Upon arrival transfer hotel. A port town since early centuries, Cochin, also known as the spice coast of India, attracted traders and invaders from the world over.Cochin offers some fascinating snippets of history and culture. Relax and unwind at the hotel. Night at hotel.
Today you can opt to go on a sightseeing exploration tour of the many fascinating highlights of Cochin which include – The Jewish Synagogue in what is locally called the Jew Town, St. Francis Church which is the oldest European Church in India, the Santa Cruz Basilica built in 1557 by the Portuguese, the Dutch Palace, the Spice market and the 15th century Chinese fishing nets believed to have been brought by Chinese traders.In the evening, enjoy the famous dance drama of Kerala, the Kathakali. This dance is characterised by some great story telling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up. Night at the hotel.
Drive to Munnar a hill station located 1600 metres above sea level. Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in South India it still retains its colonial charm and is famous for its tea plantations, most of which are privately owned. With its sprawling estates, rolling hills, sparkling waterfalls, picture postcard hamlets and undulating valleys, Munnar is an ideal get-away destination. Check in at hote. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the ambience of Munnar. Night at hotel.
After breakfast take a visit to the tea museum and or the Eravikulam National Park (home to the endangered Nilgiri Thar mountain goat amongst others) or simply walk through the local enchanting tea estates and enjoy the tranquility it provides. Night at hotel.
Drive to Periyar an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, and elephant sightings.One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest. Check in at hotel. Either have the rest of the day at leisure or go on a spice plantation tour where you will be enticed by not only the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg but will also get to know how they are grown, harvested and processed before they reach the supermarkets. In the evening you could go for a boat ridewhere you will have the opportunity to sight elephants and other animals along the bank.Night at hotel.
(Optional: Additional day you have option to go for full day jungle trail involving bamboo rafting and treks. )
Drive to Alleppy boat jetty and embark on your private houseboat and cruise on the Backwaters,a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves towards Kumarakom.Your houseboats or ‘Kettuvalloms’ are luxuriousboats with well appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizingsurroundings it’s the life along the backwaters that makes this a fascinating experience. The locals travel in canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in small wooden boats. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places enroute. Overnight on board. (Full Board) (Transport standby)
After breakfast disembark in the morning and drive to the picturesque fishermen’s village of Mararikulam. Check inat resort. Tucked away inside quiet and lush coconut groves the resorts here are set by the pristine white sand beaches of the Marari and offer you unparalleled quiet in astoundingly beautiful settings. Marari has been inhabited by fishermen for millennia and here you will find the authenticity and the breathtaking natural surroundings have been preserved carefully. Day at leisure in the beach resort. Night at the resort.
Day at leisure on the beach. Bicycles can be organised for you so you can go biking along the beautiful coastal back roads of Marari. The area offers breathtaking views and one can bike through the beautiful fishermen’s villages rightup to the Arthumkal Church which is built by the sea. You could also choose to visit nearby Alleppey town and its bazaars and historical buildings. A visit to the coir factories around the village is also very interesting. Night at the resort.
After breakfast departure transfer to Cochin airport to connect flight fo