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PricesFrom: R 8,860.00
FlightsNo Flights Included
Valid From10th of January 2018 (Wednesday)
Valid To31st of March 2018 (Saturday)
Need Visa'sSouth Africa: YesBritish: YesEuropean Union: YesAmerican: Yes
Quick Holiday Overview
Exploring the Backwaters of India is hailed as one of the TOP 10 things to do in India. Dont miss this Authentic experience!
This trip offers a look at another side of the country. In the backwaters of Kerala traditional village life goes on for as it has for the last 50 years. Highlights include 1 night Alleppey on a lake House boat.
About the Holiday
Day 01 : Arrive Cochin
You will be met by our representative for transfer to the hotel for check-in. Afternoon sightseeing of Cochin; a city till today influenced by medieval Portugal; Holland and England. Visit St. Francis Church; built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars where Vasco da Gama was buried for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisbon. His tombstone still stands. Nearby is the Mattancherry Palace or Dutch Palace. The central hall on the 1st floor was the coronation hall of the Rajas of Cochin. Other rooms depict scenes from the Ramayana and Puranic legends connected with Hindu gods. Amazing are the Chinese fishing nets. These cantilevered fishing nets line the entrance to the harbor mouth. They were introduced by traders from the courts of Kublai Khan. You also see the Jew City with the Jewish Synagogue; constructed in 1568; with hand-painted; willow-pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in the mid-18th century.
Day 02 : Cochin – Munnar (Road transfer; Approx. 4.5 Hrs)
In the morning; check out of your hotel and drive to Munnar (5 hrs). One of the most popular hill stations in India; Munnar is situated at the confluence of three Mountain streams – Mudrapuhza, Nallathanni and Kundala.
Remainder of the day at your leisure.
Day 03 : Munnar
Full day at leisure to explore the hill station. Munnar town is located 5200 ft above sea level. The Sita Devi Lake; Mattupetty Lake and Kundala Lake are memorable spots renowned for their Scenic beauty. Eravikulam National Park is a rare wild garden of rolling grasslands and evergreen tropical forests. Anamudi;the tallest peak in south India is located here. Top station is a picturesque place with laterite; rocky mountains. Where the rare Neelakurinji flowers (which flower once in 12 years) are seen.
Devikulam, Rajamalai, Pallivasal are other interesting places.
Day 04: Munnar – Periyar (Road transfer; Approx. 4.5 Hrs.)
After breakfast drive to Periyar National Park. Periyar has one of the world’s most fascinating Natural wildlife Sanctuary noted for its Tiger Reserve; geography; diverse wildlife and scenic beauty. Evening Boat ride on the Lake Periyar where one can have a unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar; however are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.
Return to the hotel.
Day 5: Periyar – Kumarakom (Road transfer; Approx. 4.5 Hrs.)
After breakfast leave for Kumarakom and on arrival check-in at hotel. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake; and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. The enchanting backwater destination of Kumarakom is a small village that is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Kumarakom strengthens Kerala’s reputation for being God’s own country with its unbelievably beautiful mangrove forests; coconut groves and emerald green paddy fields interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with while lilies. It is a breathtaking time to experience a solitary and calm glide through this network of waterways. Return to the hotel.
Day 05 : Periyar – Kumarakom (Road transfer; Approx. 4.5 Hrs.)
After breakfast leave for Kumarakom and on arrival check-in at hotel. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake; and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. The enchanting backwater destination of Kumarakom is a small village that is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Kumarakom strengthens Kerala’s reputation for being God’s own country with its unbelievably beautiful mangrove forests, coconut groves and emerald green paddy fields interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with while lilies. It is a breathtaking time to experience a solitary and calm glide through this network of waterways.
Return to the hotel.
Day 06 : Kumarakom
The day is yours to explore Kumarakom
Day 7: Kumarakom – Alleppey
Check-out in the morning from your hotel and board the houseboat.Cruise towards Alleppey; the backwaters cruise takes off through a network of canals with a back drop of villages and coconut trees on the shores.
Overnight on board the houseboat.
Day 8: Alleppey – Cochin (Road transfer; 1.5 hr.) Leave Cochin
Disembark the houseboat and transfer to Cochin airport and board the flight for your final destination.
Services end at Cochin airport.
Includes & Excludes
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our representative from / to airport, along with 1 piece of baggage per person
- Accommodation (3*- 4*- 5*) including breakfast daily
- 1 Night in Cochin
- 2 Nights in Munnar
- 1 Night in Periyar
- 2 Nights in Kumarakom
- 1 Night in Alleppey
- Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC medium car for 2 passengers ( AC Innova for 3-4 passengers)
- Local English Speaking Guide
- Alleppey (house boat) inclusive of all meals.
- Check in and check out time is 12h00 ( midday)
- International flights
- Visa cost
- Travel and medical insurance
- Meals not mentioned
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