Day 1-: arrive COCHIN
Arrive at Cochin airport and, you are met outside the Arrivals Hall and transferred to the hotel
Afternoon, take a tour of Cochin. Comprising of a cluster of islands and towns, Cochin is a living museum. Fort Cochin is believed to be the oldest European settlement in India, with the Portuguese flag first hoisted here in 1500. St Francis Church, built in 1510 by friars brought to India by Vasco da Gama, is the first European church built in India and is the site where da Gama was buried. The "Dutch Palace" was built in the 1550s by the Portuguese and taken over by the Dutch, who later presented it to the Rajas of Cochin. The palace contains excellent mythological murals and a rare example of traditional Keralite flooring - a subtle mix of burnt coconut shells, lime, plant juices and egg whites - which gives the effect of polished marble. You have time to wander around Mattancherri or Jew Town. Jew Street is full of antique shops selling genuine and pseudo objects d’art. The Jewish Synagogue was built in 1568 and considerably embellished in the mid 18th century. It contains Grand Scroll of the Old Testament and the copper plates giving privileges to the Jew settlers by the rulers of Kochi.
In the evening, witness a Kathakali dance performance. This is the most developed dance drama art of India. Drums beckon an audience to a performance most magnificent - actors depict characters from the Puranas and the Mahabharata, the great Indian epics - demons, superhuman beings and ordinary men and women. The dancers, all male, adorn themselves in huge skirts and elaborate head-dress, wearing what must surely be the most intricate make up known to any dance style in the world. Overnight at Hotel
Day2:- Drive COCHIN to MUNNAR
depart on the 3-hours driver to Munnar, breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquillity. Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favoured summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days.
On arrival, check in at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Munnar on your own.
overnight at Hotel
Day 3 – : MUNNAR
Breakfast at the hotel. The full day is at leisure to explore Munnar. Unending expanse of tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains, exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests, the aroma of spice scented cool air - Munnar has all these and more. The Eravikulam National Park, encompassing 100 square km of moist evergreen forests and grassy hilltops in the Western Ghats, lies 13 km northeast of Munnar. Once the hunting reserve of British planters, today it is home to one of the world's rarest mountain goats. For a wide and clear view of the Park, go to the Directors Leap.
overnight at Hotel
Day 4 – : MUNNAR
After breakfast at hotel proceed for Trekking at Letchmi Hillss
We drive about 3 kilometers towards Cochin (road) from Munnar, to the starting point of Letchmi hills trek. (Usually we start around 08.30hrs or 09.00hrs.)
The trek will start at the height of 1420 meters MSL (approx), we will start through the tea plantations for about 30 to 40 minutes, After reaching the top of the hill, rest of our couple of hours trek will be on the ridge which offers beautiful views around, it will be through grasslands, one side will be rocky mountain slope and the other side will be tea plantations, patches of Shola forest etc…, in a clear sky day we could see the Anaimudi “highest peak in S. India” and the water reservoir of Idukki Dam which listed as highest arch dams in Asia and third tallest dam in India. We will have refreshment/picnic lunch at any suitable place during the trek, our trek we will be through Nature Zone where we can see some of exotic spices like Coffee, Cardamom, etc…, also its one of the best places to spot some endemic birds of this part of Western Ghats. Will have another 40 minutes to 01 hours walk through the tea plantations to finish the trek, highest point of this trek will be about 1950 meters MSL (approx)
Our vehicle will be waiting at the finishing point at around 5th kilometers or 8th kilometers from Munnar towards Mankulam road (depending on the duration we chose)
Usually we will start at 8.30 am or 9.00 am late return to hotel
Duration/Cost: 3-5 hours
Including entrance fee, water, fruits, refreshments, guide, etc…, (excluding transportation)
Day 5 : : Drive to ALLEPPEY, board HOUSEBOAT
After an early breakfast, drive 3 hours to Alleppey, known as the "Venice of the East", situated on the Vembanad Lake. A maze of canals and a network of bridges give this busy commercial town its descriptive sobriquet. Alleppey is known for its coir, the retted fibre of the coconut husk and for black pepper. Coir yarn, mats and matting and a wealth of other coir products are manufactured here and are good buys.
Board the kettuvalam (traditional houseboat), a special delight that Kerala offers. Take a leisurely cruise on the beautiful backwaters, through forests, and palm-shaded canals, enjoying the magnificent scenery along the waterways and stopping to admire what history and religion have left along the way. Your boat crew will prepare a delicious lunch and dinner for you on the houseboat. Overnight on the HOUSEBOAT.
Day 6: – Alleppey to Cochin Airport
This morning after embarkation from house boat at Alleppey and proceed to Cochin airport.
Days : 6 | Nights : 5