Tour to Green Kerala / 7N-8D

kerala, India

Munnar – Thekkady – Alleppey (Houseboat) – Kumarakom, With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. An equable climate. A long shoreline with serene beaches. Tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters. Lush hill stations and exotic wildlife. Waterfalls. Sprawling plantations and paddy fields. Ayurvedic health holidays. Enchanting art forms. Magical festivals. Historic and cultural monuments. An exotic cuisine… All of which offer you a unique experience. And what’s more, each of these charming destinations is only a two hour drive from the other – a singular advantage no other destination offers.

Day 1 | Cochin to Munnar [130 Kms 4 to 5 Hrs Drive]

Arrive Cochin. Assistance on arrival by our local representative & proceed to Munnar, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening free at leisure. Over night stay at Munnar.

Day 2 | Munnar

Day is free to relax and to walk around. Munnar is situated near the Anaimudi Peak, the highest peak in the Western Ghats. There are about 30 tea plantations in and around Munnar. The tea estates, hills, lakes and forests inside Munnar range expose its beauty. The Munnar hills are covered by tea plants, which make the feeling of seeing a wide green carpet. Later visit Eravikulam Wild Life Sanctuary the only sanctuary in India where Ibex are found in the country. Followed by visit at Kannan Devan Hills from here you can have a panoramic view of Munnar Tea Estates & the Lake of Munnar. Over night stay at Munnar.

Munnar, the erstwhile ‘summer capital of the British’, has become the most sought after holiday destination in South India. It is the luxuriant gift of nature to the Western Ghats, the eastern border of Kerala, 5000ft above sea level. Dense forests, wildlife sanctuaries, and major cash crop plantations cover most of this region. Munnar abounds in animals like elephants and Nilgiri Thar and rich biodiversity teeming with flora and fauna. Among the exotic flora found in the forests here is the Neela Kurunji. Return to the hotel for overnight.

Day 03: Munnar

Day 3 | Munnar

Morning after breakfast full day free for personal activities. Over night stay at Munnar.

Day 4 | Munnar to Thekkady [110 Kms 4 to 5 Hrs Drive]

After breakfast check out & proceed for Thekkady. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening free for Shopping at Thekkady local market for spices. Over night stay at Thekkady.

Day 5 | Thekkady – Periyar Wildlife sanctuary visit

Morning after breakfast visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary one of India’s biggest wildlife sanctuaries covering 777 sq. Km (300 Sq. miles) is a Tiger Reserve. Its centre piece, the man-made Periyar Lake at the height of 2000 ft. covers 26 sq. km, running through the forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala. Later return to hotel. Evening free at leisure personal activities. Over night stay at Thekkady.

Day 6 | Thekkady to Alleppey [170 Kms 5 to 6 Hrs Drive]

After breakfast check out & proceed for Alleppey. On arrival transfer to the boat jetty to board the magnificent house boat. The day for the journey of backwaters in the boat, through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters of Alleppey by regattas (snake boats) for which Kerala is very famous, while sailing enjoy palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals are panoramic sights one can never forget. The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent of our past trade links, are also found on the way. Flocks of duck swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky remains as enduring pictures reflecting the charm of this tourist land, you also enjoy fishing from the houseboats, evening enjoy sunset from the sun-deck of the houseboats, moving towards Kumarakom. Over night at the houseboat.

The Houseboats have generated electricity; sitting cum dinning area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a Chef, and Shrank (Driver).

Day 7 | Alleppey to Kumarakom [40 Kms 1 Hr drive]

After breakfast disembark from the houseboat. You shall be met by your driver at Alleppey boat jetty. Later drive to Kumarakom. The Kerala backwaters consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes, & canals and are best experienced. On arrival transfer to hotel. Later one can visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary & Kumarakom town. Later evening free for shopping at local market. Over night stay at Kumarakom.

Day 8 | Kumarakom to Cochin [70 Kms 2 to 3 Hrs Drive]

Cochin to onward Destination…
After breakfast check out & proceed for airport, to board flight for onward destination.
TOUR ENDS

Where to Stay

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LOCATION PREMIUM DELUX STANDARD
Langkawi Berjaya Langkawi Resort Holiday Villa 09:25
Kualalumpur Renaissance (East Wing) Vistana 11:30
  • Note: Accommodation will be provided in the Hotels/Resorts mentioned above or in similar category.

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Flights from India with Indian Airways

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FLIGHT FROM DESTINATION Date departs arrives FLIGHT TAXES
London Gatwick, UK Saint Philipe, Barbados July 12 2012 09:25 18:40 Included
Saint Philipe, Barbados London Gatwick, UK July 19 2012 11:30 23:10 Included