01 - Cochin to Munnar (130 km / 4 hrs)
provided by our representative from the moment you arrive at the Cochin railway
station or airport. He will escort you to Munnar and on the way you can savor
splendid views of tea plantations and small towns, looking beautiful with the
backdrop of picturesque lush surrounding. Besides this, you can witness
Cheyyappara waterfalls, Valara waterfalls and Attukal waterfalls that are sure
to leave you spell bound. Adimali, a wholesale place for cardamom and spices
and Pallivasal are other attractions worth exploring.
beautiful, Munnar is a heaven of peace and tranquillity. The idyllic tourist
destination in God's Own Country, set at an altitude of 6000 feet
in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile
British rulers in the colonial days. Its unending expanse of tea plantations,
pristine valleys and mountains, the aroma of spice scented cool air, exotic
species of flora and fauna in its wildlife sanctuaries and forests; Munnar
boasts of all these and more. It's the place you would love to visit – and
never wish to leave.
arrival in Munnar, check in to the hotel and spend time at leisure. You may go
to visit the local market in the evening (on your own) and buy aromatic tea
from the shops here. Enjoy a delicious
dinner and spend a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel/Resort.
Day 2 - Munnar -
breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of Munnar visiting the fabulous Mattupetty
Dam which proffers splendid views of gushing waters. You can enjoy optional
boat drive here. Echo point, well renowned for natural echo phenomenon, the
famous Shooting Point where film shootings are organized and Kundale Lake offering
shikara boating is included in itinerary. Sightseeing continues after lunch,
including a visit to Tea Museum, Blossom Park and Pothenmedu View Point.
Following this, sightseeing ends and you can get back to your hotel and relax.
DAY 03 - Munnar to Thekkady (3 hrs / 90 km)
the breakfast proceed to Thekkady, on the way visit various splendid attractions,
like Pooppara, Vandanmedu, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Ankara. Following
this, you can check in the hotel on reaching Thekkady. After relaxing for a
while you can indulge in exhilarating optional activities, such as elephant
safari, Kalari Payette-a traditional martial art form, Kathakali show, Jungle
Jeep safari, Ayurveda massage, spice plantation visit and boating in Periyar, you
may also indulge in some spice shopping. There are various kinds of spices
cultivated in Thekkady. The most abundantly found spice in Thekkady is pepper.
But there is a variety of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric and curry leaves
on the slanting slopes of the spice plantations in Thekkady.
largest wildlife sanctuary is a dream destination for any tourist visiting
India. With its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna, it
is the ultimate reservoir of many endangered species and a rich tribal culture.
Thekkady is a pleasant heaven on earth for those who love nature in its wild
manifestations. Upon arrival check into the hotel and have lunch (personal
Lake: Located in the heart of the forest, Periyar Lake is famous for
fostering a wide species of wildlife. Boating can be enjoyed on
this lake, which serves as the reservoir of the dam and provides water to the
Orient's treasure trove, a gift to the modern world and the mother of all
martial arts. Legend traces the 3000-year-old art form to Sage
Parasurama- the master of all martial art forms, credited to be the re-claimer
of Kerala from the Arabian Sea. Kalaripayattu originated in ancient South
India. Kung fu, popularised by the monks of the Shoaling Temple traces its
ancestry to Bodhi Dharma, an Indian Buddhist monk and its Kalaripayattu master.
In the evening, get transferred to the theatre (non-air-conditioned) to experience the traditional Kalari Show (Optional)
dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel/Resort.
DAY 04 - Thekkady to Alleppey (140 km / 3.5 hrs)
an early breakfast, check out from the hotel in Thekkady and drive towords Alleppey
for Houseboat cruise, which takes you through inland waterways and breathtaking
backwaters of Alleppey. There you can enjoy an overnight stay on the houseboat.
marks your arrival at Alleppey, where you would be greeted with non-alcoholic
welcome drink. Following this, cruise begins, taking through backwaters.
Sightseeing includes visits to coconut lagoons, backwater resorts of Alleppey.
Journey halts for lunch where Lunch is served and the backwater journey
continues again, taking you to C-block, R-block and Rajapuram. Cruise stops in
the evening and you can enjoy evening walk in the village.
a relatively small island, Alleppey or Alappuzha stands tall amongst the best
tourist spots in Kerala. The reason isn’t difficult to fathom once
you’ve witnessed the flawless beauty here. Often called the ‘Venice of the
East’ owing to its serpentine network of canals and backwaters, Alleppey has
grown from being a small town in Kerala to one of its biggest attractions. Much
talked about, and not without reason, are the resplendent backwaters of
Alleppey. Alleppey is known for its wellness therapies, which include Ayurvedic
massages and spas. A day at one of these spas works like magic on your body and
spirit, ridding you of tension and negative energy.
Houseboat: One of the must-do things in Alleppey is to board one of
the many magnificent houseboats and go on a cruise of utter
pleasure and romance. The exotic backwaters and inland waterways in and around
Alleppey provide for some of the most romantic moments. In a fully equipped
floating houseboat, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery around in the company
of your loved one.
Houseboat cruise is the best way to explore the beauty of backwaters, enjoy your evening on the sundeck away from polluted cities and maddening crowd. Overnight stay in the House Boat.
DAY 05 – Alleppey to Kovalam – 160 KM / 4 HRS
disembark from the Houseboat at boat jetty. Proceed to Kovalam. Kovalam truly
capture the essence of Kerala. This internationally renowned beach has been favorite
haunt of tourists since 1930’s. A beach paradise with boundless blue of the
Arabian Sea and is a sheltered natural bay. On arrival check in at Hotel. Day
free for leisure. Overnight at Hotel in Kovalam.
Kovalam: Located at a distance of
around 16 km from the city centre, the name ‘Kovalam’ means a grove of coconut
trees, and the beach town stands true to its name, offering an endless view all
over the town off the same. The 17 km of Kovalam’s coastline provides a tourist
three separate beaches, the Lighthouse Beach, the Hawa Beach, and the Samudra
DAY 06 – Kovalam / Trivandrum
the morning, embark on a sightseeing tour of Thiruvananthapuram which include
Padmanabha Swamy temple, Veli Tourist Village, Museum Complex, Science &
Technology Museum, Shangmugham Beach and Aakulam boat club etc . Evening
visit the Padmanabha Swami Temple, spectacular Kovalam Beach. Kovalam offers
breathtaking backwaters, lush landscapes, coconut palms and pristine beaches.
Overnight at Hotel/Resort.
Optional Activities: Ayurvedic Massage,
Day Trip to Kanyakumari
OPTIONAL: Day trip to Kanyakumari
proceed to Kanyakumari. Kanyakumari, Confluence of three ocean, Arabian Sea,
Indian Ocean & Bay of Bengal. On the way visit Padmanabhapuram Palace,
Suceendram Temple. On arrival depart to enjoy a short sightseeing tour of
Kanyakumari visiting Swami Vivekananda Memorial, Triveni Sangamam and
Evening witness the spectacular sunset view. Evening
return back to Kovalam, Overnight at Hotel/Resort.
Day 7 – Departure
After Breakfast at Hotel, get ready to say adios
to God’s Own Country, bid farewell to this serene land as your holidays comes
to an end as you get transferred to respective Airport or Railway Station for your
onward journey back to home, along with unforgettable memoirs with Kerala Expedition.