Namaste-Welcome to India
On arrival at Cochin International Airport you will be met by our local representative and you will be transferred to the hotel.
Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a city in southwest India's coastal Kerala state. It has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and opened it to Arab, Chinese and European merchants. Sites reflecting those influences include Fort Kochi, a settlement with tiled colonial bungalows and diverse houses of worship. Cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, typical of Kochi, have been in use for centuries.
Day is free, for you to explore the city at your own pace.
Overnight stay in Cochin.
After breakfast, enjoy city tour covering Mattancherry Palace- gifted to the king of Cochin, by Portuguese in 1555, about 500 years old & drive past Chinese Fishing Nets.
Later drive to Munnar - Munnar hills situated at an altitude of 5000 to 8000 Ft above sea level and are situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathani & Kundala. This beautiful hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Govt. in South India. Sprawling Tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.
Munnar is a town in the Western Ghats mountain range in India’s Kerala state. A hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, it's surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the late 19th century. Eravikulam National Park, a habitat for the endangered mountain goat Nilgiri tahr, is home to the Lakkam Waterfalls, hiking trails and 2,695m-tall Anamudi Peak.
Overnight in Munnar.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Munnar. In the morning, visit the Tea Museum in the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea, which showcases some of the exquisite and interesting aspects of the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Munnar. This Tea Museum houses curios, photographs and machinery. Also visit Mattupetty, located about 13 km from Munnar. Mattupetty is known for its dam and the beautiful lake, which offers pleasurable boat rides (on direct payment). Later visit the Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake… the mountain slopes here are thick with undulating, evergreen tea plantations. The shimmering blue lake is the most photographed part of Kundala. Take a stroll in the tea estate, and enjoy the refreshing mountain breeze. Here you can view the entire process of making tea, right from plucking of tealeaves to their processing. Return to your hotel & spend the rest of the day at leisure.
After breakfast, drive to Thekkady (Periyar) and on arrival check-in at the hotel.
Thekkady is synonymous to uninterrupted hills, rich biodiversity and spice plantations. The place is best known for the Periyar National Park. In the afternoon, visit spice plantation. The aroma and pleasant ambiance of the spice and tea plantations of Periyar are fascinating. Spices found in Thekkady include pepper, clove, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric, vanilla and curry leaves.
Overnight in Thekkady.
After breakfast, check-out and proceed to Kumarakom - a charming emerald peninsula jutting into the picturesque Vembanad Lake dotted with innumerable traditional country rafts, boats and canoes. The fresh water of the lake flows into the mainland, making a labyrinth of lagoons, canals and waterways. Spend the rest of the day at the beautiful resort of Kumarakom. You may enjoy traditional Ayurveda massages here -Ayurveda is the ancient healing system of India and has been practised continuously for over 5,000 years (on direct payment basis). The various treatments are individually prescribed and involve the use of medicated herbal oils, herbs, powders and poultices & natural ingredients.
Overnight in Kumarakom.
After breakfast, prepare for check-out and the driver will pick you up and drop you to Kumarakom
Kumarakom is a charming emerald peninsula jutting into the picturesque Vembanad Lake dotted with innumerable traditional country rafts, boats and canoes. The fresh water of the lake flows into the mainland, making a labyrinth of lagoons, canals and waterways. Spend the rest of the day at beautiful resort of Kumarakom. You may enjoy traditional Ayurveda massages here Ayurveda is the ancient healing system of India and has been practised continuously for over 5,000 years. The various treatments are individually prescribed and involve the use of medicated herbal oils, herbs, powders and poultices & natural ingredients.
After breakfast, drive towards the south of Kerala, Kovalam- located close to the state capital Trivandrum, it is internationally famed for its palm-fringed beaches and rejuvenating centres. This coastal town initially came to notice with the construction of Halcyon Castle by the last Maharani of Travancore - Sethu Lakshmi Bayi. With the arrival of hippies in 1970s, the place gained recognition as a tourist destination and is today renowned for its 17 km-long coastlines, which is formed by three beautiful beaches - Lighthouse, Hawah and Samudra. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Kovalam.
After breakfast, explore highlights of Kovalam- covering lighthouse, Vellayani Lake and Valiyathura Pier. Later proceed for Trivandrum sightseeing, visit Napier Museum and Art Gallery.
Thiruvananthapuram (or Trivandrum) is the capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala. It's distinguished by its British colonial architecture and many art galleries. It’s also home to Kuthira Malika (or Puthen Malika) Palace, adorned with carved horses and displaying collections related to the Travancore royal family, whose regional capital was here from the 18th–20th centuries.
Vellayani Lake, or Vellayani Kayal as known in the local language, is the largest freshwater lake in Thiruvananthapuram district, of Kerala, India
After breakfast. The day is free until checkout time. The driver will pick you up and drop you to the airport for your onward flight.
AED 3750/- Per person, Prices are based on twin sharing.
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights.
Destinations: Cochin, Thekkady, Munnar, Kumarakom & Kovalam.
The rates are subject to availability at the time of booking request. In the event if there are rate changes due to increase in Govt taxes, or hotel charges a surcharge, or BAR rates (Best available rates), we reserve the right to amend the rates without notice. The exchange rate is subject to change. Please ensure that you have secured the relevant visa / entry permits & valid passport. The best source of visa information is the embassy of the country itself.
If you are interested in going ahead with this booking, we would require deposits or payments as follows either in the form of cash or cheque:
Please ensure that the names given to us for reservations match the names in your passport, as hotels, sightseeing tour companies are very particular about name changes. Mismatched names may result in heavy amendment penalties. We strongly recommend travel insurance as part of your package – we have excellent rates with the world’s best companies – please let us know if you wish us to add this to your package.
Economy class airfare from Dubai / Trivandrum / Cochin / Dubai.
1 night accommodation in Cochin & Thekkady based on double room occupancy.
2 nights accommodation in Munnar, Kumarakom & Kovalam based on double room occupancy.
Transportation as per the itinerary on private car.
Cochin-Mattancherry palace & drive past Chinese fishing Nets, Trivandrum-Napier Museum & Art Gallery.
Munnar-Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Lake, Tea Plantation & Museum, Kovalam-Beaches, Lighthouse, Vellayani Lake & Valiyathura Pier & Thekkady-Spice plantation.
Complimentary travel insurance.
All airline and hotel taxes.
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