India Kerala Backwaters, Hills & Wildlife – 8 Days
What a perfect and compact tour to explore Kerala, India’s southern paradise. No doubt, Cochin with its narrow lanes, old building, this coastal town is the best starting point for your tour. Besides misty laden hill stations (Munnar), exotic wildlife (Periyar) and lively backwaters (Kumarakom), will thrill every visitor. Situated along the shores of the Indian Ocean and the spice growing Cardamom Hills to the east, Kerala is by far the most beautiful and fertile part in India. Admittedly, a highlight of your tour will be an overnight stay onboard the houseboat in Alleppey.
At a Glance
Day 1 Arrive Cochin. Afternoon City tour
Day 2 Transfer to Munnar Hill Station
Day 3 Munnar at leisure
Day 4 Leave for Periyar National Park
Day 5 Onwards to Kumarakom
Day 6 Kumarakom at leisure
Day 7 Board Houseboat in Alleppey
Day 8 Return to Cochin Airport.
Munnar Hill Station
Located 1,524 meters above sea-level. Munnar’s cool climate provides a welcome relief from the heat of the plains. Carpets of tea plantations (Camellia Sinensis) cover the surrounding hills. This makes them one of the world’s highest plantations.
Between the hills and coast are the lush backwaters, a network of waterways providing fish for food, water for farming and a communication route for local villagers.
As a result of its outstanding network of canals, lakes, lagoons and estuaries, it is the perfect place to enjoy nature. The backwaters play a major role in helping it earn international fame. The peaceful and blissful blue backwaters promise to make your stay so treasured that it will stay engraved in your mind forever.
Palm trees, pandanus shrubs, leafy plants and bushes fringing the backwaters leave the onlookers captivated.
The backwater cruise represents beauty, excitement, fun and pleasure. Indeed, cruising across the waters on a traditional houseboat is like slipping slowly into a heavenly dream.
The traditional Houseboats, also called Kettuvallams, come in various sizes and are equipped with modern comforts and fitted in traditional Kerala style. They provide the best ways of exploring the treasured beauty of Kerala. Kettuvallams are built of bamboo poles and mats, coconut fiber, ropes and carpets and are therefore eco-friendly. It has one or two bedrooms rooms and a small sitting room. The food onboard consists of local Kerala dishes giving you a real taste of Kerala cuisine.
The spellbinding backwaters of Kerala also attract beautiful birds. Terns, kingfisher, darters and cormorants to mention a few. All in all, a perfect paradise for the birdwatcher