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Kerala is the place known for its natural and scenic beauty. Tourism in Kerala is known for its forested mountains comprising the Western Ghats and surrounding the tropical region, deciduous jungle which is home to exotic wildlife and plant species. When travelling to Kerala, one will witness the scenic beauty of the place wrapped with greenery and Kerala hills giving you the magical experience to remember. The place is the glory of giving the tourist an enchanting experience of nature and Kerala backwaters tour. The hill stations and high ranged places in Kerala are the major touring spots for nature lovers.
Day 1: Cochin
Our representative will receive you at the airport on your arrival. And you are transferred to the hotel to relax before starting the tour.
Cochin is one of the most beautiful cities in Kerala also known as the hub of traders for centuries. The city has everything from hilly forests to the alluring beaches to being the gateway for Kerala backwaters tour. It is said that Cochin was the home to Vasco Da Gama because of the oldest Portuguese houses and the appealing architecture. With European windows and beautiful verandahs, this city is the major tourist spot.
After having a calm and relaxing afternoon, proceed in the evening to see the most-famous Kathakali Dance. You will be so impressed by the actors-dancers, vocalists representing a dramatic ancient play with some eye-appealing makeup, heavy ornaments, and unique attire. Kathakali dance will surely take you to the imaginary world where you see the artists changing their expression in a matter of seconds. You will notice that indignation artists deliver their lines in a sharp high tone and are fragile when representing something sad.
Night stay at Cochin.
Day 2: Exploring the City: Cochin
Enjoy the delicious South Indian breakfast before starting the day tour of the city.
Old Cochin Area: The old Cochin area is stretched with the Jewish community. Jew-Town is one of the prominent cultures followed by the people here while visiting this area you will get to know about the crown Jewel and Synagogue of Paradesi. The Synagogue of Paradesi was built in 1568 and restored in 1662 after the bombardment in Portuguese. After visiting these interesting places visit the International Paper Exchange which is the worldwide trader of black pepper.
Chinese Fishing Net: Chinese Fishing Nests also popularly known as Cheenavala in Malayalam. This place is the iconic tourist spot in Kerala stamping the Kochi culture. When you visit this place you will experience the large fishing net run by a group of fishermen together. Here you can also master the operating process of fishing net and maintain a balance between the metallic poles.
Apart from these two major tourist attractions Cochin also has some more captivating tourist places for you to visit Vasco Da Gama square to see the fascinating synagogues, churches, mosques, temples situated next to each other. Visit the most famous Santa CruzBasilica known for being one of the eight Basilica in India.
Visit the European oldest St. Francis Church to experience the richness of Cochin's past. Go to the VOC Gate also known as the landmark of Cochin. Visit the beautiful circularly structured Bastion Bungalow located on the River Road in Kochi Fort. Walk to the Mattancherry Palace anciently known as the Dutch Palace. After exploring these historically rich places. Head towards the Harbor cruise to see the sunset experiencing the Kerala backwaters tour.
Night stay in Hotel.
Day 3: Road Trip to Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary and Munnar the Kashmir of South India
Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary is located at the small village in the Ernakulam district. This place is the popular picnic spot and the only place where elephants are rescued and trained. Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary is one of the most memorable places to visit. The most enticing part of the visit is when in the morning all elephants together come out of the center for their royal bath.
After seeing the royal elephants and their living style, head towards the next destination with the Munnar- "Kashmir of South India."
Munnar is the famous tourist spot in Kerala located in the Western Ghats. It is known for its tea plantations, mist baskets, and craggy peaks. It is a place that is boon with natural viewpoints that house endangered species like Nilgiri Tahr and Neelakurinji.
Night stay in Munnar.
Day 4: Traversing in the City: Munnar
After having enjoyable breakfasts proceed towards touring the city.
Elephant Lake: Elephant Lake is the idyllic picnic spot in Munnar famous for its picturesque scenic view surrounded by tea plantations, rolling grasslands, and hillocks. This is the favorite tourist spot for the visitors because of the panoramic view of the reservoir's water with the dense backdrop of the tea garden.
Tata Tea Museum: Tata Tea Museum is located 1 km from Munnar city center. It serves as the tribute to all the pioneers of the Munnar tea plantation and makes Kerala one of the biggest tea distributors in India. While visiting this museum tourists can learn and know more about the establishment and development of the tea plantation industry in India.
Eravikulam National park: Eravikulam National park is the natural splendor. This place is heaven to the endangered animals. While visiting the national park one can very clearly witness the EchoStage, which is the greatest contributor to the unique setting and the natural sight of the park. The Rajamalai area is open to the public from where one can see the Nilgiri Thar.
Night stay at Munnar.
Day 5: Road Trip to Periyar: Munnar
After having a delightful breakfast head towards the road trip to Periyar.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary also known as the pride of Kerala, lies on the bank of Periyar River. This is a well-protected and maintained area in Kerala located between two districts of Kerala that is Idukki and Pathanamthitta. The sanctuary is famous for tiger and elephant reserve. While visiting the sanctuary one can discover a quiet and peaceful natural environment withdrawing you from the hustle-bustle of daily life. The sanctuary is known for its rich flora and fauna.
After having the abundance of peaceful time in Periyar visit the Kumily market, a market famous for being the host of a variety of spices. This market is best for taking home some special South Indian spices and antiques.
Night Stay at Hotel.
Day 6: Relishing the Day: Periyar
Start your morning with some boating at Periyar Lake. The lake is covered with a dense tree line at the shore. You can also capture a glimpse of some unknown birds such as Nilgiri Wood Pigeon or Malabar Grey Hornbill during your boating time and mammals such as Elephants and Indian Gaur.
After having the luscious South Indian breakfast head towards the next destination that is Spice Plantations. Spice plantations are the spot, famous for providing the opportunity to wander around nature. Witness the rare birds and visit the grove for food. The plantations are divided into sections and each section covers different plants such as cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, etc.
Enjoy the scrummy lunch at the plantation.
In the afternoon visit Elephant junction to learn more about Elephants. You can also feed a rehabilitated Elephant and spend some time with it.
Night stay at Thekkady.
Day 7: Road Trip to Kumarakom: Periyar
Have your breakfast at the Resort and head towards the next tourist spot that is Kumarakom and enjoy the Kerala backwaters tour.
Kumarakom tour will help you to enjoy the Alleppey houseboat and let you see and appreciate the backwater resorts in Kerala. The houseboat will take you to the Vembanad and the nearby places. This houseboat will let you witness the charismatic beauty of Kerala. In your houseboat tour, you will see the paddy fields, lagoons, and small villages that add to the beauty of Kerala.
The boat chief will cook delicious food for you to eat. Eventide snacks will be served at the houseboat. This houseboat will give you the experience to sit, relax, and spend some quality time with your family and loved ones.
Dinner will be served to you on the boat.
Night stay at houseboat.
Day 8: Departure to Cochin from Alleppey
Breakfast will be served on the boat. Debark from the houseboat and reach Cochin. You will be taken to the Airport to fly back to your home holding the pleasing memories of Kerala.