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Kerala Backwater & Houseboat Trip(9 Nights / 10 days )

Duration :9 Nights / 10 Days

Destinations :Cochin - Munnar - Thekkedy - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kovalam - Trivanduram

Tour Overview :
Kerala as it is known "God's own Country" offers lovely backwater trip through Alleppey, Kumarakom and Kottyam area. At the same time gives you a chance to explore the spice planation in the hills with beautiful landscapes and let you enjoy its virgin beaches.

Tour Highlights:
- Visit Jewsih Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Chinese Fishing nets still working.
- Witness Kathakali Dance Performance and make up.
- Experience the local life around the Backwaters of Kerala.
- Enjoy Bamboo Raft ride at Periyar Lake.
- Visit Tea and Coffee plantation in uppder Hills.
- Experience overnight houseboat stay.
- Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
- Tour of Padmanabha Swami temple.
- Spend some leisure time at Kovalam Beach Resort.

Kerala Backwater Tour Itinerary :

Day 01 – Arrive Cochin
Meeting and greetings on arrival at Cochin airport and transfer to the hotel for check in.

Afternoon commence sightseeing tour to visit Fort Cochin, Mattancherry, Spice Markets, Antique Shopping, Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Basilica, Dutch Palace, Vasco Da Gama Square and Chinese Fishing Nets. Return to the hotel in the evening for overnight stay.

Day 02 – Cochin to Munnar – proceed by car
After breakfast proceed to Munnar, where sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make it a unique experience. This hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British empire in south India. Check in to your resort / hotel and get ready for the special trip to Pothamedu for an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks. Time permiting also visit Mattupetty famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Onwards from the farm you proceed to Mattupetty lake and dam, which is a very beautiful picnic spot. You could enjoy boating in the lake and view mountains and landscapes from afar. Onwards proceed to Echo point famous for the natural echo phenomenon and then to Top Station offering marvellous views of Munnar valley below. Return to the resort and enjoy the facilities at your resort. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 – At Munnar
Full day exploration of this tea country and its surroundings. Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 04 – Munnar to Periyar – Proceed by car
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Periyar - nestled in spice and rubber plantations. Known to be Kerala’s pride and testimony to nature’s splendour, Periyar has a lot to offer in terms of wildlife. Periyar is famous for its rare habitat of birds and animals and is one of the most popular destinations for nature lovers. Check in to your resort. Later proceed to visit cardamom hills where you could have a closer look at the spice plantations. Overnight at the resort / lodge.

Day 05 - Periyar to Kumarakom – by car
Morning commence Bamboo raft ride to watch the wild life mainly wild elephants in herds. Other than wild elephants, you may also catch sight of Tigers, Bison, Spotted deer, Gaur and other animals. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake.

Afternoon proceed to Alleppey to board your waiting houseboat and sail through the backwaters of Kerala to Kumarakom. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. A picturesque, clean village, Kumarakom is a tiny hamlet on the banks of a lagoon formed by the Vembanad lake. Check in to your resort where calm, emerald backwaters reflect hundreds of thousands of gently swaying palms where the primary attraction however, is its lazy ambience.

Meals and overnight on board the houseboat.

Day 06 – At Kumarakom
Morning after breakfast check out from the houseboat and check in at the Resort. Rest of day free to explore the bird sanctuary of Kumarakom and explore a whole new world of feathered species. For an inquisitive bird watcher it is an ideal place that echoes with the chirping of birds including a variety of migratory birds. Take a walk around the sanctuary while experiencing the sights and sounds of these birds. Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Either you are free at leisure, or enjoy the backwaters with paddleboats, canoe and Kayaks at the lagoon available at the resort.

Day 07 : Kumarakom to Kovalam - by car
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Kovalam and check in at one of the beach resort. Rest of the day free to relax and enjoy the beach. Overnight at the hotel.

Kovalam Beach, one of the best in India and perhaps world. A rocky promontory jutting into the sea render Kovalam safe for sea bathing even in the roughest weather.

Day 08 – At Kovalam
Morning after breakfast at the hotel explore the adjoining city of Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala and a beautiful city of magnificent structures showcasing the ancient and modern style of architecture in a unique setting. The other attractions in the city include various cultural institutions, palaces, art galleries, and the Sree Padmanabha Swami temple.

New Year celebrations and overnight at the hotel.

Day 09 – At Kovalam
Full day free to relax and enjoy the beach. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 - Depart Kovalam
Transfer to the Airport in time to bard flight for onward journey.

End of your memorable tour !

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