaint and serene Chalakudi river at Ezhattumugham (15 K.ms from Kochi airport) is a picture postcard come to life. The river gently flows around islets, boulders of all sizes and trees with mini waterfalls on the way. The scenery is enhanced by myriad shades of green. The smaller islets are the kingdoms of wild shrubs, trees, birds and squirrels. Where the chirping and warbling of birds and the faint fragrance of spices growing all around makes for a peaceful daybreak.
Kodanad Elephant Training Center:
Kodanad, set on the Southern banks of the Periyar River amid the beautiful high ranges near Perumbavoor, is one of the largest elephant training centres in Kerala. Earlier elephants captured from the Malayatoor forests (the forests in the East and North of Kodanad) were trained here. Since the introduction of a ban on elephant capture Kodanad has been reduced to a training centre. The famous Malayatoor Church is near Kodanad.
Bursting forth from the jungles of Sholayar, the Chalakudi River comes crashing down, plummeting 80 feet to form the dramatic Athirappally Falls – the waterfalls as spirited and noisy as the forests are dark and silent. The cool spray that covers a large area near the falls makes this area a scenic location. Film crews, both from the north and the south India, often camp in its precincts to exploit its raw appeal. Another picturesque Vazhachal Waterfalls is 5 Km away from Athirappilly & close to dense green forests.
Day 3 & 4: Munnar
After a delicious traditional Kerala breakfast you will check out from your accommodation and go for a scenic drive towards Munnar. On reaching check in to the hotel and relax. Attractions in Munnar are..
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.
Mattupedi Dairy Farm: Mattupetty is also famous for the Indo-Swiss Farm. This is a highly specialized dairy farm which comes under Indo-Swiss Livestock Project. Hundreds of high quality cattle are reared here and new varieties are scientifically developed.
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.
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. The cascading waterfalls and the scenic surroundings make it tourists’ favourite hideout in Munnar.
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 5: Thekkady
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive to Thekkady and check in to the hotel. Attractions here are printed below.
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary:
Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife reserves – the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq.km, of which 360 Sq.km is thick evergreen forest.Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar adds to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake.
5 km from Thekkady, Murikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.
This picturesque spectrum of exotic flora, fauna and gurgling streams is 5 km from Kumily. A popular picnic spot, Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer’s delight.
Mangala Devi Temple:
Mangala Devi Temple is a 1000-year-old temple inside the dense forests of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Made of huge pieces of granite, it stands at an altitude of 1337 m above the sea level is 15 km from Thekkady. The temple is open to devotees only once a year during the month of April / May for the Chithrapournami celebrations. On this full moon day, priests of Tamil Nadu and Kerala conduct ritualistic prayers at the temple.
This sleepy little village with its breathtaking view of the plains and cascading waterfalls is 15 k.ms from Kumily. The village slopes down to the famous coconut groves of Cumbum in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
The town is 18 km from Thekkady. The River Periyar flowing through the centre of this town nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations. Vandiperiyar is also home to a number of tea factories. The Government Agriculture farm and Flower Garden.
This is one of the world’s largest auction centres for cardamom is 25 k.ms from Kumily. A walk through the sprawling cardamom plantations of Vandanmedu is a heady experience.
Rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu an enchanting retreat. The hills top also offers panoramic views of picturesque villages on the Eastern slope of the western ghats.
Day 6: Houseboat Cruise (Kumarakom to Alappuzha)
After breakfast, you will drive down to the coast and this melodically named town of Kumarakom on the banks of Lake Vembanad. Here, you embark onboard of a houseboat to have a cruise towards Alappuzha, The Venice of The East. This is the best and most comprehensive tour to experience the delights of Kerala’s backwaters through lakes, lagoons, palm fringed narrow canals, water bound villages, Chinese fishing nets, dense coconut plantations, tidy and tiny hamlets lined up along the sides of the canals, traditional fishing, flocks of ducks swimming around the banks, backwater birds, Lush green paddy fields below sea level! Enter a new world of serenity by this 22 hours peaceful and rustic sojourn. Overnight at Houseboat.
Day 7: Fort Kochi the ”Queen of Arabian Sea”
Wake-up with a tea or coffee. Have your Kerala breakfast and it is time to check out from the houseboat. Drive towards Kochi and check in your pre booked hotel.
When in Kochi never miss Fort Kochi, An obscure fishing village became the first European township in India shaped by Portuguese, Dutch and later the British. Take a leisurely stroll through its streets and discover its history. The towering ancient Rain Trees, the white-washed walls laden with crimson bougainvilleas, the musty old spice warehouses and the spice market at Mattancherry, unused yards smothered in vegetation, the antique shops on Jew’s street, the Dutch palace with Kerala murals, famous Chinese fishing nets, Jewish synagogues, St. Francis Church, Jain temple, Portuguese churches & British clubs, history is seeping through every brick and stone here ! Yes, history is not in books only. A Harbour Cruise in the evening is recommended to enjoy the beauty of Queen of Arabian Sea’.
Day 8: Departure Transfer
Today after breakfast drive to Kochi International Airport / Ernakulam Railway station.
- Hotel Accommodations with Breakfast,
- All Meals in Houseboat,
- All Transfers and Sightseeing by A/c car,
- All Land & Water Tours as per the Itinerary,
- Airport/R.Station Pickup & Drop,
- And all taxes and service charges.