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Arrive Cochin Airport. Met and transferred to hotel PM : Half day sightseeing of Cochin including Asia’s best preserved Synagogue, The Dutch Palace and the oldest European Church in India the St. Francis Church where Vasco Da Gama was originally buried. A leisurely walk through the Fort Cochin area which gives you a close look at the operation of the huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets introduced by Chinese traders which is still used in Kerala backwaters as a traditional way of fishing. Overnight Cochin.
AM Transfer to Munnar (140 kms. / 4 ½ hrs. drive). On arrival check into hotel. Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India, Munnar is located at the confluence of 03 rivers as the very name signifies. The sprawling tea plantations and picturesque towns make Munnar a popular hill resort in South India. PM at leisure. Overnight Munnar.
AM Sightseeing of Munnar visiting the tea plantations, The Eravikulam National park home of the endangered Nilgiri Thar (Ibex), followed by visit to the Mattupetty dam, the Indo Swiss Dairy Farm, The Kundala Lake and other scenic spots. Overnight Munnar.
AM Transfer to Thekkady (Periyar) (120 Kms. / 4 hrs. drive). Thekkady has one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife reserves noted for its geography, diverse wildlife and scenic beauty. On arrival check into Hotel. Evening Boat ride in Lake Periyar where one can have a unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. (Wildlife viewing is always dependent on one’s good fortune). Overnight Thekkady.
AM Drive to Kumarakom (120 Kms. / 4 hrs. drive). Arrive and check into hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight Resort.
AM Free At 12 noon check out from Hotel and board your exclusive ethnic houseboat for overnight cruise to Alleppey. This cruise is designed to give one a fascinating insight into the life of Kerala Backwater Villages. As your boat glides along the backwaters one can see the daily life in the backwater villages on narrow strips of land, fisherman fishing, children swimming & playing in the water, women doing their daily chores, mobile shops in tiny canoes, the cultivation of paddy and its harvesting (during harvest season) huge country barges ferrying the coconuts, rice, coir etc., people traveling to the mainland for work and numerous small market places, tiny temples & churches etc. Note : The cruise commences at 1200 hrs. with lunch served on board. At dusk the boat will anchor in a wide waterway or lake for the night (the backwaters close to boat traffic at dusk as the fisherman lay their nets in the backwaters. Other boats are not allowed to ply in the backwaters after dusk). On the following day the cruise commences again after breakfast and the guest will be dropped at Alleppey by 0930 hrs. Overnight Houseboat.
After breakfast continue the cruise. Arrive Alleppey Jetty at 0930 hrs. Met and proceed to Kovalam enroute visiting the Padmanabha Swamy Temple, The Museum and Art Gallery at Trivandrum and then continue to Kovalam. On arrival check into hotel. Overnight Kovalam.
Day at leisure at Kovalam Beach. Overnight Kovalam.
AM Departure transfer to Trivandrum Airport.
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