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ITINERARY 1: INDIA

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Highlights

 
 
 

Day 1: Arrival in Cochin

Meet our representative upon arrival in Cochin and transfer to Hotel. Overnight stay in Cochin.

Day 2: Drive from Cochin to Munnar (127 km/approx. 4.5 hours)

After breakfast, enjoy city tour of Cochin covering Mattancherry Palace- gifted to the king of Cochin, by Portuguese in 1555, about 500 year old & drive past Chinese fishing Nets. Later drive to Munnar - Munnar hills situated at an altitude of 5000 to 8000 Ft above sea level and are situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathani & Kundala. This beautiful hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Govt. in South India. Sprawling Tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Arrive & check in to your hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay in Munnar.

Day 3: Sightseeing in Munnar

Today, enjoy a half day sightseeing of Munnar. In the morning, visit the Tea Museum in the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea, which showcases some of the exquisite and interesting aspects of the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Munnar. This Tea Museum houses curios, photographs and machinery. Also visit Mattupetty, located about 13 km from Munnar. Mattupetty is known for its dam and the beautiful lake, which offers pleasurable boat rides (on direct payment). Later visit the Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake... the mountain slopes here are thick with undulating, evergreen tea plantations. The shimmering blue lake is the most photographed part of Kundala. Take a stroll in the tea estate, and enjoy the refreshing mountain breeze. Here you can view the entire process of making tea, right from plucking of tealeaves to their processing. Return to your hotel & spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Munnar.

Day 4: Munnar - Thekkady (124 kms / approx. 4 hours)

After breakfast, drive to Thekkady (Periyar) and on arrival check-in at the hotel. Thekkady is synonymous to uninterrupted hills, rich biodiversity and spice plantations. The place is best known for the Periyar National Park. In the afternoon, visit spice plantation, enjoy an elephant ride (optional/ on own) here. . Return to the hotel .Overnight stay in Thekkady.

Day 5: Drive from Thekkady - Kumarakom (165 kms / approx. 4 hour)

After breakfast, check-out and proceed to Kumarakom - a charming emerald peninsula jutting into the picturesque Vembanad Lake dotted with innumerable traditional country rafts, boats and canoes. The fresh water of the lake flows into the mainland, making a labyrinth of lagoons, canals and waterways. Overnight stay in Kumarakom.

Day 6: Leisure in Kumarakom

This day at leisure to indulge in the Southern charm of Kerala - Enjoy Kerala Ayurvedic massage or Spa treatments in the unhurried pace on direct payment with the hotel. Or spend the day at leisure with independent activities. Overnight in Kumarakom (no vehicle at disposal).

Day 7: Drive from Kumarakom - Kovalam (185 kms / approx. 4 hours)

After breakfast, drive towards south of Kerala, Kovalam- located close to the state capital Trivandrum, it is internationally famed for its palm-fringed beaches and rejuvenating centers. This coastal town initially came to notice with the construction of Halcyon Castle by the last Maharani of Travancore - Sethu Lakshmi Bayi. With the arrival of hippies in 1970s, the place gained recognition as a tourist destination and is today renowned for its 17 km-long coastline, which is formed by three beautiful beaches - Lighthouse, Hawah and Samudra. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel and spend rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Kovalam.

Day 8: Sightseeing in Trivandrum

After breakfast, proceed for a half-day visit of Trivandrum - visit Napier Museum, Art Gallery and local market. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Kovalam.

Day 9: Departure from Trivandrum

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Trivandrum airport for your flight back home.


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