South Kerala Tour
Tour Code: TSKT07
Duration covered : 06 Nights / 07 Days
Destination Covered : Cochin – Munnar - Periyar - Alleppey - Cochin
Day 01: Arrive Cochin
Arrive at Cochin airport. Driver will be waiting for you outside the EXIT gate of arrival terminal.
On arrival at the hotel, check in. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Cochin – Munnar (By Road 130 kms / 3 Hours Drive)
Breakfast at the hotel. Later proceed to for an orientation tour of Cochin including drive past Fort Cochin, Jewish Synagogue, Matancherry & Chinese Fishing nets.
Onward travel to Munnar by surface. On arrival at Munnar, check in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
The hill resort with the highest peak in South India, Anamudi 2695 meters. This hill station in Kerala is famous for its lush green slopes covered with tea and spice plantations. Munnar’s greenery and quiet ambience provides a relaxing getaway for a traveler in Kerala. Tourists can enjoy nature walks and treks along the hill slopes, as well as adventure activities such as hang gliding and paragliding. The spice plantations and spice markets – where pepper, vanilla and cashew are sold are an interesting tour. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, the sight of the rare Nilgiri Tahr, seen in these hills, is an additional tourist attraction in Munnar. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Munnar Sight seeing
Breakfast at the hotel. Later proceed for full day sightseeing tour including visit Tea Planatation, Attukal, Christ Church, Kundala Dam & The Mall. Return back to the hotel in the evening.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Munnar - Periyar (By Road 130 kms / 4 Hours Drive)
Breakfast at the hotel & onward leave for Periyar by Surface. Arrive Periyar & check in at the hotel.
Periyar is South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary, encompassing an area of 777 sq. km. Set on the attractive man-made Periyar Lake; it attracts over 300,000 visitors a year. Though the sanctuary was made a part of Project Tiger in 1973, it is better known for its elephants.
Afternoon enjoy the Spice Plantation tour [On Own]. The vehicle will be at your disposal within city limit. Return back to the hotel & Overnight.
Day 05: Periyar Sight seeing
Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning proceed to Periyar National Park to view the wildlife by Common Boat [On Own]. Situated within the confines of the Western Ghats in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. The park has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary.
Since boat travel is the only means of transport in the park, large areas can be covered in a short time. Among the game found here are gaur (the largest of the world’s wild oxen), elephant, wild pig, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, the rare and endangered lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri langur, the common langur and the bonnet macaque, porcupine, Malabar squirrel, wild dog and tiger. Among the birds commonly seen are darters, cormorant, osprey, kingfisher and kite, great hornbill, grey hornbill, hill mynas, orioles and racket-tailed drongos. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 06: Periyar - Alleppey (By Road 165 Kms / 3-4 Hours Drive)
Breakfast at the hotel & later leave for Alleppey by surface.
After arrival in Alleppey, check in at the hotel.
In the evening experience a 2hr motor boat cruise on Lake Vembanad.
The kettuvallam or ‘boat with knots’- was so called because the entire boat was held together with coir knots only – not even a single nail is used during the construction. The boat is made of planks of jack-wood joined together with coir. This is then coated with a caustic black resin made from boiled cashew kernels. With careful maintenance, a kettuvallom can last for generations.
A portion of the kettuvallom was covered with bamboo and coir to serve as a restroom and kitchen for the crew. Meals would be cooked on board and supplemented with fresh fish from the backwaters. Today, the tradition is still continued and the food from the local cuisine is served by the Kuttanad localities, on board.
While converting kettuvallams into houseboats, care is taken to use only natural products. Bamboo mats, sticks and wood of the aracanut tree are used for roofing, coir mats and wooden planks for the flooring and wood of coconut trees and coir for beds. For lighting though, solar panels are used.
Today, the houseboats have all the creature comforts of a good hotel including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. Parts of the curved roof of wood or plaited palm open out to provide shade and allow uninterrupted views. While most boats are poled by local oarsmen, some are powered by a 40 HP engine. Boat trains – formed by joining two or more houseboats together – are also used by large groups of sightseers.
What is truly magical about a houseboat ride is the breathtaking view of the untouched and otherwise inaccessible rural Kerala that it offers – while you float! Lunch, dinner and overnight on houseboat.
Day 07: Alleppey - Cochin Airport (85 kms / 2 hrs Drive).
Breakfast at hotel and leave for Cochin airport to board the flight for onward destination.
» Duration of Travel : 06 Nights / 07 Days.
» Best time to Travel : 12 months.
» Hotel Type : Budget, heritage and five star on requirement.
» Kilometer cover city to city : 200 to 300.