India Kerala Backwaters, Hills & Wildlife

The perfect tour to explore Kerala, India’s southern paradise. Wonderful hill stations, exotic wildlife and backwaters will enchant every visitor. Situated along the shores of the Indian Ocean and the spice growing Cardamom Hills to the east, Kerala is a beautiful and fertile heaven.

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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

Located 1,524 metres 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.

Kerala Backwaters

Blessed with an 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 Kerala backwaters promise to make your experience so treasured that it will stay imprinted in your mind forever.
Palm trees, pandanus shrubs, leafy plants and bushes fringing the backwaters leave the onlookers captivated.

Backwater cruise

The backwater cruise envelops beauty, excitement, fun and pleasure. Cruising across the waters on a traditional houseboat is like slipping slowly into a heavenly dream.
The traditional Houseboats, also called Kettuvallams, are available in various sizes and are equipped with modern comforts and fitted in traditional Kerala style. They provide the best ways in exploring the treasured beauty of Kerala. Kettuvallams are built of bamboo poles and mats, coconut fibre, ropes and carpets. They are therefore eco-friendly. It has one or two bedrooms rooms and a small sitting room. The food on-board consists of local Kerala dishes giving you the real taste of Kerala cuisine.

The mesmerizing backwaters of Kerala also attract beautiful birds. Terns, kingfisher, darters and cormorants to mention a few. Other water species having found a home in Kerala backwaters are crabs, frogs and mudskippers.
The Kuttanad region is the rice bowl of Kerala.

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Day 1

Arrive Cochin
* You will be met by our representative  for transfer to the hotel for check-in.
* Afternoon sightseeing of Cochin; a city till today influenced by medieval Portugal; Holland and England.
* Visit St. Francis Church; built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars where Vasco da Gama was buried for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisbon. His tombstone still stands.
* Nearby is the Mattancherry Palace or Dutch Palace. The central hall on the 1st floor was the coronation hall of the Rajas of Cochin. Other rooms depict scenes from the Ramayana and Puranic legends connected with Hindu gods.
* Amazing are the Chinese fishing nets. These cantilevered fishing nets line the entrance to the harbor mouth. They were introduced by traders from the courts of Kublai Khan.
* You also see the Jew City with the Jewish Synagogue; constructed in 1568; with hand-painted; willow-pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in the mid-18th century.
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Day 2

Cochin – Munnar (Road transfer; Approx. 4.5 Hrs)
* In the morning; check out of your hotel and drive to Munnar (5 hrs).
* One of the most popular hill stations in India; Munnar is situated at the confluence of three Mountain streams – Mudrapuhza; Nallathanni and Kundala.
* Remainder of the day at your leisure.
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Day 3

Munnar
* Full day at leisure to explore the hill station. Munnar town is located 5200 ft above sea level.
* The Sita Devi Lake; Mattupetty Lake and Kundala Lake are memorable spots renowned for their Scenic beauty.
* Eravikulam National Park is a rare wild garden of rolling grasslands and evergreen tropical forests.
* Anamudi;the tallest peak in south India is located here.
* Top station is a picturesque place with laterite; rocky mountains. Where the rare Neelakurinji flowers (which flower once in 12 years) are seen.
* Devikulam; Rajamalai; Pallivasal are other interesting places.
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Day 4

Munnar – Periyar (Road transfer; Approx. 4.5 Hrs.)
* After breakfast drive to Periyar National Park. Periyar has one of the world’s most fascinating Natural wildlife Sanctuary noted for its Tiger Reserve; geography; diverse wildlife and scenic beauty.
* Evening Boat ride on the Lake Periyar where one can have a unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake.
* The greatest attraction of Periyar; however are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.
* Return to the hotel.
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Day 5

Periyar – Kumarakom (Road transfer; Approx. 4.5 Hrs.)
* After breakfast leave for Kumarakom and on arrival check-in at hotel.
* The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake; and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. The enchanting backwater destination of Kumarakom is a small village that is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Kumarakom strengthens Kerala’s reputation for being God’s own country with its unbelievably beautiful mangrove forests; coconut groves and emerald green paddy fields interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with while lilies. It is a breathtaking time to experience a solitary and calm glide through this network of waterways.
* Return to the hotel.
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Day 6

Kumarakom:
* The day is yours to explore Kumarakom
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Day 7

Kumarakom – Alleppey
* Check-out in the morning from your hotel and board the houseboat.
Cruise towards Alleppey; the backwaters cruise takes off through a network of canals with a back drop of villages and coconut trees on the shores.
*Overnight on board the houseboat.
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Day 8

Alleppey – Cochin (Road transfer; 1.5 hr.) Leave Cochin
* Disembark the houseboat and transfer to Cochin airport and board the flight for your final destination.
* Services end at Cochin airport.
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* 1 Night in Cochin
* 2 Nights in Munnar
* 1 Night in Periyar
* 2 Nights in Kumarakom
* 1 Night in Alleppey
* Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our representative from / to airport, along with 1 piece of baggage per person
* Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC medium car for 2 passengers ( AC Innova for 3-4 passengers)
* Accommodation (3*- 4*- 5*) including breakfast daily
* Local English Speaking Guide
* Alleppey (house boat) inclusive of all meals.
* Check in and check out time is 12h00 ( midday).

* International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes
* Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
* Travel insurance
* India visa fee
* Tips
* Peak season or Public holidays surcharge (if any)
* Services not stated in the itinerary

* International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes
* Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
* Travel insurance
* India visa fee
* Tips
* Peak season or Public holidays surcharge (if any)
* Services not stated in the itinerary

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Rates valid for travel between 01 August to 30 September 2017.
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India Kerala housebaots on the water moored under palm trees in Alleppey
India Kerala housebaots on the water moored under palm trees in Alleppey
India Kerala view of accommodation at Kumarakom
India Kerala houseboat sailing the backwaters in Kumarakom
India Kerala houseboats on the river in Periyar National Park
India Kerala view of Sita Devi Lake surrounded by forest
Kerala view of Anamuni the highest mountain peak in south India from Munnar Hill station
India Kerala exterior view of the Dutch Palace
India man in a traditional canoe in Kumarakom
India house boats at Alleppey
India view of the backwaters at Kumarakom
India view of the Munnar hillstation
India chinese cantilevered fishing nets at Cochin
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India buck at the NIlgiri-Tahr-Eravikulam-National-Park
India view of cottages beside a lake in Munnar
India Tea plantations. Munnar, Kerala, India
India view of the canals in Cochin
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India people relaxing on a alleppey house boat
India Bengal tigers taking a dip in a pond at Periyar National Park
India golden triangle tiger lying down at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve