Highlights: Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Houseboat - Mararikulam
Other departures: Manchester - GBP 1849, Glasgow - GBP 1849
This tour begins in the Historic city of Cochin and takes you through to the scenic tea plantations of Munnar and then onward to Thekkady through the blue and green mountains, water falls and spice plantation. Thekkady is close to the Periyar Wild life Sanctuary and from the mountains to lovely backwaters of Kerala at Kumarakom and then cruise through the lovely backwaters of Kerala in you private houseboat to discover the life which goes along the backwater, which are mixture of lakes, lagoons and canals. The last 4 nights you can just relax Beach
Cochin - Hotel Dream
Munnar - Sienna Village
Periyar - Cardamom County
Kumarakom - Abad Whispering Palm
Backwaters - Houseboat
Mararikulam - Abad Turtle
Highlights of the tour:
-Explore the historic town of Fort Kochi, at each and every nook of this island steeped in history, It is a world of its own, retaining the specimens of a bygone era.
-If you can smell the past, nothing can stop you from walking through these streets.
-Enjoy boat ride at Lake Periyar forests of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserved in India. Spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain.
-Enjoy an enchanting backwaters - The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands of the Vembanad lakes.
-Visit to Bird Sanctuary, Kumarakom
Day 1: London Heathrow to Dubai by Emirates.
Day 2: Dubai to Cochin by Emirates Arrive Cochin. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance show.
Day 3: Cochin to Munnar, 140 Km/4 hrs. Morning proceed to city tour of Cochin visiting the Dutch Palace The place has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting the scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharata & Ramayana, Jewish Synagogue the oldest synagogue in the world in magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers was built in 1568. St. Francis Church is the oldest church built b Europeans in Inda & huge, elegant Chinese fishing nets that line the tip of Fort Cochin Afternoon drive to Munnar Upon arrival at Munnar, check in at hotel.
Day 4: Munnar After breakfast city tour of Munnar covering Mattupetty Lake & Dam, Echo Point scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon, Kundale Lake is a picturesque place, about 20 km from Munnar on the way to Top station, Blossom Garden, Rajamalai offering a spectacular view, home of Nilgiry Thar (very rare mountain goat), considering the ecological faunal, floral, geomorphological and zoological significant & Tea Plantation.
Day 5: Munnar to Thekkady (Periyar), 140 Km/3 hrs. Today morning take a scenic drive through tea and spice plantations and blue hills and arrive at Periyar for a 2-night stay.
Day 6: Thekkady (Periyar) During the morning take a two-hour boat safari on the mist-shrouded lake, which offers excellent opportunities for spotting wildlife, especially herds of elephants. Afternoon visit the tea, cardamom, pepper and coffee plantations that surround the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Day 7: Thekkady to Kumarakom, 140 Km/5 hrs. Youll leave just after breakfast, driving back down to the coast and the melodically named town of Kumarakom on the banks of lake Vembanad. Evening finds you on a sunset cruise on the lake, in a converted rice boat, adrift to a flute accompaniment. Day 8: Kumarakom. Day at leisure to relax at the resort. The resort offers comfortable accommodation and exclusive leisure options like Ayurvedic message, yoga, meditation, boating, fishing, angling and swimming or a cruise along the Vembanad Lake to experience the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
Day 9: Kumarakom to Alleppey (House boat). The Kerala backwaters consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes, and canals. These are best experienced while slowly punting down the labyrinth of canals in a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat, known as kettuvallam. Embark on your houseboat, a renovated cargo boat with either one or two bedrooms, kitchenette and all modern conveniences. A 3 member crew will cater for your comforts and meals. See life on the banks, lush green rice fields, and coconut groves with occasional temple or church as you cruise through the canals. An experience you will savour for a long time.
Day 10: Alleppey to Mararikulam by surface Disembark at the boat jetty from houseboat and drive to Mararikulam.
Day 10 - 14: Mararikulam Time at leisure to relax and enjoy the beach.
Day 14: Marari to Cochin by surface Cochin to Dubai by Emirates Dubai to London Heathrow by Emirates Transfer to Cochin airport to board your to London Heathrow via Dubai.
- Flight from London with Emirates
- Airport taxes
- 11 nights accommodation on bed & breakfast
- 1 night accommodation on full board basis at houseboat
- All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by private air-conditioned car
- Entrance fees to the monuments
- Services of local English speaking guides
- Kathakali dance show in Cochin
- Common Boat ride at Lake Periyar - subject to operational