Hidden Jewels of Kerala

Hidden Jewels of Kerala

Destinations covered: Kochi, Munnar, Champakulam, Tiruvalla, Houseboat

Day 01: Kochi: Welcome to God's own Country! You will be received at Kochi airport, assisted and transferred straight to your hotel. After brief leisure, you may visit the colourful old spice market and markets on M.G. Road. Evening you may enjoy Sunset cruise followed by a traditional Kathakali dance performance.

Day 02: Kochi: Morning proceed for the sightseeing tour of Kochi which includes your visit to Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Matancherry, St. Francis Church with the grave of Vasco Da Gaama and Chinese Fishing nets. Stay overnight at your hotel.

Day 03: Kochi - Munnar (148 kms – 4 ½ hrs drive): Morning after breakfast proceed towards Munnar, undoubtedly one among the most famous destinations of Kerala. Enjoy your days in sprawling tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains of the lofty Western ghats. En-route you will visit the Elephant Training Centre in Kodanad. Here you may take an elephant Safari. You may also visit Spice Plantations, Valara & Cheeyappara waterfalls on the way. On arrival at Munnar, check-in at your hotel. Remaining time is at leisure till next morning.

Day 04: Munnar: After a sumptuous breakfast, proceed for a tour to Eravikulam National Park where you can see the very rare mountain goats also called as the "Nilgiri Tahr". Later you may explore the fascinating sights around Mattupetty Dam. You may also enjoy boating and horse riding at Mattupetty Lake. You may also enjoy trekking and bird watching in The Shola forests. Afterwards visit Echo Point, View Point & Tea Gardens.

Day 05: Champakulam (174 kms – 4 ½ hrs. drive): Morning after breakfast drive straightway to Champakulam- a scenic villages situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake. On arrival, check in at your exclusive home stay. During the day you may visit the paddy fields, fisherman's villages and local markets.

Day 06: Champakulam: Day is at you discretion. During the day you may proceed for a farm track or may enjoy fishing. You may choose from array of activities available at Kait's Home Stay. We would especially recommend a village walk and a short country boat ride over the backwaters.

Day 07: Champakulam – Tiruvalla (42 kms. – 1 hr. drive): Morning kept at your complete discretion to relax and enjoy the backwaters landscape, country life and daily living of the locals. In the late afternoon you will be transferred to Tiruvalla - a small town having no importance on tourism map other than the overnight Kalari performance which takes place in the courtyard of its ages old 'Sree Vallabha' temple. If somebody is interested in seeing traditional classical dance art 'Kalari' or 'Kathakali', there could be no better place than Tiruvalla for the same. It's also a great place to see the complete make-up process of Kathakali artistes. It's a live workshop of 'Kathakali' and that too quite an exclusive one. Evening you will be transferred to Sree Vallava temple to see the dance performances and rituals.

Day 08: Alleppey (Houseboat) (32 kms. – 50 minutes drive): Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast at your resort. Later you will be transferred to Alleppey Jetty point. Embark in your beautifully decorated houseboat (Kettuvallam) to begin your journey through enchanting backwaters. The houseboat cruise in backwaters is among the most exciting tourism products of Kerala. Since Kerala has large stretches of backwaters with plenty of natural sceneries (but only few interesting monuments for sightseeing), sailing through the houseboat makes it a wonderful experience. Enjoy the day sailing through the narrow emerald backwater canals of Alleppey.

Day 09: Departure to Kochi (95 kms. - 02 hrs.): Morning after breakfast, disembark from your houseboat and at appropriate time you will be transferred to Kochi airport for your onward journey. The tour ends here.

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