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KERELA- GOD OWN COUNTRY TOUR

With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western towering 500-2700 ms in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. An equable climate. A long shoreline with serene beaches, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters. Lush hill stations and exotic wildlife, Waterfalls, Sprawling plantations and paddy fields. Ayurvedic health holidays. Enchanting art forms. Magical festivals. Historic and cultural monuments. An exotic cuisine... All of which offer you a unique experience. And what's more, each of these charming destinations is only a two hour drive from the other. A singular advantage no other destination offers…..

In this tour you will cover most of the south Kerala…where you will experience Munnar; a charming hill station covered with unending expanses of tea plantations. An assortment of wildlife such as the endangered mountain goat - Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Langur, Sambar are found in the tropical forests around Munnar.
 
Let us take you Thekkdy; conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. The Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India.

You will drop by at lazy destination Varkala, a calm and quiet hamlet, lies on the beautiful beach, a 2000-year-old Vishnu Temple is worth to visit.

Enjoy serene beaches of Kovalam, A day trip to Kanyakumari; which is the southernmost tip of India, the very confluence of the three water-bodies – the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.

Enter in to water world of Kerala on a rice house boat at Alappuzha called backwaters of Kerala; listed among ten best things to go in the world.

Last but not least; Explore the historic town of Fort Kochi, there is no better choice than setting out on foot. Relax, breathe deep and come out in cotton dresses, soft shoes and yes - a straw hat. At each and every nook of this island steeped in history, there is something amusing awaiting you. It is a world of its own, retaining the specimens of a bygone era and still proud of those days. If you can smell the past, nothing can stop you from walking through these streets…..

Tour Name:  God’s Own Country Kerala
Type of Tour:  Fixed Departure
Duration: 07 nights / 08 days
Destinations: Cochin - Munnar – Thekkady – Varkala – Kovalam – Kanyakumari – Kovalam - Kumarkom and Cochin.

 

16th June 2013 | Day One
 Arrive at Cochin and drive to Munnar [135 km /04:00 hrs]  

On your arrival at Ernakuam Railway station at 05:30 hrs, welcome by our representative & you will drive to Munnar {Kashmir of Kerala} covering a distance of 135 km, upon arrival check in at Hotel for 02 nights.

Munnar - is a beautiful hill resort situated in the cradle of tea plantations. Munnar, the queen of hill stations is located at the confluence of three mountain streams namely, Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, along the Western Ghats on the eastern border of Kerala and was once the summer resort of the British government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns and winding lanes make this a popular esort. Rest of the day will be at Leisure or for individual activities.

After brief refreshment you will set out for an excursion tour of Top Station, (41 km, 2200 meters) which has some of the highest tea plantations in India. At the edge of the Kerala-Tamilnadu border, you can look over across at the hills ebbing into plains in the other state.   

Excellent breathtaking views of rolling hills awash with greenery, and crisp air will make a feel of heaven for heartbeat. Then visit Eravikulam Park (16 km) where you can find the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (ibex). Docile and friendly, it is hard to imagine that this is a rare animal when you see the numbers in this area. Overnight stay in Munnar.

17th June 2013    Day Two
Munnar

Morning after breakfast you will explore the National Park and Tea Museum in Munnar.

Munnar is perhaps the choicest of places to preserve and showcase some of the exquisite and interesting aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala's high ranges. With special emphasis to Munnar, and to the delight of tea lovers and tourists, then visit to the Old Christ Church.

The old Christ Church in the town centre is small, cozy and charming with wonderful stained glass panels. It was consecrated in 1910 and the original wooden pews are now a rich grainy brown. In 1981 the medium of instruction changed from English to the vernacular. Evening visit the lake. At a height of 1700 meters, Mattupetty Lake (13 km) and dam is surrounded by tall hills and forest. You can hire a boat, and walk down to the nearby dairy and cattle farms. Overnight stay in Munnar.

18th June 2013    Day Three
Munnar/ Thekkady [112 Km / 04 Hrs]

After breakfast drive to Periyar (also known as Thekkady). The name comes from the Periyar dam, here by the British in 1895 was created. The Wildlife Reserve is an ideal place for wild animals like elephants, Detect bison, deer and many species of exotic birds. The landscape here is very tropical and you will meet again on tea and coffee plantations and spice gardens. Upon arrival, check in at hotel for 01 night.  

Brief refreshment and then we will take place at 14:00 on a guided tour of a plantation near place, where different types of spices and other aromatic plants are planted.  At Opportunity you are invited to visit a tea factory nearby.

Evening set out to enjoy a very popular boat ride on the Periyar Lake and observe the activities of elephants, tiger, bison, wild oxen, wild boar, spotted deer and the local golden langur monkeys live only in this part of India. Overnight stay in Thekkady.

19th June 2013    Day Four
Thekkady / Varkala [150 Km / 07:30 Hrs]

Morning after breakfast drive to Varkala, upon arrival check in at Hotel for 01 night.

Varkala is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These tertiary sedimentary formation cliffs are a unique geological feature on the otherwise flat Kerala coast, and are known among geologists as Varkala Formation and a geological monument as declared by the Geological Survey of India. There are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of these cliffs. Varkala boasts of having a clean, tranquil beach. The view from the top of the surrounding cliffs simply amazes the tourists. Day is free on own to relax and enjoy the Beach of Varkala Or you may visit Vishnu Temple.  Overnight stay in Varkala.

20thJune 2013    Day Five
Varkala/ Kovalam [50 KM / 02 HRS]

Post breakfast drive to Kovalam, enroute visiting The Sri Padmanabham Swamy Temple encloses a 6 metre high statue of reclining Vishnu, upon arrival check in at Beach Hotel The Isola Di Cocco ("The Island of Coconuts"), a unique heritage resort cosseted by a coconut grove, residing on the banks of the river Poovar, at the juncture where the tranquil river embraces the roaring Arabian sea!
  
Rest of the day is free on own to relax and enjoy the Hotel and Beach of Kovalam or treat yourself to an ayurvedic massage at the hotel, sunbathing, or a delicious meal in one of the fish restaurants on the beach to enjoy. Overnight will stay in Poovar Island.

21st June 2013    Day Six
Kovalam / Kanyakumari / Kovalam [150 Km / 02 Way]

Today you will enjoy a day excursion tour of Kanyakumari - a holy palace for Hindus; you will have sightseeing tour of Kanyakumari including Kumari Amman Temple picturesquely situated overlooking the shore, this temple and the nearby ghat attract pilgrims from all over India to worship and to bathe. Gandhi Memorial Next to the Kumari Amman Temple, this striking memorial stored the Mahatma's ashes until they were immersed in the sea.

It resembles an Orissan temple and was designed so that on Gandhi's birthday (2- October), the sun's rays fall on the place where his ashes were kept. Suchindram Temple This temple, 13 km noth-west of Kanyakumari at suchindram, is noted for its 'musical' columns and its impressive 3 m tall statue of Hanuman, the monkey god. Also visit Padmanabhapuram Palace, Vivekanada rock, enjoy Ferry ride. Later drive back to Poovar.

Overnight will stay in Poovar Island.

22nd June 2013    Day Seven
Kovalam / Kumarakom [150 Km / 04:30 Hrs]

Morning after breakfast drive to Kumarkom covering a distance of 150 km, upon arrival check in at Hotel/House Boat for 01 night. Kumarkom: The panoramic backwaters here offer an ideal
retreat to enjoy nature at its best. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region.

Later enjoy a day cruise - a traditional houseboat of Kerala style and enjoy the cruise through the backwaters. The backwater in Kumarakom houses a variety of fauna, flora and marine life. On the way you will see various local activities of the people living along the backwaters and also visit some of the tourist places on the way. The Backwater cruise for Kumarakom round trip is the fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.

Overnight will stay in Kumarakom or House Boat.

23rd June 2013    Day Eight

Morning enjoy sumptuous breakfast and drive to Cochin; the most interesting town in South India at Malabar Coast and is also known as Venice of South.  

And enjoy half day sightseeing tour of various places like Jewish Synagogue - Among all the common wealth countries of the world, the Jewish Synagogue, Kochi is the oldest existing synagogue. The prosperous Jewish trading community built it in 1568 AD. It was partially destroyed in the 1962 war. Later it was rebuilt by the Dutch. This speaks for the historical importance of the monument.  The Dutch Palace, Kochi is more popularly known as Mattancherry Palace.

It is located at Palace Road, 10 km from Ernakulam city, Kochi. The palace was constructed by the Portuguese and presented to the then Rajah of Kochi, Veera Kerala Varma. The Rajahs of Keralas made subsequent renovations of the palace, giving it a Hindu texture. In fact, it has become one of the best testimonies of the Hindu Temple Art. And St. Francis Church, where Vasco Da Gama was first buried Chinese fishing nets.

Evening at you will be board in train / flight for onward journey.

:: End of the Tour ::

Validity

06/14/2013 to 06/25/2013

Includes

  • Room on twin / triple sharing basis.
  • Daily breakfast and dinner during the stay in Kerala hotels [package will start with dinner and close with breakfast].
  • English speaking guide as per Itinerary.
  • Boat ride at Periyar Lake in Thekkady.
  • Day cruise / House boat at Kumarakom.
  • Ferry ride at Kanyakumari.
  • 03 Tier train fare from Jaipur - Cochin – Jaipur.
  • Assistance upon arrival and departure.
  • A/c Vehicle for all transfers & sightseeing as Itinerary.
  • All applicable taxes.

COST:

Double/ Twin sharing basis
@ INR 17500 Nett, Per Person

Triple sharing basis
@ INR 16000 Nett, Per Person

Triple sharing basis with extra child below 12 years sharing bed with parents
@ INR 14750 Nett, Per Person

Does not includes

  • Any personal expenses.
  • Any air fare.
  • No meals during the train journey.
  • Anything not included in the itinerary. Entrance fees as per Itinerary.
  • Tatkal quota charges for train fare.
  • Kath kali dance in Cochin. Elephant safari at Thekkady.

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