• Palm & Backwaters

Overview

Palms and Backwater reminds you of the Kerala which is known as the land of Gods own country where one explore and view thousands of wonderful natural places. The places is completely surrounded by natural beauty like, high hills, lush palm trees, interlinked channeled lakes and many more, but the main attraction imbibes in the backwater where the visitors can see the wonderful natural beauty and palm trees. The trees area manly covering the beaches where people can sit, relax and enjoy the vacations with their friends.

Itinerary: Palm & Backwaters

Day 01: Arrival Cochin

Arrive Cochin International airport & after customs formalities walk out of the main exit gate where our representative will meet.

Overnight at Cochin.

Day 02: Cochin - Munnar (140 km, 4 hrs)

After breakfast start sightseeing of Cochin.

Cochin. A port town since early centuries, Cochin attracted traders and invaders from the world over. Cochin offers some fascinating snippets of history and culture. Also known as the spice coast of India.

The Hill Palace Museum, a fully-fledged archeological museum and Kerala’s first ever Heritage Museum are the main attractions (closed on Mondays).

Chinese Fishing Nets, this unique style of huge cantilevered fishing nets were erected between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the Court of Kubla Khan, a Chinese King.

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).

Later drive to Munnar. Throughout the journey enjoy beautiful streams Rubber, Pepper cardamom, small waterfalls, and Tea plantations and thick forests. God has blessed his own country with incomparable beauty – to have everlasting memory of your honeymoon days in Kerala.

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.

Arrive Munnar and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Munnar.

Day 03: Munnar

After breakfast proceed to explore Munnar, one of the most beautiful hills station in Kerala.

Tea plantation - Tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers, lust green hills, a place so difficult to describe, very low population too far from pollution, most of the covered by Tata tea. It is one of the biggest centers of tea trade in India. Until 1790, Munnar and the surrounding area were forests covered, when they were first recognized by the European known as Duke of Wellington. Later in the year 1870, a subordinate of the ruler of Travancore, leased 588 sq. km of land to a Scottish tea planter named J.D. Munro, who was the lawyer in the employee of the Travancore Government.

Raja Malai - A top peak of Munnar Rajamala is 15 km from Munnar, where you can see Neel Thar (mountain goats), it is the natural habitat of the Niligiri tahr. Rajamala is 2695 m above sea level. Half the world's population of the rare mountain goat or tahr which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here.The Nilgiri tahr in Rajamalai are now to be found in small herds found in Eravikulam-Rajamala region. The total number of Niligiri Tahrs in Rajamala is estimated to be over 1300.

Mattuppetty Dam - Mattuppetty is 13 km from Munnar town. Mattupetty is known for its storage dam and lake which is 1700 mts above sea level. Mattupatty also have a beautifull view of surrounding hills and landscape. It also have lush green grasslands, tea plantations and Shola forests. The reservoir is also known to be one of the visiting ground of elephants of the region. Mattupetty is famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss livestock project.

Back to hotel. Night stay in Munnar.

Day 04: Munnar - Kumarakom (155km, 4-5 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Kumarakom.

Kumarakom is also one of the enchanting backwater regions of Kerala. The labyrinthine network of rivers, canals, streams and lagoons which form the famed backwaters offer stunning views and is an ideal place to relax. Kumarakom, a bird sanctuary located on the banks of the backwaters and renowned for its varied avian population. Local varieties such as Waterfowls, Cuckoos and Owls, as well as the migratory Siberian Cranes can be viewed here.

Arrive Kumarakom and transfer to hotel. Later day excursion to the bird sanctuary and optional boat ride to the nearby village through lagoons.

Night stay in Kumarakom.

Day 05: Kumarakom - Alappuzha – (By houseboat)

Morning In the morning board the Rice boat - It took great skill and meticulousness to construct these Houseboats by tying huge planks of jack wood together, without the use of a single nail. It usually has one or two bath rooms, an open lounge, deck, kitchenette and a crew comprising oarsmen, a cook and guide.

The backwaters of Kerala form the lifeblood of beautiful Kerala and played a main role in the economy of the state. Riceboats and small ships used to ply in these waters, carrying coconut, rubber, rice and spices to various trading centers of Kerala.

Even today, these waterways link remote villages and island with the main land .It is an incredibly different experience to cruise in the backwaters in country boats, absorbing the beauty of the villages. Sail along the winding network of Kerala backwaters, see the unique water world and experience its myriad charms. Eat spiced and baked rice cakes on board a floating rice barge, fish for fresh catch and have the cook onboard cook a traditional delicacy for you, lie down on the deck and count the glittering stars that garland a clear moon with crickets making pleasant sounds as your barge floats along the unending network of Kerala backwaters.

Embark at the local villages that flourish on the banks of the emerald Kerala backwaters and visit the village bazaars that are flooded with coir products, coconuts and other villages produce. You can also interact with the local population see their lifestyle. Although practically surrounded by water, they still manage to keep cows, pigs, chickens and ducks and cultivate small vegetable gardens, prawns and fish.

In houseboats, traditional Kerala food will be served. Lunch, Dinner & overnight on Boat.

Day 06: Alappuzha - Kovalam (175 km, 4-5 hrs)

In the morning after breakfast disembark the boat and drive to Kovalam.

Kovalam, one of the most popular beach hangouts in India. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and truly the coconut trees along the beaches gives it a ravishing look. The palm-fringed bays in secluded coconut groves, promise a relaxed stay. The boundless blue waters of the Arabian Sea and miles of white sands washed away by the surf at the feet of the stalwart palms and the rocky promontories, makes this beach paradise.

On arrival, check in at the Hotel. Rest the day is free at leisure on the beach. You may take Ayurvedic massage or treatment at the hotel on direct payment basis. Rest of the day at leisure.

Night stay in Kovalam.

Day 07 & 8: Kovalam

Free day at leisure on the beach. You may take Ayurvedic massage or treatment at the hotel on direct payment basis. Night stay in Kovalam.

Day 09: Kovalam - Trivandrum (20 km, 1 hr) & departure

Transfer to airport to board your onward flight to back home.

Where you'll Stay

City Nights 4* Hotels (Classic)
Cochin 01 Holiday Inn / The Reni
Munnar 02 Tall Tree / Tea Country
Kumarakom 01 Vivanta by Taj / The Zuri
Alleppey 01 Deluxe Houseboat
Kovalam 03 Travancore Heritage / Turtle on the beach

Dates & Rates

2018 - Dates & Rates


(All prices are per person in USD.)

Month
Dates
Twin/Double/ Sharing
Single Supplement
July 2018 15 $1199 $616
August 2018 18 $1199 $616
September 2018 29 $1399 $837
October 2018 08 $1399 $837
November 2018 11 $1399 $837
December 2018 03 $1399 $837

2019 - Dates & Rates


(All prices are per person in USD.)

Month
Dates
Twin/Double/Triple Sharing
Single Supplement
January 2019 19 $1399 $837
February 2019 11 $1399 $837
March 2019 10 $1399 $837
April 2019 20 $1399 $837
May 2019 12 $1199 $616
June 2019 10 $1199 $616
July 2019 14 $1199 $616
August 2019 12 $1199 $616
September 2019 14 $1199 $616

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