Tea Plantations and Backwaters of Kerala (Ex Kochi)
Route : Kochi Munnar Kumarakom Kochi
Kochi to Munnar (135 Kms/4 Hrs)
After 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 Kumarakom (145 Kms/4 Hrs)
Today we drive to Kumarakom, the coastal town in the backwaters of Kerala. On arrival, check-in at your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure
Kumarakom to Kochi (60 Kms/2 Hrs)
After breakfast, embark on your return drive to Kochi international airport to board your flight for onward destination.