Kerala - God's Own Country Duration: 9 days/8 nights Cochin airport-Athirapally-Munnar-Thekkady-Alleppey-Cochin airport
Day 1 - Cochin airport-Athirapally Arrive at Cochin. Transfer to hotel at the most beautiful waterfall of Kerala. Day at leisure.
Day 2 - Athirapally-Munnar After breakfast drive to the hill resort of Munnar for a 2-night stay (alt. 1,600 m). Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the natural surroundings.
Day 3 - Munnar After breakfast visit Eravikulam National Park, natural habitat of the rare mountain goat - Nilgiri Tahr and home of Anamudi (2,695m) the highest peak of South India. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 4 - Munnar - Thekkady After breakfast drive to Periyar. The scenic drive takes you through green hills with forests, plantations of tea, spices and rubber, streams and waterfalls. On the way visit some of the spice plantations. Check in to hotel.
Day 5 - Thekkady This is a dawn to dusk range hiking and rafting program through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve. Starting at 8 am from the boat landing, a mosaic of habitats will be traversed before the party gets into rafts made of bamboos. The forests are rich in bird life and arboreal animals like giant squirrel and Nilgiri langur. The rafting is for about three hours and one gets a panoramic view of forest-clad hills reflected on the lake. Animals like elephant, gaur and sambar are sighted keeping close to the edges of the lake. The team hitchhikes back to the boat landing by about 5 pm. An armed guard and 4 guides will accompany tourists. Tea, snacks and packed lunch will be served enroute.
Day 6 - Thekkady - Alleppey The Kerala backwaters consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes, & canals and are best experienced while slowly punting down the labyrinth of canals in a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat, known as 'Kettuvallam'. Embark your houseboat. See life on the banks, lush green rice fields, and coconut groves with occasional temple or church as you cruise through the canals. An experience you will savor for a long time.
Day 7 - Alleppey - Cochin Breakfast and proceed to Cochin - the commercial capital and the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala. Afternoon free to go around the city for shopping. Evening Kathakali Dance Show. Overnight at Cochin.
Day 8 - Cochin Your morning sightseeing tour of Kochi includes a visit to the Dutch Palace and Synagogue. En route see the famous Chinese fishing nets.
Day 9 - Depart Transfer to the airport or to a hotel on the beach.
Rate includes • Package cost is for 2 adults at 1 deluxe rooms with breakfast. • 1 night a/c deluxe houseboat ride with all meals. • Non A/c Indica for transfers and sightseeing with driver bata, fuel, toll and parking charges. • Room tax.
Rates do not includes • Service tax • Entrance fee to any sightseeing spot. • All personal expenses like telephone, laundry, tips, any extra F&B item, wich is not mentioned above.