Day 01: Arrival Kochi
Have your breakfast at the hotel. Later you shall be driven to Kochi.
Briefing (Kochi): The eventful history of this city began when a major flood in AD 1341 threw open the estuary at Kochi, till then a land locked region, turning it into one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Kochi thus became a haven for seafaring visitors from all over the world and became the first European town-ship in India when the Portuguese settled here in the 15th century. The Dutch wrested Fort Kochi from the Portuguese in AD 1663 and later in the last phase of the colonial saga, the British took over, the town in 1795.
Overnight will be at the hotel in Kochi.
Day 02: Kochi Sightseeing
Breakfast at the hotel. Later proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kochi.
Chinese Fishing Nets: The Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles work on the principle of balance. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450. Vasco Da Gama Square, the narrow promenade that parallels the beach, is the best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea.
St. Francis Church: St. Francis Church in Kochi is one of the famous churches of Kerala. Built in European style of architecture, the St. Francis Church of Kochi was built in 1503. The wooden structure was established in 1503. It is believed that Vasco Da Gama breathed his last here and his remains were kept in this church for a few years before it was shifted to Portugal. The St. Francis Xavier’s Church in Kochi is considered to be the oldest European Church in Kochi. It was constructed by Portuguese Franciscan friars. In the year 1663, the Dutch converted St. Francis Church into a protestant church from a Catholic Church.
Dutch Palace: The Mattancherry Palace is a Portuguese palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace, in Mattancherry. The Palace was built and gifted by the Portuguese as a present to the Raja of Cochin around 1555. The Dutch carried out some extensions and renovations in the palace in 1663, and thereafter it was popularly called Dutch Palace.
Jewish Synagogue: The Jewish community traces its history to nearly 2000 years ago. In 1948 the community numbered 2500 and today there are fewer that 30 people. The community is still centered round JEWTOWN where you will visit its crown Jewel, the Paradesi Synagogue. Built in 1568 and reconstructed after a Portuguese bombardment in 1662, the synagogue is distinguished by its tile roof and bell tower.
Return back to the hotel and relax. Overnight at Kochi.
Day 03: Kochi – Munnar (By Road Distance: 130 kms /4 hrs.)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Later proceed for Munnar. A peaceful and the only hill station of Kerala
Briefing (Munnar): Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams -Mudrapuzha, Nallathani & Kundala. 1600 meter above sea level this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling Tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.
On arrival at Munnar, Check in at the hotel.
Overnight will be at Munnar.
Day 04: Munnar
Have your leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Munnar.
Mattupetty: It is located at a height of 1700 meters and famous for its highly specialized dairy farm. You can visit the cattle shed farms at this place on your tour to Munnar. Besides, the Mattupetty Lake and dam is a short distance from the farm and is a beautiful picnic spot. You can also get boating facilities on the Mattupetty Dam that would simply be exciting.
Pothamedu: It is a scenic spot offering majestic views of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The undulating hills, the lush mountain and the incredible scenery here is ideal for trekking and extensive mountain walks.
Nyayamakad: It is located at a distance of 10kms from Munnar and isaland of incredible waterfalls.The sight of water scascading down a hill from a height of around 1600 meter sisan awe-inspiring one. The captivating surroundings make an outstanding picnic spot and trekking point.
Echo Point: Echo point is a scenic destination located 15 km from Munnar in Idukki district, Kerala. It got its name from the natural echo phenomenon here.Echo Point, situated on the way to Top Station from Munnar is a stop over for tourists visiting Top Station
Visit to Munnar Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea here has a famous tea museum inside its complex.
Return back to the hotel. Overnight will be at Munnar.
Day 05: Munnar – Periyar (By Road Distance: 87 kms /3 hrs.)
Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel. Later drive to Periyar.
Briefing(Periyar): Periyar is one of India’s most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries, where one can watch the wildlife at close range. Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (PNP) is a protected area in the districts of Idukki and Pathanamthitta in Kerala, India. It is notable as an elephant reserve and a tiger reserve.
You will drive you to Visit Periyar wild life sanctuary. It is one of India’s most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries, where one can watch wildlife at close range. The vegetation, flora & fauna and birds are uniquely rich & varied and do not bear semblance to any other wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Even a casual visitor to this place will not fail to observe the special ecological pattern. The very sound of the name conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hill & spice scented plantations. The sanctuary is one of the best in the country for watching & photographing wild life. Notable among the inhabitants are the tigers, majestic Asiatic wild elephants & distinctive Nilgiri Langur.
Boat ride in Periyar.
Spice Plantation Tour
Overnight will be at Periyar.
Day 06: Periyar – Alleppey (By Road Distance: 128 kms /3 hrs.)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel.
Later you will start your drive for Alleppey to board houseboat.
Briefing(Alleppey): Alappuzha, is also known as Alleppey, is a town in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. Alappuzha is an important tourist destination in India. The Backwaters of Alappuzha are the most popular tourist attraction in Kerala. A houseboat cruise in these backwaters is a delightful experience. Alappuzha is also the access point for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake, near Alappuzha, on the second Saturday of August every year. This is the most competitive and popular of the boat races in India.
Check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and go on a leisurely overnight backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat towards Alleppey to Alleppey.
Enjoy your meals at the houseboat.
Day 07: Alleppey – Kochi (By Road Distance: 53 kms /1 hr.)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board and cruise through the backwaters watching the children going to school and the village markets opening.
Disembark the houseboat at Alleppey and proceed to Kochi.
On arrival at Kochi, you shall be driven to kochi airport to board flight for next destination.