India Kerara Dreams Tour

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India Kerara Dreams Tour

Day 1: ARRIVE COCHIN    
Arrive Cochin by flight and from where our representative will transfer you to hotel.

Cochin:The principal port for southwestern India, Cochin has been a trading post for centuries and the Portuguese, Dutch and British influences remain evident. The city is a series of islands with a palace, old spice warehouses, Jewish synagogue and churches in Fort Cochin.

Afternoon enjoy Kathakali dance – the stylised and theatrical art form retelling stories from Hindu legend.

Kathakali, as a dance form popular today, is considered to be of comparatively recent origin. However, it is an art which has evolved from many social and religious theatrical forms which existed in the southern region in ancient times.

Overnight in Cochin

DAY 2
Morning proceed for Kumbalanghi village tour.
Time Programme
9.00 am - Arrival at Kallanchery Island and receiving with tender coconut
9.10 am -  Boat riding in the big country boat (provided with chairs and caps)
9.50 am -  Visit Crab farm
10.15 am -  Watching coir yarn making
10.30 am -  Watching coconut leaves weaving
10.45 am - Visiting the agriculture farm (about 12 acres) and see different type of plantations (coconut, betel nuts, pepper, jack fruit, nut meg, anthurium, orchids, vanilla etc.), water harvesting ponds and biogas plants.
11.15 am - Watching Chinese fishing nets
11.45 am - Lunch at the backwater front hall
01.00 pm - Departure for hotel in Cochin.
Afternoon proceed for sightseeing of Cochin.

Known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi, formerly called Cochin, is a city founded on trade and its streets still harbour a rich mix of cultural influences and styles. A morning sightseeing tour today takes in Fort Cochin, the oldest European settlement in India, as well as the Church of St. Francis, where Vasco de Gama was buried for a short while. In the Portuguese built Mattancherry Palace (closed on Friday) you will find some of the finest murals in India, and returning to the hotel via the cantilevered Chinese Fishing Nets. Chinese Fishing Nets - The huge Chinese fishing nets that cantilever over the shallows are the indelible image of Cochin.

Overnight in Cochin

DAY 3: COCHIN/MUNNA
Breakfast at the hotel and then drive to Munnar (Approx. 150 Kms / 5 hrs drive).
Upon arrival check in at hotel.Munnar - A haven of peace and tranquility! This picturesque scope of the lofty Western Ghats first came into prominence as a favorite summer resort of the British government. The town of stands at the confluence of three mountain streams. Enjoy trekking, boating, riding, angling or just laze about and fill your soul with peace.At an altitude of 1,524 metres and close to Anamudi, the highest peak in southern India, the cool climate of Munnar provides a welcome relief from the heat of the plains

Overnight in Munnar
    
DAY 4: MUNNAR
Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to visit Eravikulam national park.It is an ideal place for seeing the biodiversity of high elevation shola-grassland ecosystem. A sanctuary for the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragus hylocrious), the Eravikulam National Park stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97 sq km in the Kannan devan hills.

A protected area, the sanctuary is divided into three regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area - Rajamalai - the region lying beyond the road entry into Eravikulam. Here one can observe the Nilgiri Tahr at close quarters. Visiting hours: 0700 to 1800 hrs

Later in the afternoon proceed for tea plantation and tea museum.

Timings:  0900 to 1600 hrs. The museum is closed on Monday. Good Friday is also a holiday for museum.

Overnight in Munnar

DAY 5: MUNNAR/THEKKADY
Morning after breakfast checkout from the hotel and drive to Thekkady (Approx. 120 Kms/ 4 hrs drive). Upon arrival check in at hotel.

Thekkday - 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.Afternoon enjoy boat ride on Lake Periyar. Thekkady is famous for the wildlife sanctuary located here. There is boating facility at Thekkady where the boat will take you around the Wildlife Sanctuary through the Periyar Lake. One can see wild animals during this boat ride but need to be very quiet

Overnight in Thekkady

DAY 6: THEKKADY/ALLELLEPY
Then visit through one of the spice plantations, a highly educational and enjoyable experience seeing how crops such as pepper and nutmeg are grown and harvested. As you take a walk along the streets of Kumily or the winding pathways among the plantations,  the thing that strikes you first is the lingering aroma in the air. The scent may be of cloves, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon or cardamom and sometimes a fragrance that combines the scents of two or more spices. The geographical and climatic peculiarities of Kumily such as the cool climate and its elevation from the sea level make it ideal for spice cultivation.

Later drive to Alleppey (Approx. 160 Kms/ 4 hrs drive) and embark Houseboat.

Cruising Kerala’s backwaters in a traditional ‘Kettuvallom’ (boats made by tying together wooden planks with coconut ropes) is a distinctly unique experience!

Afternoon board a Canoe cruise for 1 hour to enjoy the wide varieties of sceneries and freshness of narrow canals we want take a canoe trip. This trip will explain every eye of the narrow canals in the backwater.  While cruising through these canals in a canoe boat we would come across many interesting aspects of day to day life in the land as well as on water

Overnight on Houseboat

DAY 7: ALLEPPEY/COCHIN    
DEPART COCHIN    
After morning breakfast disembark from Houseboat and drive to Cochin airport ( Approx. 80 Kms / 2 hrs drive)  to board flight for next destination.