No.of Night / Days : 5 Nights / 6 Days
Places Covered : 1 Night Cochin, 2 Nights Munnar, 1 Night Thekkady & 1 Night Alleppey – Houseboat
Day 01: ARRIVE at COCHIN International Airport / Railway Station. Meet and Transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Sightseeing Options : Jewish Synagogue & Dutch Palace (closed on Saturdays), St. Francis Church (closed on Sunday). Stroll among the traditional Chinese Fishing nets overlooking the mouth of the Cochin Harbour. Go for a Cochin Harbour Cruise* (at additional cost). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: After breakfast drive to MUNNAR, a picturesque drive of four hours from Cochin, up the evergreen Western Ghats, along verdant forests and expanses of tea and spice plantations and a variety of flora and fauna. Enroute, stop at Cheyappara Waterfalls and Valara Waterfalls. At Munnar, check in at Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: At MUNNAR. After breakfast, visit the Tea Museum and Blossom Gardens (Munnar Hydel Park) at Munnar Town. Move on to visit Mattupetty Dam, Echo Point and Kundalay Lake. Go boating* (at additional cost), into the interiors of the Dam, to see virgin forests and a spectacular scenery. Afternoon : Proceed to visit Eravikulam National Park (Rajamalai), home of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: After breakfast drive to THEKKADY, a scenic three hours drive from Munnar. Check-in at Hotel. Go for a Boat Safari on the Periyar Lake & Tiger Reserve* (at additional cost). Visit the Spice Market where you can pick up some fragrant spices or handcrafted jewelery. Go on a Spice Garden visit and see rare varieties of flora & fauna, ayurvedic medicinal herbs, spices, fruits, flowers etc. If interested, go for an Elephant Ride* (at additional cost). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: After breakfast drive to ALLEPPEY, popularly known as the ‘Venice of the East’. A four hours drive from Thekkady down to the backwaters. Board the HOUSEBOAT at noon. Explore the serene beauty of the backwaters during your stay on board the Kettuvallam – traditional riceboats of Kerala. Cruise and experience the lifestyle of the people in a world surrounded by water, along narrow canals passing churches, temples, and schools and along the shores of the Kuttanad paddy fields – one of the rare instances of paddy fields cultivated below the sea–level. Try your hand at fishing and your fresh catch will be cooked for you on the spot. Laze around on the deck and catch up on your reading. Overnight on board the Houseboat.
Day 06: After breakfast, departure transfer to Cochin Airport / Station for onward Departure.