Kerala - God's Own Country
Route : Kochi Munnar Periyar Kumarakom KovalamValidity: 01 Oct 2016 - 15 Apr 2017
Arrive Kochi, the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative and escorted to your hotel for 2 nights stay.
Kochi, also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, is one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Starting from the Dutch, Portuguese and the British, Kochi was the site of the first European colonial settlements in India.
Day in Kochi
After breakfast, take a guided walk through the historic Fort Kochi area. This morning we will visit the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and see the authentic Chinese fishing nets still in use.
Today we provide you some options to choose from. Enjoy your afternoon exploring Kochi the way you prefer
Kochi to Munnar (135 Kms/4.5 Hrs)
After a leisurely breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Munnar, one of the most popular hill resorts of south India. Under the British Raj, Munnar was popularly called ‘Switzerland of India' for its natural surroundings and cool climate. The entire area is occupied by thick forests and tea estates. The specialty of Munnar is jungle honey, tea and a rare flower ‘Neela Kurunji’ which blooms once in 12 years.
Upon arrival in Munnar, check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Day in Munnar
After breakfast, we visit a unique welfare initiative in Munnar, which focuses on enhancing the hidden talents of differently abled children, most of whom are from families of local tea pluckers of Munnar. Here we see three projects that aim to equip disabled children to secure a better future: a centre for special education; a natural dye fabric printing project; and a unit that manufactures handmade paper and paper products. The products made by these children are sold at a small outlet near the workshops and are exported to Japan and Europe. A visit to this unique initiative reiterates how enthusiasm is a sign of spiritual health and imperfections are what make you beautiful !
This afternoon, visit a local tea plantation and the Tata Tea Museum to learn about the cultivation and processing of a variety of Indian teas.
Munnar to Periyar (150 Kms/4.5 Hrs)
After breakfast, we embark on a scenic drive to Periyar, the spice plantation hub of Kerala. Upon arrival in Periyar, check in to your hotel and freshen up.
This afternoon, take a spice plantation tour and learn about the mystery and history of Indian spices. You will be intrigued to see the vast variety of spices ranging from cloves, cardamom, ginger, pepper, chilli, turmeric etc. You also get the opportunity to shop for fragrant spices at a local market
Periyar to Kumarakom (185 Kms/4 Hrs)
Today we drive to Kumarakom, the coastal town in the backwaters of Kerala. On arrival, check-in at your hotel and freshen up. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
Kumarakom to Kovalam (200 Kms/5 Hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Kovalam, one of the most serene and beautiful beaches of south India. Upon arrival in Kovalam, check in to your hotel for your 03 nights stay.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, pampering yourself with the various Ayurveda and Spa treatments offered by your resort in Kovalam.
Day in Kovalam
The beautiful beaches of Kovalam are still far from being commercialized or packed with tourists. Today, enjoy a day at leisure to relax and unwind by the tranquil beaches of Kovalam or enjoy the various facilities offered by your hotel.
Kovalam/Trivandrum (Departure: Room Till 12 Noon)
After breakfast, transfer to Trivandrum airport to board the flight back home.