Cultural KeralaCochin, Munnar, Periyar,Houseboat, Kovalam, Kanyakumari (07 Nights / 08 Days)
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Day 01: Arrival / Cochin
Welcome to our tour or we say “Atithi devo bhava” guest is an incarnation of God.
Cochin, A port town since early centuries, Cochin attracted traders and invaders from the world over. Also known as the spice coast of India. Morning sightseeing tour of cochin including The Hill Palace Museum, a fully-fledged archeological museum and Kerala’s first ever Heritage Museum are the main attractions (closed on Mondays). Traders from the Court of Kubla Khan, a Chinese King, erected Chinese Fishing Nets, this unique style of huge cantilevered fishing nets between 1350 and 1450 AD. Santa Cruz Basilica, this historic church was built by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Church a Basilica in 1984. The Jewish Synagogue, constructed in 1568, this is the oldest Synagogue in the Commonwealth (closed on Saturdays & Jewish Holidays). The area around the Synagogue, called Jew Town, is the centre for Spice & Handicraft shops. Mattanchery Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to the Regent of Kochi (closed on Fridays).
Evening Witness Kathakali the famous dance drama of kerala. This dance is characterised by some great story telling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up. Start early to see the artist preparing themselves for the show (5 PM ). Watch in detail the ritual worth seeing hour long process of make-up as part of our daily KATHAKALI performance. After the Performance, you will have a unique opportunity to take photographs along with the artists in colorful costumes as a souvenir. Entire performance will be supported with commentary in English.
Munnar a hill station located 1600 metres above sea level. Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in South India it still retains its colonial charm and is famous for its tea plantations, most of which are privately owned. With its sprawling estates, rolling hills, sparkling waterfalls, picture postcard hamlets and undulating valleys, Munnar is an ideal get-away destination.
We will visit Tea Museum. Also the Raja Malai, a top peak of Munnar where you can see Neel Thar (mountain goats), Muttupetty dam.
Learn the art of tea making
Visit the century-old tea factories where you can taste and pick up the finest tea in the country. Of most interest is the Tata Tea Museum where you can witness tea-processing.
Day 03: Munnar / Periyar (160 Kms) (04 Hrs Drive)
After wash and change, we will proceed to visit Periyar an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, and elephant sightings. One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest.
We will go on a spice plantation tour where you will be enticed by not only the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg but will also get to know how they are grown, harvested and processed before they reach the supermarkets.
Evening proceed for Kalripiyattu-Kalaripayattu is the oldest Martial art still practiced in the world Kalaripayattu is an art of combat, which combines the strength and flexibility of the body with the discipline and focus of the mind. Kalaripayattu is related to yoga and Ayurveda and the timings for this is from 06 pm to 07 pm daily.
Day 04: Periyar / Alleppey / Houseboat (155 Kms) (04 Hrs Drive)
You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings it’s the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience. The locals’ travel in canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in small wooden boats. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, enroute.
Day 05: Houseboat / Kovalam (175 Kms) (04 Hrs Drive)
Upon arrival in Kovalam, check into your hotel.
Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach of Kerala, with three adjacent crescent beaches. Kovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful Bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse - sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising etc.
Day 06: Kovalam / Kanyakumari (100 Kms) (02 Hrs Drive)
Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Afternoon visit Vivekananda rock memorial, Kanyakumari temple etc. Witness sunset in the evening.
Day 07: Kanyakumari / Trivandrum (54 Kms) (01 Hr Drive)Trivandrum / Departure
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