Munnar is a picturesque hill station situated in the eastern part of Kerala; lush green-carpeted tea and coffee plantations surround it.Thekkady is located about 185 km from Cochin International Airport and 114 km from Kottayam railway station.The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs.The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 777 km2 (300 sq mi), of which 360 km2 (140 sq mi) is thick evergreen forest. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to drink in the lake. Sanctuary can be accessed through a trekking, boating or jeep safari.
Cochin – Munnar Sight Seeing & Stay
On arrival at Cochin international Airport/ Railway station, our executive will welcome you and assist your transfer to Munnar by road (130 Kms). The beautiful landscapes, cozy weather, and the smell of tea leaves make Munnar one of the most sought-after destinations in South India. Check in to your hotel by noon. In the evening walk around Munnar town at leisure. Overnight stay at Munnar
After breakfast, visit the Mattupetty Dam. Mattupetty has an artificial lake built by a small hydroelectric project. Proceed to Kundala Lake – a natural lake with recreational facilities like boating and having an excellent view of the Western Ghats as well as the surrounding forests. Also visit Echo point and tea plantations. In the afternoon you can visit Eravikulam National park, where the endangered Nilgiri Tahr is conserved. Later drive back to your resort for an overnight stay.
Today after breakfast check out of your hotel and drive towards Thekkady, the Wildlife destination of Kerala. It is also known as the spice bag of the state. You can enjoy a beautiful journey through the hills and valleys of the Western Ghats to reach this jungle destination. Check into your hotel and later go for an optional Kathakali show, Spice plantation visit, elephant ride or an Ayurvedic massage treatment. Also have an amazing boat ride in Periyar Lake which flows through the Periyar tiger reserve. You will have chance to watch the wild animals like elephant, bison, Sambar deer etc who roam on both shores. Overnight stay at Thekkady.
After breakfast, check out of your hotel & drive towards Kumarakom (165 Kms). Positioned 14 kms from Kottayam and around Kuttanad region lies Kumarakom popularly known as the rice bowl of Kerala. A huddle of tiny islets on the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a pictorial, unsoiled village. An incredibly stunning ecstasy of mangrove forests, pea green paddy meadows and coconut coppices intermingled with enthralling waterways and canals. Check into your back water resort.
Kumarakom – Alleppey(Houseboat)
After breakfast check out of your resort and drive to Alleppey. Alleppey is known as the Venice of the East has a largest network of Canals and is a centre for backwater cruises in Kerala. A large number of tourists are attracted to this district because of its boat races. By 12 pm you can board your houseboat. Cruise around backwater villages of Alleppey. One can move through small narrow canals, lakes & lagoons see traditional fishing, farming below sea level etc., which will help you to catch a brief memorable picture of Kerala backwaters. Enjoy the ride; delicious cuisines and an overnight stay at houseboat.
After having breakfast from the houseboat, drive towards Cochin to explore this beautiful and historical city. Check into your Cochin hotel , visit the historical Fort Cochin which has a rich heritage and strong historical relationship with the British, Portuguese, Dutch, Arabs, and Chinese etc. You can also visit the Dutch Palace, Asia’s best preserved Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Jew Street and the Chinese fishing nets. Overnights stay at Cochin.
Cochin drop off
After breakfast from the hotel, drive towards Cochin international Airport/ Railway station for your onward journey.