Introduction: Kerala, one among the most prominent tourist destinations in India is blessed with unique geographical features that give the state a special place in the world tourism map. The land is having boarders the towering Western Ghats on the west and Arabian Sea on the east. The place is kept green throughout the year by a network of 44 rivers.
These rivers, except three, originate in the Western Ghats and create a vast network of canals, inlets, streams, rivulets, estuaries, and backwaters.
The backwaters of Kerala are a labyrinthine system that consists of lagoons and lakes which are linked through many canals. These backwaters witness a number of tourist activities throughout the year.
The romantic monsoon rain that hardly shows any furry on the landscape attracts many honeymooners to this exquisite state. The state also has high literacy rates, high life expectancy, and highest female gender ratio and the people are very hospitable. The state also has many ecotourism projects that include many adventures trip and it is a chance to know the nature and wilderness from up close.
The tranquil beauty of Kerala has helped it to be named as one of the ‘10 paradises of the world’ and one of the 50 must see destinations of a lifetime by the National Geographic’s Traveller magazine. Kerala, the state also offers exotic beaches, lush hill-stations, spectacular waterfalls, wilderness to explore, many sanctuaries, ancient ports, and greenery everywhere. The state is known for its hospitality and if you are currently in search of your next travel destination here is the one calling you. Get ready to explore the tranquil beauty through Kerala Holidays.
Day 01: Arrival at Cochin drive to Munnar
Arrival at Cochin Airport (assistance on arrival) and drive to Munnar (140 km – 4 hour drive) on arrival check into the hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight stay in Munnar
Day 02: Munnar- Local sightseeing
Spend the day with local sightseeing. Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundale, Munnar is 1600 Meter above sea level. Munnar was once the summer resort of the British government in South India. Local sightseeing of Munnar includes visit to Mattupetty Dam, Kundale Lake and Echo point. Afternoon proceed to Rajamalai were the rarest species of mountain goat, “Nilgiri Thars”, can be spotted. Overnight stay is arranged at Munnar.
Day 03: Munnar- Leisure day
Day at leisure for own activities. Overnight stay in Munnar.
Day 04: Munnar to Thekkady
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Thekkady (110 km – 3 hours drive) on arrival check into the hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight stay in Thekkady
Day 05: Thekkady- Sightseeing
Proceed for the sightseeing tour of Thekkady – one of the world’s most fascinating wild life reserves. The Periyar wild life sanctuary in Thekkady is spread across 777 sq km of which 360 sq km is thick ever green forest. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wild life and scenic beauty, the sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Optional activities like Boating at Periyar Lake, Spice Plantation visit, Bamboo Rafting, Trekking and Elephant Ride can be done at an extra cost. Overnight stay is arranged in Thekkady
Day 06: Thekkady- Kumarakom
After early breakfast check out from Hotel and drive to Kumarakom (170 km – 05 Hour drive) on arrival check into Hotel. Proceed for local sightseeing in and around Kumarakom – a tiny backwater hamlet perched on the western banks of the Vembanadu Lake. The stretch of backwater is spread over 900 sq. km. The hamlet clings to tradition and the local population prefers to live adhering to their old ways. Choose a canoe, motor boat or a houseboat and devour the beauty of this backwater paradise at its best. Overnight stay is arranged in Kumarakom.
Day 07- Kumarakom- Allepey
Early morning around 6.00 AM proceed for bird sanctuary visit. After breakfast check out from Hotel and drive to Alleppey (40 km – 01 Hour drive) – this is a quaint town flanked by the Arabian Sea in the west and has a vast network of lakes, lagoons and freshwater rivers criss-crossing it. Alleppey is an important backwater destination attracting several thousand foreign tourists every year and is also famous for its boat races, beaches, marine products and coir industry. Check into the houseboat on arrival (check in time 1.00 pm). Enjoy the day with a backwater cruise on the Vembanad Lake. Overnight stay is on the houseboat.
Day 08- Homewardbound
After breakfast check out from the Houseboat at Alleppey (check out time 9.30 AM) and drive to Cochin Airport (70 KM – 2 ½ Hour drive) for onward journey.
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