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AWESOME KERALA Athirapilly – Munnar – Kumarakom – Cochin 4N/5D

Day 01: Cochin – Athirapilly

Pick up from Cochin airport/railway station and transfer to Athirapilly, check in hotel free & explore the resort in front of waterfall, evening proceeds to sightseeing at Athirapilly waterfall, enjoy the gift of nature and its surroundings. Overnight stay at Athirapilly.

Day 02: Athirapilly - Munnar

After breakfast transfer to Munnar the lovely hill station, filled with tea plantations and misty mountains. The drive to Munnar is very scenic crossing the narrow hair pin roads where you can see beautiful valleys, tea gardens and small waterfalls on the way. Vallera & Kallar waterfalls, sightseeing include Pothanmedu view point. Check into the hotel. Overnight stay at Munnar

Day 03: Munnar

After the cherish morning breakfast at hotel, proceed to full day sightseeing to Munnar which includes the Rajmahal – a top peak to Munnar Mattupetty Dam and, Echo Point, Kundala Lake, enjoy boating in the lake etc. and the tea garden spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers. Overnight stay at Munnar.

Day 04: Munnar - Kumarakom (Houseboat)

Breakfast at hotel, transfer to Kumarakom/ Alleppey as per your interesting selection of either resort at Kumarakom or houseboat at Kumarakom, we will transfer you the preference and check in.

For houseboat: -

Enjoy & experience the full day back water life. Cruise will cover the canals & village area also. We shall also arrange fishing rods in the houseboat for your children to do fishing during the stay. Lunch, evening tea, dinner, Breakfast will be serving at Houseboat. Overnight stay at houseboat.
For resort: - Explore the luxurious resort with activities, it’s located in front of and surroundings of the esteem backwaters, overnight at Kumarakom.

Day 05: Departure

Leisurely morning, have breakfast, check out and transfer to cochin, do sopping visiting the fabric, textile and jeweler shops cochin city. And drop at Cochin airport to board your flight back home.

KERALA ATTRACTIONS Hill Stations * Wildlife * Beaches * Waterfalls * Backwaters

HILL STATIONS

Lying on the windward side of the Western Ghats, Kerala has a long chain of lush, mist – clad hill stations that are home to exotic wildlife, all the hill resorts in Kerala offer the most magical experience of nature in all its virgin beauty.

Ponmudi : An idyllic hill station, Ponmudi, situated 915 m above sea level has a deer park and excellent trekking trails. Wild orchids grow profusely on the hillsides embroidered with winding, wooded paths.

Munnar : Situated at the confluence of three mountain sreams, 1600 m 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 lakes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.

Devikulam : This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The Devikulam Lake is ideal for trout fishing.

Peermedu : Peermedu, the famous plantation town, takes its name from peer Mahammed, a Sufi saint and close associate of the erstwhile Royal Family of Travancore. Wide vistas of tea, cardamom, rubber and coffee plantation interspersed with silver cascades, sculptural rocks, meadows and mist – cloaked hilltops makes Peermedu an unforgettable experience.

Vegamom : Grass – covered hills, velvet lawns and the cool mountain air make Vagamom a perfect holiday retreat. Dotted with tea gardens and meadows, this hill country is a heaven of tranquility.

Nelliyampathy : This fascinating hill station, reached by traversing 23 hairpin curves, has several vantage view points including Kesavan Para and Seethargundu. The dense and verdant forests harbor exotic wildlife.

Vythiri : Tucked away the northeastern tip of Kerala, this quaint little hill station about 1300 m above sea level is renowned for its coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber plantations. Mist – capped mountain and breathtaking scenery dominate other tourist attractions.

Lakkidi : The gateway to Wayanad, Lakkidi is situated 700 m above sea level, at the crest of the Thamarassery Ghat Pass, lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the jorney up the winding roads to this hill station.

Pythal Mala : This enchanting hill station, situated 4500 ft above sea level near the Kerala – Karnataka border, is rich in flora and fauna. It is a 6 km trek to the top of the hill.

Kottancherry : Lying close to the Cauvery, this idyllic spot is a favourite with nature lovers and ecotourists.the nearby village of Konnakkad, with its rainforests and verdant surroundings, is ideal for trekking.

Ranipuram : Situated 750 m above sea level, Ranipuram is famous for its trekking trails and varied vegetation. Evergreen shoal woods, monsoon forests and grasslands. This area was formerly known as Madathumala.

WILD LIFE

Neyyar Sanctuary : A haven for exotic flora and fauna, 12000 hectares of natural vegetation is spread across an undulating terrain interspersed with rushing brooks, flat meadows and gentle slopes is an ideal trekking destination.

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary : This sanctuary, spread over 53 sq. km on the Western Ghats, has rich flora and fauna and is dotted with hillocks, forests and eucalyptus plantations.

Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary : Declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1984, the region is unique for its bio – diversity, the remain of stone age culture found here and due to the presence an important ecotourism resource.

Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary : A charming canopy of dense tropical evergreen forests, tropical semi – evergreen forests and moist deciduous forests fringe the scenic lake that surrounds this protected area on three sides.

Periyar Tiger Reserve : Snuggled in the Western Ghats, one of the world’s richest bio – diversity spots, is the fascinating natural wildlife sanctuary of Thekkady – the protected Periyar tiger reserve. There are two watch towers inside the forest teeming with exotic wildlife.

Eravikulam National Park : The main attractions of this park, situated in the Devikulam Taluk, are the Nilgiri Tahr and the Neelakurinji flowers that bloom just once in 12 years. The highest peak in south India, Anamudi, is located in the southern region of the park.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary : Situated on the Tamil Nadu border, the Rajamala – Udumalpet road winds right through it, enabling travelers to view wildlife including elephants, Sambar, gaur etc.

Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary : Also known as Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Thattekkad, nestled in evergreen forests was discovered by the renowned ornithologist of India, Dr. Salim Ali and is named after him.

Peechi – Vazhani Sanctuary : This is one of the Kerala’s oldest wildlife reserve. Formed around the twin reservoirs of Peechi and Vazhani, the sanctuary is a rich repository of bio – diversity with several endangered herbs, shrubs, rare medicinal plants and innumerable variety of orchids.

Chimmini Wildlife Sanctuary : With its dense forests, a variety of birds and butterflies and innumerable trekking trails, this is a sanctuary that provides heady experience for nature enthusiasts. The forest department organizes trekking and bamboo rafting programmes in and around the sanctuary. But the highlight of all excursions is the moonlight sonata, which involves rafting on full moon nights.

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary : Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary is home to rare wild animals. Boating/cruising facilities are available at the Parambikulam.

Silent Valley National Park : The park is believed to be the sole surviving bit of evergreen forests in the sahya ranges. The peculiarity of the silent valley forest is that it is devoid even of the chirping of cicadas.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary : The Wayanad wildlife sanctuary encompasses an area of 344.33 sq. km and is made up of two discontinuous pockets – Muthanga in the south and Tholpetty in the north. Muthanga is located 18 km west of Sulthan Bathery while Tholpetty lies 15 km from Manathavady.

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary : At this 55 sq. km sanctuary, nature walk, soft trekking, bamboo rafting, coracle boating, stay at tree houses in Pariputhodu and Bhoothamkallu etc . are possible.

BEACHES

Most of india’s finest beaches are in kerala. For virtually its entire 600 km length, the kerala coast lined with sandy beaches, rocky promontories and coconut palms. Each year, greater number of visitors arrive here in seach of the tranquil, palm – fringed beaches.

Kovalam : Internationally renowned, this seaside destination comprises three adjacent crescent – shaped beaches, of which the southernmost, known as the Lighthouse beach, is the most popular. Kovalam offers a variety of activities including snorkeling, catamaran rides, sunset viewing, cycling on the beach etc.

Shankhumugham : Adjacent to the airport, this beach has an indoor recreation club, the matsya kanyaka, a restaurant shaped like a starfish and a traffic training park for children. Nearby are two popular picnic spots. Akkulam and Veli Tourist Village.

Chowara : Pristine and serene, this fishing hamlet is an unending stretch of white, sandy beaches.

Poovar : An isolated but spectacular beach, Poovar is situated close to the Neyyar River estuary. A trading port in its early days, it is today an important tourist destination.

Papanasam, Varkala : A dip in the sea at Papanasam, meaning redemption from sins, is believed to be holy. Fringed by red laterite cliffs, near to the beach are the cool mineral springs, serene backwaters , the 2000 – year – old Sree Janadhana Swamy Temple, a century old tunnel and a Nature Cure Centre.

Thirumullavaram : This secluded beach is a beautiful picnic centre.

Alappuzha beach : A 137 – year old pier which entends into the sea and an old lighthouse add ot the attraction of the beach.

Fort Kochi Beach : Overlooking the Arabian sea, with its legendary Chinese fishing nets dotting the foreground, Fort Kochi Beach offers a view of spectacular sunsets. Another highlight here are the waterfront stalls serving fresh catch prepared according to taste.

Cherai : this lovely beach bordering Vypeen island is ideal for swimming. Dolphins are occasionally spotted here. A typical Kerala Village nearby, with paddy fields and coconut groves is an added attraction.

Nattika beach : Fringed by palm trees, this picturesque beach is a hot spot for picnickers.

Padinjarekkara : Famous for bird watching, the beach also offers a breathtaking view of the confluence of the Bharathapuzha, the Tirur Puzha and the Arabian sea.

Vallikunnu : A beach resort set in the midst of a coconut grove is the main attraction here. Close to it is the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary.

Kozhikode beach : This beach is famous haunt of sunset viewers. Adding to its natural beauty is the old – world charm retained by the ancient lighthouse and the two crumbling piers, each more than a hundred years old, that run into the sea.

Beypore : One of the prominent ports and a maritime trading centre of ancient Kerala, Beypore is located at the mouth of the Chaliyar River. The boat building yard here, famous for the construction of the Uru, boasts a tradition of almost 1500 years.

Kappad : This is the historic beach where Vasco da Gama landed on the 27th of may 1498, with 170 men in three vessels. The rock – studded beach is locally known as Kappakadavu.

Payyoli : The shallow water of this beautiful beach is ideal for swimming. During November – December, hordes of the endangered Olive Ridley turtle come in to lay eggs.

Vadakara sandbanks : This beach where the Kottakal River merges into the sea is stunningly beautiful and is a favourite spot for locals and tourists. The nearby Birla Bungalow offers a delightful view of the Sandbanks Beach.

Payyambalam : Famous for its flats laterite cliffs that just out into the sea, well _ laid gardens and the massive landscaped sculpture of Mother and Child make this beach extremely captivating. The adjacent Baby Beach accessed through the Burnassery Cantonment is delightfully quiet.

Kizhunna Beach : This beautiful stretch of sand is one of the most secluded beaches in Kerala.

Meenkunnu : Uncrowded, the beach is a tourist’s paradise, with golden sand and surf.

Muzhappilangad : A swimmer’s paradise, this is kerala’s only drive – in beach. Adventure sports like paragliding, parasailing, micro – lite flights and a variety of watersports options are possible here.

Bekal Fort Beach : Also known as Pallikere Beach, this scenic seaside offers a spectacular view of the historic fort and has ample facilities for recreation and relaxation.

Kappil : A winding lane meanders through palm _ fringed landscape to this totally unpolluted, secluded beach. The Kodi Cliff closeby offers a panoramic view of the Arabian sea. 2 km away is the Pallikunnam Temple.

Kanwatheertha : A large swimming pool – like formation of the sea on the vast beach is the main attraction here.

WATERFALLS

The forests of the western ghats are punctuated with large and small waterfalls that roae, gurgle and splash down the mountain side. Almost all these scintillating cascades are the venues for picnics ans excursion round the year.

Palaruvi : Palaruvi which means stream of milk makes its way down the rocks, from a height of 300 ft. the palaruvi woods are a beautiful picnic spot.

Athirapally : At the entrance to the Sholayar Ranges, this 80 ft high waterfall is a popular picnic spot.

Vazhacal : Just a short drive from Athirapally, this picturesque waterfall is close to dense, green forest and is a part of the Chalakudy River. Athirapally and Vazhachal are the most famous waterfalls of Kerala, attracting tourists in plenty.

Attukad : A land of waterfalls and inviting green hills, Attukad, located between Munnar and Pallivasal, is a feast for the eyes. The place is excellent for long treks.

Thommankuthu : Famous for its seven – step waterfall, Thommankuthu is an ideal place for adventure tourism. Pedal boating, forest trekking, night camping, bathing in the waterfall etc are some of the activities possible here.

Thusharagiri : Waterfalls and streams abound in this hilly region with excellent trekking tracks, located near Vythiri in Wayanad.

Meenmutty : An interesting 2 km jungle trek will lead to the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad. Water drops from nearly 1000 ft over three stages, presenting a triple – decker effect.

Chethalayam : A lovely place to visit, trekking enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the climb up the rocks to the waterfall.

Sentinel Rock Waterfall : Locally known as soochipara, or needle rock, the pool at the foot of the falls is ideal for a quick dip.

BACKWATERS

The backwaters of Kerala – meandering inland lakes networked by canals – stretch to over 900 km. boat trips across these tranquil stretches are an experience unique to Kerala. Large Kettuvalloms have been converted into luxury houseboats for these cruises.

Thiruvallam : This serene backwater stretch, en route to Kovalam, is famous for its 2000 – year old temple on the banks of the River Karamana, canoe rides, Kayaking and cruises in traditional houseboats.

Kappil : A confluence of the sea, river and the backwater, this secluded, picturesque spot is worth the visit. The Priyadarshini boat club here offers boating facilities.

Kollam : One of the oldest ports in the state, Kollam is where the magnificent network of waterways begins. From the famed Ashtamudi Lake, known as the gateway to the backwaters, a 130 km long system of interlinked canals and lakes winds all the way to the north. The eight – hour trip from here to Alappuzha is the longest backwater cruise in Kerala. An important stop during the cruise is the picturesque little village of Alumkadavu, home of the skilled artisans who craf the enormous Kettuvalloms.

Alappuzha : Referred to as the Venice of the East, this backwater country with its vast network of lakes, lagoons and freshwater rivers is immensely beautiful. Venue for the world – renowned snake boat races, Alappuzha is also famous for its marine products and coir industry. Kuttanad in Alappuzha, known as the Rice Bowl of Kerala, is the very heart of the backwaters and is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level. The enchanting island of Pathiramanal on the backwaters is a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world.

Kumarakom : Nestled among lush paddy fields, highlands and entensive rubber plantation is Kumarakom, one of the most popular and most beautiful backwater stretches of Kerala. An exotic picnic spot, Kumarakom provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating. An exclusive attraction here is the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which is an ornithologist’s paradise.

Kochi : A cluster of islands on the vast expanse of the Vembanad Lake, Kochi, one of the finest natural harbours in the world, is more popular known as the Queen of the Arabian sea. Half the fun of visiting kochi is going about in the local ferries. A conducted cruise through the winding waterways will take you to several quaint spots including the picturesque islands of Bolgatty, Vypeen, Gunda and Vallarpadam.

Kozhikode : Unexplored and unspoilt,THE backwaters of Kozhikode offer delightful holiday options. Elathur, the canola canal and the Kallai River are favourite places for boating. Kadalundi, with its beautiful bird sanctuary and Korapuzha, the venue of the Karapuzha Jalotsavam are popular tourist destinations.

Valiyaparamba : This is perhaps the most scenic backwater stretch in Kerala. Fed by four rivers and dotted with numerous little islands,you can explore the backwater in a houseboat along the Tejaswini River – from Kottapuram in Nileshwaram to Kannur through the Valiyaparamba Backwaters.


KERALA BACK WATER TOUR 4N / 5D Cochin – Alleppey - Kumarakom

Day 01: Cochin / Alleppey

After arrival at Cochin Airport / Railway station, transfer to Alleppey. Check in Hotel / Resort. Overnight stay

Day 02: Alleppey House Boat

After breakfast check out & transfer to Boat Jetty for House Boat, check in House Boat & Overnight stay.

Day 03: House Boat / Kumarakom

Breakfast at House Boat, later check out & transfer to Kumarakom Hotel / Resort. Later proceed for local sightseeing. Overnight stay at Hotel / Resort.

Day 04: Kumarakom

After breakfast relax, day for leisure. In evening proceed for local sightseeing later free for leisure or personal activities. Overnight stay at Hotel / Resort.

Day 05: Transfer

After breakfast check out & transfer to Cochin Airport / Railway Station..

KERALA BEACH & BACK WATER TOUR 4N / 5D Trivandrum – Kovalam – Kanyakumari - Kumarakom – Alleppey

Day 01: Trivandrum / Kovalam

After arrival at Trivandrum Airport / Railway station, transfer to Kovalam. After check in relax later proceed for Kovalam beach. Late evening return back to hotel/resort. Overnight stay at Hotel / Resort.

Day 02: Kovalam / Kanyakumari / Kovalam

After breakfast proceed for Full day Kanyakumari tour. In evening return back to Hotel / Resort. Overnight stay at Hotel / Resort.

Day 03: Kovalam / Kumarakom

After breakfast check out & proceed for Kumarakom, after arrival check in. later proceed for local sightseeing. Overnight stay at Hotel / Resort.

Day 04: Kumarakom / Cruise / Alleppey.

After breakfast check out & transfer to Boat Jetty for Day Cruise. After arrival at Alleppey, transfer to Hotel / Resort.

Day 05: Transfer

Breakfast at Hotel / Resort. Check out & transfer to Cochin Airport / Railway station

KERALA HONEYMOON Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady – Alleppey – Kumarakom – Cochin 4N/ 5D

Day 01: Cochin – Munnar

Pickup from Cochin airport/railway station and transfer to Munnar the lovely hill station, filled with tea plantation and misty mountains. The drive to Munnar is very scenic crossing the narrow hair pin roads where you can see beautiful valleys, tea gardens and small waterfalls on the way. Vallera & Kallar Water Falls, sightseeing include Pothenmedu view point. Check into the hotel. Overnight stay at Munnar.

Day 02: Munnar

After breakfast transfer to Munnar the lovely hill station, filled with tea plantations and misty mountains. The drive to Munnar is very scenic crossing the narrow hair pin roads where you can see beautiful valleys, tea gardens and small waterfalls on the way. Vallera & Kallar waterfalls, sightseeing include Pothanmedu view point. Check into the hotel. Overnight stay at Munnar.

Day 03: Munnar - Thekkady

After breakfast transfer to Thekkady. Drive through panoramic Western Ghats Hills covered with spice plantations and streams. Experience the mind – bowing view of calm crystal clear Periyar lake, boating through Periyar Lake watching wild animals. Overnight stay at Thekkady.

Day 04: Alleppey/Kumarakom (Houseboat)

Leisurely morning breakfast at hotel, transfer to Alleppey, check into houseboat, and enjoy & experience the fully day back water life. Cruise will cover the canals & village area also. We shall also arrange fishing rods in the houseboat for your children to do fishing during the stay.
Lunch, evening tea, dinner, Breakfast will be serving at houseboat. Overnight stay at houseboat.

Day 05: Departure

Morning breakfast, and check out from houseboat – have a complimentary short visit to Alleppey beach and proceeds to cochin do shopping visiting the fabric, textile and jeweler shops cochin city. And drop at Cochin airport to board your flight back home.

KERALA JOURNEY Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Cochin 6N/7D

Day 01: Cochin

Pickup from Cochin airport/railway station and transfer to Cochin City. Check into the hotel and free for relax. Afternoon start the city tour visiting Jewish synagogue, Dutch Palace, St. Francis church, Santa Cruz basilica and Chinese fishing nets, marine nets, marine drive. In the evening enjoy private sunset boat cruise in the harbor. Overnight stay at Cochin.

Day 02: Cochin - Munnar

After breakfast transfer to Munnar the lovely hill station, filled with tea plantation and misty mountains. The drive to Munnar is very scenic crossing the narrow hair pin roads where you can see beautiful valleys, tea gardens and small waterfalls on the way. Vallera and Kallar Waterfalls, Sightseeing include Pothanmedu view point. Check into the hotel. Overnight stay at Munnar.

Day 03: Munnar

After the cherish morning breakfast at hotel, proceed to full day sightseeing to Munnar which includes the Rajmahal – a top peak to Munnar Mattupetty Dam and, Echo point, Kundala Lake, enjoy boating in the Lake etc. and the tea garden spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers. Overnight stay at Munnar.

Day 04: Munnar - Thekkady

After breakfast transfer to Thekkady. Drive through panoramic Western Ghats Hills covered with spice plantations and streams. Experience the mind – bowing view of calm crystal clear Periyar lake, boating through Periyar Lake watching wild animals. Overnight stay at Thekkady.

Day 05: Thekkady - Kumarakom

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Kumarakom – world one and only beautiful and delighted backwater destination. Check in to the resort the day free to explore the resort, with the surroundings of backwater overnight stay at Kumarakom.

Day 06: Houseboat at Alleppey/Kumarakom

Breakfast at hotel, transfer to Alleppey, check into houseboat, and enjoy & experience the full day backwater life. Cruise will cover the canals & village area also. Lunch, evening tea, dinner, breakfast will be serving at houseboat. Overnight stay at houseboat.

Day 07: Departure

After breakfast Check out from houseboat have a complimentary short visit to Alleppey beach and transfer to cochin do sopping visiting the fabric, textile and jeweler shops cochin city. And drop at Cochin airport to board your flight back home.

MUNNAR & BACK WATER TOUR 4N / 5D Cochin – Munnar – Alleppey / Kumarakom

Day 01: Cochin / Munnar

After arrival at Cochin Airport / Railway station, transfer to Munnar. After check in relax later proceed for local sightseeing return back to hotel/resort. Overnight stay at Hotel / Resort.

Day 02: Munnar

After breakfast proceed for full day local sightseeing, in evening return back to Hotel / Resort. Overnight stay at Hotel / Resort.

Day 03: Munnar / Alleppey

After breakfast check out & proceed for Alleppey. Check in hotel & relax. Overnight stay at Hotel / Resort.

Day 04: Alleppey / Cruise / Kumarakom

Breakfast at hotel later check out & transfer to Boat Jetty

Day 05: Kumarakom / Cochin

After breakfast check out & proceed for Cochin Airport / Railway Station