Best of Kerala 7 Days 6 Nights

Destinations Covered: Cochin , Munnar , Thekkday , Kumarakom , Alleppey

Day 01: Cochin
Meet upon arrival and assist and transfer to your hotel for over night stay at Bolgatty Place or hotel Mercy or similar.
Day 02: Cochin - Munnar (B/D)
After breakfast city tour Cochin, drive across Willington Island and the Kochi Shipyard to Mattancherry. Visit the St. Francis Church, the oldest European built church in India. It was constructed in 1503 by Portugues San Franciscan friars and named Santo Antonio. It was renamed St. Francis in 1663. In 1779 the Protestant Dutch replaced the original wooden building with stone masonry. The Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Saturday’s & Jewish Holidays) was built in 1568 AD, and is the oldest in the common-wealth. It was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662, but rebuilt by the Dutch 2 years later. It is adorned by hundreds of blue and white hand-painted tiles. The 1555 Portuguese built Mattancherry Palace was gifted to the Maharaja of Kochi as a good-will gesture to ensure trade privileges.The Palace is now converted to a Museum, open from 10 am to 5 pm (Closed on Fridays). Continue onto the giant Chinese Fishing nets at the harbor’s entrance that silhouetted against the sunset, present a magnificent sight of the water-front. These huge cantilevered nets are a legacy of traders between 1350 and 1450 from the court of Kublai Khan. After noon drive to Munnar 135 kms 3 and half to 4 hours.it is wonderful drive through lush green forests and trough tea and other spice plantation.Enroute visit Cheyyappara Waterfalls.On arrival check in hotel Tea County or Tall tree or similar.
Day 03: Munnar (B/D)
After breakfast tour of Munnar is 1600 meter above sea level.Munnar is a nature lover’s paradise and was the summer resort of the British Government in South India.Sprawling tea plantation ,picture book towns,winding lanes lush green hills meandering mountain streams are breath taking views,you will visit the Raja Malai where you can watch Nilgerian Tahrs (Mountain goats) in their natural habitat nearby visit Mattuppetty Dam and Eco Point also visit Tea factory .enjoy buying some spices at Munnar town.Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
Day 04: Munnar-Thekkday (B/D) 110 Kms
After breakfast, drive (110 kms 3 hours) along the tranquil countryside rich spice plantation and mist capped mountains,take you to Periyar –one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in India sprawling across 777 sq kms of luxuriant green rain dreached tropical forests,this tiger reserve renders a chance to spot the exotic wildlife in its natural habitat.The sanctuary is centred around a large artificial lake formed by dam across the Periyar river.Later in the evening enjoy the boat ride at Periyar lake to watch wild life around the lake,you can see herds of wild animals on the banks taking bath or quenching their thirst also especially see wild elephants, Nilgiri lagoons, spotted Deer. Dinner & Overnight hotel. Green Woods or Cardamom County or similar.
Day 05: Thekkady - Kumarakom (B/D) 130 Kms
Morning after breakfast take a stroll through the spice plantation,filled with the fragrance of Cardamom,clove,Cinnamom etc will be truly exhilarating and relax at this wonderful place not to be forgotten.later drive to Kumarakom 130 kms on arrival check in hotel. Kumarakom,located on the shores of the Enchanting Vembanad lake a beautiful quite restful place,you may catch spectacular sunset and relax on your resort or indulge in various Ayurvedic treatments (own expenses).Overnight stay at Lake Song or Whispering Palm or similar.
Day 06: Kumarakom - Alleppey (B/L/D) 50 Kms
Morning after breakfast drive to Alleppy Jetty 50 kms & board your Kettuvallam (Houseboat) Alleppey is famous for houseboats- woven beautifully with lake and lagoons,Meet the captain and the chef when embarking on a A/C houseboat.The captain takes you on the famous emerald back-waters of Kerala. The complex network of lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals fringing the coast of Kerala forms the basis of a distinct regional lifestyle The captain takes the boat along winding canals and waterways dotted by tiny hamlets and vast green paddy fields,coconut lagoons,narrow canals enjoy a lovely hot Lunch on board cooked fresh by the Chef.which is cooked inside the houseboat.The Kerala Houseboat consists of comfortable double room with attached bath.There is a lounge and an open area where one can relax as watch the world drift by. All Meals and overnight stay on the beautiful back waters of Kerala. Enjoy Romanatic Dinner and Overnight stay at Air Con houseboat ( Aircon will only be on after 8 .30 PM)
Day 07: Alleppey - Cochin (B/D) 80 Kms
Morning disembark from Houseboat & then proceed for Cochin 80 kms approx 2 hours on arrival in Cochin enjoy shopping at M G road Bazaar local market for spices and saree and chiffon materials early evening proceed to enjoy Kathakali Dance show (1 hour show) and later transfer to International airport for flight to Home.

 

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