|Tour Duration||6 Days / 5 Nights||Destinations||Kerala|
|Tour Category||Cultural Journey||Tour Location||Kerala|
'Kerala - God's own country', is a heaven landscaped with palm-lined beaches, steamy jungles, plantation-covered hills, tropical rivers and lakes. Located amidst the lush green vegetation with numerous milky waterfalls, delightful rivulets, splendid springs, lakes and hill-plantations, Kerala provides a fascinating experience.TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
• Enjoy a Spice plantation tour at Thekkady.
• Visit Tea Museum, Rose Garden and Mattupetty Lake in Munnar.
• Visit St. Francis Church, the Jewish Synagogue and Mattancherry Palace.
ITIENARY: Day 1:Arrive Kochi
Welcome to your 'Vibrant Kerala On arrival at the airport in Kochi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Later, proceed on a city tour of Kochi visiting places like the St. Francis Church, the Mattancherry Palace, the Jewish Synagogue and view the Chinese fishing nets in Fort Kochi area.
St Francis Church is one of the oldest churches in India, built by Europeans. Originally built in 1503, the church has witnessed many skirmishes between Indians and the Britishers. St Francis Church was declared a protected monument in 1923. This church is built in the Indo gothic style of architecture. The Mattanchery palace is a Dutch Palace in the state of Kerala and was built in 1555. It served as a gift to the local Raja of Kochi. The palace stands as a testament of the Dutch rule over Cochin and neighboring areas. The palace now exhibits Temple art, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi.The Jewish synagogue is also called the Pardesi Synagogue. It is located in the corner of the Jew town in the city of Kochi. The Jewish synagogue is a prayer house or shrine for people from the Jewish faith . Built in 1568, the synagogue has a 500 year old history attached to it.
Chinese fishing nets also called Cheena vala are the fishing installations made in Kochi. Each net has a limited area and depth of operation. The fishing nets make for a beautiful backdrop for photography.
Overnight in Kochi
None (Meals on your own)
Day 2:Onto Munnar (130kms/ approx 4 hrs drive)
After breakfast, proceed to Munnar. Drive through the picturesque countryside of Munnar which is surrounded by lush green tea estates. On arrival, check in to your hotel in Munnar. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this quaint hill station. Overnight in Munnar (B)
Day 3:In Munnar
Today, proceed on sightseeing tour of Munnar including visit to places like Rose Garden and the Tata Tea Museum (Closed on Mondays. Timing 1000hrs to 1700hrs). Post lunch, visit Echo Point and Mattupetty Lake.
Near Top station is the echo point. On this point, the valley is acoustically inclined to reverberate the sounds that enter it. The legend goes that if your voice echoes thrice, you will get what you wish for.
Mattupetty Lake is flanked by steep hills and woods and has been created by the small hydro-electricity dam. The entire area around it is covered with forests and sightings of wild animals are common. This territory is famous for its elephant sightings. The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Munnar (B)
Day 4:Onto Thekkady (105kms/3.5hrs drive)
Today, proceed to Thekkady, en-route enjoy a Spice Plantation tour On arrival, check in to your hotel.
Proceed to enjoy a boat ride on Periyar Lake in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (on direct payment Basis). Note: Entry and Boat ride on direct payment basis. Please carry a photo-id proof for Periyar boat ride. The rest of the day is at leisure to walk through the bustling spice market in the Kumily Village. Overnight in Thekkady (B)
Day 5:Onto Kumarkom (142kms/ Approx 4hrs drive)
After breakfast, proceed on a picturesque drive to Kumarakom located on the idyllic backwaters. On arrival, check in to your hotel in Kumarakom. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Kumarakom. (B)
Day 6:Depart Kumarkom
Today, you bid farewell to your Vibrant Kerala tour as you are transferred to the airport in Kochi for your onward journey.