Kerala Backwater Tour
Day 01: Cochin – Munnar
Pick up from Cochin International Airport/Railway Station. Proceed to Munnar – a pleasing 04:00 hrs journey riding through the picturesque hills jacketed in greenish tea and spice plantations. The cab will stop in many of the places on the way to enjoy the beautiful nature, waterfalls and sceneries.
MUNNAR is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1600 mts above sea level, the hill station was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Sprawling tea plantations, pristine valleys, mountains and aroma of spice scented cool air make Munnar is a resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji, this flower blooms once in every twelve years.
On arrival check in at Hotel and rest of the times relax and remove your hang over of the long trip. Over Night stay at Munnar
Day 02: Munnar
After breakfast proceed to sightseeing at Munnar. Visit Eravikulam National Park at Rajamala (Here you can see the Nilgiri Thar), Echo Point, Mattupetty Lake and Dam, Tea Plantations and TATA Tea processing Factory, Kundale Lake etc. Over Night stay at Munnar
Day 03: Munnar- Thekkady ( 140 kms )
After breakfast, drive to Thekkady. A scenic 03:00 hrs drive from Munnar. The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spices scented plantations. In the Periyar Forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wild life reserves in India, and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.
On arrival check in at Hotel and after fresh up visit spice market and spice plantations. Here you can see the Pepper, Cardamom, Vanilla, Cinnamon and other spices are grown.
Note :- Optional activities like; Boating, Bullock cart ride, Bamboo Rafting, Trekking, Elephant safari, Spice Plantation Tour, Border Hiking, Tribal Village Visit, Cloud Walk, Periyar Tiger Trail, Kalari Payattu (A traditional martial Art), Kathakali Show (A traditional performance-Art), Jungle Jeep Safari and Ayurveda Massages etc.. are available here in Thekkady and these are not included in the package. But, if you are interested in any of these activities, we can guide you promptly with the supplementary charges.
Over Night stay at Thekkady
Day 04: Thekkady- Alleppey Houseboat ( 140 kms )
After breakfast proceeding to ALLEPPEY: (The Venice of the East) is a district of immense natural beauty, caressed by the Arabian Sea in the west and a vast network of Lakes, Lagoons and freshwater rivers criss-crossing the backwater county.
On arrival check-in at Houseboat (a luxury boat made in ethnic Kerala style having well appointed sitting room, bedrooms, toilet and kitchen) enjoy the tranquil beauty of the inland waters and the countryside for one day.
Houseboat Cruise at ALLEPPEY through narrow canals, Pathiramanal Island, Virgin Villages, Paddy Fields, Historical Places, Temples, Churches, Watch Snake Boats, Coconut Beer Shop (Toddy shop), Kuttanad Village etc. Enjoy spectacular lush green paddy fields, where you may enjoy an unique nature, life style of village people and their activities like Coir roping, Toddy tapping etc.
Meals served will be of typical Kerala cuisine. Welcome Drink – Tender Coconut, Lunch – Boiled/Basmati Rice, vegetables, fish fry/curry, salads, Pappad. Evening – Tea / coffee with snacks & Banana Fry. Candle Light Dinner – Rice/Chapathy, Dal Curry, Vegetable Curries and Chicken Curry. Breakfast – Bread with butter, jam & eggs or Kerala style Breakfast (Iddly/Dosa). All meals will be provided in the House Boat. Any changes required will have to be intimated in advance. Pure Vegetarian dishes, Dishes with Less Spicy for European Guest, North Indian Recipes etc. are also known to our Chef.
Guest can also buy fresh Prawn, Crab or any fresh fish during their cruise from fishermen (fresh catch) and our Chef will prepare if for the guest according to there taste without any additional charge. Overnight stay at Houseboat
Day 05: Alleppey – Cochin ( 90 kms)
After breakfast from Houseboat (according to the flight time) visit Fort Cochin – Jewish Synagogue (Built in 1568 AD. Closed on Saturdays & Jewish Holidays). Dutch Palace (Built in 1557 AD Closed on Friday & National Holidays). ST. Francis Church (Built by Portuguese in 1503 AD) Santa Cruz Cathedral, Maritime Museum- INS DRONACHARYA FORT KOCHI (Monday Holiday), Chinese Fishing Nets (The Chinese Fishing Nets that, line the sea-front and exhibit a method of catching fish, introduced by Chinese traders)
Finish the Cochin sightseeing, departure with lot of sweet memories and thousands of photographs. The cab will drop you at COCHIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT/RAILWAY STATION.