Kerala Backwater Tours
Places Covered : Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppy - Cochin
Duration: 8Nights / 9 Days
Day 01 Cochin
Upon your arrival at Kochi (Cochin) meet and assistance at the airport / railway station by the representative of Travel Info India and transfer to your hotel.
In the afternoon proceed for a city tour and a boat cruise especially reserved by Travel Info India to give it's customers that out of the world feeling. A few interesting sites included in the tour are the Chinese fishing nets along the Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow etc. Apart from these architectural splendors, an array of restaurants serving fresh seafood is also popular among tourists. The Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles work on the principle of balance. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450. Vasco Da Gama Square, the narrow promenade that parallels the beach, is the best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea.
Day 02 Cochin - Munnar (By Road) 130 km in 4 hr
Proceed to Munnar in the morning and en route enjoy the scenic beauty and the marvelous waterfalls, high mountains with the low flying clouds passing by.
Upon arrival in Munnar the Travel Info India guide will take you for sight seeing of Munnar which includes the Raja Malai - a top peak of Munnar where you can see Neel Thar (mountain goats). Other important places are Muttupetty dam and Indo Swiss project and witness tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers.
Munnar is located at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathani & Kundala. This hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in the blue every twelve years, will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi, which climbs up to over 2695 m.
Day 03 Munnar - Anamudi - Munnar
In the morning after breakfast, visit tea plantations, Anamudi, Eravikulam National Park, Devikulam, Mattupetty, Pallivasal, Pothamedu, Attukal etc.
Rest of the day will be at leisure. Overnight stay at Munnar.
Day 04 Munnar - Periyar By Road 110 km in 3 hr
Morning, proceed to Periyar.
Check in at hotel on arrival. In Periyar wildlife sanctuary you will witness nomadic tribes of wild elephant, boar, deer, the great Indian tiger and more. In the evening Travel Info India representative has reserved a boat cruise across the lake for you to view the wild animals and birds of different species. Overnight stay will be at Periyar.
Day 05 Periyar
Morning, after breakfast boating through Periyar lake - Wildlife sanctuary. You can visit the rare species of plants and animals. Afternoon visit spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel, you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices. Stay the night at Periyar.
Day 06 Periyar - Kumarakom (By Road) 130 km in 4 hr
Early morning proceed to Kumarakom. Reach and visit the Bird Sanctuary. Proceed to the Vembanand Lake. The
backwaters of Kerala are a unique and are found nowhere else in the world. Backwaters are a network of lakes and canals of more than forty rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. The canals connect the villages together and are still used for local transport. Over 900 km of this labyrinthine water world is navigable.
Check into a traditional houseboat and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat. The houseboat with all modern comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. You will have lunch, dinner and breakfast in the houseboat. A ride on the houseboat is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters. For more information on houseboat cruise please ask the representative of Travel Info India local office.
Cruise through the backwaters to Allepey.
Day 07 House Boat Cruise
Today also you will be cruising through the backwaters of Kerala and stay overnight in the Houseboat.
Day 08 Alleppey - Cochin (By Road) 60 km in 1 hr
Disembark the boat at the reception of the backwater resort at Allepey or Alappuzha.
Alappuzha is famous for its boat races, houseboats, coir products, fishes of different varieties and lakes.
"Kuttanad" in Alappuzha is one of few places in the world where farming is done below sea level. Kuttanad is a land of lush paddy fields and is called the 'Rice Bowl' of Kerala. Kuttanad stretches for 75 km sandwiched between the sea and the hills.
Check in at the resort. This resort is one of the finest one in Allepey Here you can enjoy the lively villages and backwaters.
Proceed to Kochi. Reach and spend the day shopping. In the evening proceed for Kathakali dance presentation reserved specially for you by Travel Info India and then proceed for a farewell dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight Will be at Cochin.
Day 09 Cochin - next destination
In time transfer to airport/railway station according to the timings of flight/train.