Day 1-: Arrive COCHIN
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.
Day2:- COCHIN 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.
Day 3 – : MUNNAR TOUR
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.
Mattupetty Dam: Another place of interest, located about 13km from Munnar town, is Mattupetty. Situated at a height of 1700m above sea level. Mattupetty is known for its storage masonry dam and the beautiful lake, which offers pleasurable boat rides, enabling one to enjoy the surrounding hills and landscape. Mattupetty’ s fame is also attributed to the dairy farm run by the Indo – Swiss livestock Project, Where one would come across different highly yielding breeds of cows.
Tea plantation walk: Stroll in the Tea gardens, witness the tea plucking, have pictures in the beautiful tea estates of Munnar. Our guide would explain you about the Tea plucking procedure.
Day 4: MUNNAR - THEKKADY
Thekkady - Thekkady is a popular resort and spice trading town next to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Cardamom Hills and provides convenient access to the park. Magical land of spices and wildlife! Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala, is one of finest and largest wildlife reserves in India. The Indian elephant comes in herds to frolic in the lake’s waters. The road winds through a picturesque countryside with plantations of tea, cardamom, pepper, cloves and cinnamon.
Day 5: : THEKKADY - ALLEPPY
Alleppy 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.
Day 6: ALLEPPY - KOVALAM
Kovalam is a small coastal town in the southern Indian state of Kerala, south of Thiruvananthapuram. At the southern end of Lighthouse Beach is a striped lighthouse with a viewing platform. Palm-backed beaches also include Hawa Beach and Samudra Beach. Heading south, Vizhinjam Juma Masjid mosque overlooks the busy fishing harbor. Inland, Sagarika Marine Research Aquarium displays technology used in pearl production.
Day 7 - KOVALAM - TRIVANDRUM AIRPORT DROP
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Days : 7 | Nights : 6