Welcome to the Gateway of God's Own Country, Kochi. Also known as the Queen of Kerala, this tropical Malabar coastal city is an amalgamation of history, culture, and a haven of art. This port town has been ruled by the Dutch, the Portuguese, the English and ofcourse the Indians. The city has seen a Chinese influence and a Jewish settlement, making it the only city in India with such an interesting mix. Explore the Chinese Fishing Nets, a 450 year old Synagogue, Ancient Mosques, Portuguese and Dutch era houses, churches & basilicas in this unique city.
Kick off your Kerala story with fun filled games to welcome and introduce yourself to your fellow travellers with whom you will be exploring and Unfolding your Untold Kerala stories over the next 8 days.
Spend the day today visiting the Chinese Fishing nets and the St Francis Church.
Enjoy a Kathakali Show which is the ancient traditional dance of Kerala. The performances tell age-old Indian tales through dramatic hand and face gestures and impressive footwork, accompanied by traditional music. The most striking is the make-up that takes the performers upto 3 hours to apply.
DAY 2 - Kochi
Today, you spend your day experiencing the village life in Kerala. You will travel by boat to a quiet leafy island village known as Kumbalangy Village. Enjoy the beauty of the back waters as the lush greenery of Kerala greets you everywhere you go. You will then walk around the village interacting with the locals and watching them in their daily activities like fish & crab farming or weaving coco leaves & baskets. You can participate and help the locals in these activities or others like coir making or try your hand at some local pottery. Visit the larger than life Chinese Fishing nets. Watch the fishing activities carried out with the land installed fishing nets brought to India by the Chinese about 450 years ago or learn the types of local fishing when you are on a boat.
Relish local Kerala cuisine on a banana leaf this afternoon. Choose from a variety of Kerala specialities like Karimeen Pollichat ( Fish cooked in a banana leaf with spices) or Prawn Ulathiyath, also known as Prawns Roast – a speciality at the Kumbalangy Village. The vegetarian spread at this lunch is something to look forward to with Avial, Pavakka Pachadi, Inchy Curry, Sambar, Rasam, Appam and lots more.
In the evening we take a stroll down the famous Marine Drive of Kochi.
DAY 3 - Munnar
After an early breakfast you will drive to the hill station and former resort of the British Raj – Munnar. Surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations this little town on the Western Ghats was established in the late 19th century. Spend the day at leisure at an altitude ranging from 1600 to 1800 m above the sea level.
Walk thru the history and growth of tea estates tasting different varieties of teas at the Tea Museum in Munnar. Tea has played an integral part in the history of Munnar. The plantations played a huge role in attracting people to the area. Tata Tea established a Tea Museum in 2005 at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea which has photographs and machineries, which chronicle the journey of tea in the area.
DAY 4 - Munnar
Kerala is renowned for it's Yoga practices, a place where many seekers and aspirants, as well as Masters and Sages, come to learn and teach. Today we experience the magic of Kerala through both traditional and modern forms of Asana & Pranayama practices of Yoga. This is a unique and powerful program to experience deep relaxation, healing and transformation.
Drive to Top Station – the highest point in Munnar (about 1700 mts above sea level) and feel the clouds sitting all around you. Scream your lungs out on the hills of Kannan Devan at the famous Echo point this morning. Visit the Mattupetty Dam very near Anamudi peak and enjoy the green valleys. If you wish you can opt for a boat ride on the lake.
Spend the evening watching a show of Kalariyapattu – the traditional form of martial arts. It is spectacular.
Enjoy an a bonfire evening with a barbecue dinner at the hotel and music of your choice.
DAY 5 - Periyar
Today we move from the mountains to the wildlife sanctuary of Periyar which has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Periyar is a Tiger Reserve, but one can see many animals like Elephants, Gaur, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer among other others. It also has 4 species of monkeys and is home to the Nilgiri Tahr which is rarely seen these days.
Enjoy your day in Thekaddy – a small town on the outskirts of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
It's sometimes easy to forget how much fun life can really be regardless of your age. Joyful pursuits make us feel truly alive, engaged, and connected. That's why, you will enjoy a fun-filled evening with loads of games conducted by our team from Unfold Untold Journeys.
DAY 6 - Periyar
If you are an early riser, you can opt for a two hour jungle safari this morning and explore the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. After breakfast, you will visit a small village in Thekkady named Valiyapara, which translates to 'huge rock'. We make our way to this huge rock through a dense bamboo forest. From the top of this rock, you can see the paddy fields and vegetable farms in Tamil Nadu villages, stretching as far as Goodalloor.
In this village, you will be involved in Papad Making (the local must have dish in Kerala) and experience "Bee-Keeping". Collect honey from the cardamom plantation and relish its fresh taste.
Discover peace and serenity at the Shanthigiri Ashram. Don't miss the opportunity to interact with Swamiji, the spiritual guru. You will be served a simple yet delicious meal here. After lunch, take a stroll through the spice farm where cardamom and pepper are cultivated. There is also a power loom inside the Ashram where you get to see the traditional craft of mundu-making.
DAY 7 - Alappuzha (Alleppey)
Travel to Alappuzha (Alleppey) to experience the famous house boats of Kerala. Board the House boat to explore the villages around the Vembanad Lake. Enjoy village activities like Coconut plucking followed by tasting of coconut & Toddy. Another activities to experience are fishing, world of screw pines, visit a dairy farm.
DAY 8 - Kochi
Today on arrival at Kochi, we stop at Mattanchery Palace, built by the Portuguese in the 16th-century as a gift to the then king of the Kochi dynasty. Since it underwent significant remodels under Dutch rule, it is also known as the Dutch Palace. It's celebrated for its stunning murals, many of which depict scenes from Hindu epics, notably the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Here we also witness the divine halls with the rare antiques on display at one of the world's oldest active synagogues called Paradesi Synagogue.
After having unfolded the untold journeys of backwaters, hills and the wildlife sanctuary of Kerala we head back to the airport to take your flight back home.
Eat, Sleep, Travel, repeat! ><
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Tour price ₹. 33599 includes:
All transfers & sightseeing by Private AC vehicle.
Lunch at Kumbalangy Village - Kochi and Shanthigiri Ashram - Periyar.