Everything about Kerala is heaven. That's why it's called as "God's Own Country". There is hardly any place in the world, so small in area yet has an amazingly vast variety in terrains and landscapes. Just a thin long stretch of land bounded between Arabian Sea & Western Ghats (mountain ranges), every nook and corner in Kerala you will see Hindu temples, Muslim mosques and Christian Churches; people live happily with harmony and great religious tolerance. It's a very different aspect of India, where man has made a perfect ecological balance with the nature.
Kerala is all about the breathtaking views of tea-plantations, well maintained national parks & wildlife sanctuaries, pristine beaches and enchanting back-waters (one of the best in the world). This tour covers a little of all the elements that make Kerala the "God's Own Country". From the mountains of Munnar to Periyar National Park, to pristine beaches of Kollam, to serene backwaters of Alleppey, everything is a lifetime experience.
Arrive by flight at Kochi. The serene Kochi (a.k.a. Cochin) has been drawing traders and explorers to its shores for over 600 years. Nowhere else in India could you find such an intriguing mix of giant fishing nets from China, a 400-year-old synagogue, ancient mosques, Portuguese houses and the crumbling remains of the British Raj. The result is an unusual blend of medieval Netherlands, Portugal and an English village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast.
The private car will pick up from the Kochi airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kochi. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Kochi.
After breakfast check-out from hotel and head straight to Munnar. The rolling hills around Munnar, South India's largest tea-growing region, are carpeted in emerald-green tea plantations, contoured, clipped and sculpted like ornamental hedges.
After around 5 hours journey reach Munnar by afternoon. Check-in at hotel on arrival. In the evening head out to see Kalaripayattu Show. Kalaripayattu is an ancient Indian martial art, which originated as a style in Kerala. Overnight stay at hotel in Munnar.
After breakfast head out for sightseeing. Embark on a jeep tour to the villages & tea planations. Munnar is always synonymous to tea plantation, as it also one of the highest tea growing regions of the world. A trip to Munnar will be incomplete without having a visit to these tea plantations. Then visit a local School. Afterwards visit Munnar Tea Museum. The tea museum preserves the aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala's mountain region of the Western Ghats. Later head out for Plantation Walk tour. Reach back at the hotel by evening. Overnight stay at hotel in Munnar.
After breakfast check-out from hotel & head towards Periyar. The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. The Periyar forests of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.
Reach Thekkady by afternoon and check-in at the hotel on arrival. In the evening head out to see Kathakali Show. Kathakali is very famous form of Indian Classical Dance. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Periyar (Thekkady).
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
In the morning set out for half day jungle hike and bamboo rafting (6:00am) at the Periyar National Park. Visit the scenic Periyar Lake where you have a bright chance to spot the elephant herd in the Jungle. In the noon check-out from hotel & head towards Kollam, the southern approach to Kerala’s backwaters, surrounded by the calm waterways of Ashtamudi Lake, fringed with coconut palms, cashew plantations and traditional villages – a great place to get a feel for the backwaters without the crowds.
Reach Kollam by evening. Check-in at the hotel on arrival. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kollam.
After breakfast head out for sightseeing tour to Varkala Beach. Varkala is an amazing place where you see sea coast along with cliffs. There are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of these cliffs. Varkala Beach is a haven for sun-bathing and swimming.
In the afternoon reach back Kollam and enjoy a boat ride at the backwaters & mangroves of Paravur Lake. Afterwards visit Thangassery Light House & Kollam Beach. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kollam.
After breakfast check-out from hotel & head towards Alleppey (Alappuzha). Welcome to the “Venice of the East” – Alleppey, world famous for its vast mesmerizing backwaters.
Reach Alleppey by noon. Check-in at private houseboat. Have lunch on the houseboat. Enjoy a boat cruise through the magnificent Vembanad lake for an unforgettable experience of backwater cruising. Dinner & overnight stay at the houseboat in Alleppey.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After breakfast check out from houseboat, Private car will drop you at Kochi (Cochin) Airport. Bid farewell with the memories of this amazing fun-filled 08 days trip through the God’s Own Country – Kerala, worth remembering for the lifetime!
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