Sprawling Tea Plantations, winding lanes and good
holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.
Night stay in Munnar.
Day 06 / Munnar
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Munnar
covering 1. Rajamalai & Eravikulam National Park,
15Kms from Munnar, this is the natural habitat of
the Nilgiri Thar, a rare mountain goat (Hermitragas
Hylocres). 2. Marayoor, 40Kms from Munnar, the only
place in Kerala that lays claim to the natural growth
of Sandalwood. The Muniyara caves with murals and
relics from the New Stone Age Civilization. A Children’s
Park, spread across a hectare of land under the canopy
of a Single Banyan Tree, are of great interest to
tourists. Night stay in Munnar.
Day 07 / Cochin
After breakfast drive to Cochin (150Kms drive). Kerala’s
Commercial Capital, and the most cosmopolitan of its
cities. Cochin is a fascinating blend of cultures.
The evening is free for leisure & shopping. Night
stay in Cochin.
Day 08 / Sightseeing in Cochin
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing in Cochin,
that takes you very close to the regions History on
the international stage 1. The Hill Palace Museum,
a fully-fledged archeological museum and Kerala’s
first ever Heritage Museum are the main attractions
(closed on Mondays). 2. Chinese Fishing Nets, this
unique style of huge cantilevered fishing nets were
erected between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the
Court of Kubla Khan, a Chinese King. 3. Santa Cruz
Basilica, this historic church was built by the Portuguese
and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558.
Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Church a Basilica
in 1984. 4. The Jewish Synagogue, constructed in 1568,
this is the oldest Synagogue in the Commonwealth (closed
on Saturdays & Jewish Holidays).
The area around the Synagogue, called Jew Town, is
the centre for Spice & Handicraft shops. 5. Mattanchery
Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese in
1557 and presented to the Regent of Kochi (closed
on Fridays). Night stay in Cochin.
Day 09 / Departure
Transfer to Cochin International Airport to board
the onward flight.
Options / Choices / Additions:
“Waterways” – One Night on a Houseboat:
The nights stay, ‘Day Two’ of the Tour
can be spent on a Houseboat; we board at Alleppey
– the “Venice of the East”. Alleppey
is a fascinating part of Kerala; land of Canals and
Inland Lakes. The classic Kerala Houseboat or “Kettuvallam”,
(as it would be locally known), is the giant traditional
craft of the waterways. Measuring up to 80 feet in
length, they were used to carry tonnes of rice &
spices. A standard Kettuvallam can hold up to 30 tonnes.
Today these Houseboats have been transformed into
an innovative holiday idea, including all the creature
comforts of a well-furnished Bedroom, an en-suite
Bathroom, cosy Living Room, Kitchen and even a Balcony
for Angling. The Houseboat will cruise at a leisurely
pace along palm-fringed waterways, giving a panoramic
view of Kerala Village Life. On-board catering will
provide the best of Kerala Cuisine to suit your tastes.
At night the Boat will be Anchored on Lake Vembanad.
“Super Saver” – Day One & Two
at Alleppey: A day trip to Kumarakam to visit the
Bird Sanctuary. [Note: This option will save cost
on the Deluxe Tour].
Take a Beach Break – [Additional Charges Apply]:
Two nights in any one of the Beach Resorts –
Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam. (b)
Kadapuram Beach Resort, Nattika.