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Best of Kerala (5 Nights / 6 Days)

India
Cochin, Munnar, Periyar, Kumarakom
Day 1: Arrive Cochin
Welcome to India! – One Nation, countless destinations. A land of rich heritage that’s ancient. The mystique of India, its history of 5000 years, philosophy, religions, fabulous historical monuments all add to its bewildering diversity to create a unique and colorful mosaic. This is the wonder that is India, come, enjoy and experience it.

Your Holiday begins today.
Upon arrival at the Cochin airport, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Check in Mid-Day.
Afternoon, proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Cochin. The tour begins from “The Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays)” also known as Mattancherry Palace, built by Portugues in 1555, which is famous for its murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana and the puranic legends. Adjacent to the palace is the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays & Saturdays) built in 1568. Also visit the St. Francis Church (closed on Sundays), established by the Portuguese Franciscan friars in 1503. The Tour also includes visit to the seaside where one can still see the nearly a century old Chinese fishing nets, which are still in use.

In the evening, witness a Kathakali dance performance at a local theater, performed by various artists. Kathakali is a traditional dance form, depicting Indian epics (Ramayana and Mahabharata). The dancers are dressed in very colourful and elaborate costumes. Their faces are painted to depict various characters of these epics.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Cochin – Munnar 
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, proceed Munnar which is 150kms (4hrs) drive from Cochin. Later Check-in to the hotel and evening at leisure.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3: Munnar
After breakfast go for local sightseeing of Munnar where you can visit Mattupatty Dam, EchoPoint, Tea Plantation visit, Rajmalai, Ervikulam National Park. Evening back to hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4: Munnar / Thekkady 125kms (4hrs)
After breakfast check-out from hotel and proceed for Thekkady which is around 125kms (4hrs) drive from Munnar. later go for spices plantation and shopping. Evening back to hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Thekkady (Periyar) – Kumarakom 
Enjoy an early morning boat ride viewing the wildlife. The wildlife includes wild Elephants, Indian Gaur, Monkeys, spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Wild Boar and birds of myriad varieties. Back to the hotel for breakfast.
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, drive from Periyar to Kumarakom (135 kms. / 4 hrs.) and upon arrival check-in at the hotel or at the House Boat.
Later in the evening sunset cruise of Vembanand Lake.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Kumarakom – Cochin – Depart Mumbai
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, your enchanting holiday to Kerala ends as you are transferred to Cochin airport for onward destination.
Your Holiday ends today and its time to travel back home.
::Tour At A Glance::
- Kerala is enchantingly beautiful with its long shoreline and serene beaches, tranquil stretches of backwaters, lush hill stations, exotic wildlife, waterfalls, sprawling plantations, paddy fields, ayurveda, ancient monuments, and exotic cuisine!
- Cochin the gateway to Kerala, is home to many historic and cultural monuments. The mountain resorts of Munnar, Idukki, Devikulam, Ponmudi and Wyanad is where you can inhale the bracing mountain air, stroll down winding paths bordered with flowers in the full bloom, and marvel at the beautiful views. Of Kerala’s wildlife sanctuaries, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reesrve at Thekkady is the most famous.
- An enduring image of Kerala is that of its backwaters and lagoons. Vembanad Lake, with its majestic canals, streams and tributaries, weaves an intricately beautiful web. Board a house boat on a country craft and experience the gentle village life alongside the backwaters.
- Kerala truly deserves the tag of God’s own country.

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