The serene backwaters of Kerala are
simple irresistible, but do take notice of the superb coconut grooves by the
sides and the beautifully decorated boats that will take you into a journey
without any jerk. This tour package includes the best sought after places
that need no extra introduction in Indian tourist map. These houseboats are
good, if not better than those of Kashmir are. The cruise is immensely
recommended for the peace lovers and the people who have liked the TITANIC,
or is that too much to ask for? To know, visit Kerala Backwaters.
Day 01 : Cochin - Munnar
Arrive Cochin airport and transfer to Munnar (135 kms -4.30 hrs). Munnar is
1800 mts above sea level and also the place of South India's highest peak
(Anamudi- 2695mts). Check in at the hotel. Visit tea estates. Overnight at
Day 02 : Munnar
After breakfast full day visit of Munnar. Visit of Eravikulam National
Park,the best place to see Nilgiri Tahr ( Hermitragus Hylcrious) -the
mountain goat of South India. Visit Mattupatty dam. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 : Munnar - Periyar
After breakfast transfer to Periyar ( 120 kms- 4 hrs). Periyar Wildlife
Sanctuary, one of the largest wildlife reserves in India, it occupies 777
sqkms of the Cardamom Hills region of the Western Ghatts. Afternoon
sightseeing. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 : Periyar
Morning game viewing by the boat in the sanctuary, surrounded by the hills.
Wildlife includes elephants, gaur, wild dogs, otters, freshwater tortoise
and bird species like heroin, kingfisher, hornbill, water and fishbowls can
be seen here. Afternoon visit of spice plantations. Overnight at the hotel
Day 05 : Periyar - Kumarakom
After breakfast transfer from Periyar to Kumarakom (121 kms 4. 5 hrs).
Transfer to the Hotel. Kumarakom near Kottayam (16 kms) is well known for
its backwaters and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. This sanctuary is rich with a
number of noteworthy species include the Dater or Snake Bird, Little
Cormorant, Night Heroin, Golden- backed woodpecker, Crow Pheasant, White
Breasted Water Hen and Tree Pie etc. The season for migratory birds are from
November to March. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 : Kumarakom - Houseboat
Breakfast at the hotel. Board the houseboat from Kumarakom jetty. Staying
in this moving palace is breathtakingly stimulating experience. While
sailing down a maze of canals one sees different scenes from the villages,
paddy fields, coconut palms, fisherman and local life. Lunch, dinner next
day breakfast and tea snacks will be provided in the boat. The cool breeze
from the Lake make you sleep early in the night after anchoring in a fancy
place.Dinner and Overnight in the houseboat.
Day 07 : Houseboat - Alleppey - Cochin
After breakfast in the houseboat disebark at Alleppey. Alleppey is also
known as Vinice of the East because of the narrow canals and backwaters.
Transfer to Cochin (70 kms /2 Hrs), check in at the hotel. Afternoon Cochin
city tour visiting St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing nets, Jewish
Synagogue, Dutch Palace. Over night at the hotel.
Day 08 : Cochin departure
Transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination (hotel
checkout 12:00 hrs).