You don’t want to miss the landing as we fly into Cochin. The city seems to be wrapped in a thick, lush green blanket, with the mist still hanging above it and the panorama only broken by the Mahanadi River cutting through it.
After checking in, breakfast and some rest, we get to know our co-travellers better, the people with whom you’ll be unfolding this memorable journey. Then we have lunch and take a 45 minute drive through the city and reach St Francis Church.
On our way, we’ll pass through Chinese fishing nets at Fort Cochin. These are a rare sight in India, unique to Cochin and Kollam, a relic left by 14th century Chinese explorers.
We spend around half an hour admiring the charming, old-school structural design of the St. Francis Church. Originally made of mud and wood by the Portuguese, its architecture also has imprints left by the Dutch and British. You’ll also see here, the place where Vasco da Gama was buried for 14 years. After a short tea-break, we’ll go to witness a riveting Kathakali performance, the iconic dance form of Kerala. Here, you’ll also get to watch dancers apply their elaborate make-up and costumes and see demonstrations of various hand gestures and facial expressions before the actual show. At 7:30, it’s back to the hotel for dinner and lights out.
DAY 2 - Cochin
We start early. Right after breakfast, we leave for Kumbalangy village. Get a taste of true rural life in this 16 sq. km island-village, ringed by backwaters and Chinese fishing nets, and separated from water by an array of mangroves.
After a boat tour through the village, you may try a host of rustic activities offered here, like tender coconut tasting, fish farming, Chinese net fishing, weaving coco leaves, crab farming, coir making, basket making, and pottery. If you love fishing, this is an experience you must have at least once in a lifetime.
Today, our lunch will be a traditional Keralite meal served on a banana leaf.
Our next stop, after lunch, is Kakkathuruthu Island in Vembanad Lake, Alleppey. Drown in the beauty of this village while boating through it in a Shikara. Nature-lovers and bird-watchers, this one is for you. Also called, Island of Crows, this place features in National Geographic’s ‘Around the World in 24 Hours,’ a photographic tour of travel-worthy spots in the world.
A short tea break later, we drive to Marine Drive in time to enjoy the sunset. Afterwards, we return to the hotel, dine and sleep.
DAY 3 - Cochin - Munnar
After breakfast, get ready for a 4 hour journey to Munnar. Lunch will be awaiting as soon as we reach there.
Then we directly go for a visit to the Tea Museum, established by Tata Tea to propagate the legacy of every person who’s worked hard for the survival of the tea plantations of Munnar. Here, you’ll be taken through the long journey tea and tea-making has gone through in India and even get to try varieties of tea from all around the world.
After this, we check-in to our hotel, have a tea break and rest before dinner is served.
DAY 4 - Munnar
We start the day with an early morning yoga session, so that you can focus all your energy on this present moment, this amazing holiday and live and feel every second of it.
Have you ever wanted to touch the clouds? Well, after breakfast, we head to Top Station which will bring you very close to touching them.
Standing on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, 1700m above sea level, this place gives you a breath-taking view of the Western Ghats and Theni district of Tamil Nadu and also makes you feel like the sky is within arm’s reach.
Post lunch, we visit the Echo Point and get cheap thrills out of hearing our voices and weird messages echoed back at this lush green picnic spot.
From here, it’s the Mattupetty Dam and its beautiful lake reflecting the surrounding tea gardens. This place is a haven for wild animals and birds and you’ll find varieties of cattle grazing freely a few kilometres from this dam.You have the option of going speed boating here.
We drive to see a Kalaripayattu Show after a short tea break. Buckle up to be left spellbound by the sheer flexibility, strength and muscle power with which the fighters handle all those dangerous weapons including daggers, swords, bow and arrow, spears, maces etc.
Back at the hotel, there’ll be a bonfire to make the night more beautiful and memorable, and a Barbeque dinner under the starlit sky.
DAY 5 - Munnar to Periyar
We proceed to Periyar after breakfast. It’s a drive of around 3 hours 15 minutes; we reach in time for lunch, after which we check in to our hotel and take some rest.
Post tea, after 5 PM, you are free to enjoy a spa or boating in the nearby lake.
Evening is for some game activities, followed by dinner and lights out.
Believe us, you need this rest, because the next day starts at 5:30 and you’re in for an adventure.
DAY 6 - Periyar
Be up and ready at 5:30AM for your most offbeat experience of this holiday – a jeep safari through the Gavi forest. Replete with cardamom plantations, hills, valleys, sprawling grasslands, sholas, tropical forests and waterfalls, this biological garden has in store for you a chance to spot some endangered species like the lion-tailed macaques and nilgiri tahrs, along with a number of other animals and birds in their natural environment.
After breakfast, you’ll also get to trek through the forest with a trained guide here.
Lunch will be a South Indian vegetarian affair, followed by row-boating in the Gavi Lake while admiring the mist covered greenery all around.
Then we go for a quick tour through the aromatic cardamom plantations and the curing house, finishing off with soaking in the scenic view of the Sabarimala hills from the Sabarimala view point. We’ll be back at the hotel early for some rest and dinner at 8.00 pm.
DAY 7 - Periyar to Alleppey
On the last leg of our journey in God’s own country, we drive to Alleppey after breakfast. This is the Venice of the East and so you’ll be spending an entire day on a houseboat, here. It’s an experience of a lifetime.
We’ll also have a host of activities like coconut plucking (the way the locals do it), tasting them, trying some toddy, fishing, watching artisans crafting beautiful mats out of screw pine, and visiting the dairy farm.
We spend the night on the houseboat, falling asleep to the boat softly rocking on the sluggish waves.
DAY 8 - Alleppey to Cochin
After breakfast, we depart for Cochin, where we take a tour through the Mattanchery Palace. It offers you a glimpse of Kerala style architecture with Portuguese and Dutch influences. Inside, the palace is filled with brilliant murals of Ramayana and Mahabharata, life-size portraits of all Kings of Cochin, sheathed swords, daggers and various possessions of the royalty.
Post lunch, you’ll get to see the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth Nations, the Paradesi Synagogue. Built in the 16th century, the mystical aura of this place will leave you enthralled. The lamps and glass chandeliers imported from Belgium, sparkling in the natural sunlight and the hand-painted blue willow tiles imported from China are a sight to behold.
From here, we drive to Cochin airport and say goodbye to this paradise with our souls uplifted with numerous untold experiences that will keep unfolding new feelings within you for years to come.
Eat, Sleep, Travel, repeat! ><
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Tour price ₹. includes:
All transfers & sightseeing in Private A/C vehicle
Daily breakfast (except on the arrival day).
Lunch at Kumbalangy village and at Gavi Forest - Periyar.