The land of tea estates and spices, Kerala is invigorating and refreshing. Munnar-one of the popular hill stations in the south which is flooded with tea plantations and green gardens. Thekkady-Periyar, known for its wild life sanctuaries provide a chance to get wild in the jungles and sail through the streams that are surrounded by lush green surroundings make for a fascinating journey. In Alleppey cruise via houseboats which are sailing through the backwaters offer a truly romantic experience.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival Cochin & Transfer To Munnar (130kms/approx 4hrs)
Welcome at Cochin Airport & proceed to Munnar. A breathtakingly beautiful – haven of peace and tranquility which cannot be portrayed in a single canvas. Situated at 1,600m above sea level with unending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains, you’re often up above the clouds watching veils of mist clinging to the mountain tops. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji/Strobilanthes. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once in every twelve years, will bloom next in 2018. On the way to Munnar visit Cheeyappara & Valara waterfalls. The Cheeyappara Waterfall cascades down in seven steps. Valara has a chain of waterfalls surrounded by thick green forests.
Upon arrival, check in hotel and rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 2: Munnar Sightseeing
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Munnar.
Visit Eravikulam National Park (at extra cost), where you can see the rare species of Nilgiri Tahr/Mountain Goats. The Eravikulam National Park stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97 sq km in the Kannan devan hills.
Later,visit Mattupetty Dam (at extra cost), a storage concrete gravity dam built in the mountains. Mattupetty offers many fascinating sights to relish. Besides the tea plantations & the rolling grasslands, the Shola forests in and around Mattupetty are ideal for trekking and are habitat to a variety of birds.
Then, visit Kundala Dam (at extra cost), the famous Neela Kurunji flowers which bloom once in twelve years, bloom in the hills and valleys around Kundala lake. Enroute visit Echo Point & Pothamedu View Point. Echo Point always has a greenish look as it is covered with abundant green sceneries. View Point is perfect to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the coffee, tea & cardamom plantations. They are an adventurous destination, which will be a perfect choice for those who love to have a nature walk or trekking.
Return to hotel by evening for overnight stay.
Day 3: Munnar To Thekkady (85 Kms – Approx 3 Hrs)
After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed to Thekkady. Thekkady is considered as a heaven for natural spices. The Periyar forests of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Periyar encompasses 777 sq km & a 26-sq-km artificial lake.
On arrival, check in at hotel & later go for sightseeing to visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (at extra cost). It is home to herds of wild Elephants, Sambar, Tigers, Gaur, Lion-tailed Macaques, Nilgiri Langurs & more. The place can sometimes feel a bit like Disneyland-in-the-Ghats, but its mountain scenery & jungle walks make for an enjoyable visit. Evening enjoy the boat cruise in the lake to spot wild animals.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Travel from Munnar to Thekkady
Day 4: Thekkady To Alleppey (140 Kms – Approx 4 Hrs)
After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed to Alleppey which has an immense natural beauty with a large network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet "Venice of the east” & it is famous for backwater cruising & boat race. On arrival check into your Houseboat & cruise through the narrow canal amidst the Paddy Fields, Coconut Lagoons & Coir Villages which offers panoramic sights one can never forget. This is one of Kerala’s most mesmerizingly beautiful & relaxing experiences. Overnight stay at houseboat.
Travel from Thekkady to Alleppey
Day 5: Alleppey To Kumarakom (32kms/approx 1hr)
After Breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed to Kumarakom. An enchanting backwater destination set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Kerala. Check in at hotel & later out for sightseeing to visit The bird sanctuary spread across 14 acres, a safe home for domestic & many migratory birds such as Egrets, Darters, Herons, Teals, Waterfowls, Cuckoo, Siberian Stork, Wild Duck etc. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Travel from Alleppey to Kumarakom
Day 6: Departure Kumarakom
After breakfast, you will be transferred on time to Cochin airport or railway station with ever lasting memories of God's Own Country, Kerala.