Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Kumarakom - Kovalam

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

07 Nights – 08 Days

Day 1: Mumbai – Cochin

On arrival at Cochin airport Basil Leaf representative.  Drive towards your pre-booked hotel in Cochin.   After some rest proceed for a local sightseeing tour of Cochin.

Cochin (Kochi) is spread across islands and promontories in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and the Backwaters. The city was founded in 1341 when a flood created a natural safe port, which became the principal harbor for Malabar Coast’s spice trade. Cochin was on the main trade route between Europe and China. The rulers invited people of various religions to settle here, attracting the Jews and the Christians who built places of worship and their own communities.

Visit Fort Kochi which is a small village along the Arabian coastline & is famous for the Chinese fishing nets ( though it is nothing to with China)  Dutch cemetery, Synagogue & Churches.  Later enjoy a beautiful Kathakali performance ( tickets to be pre-booked).  Kathakali literally meaning “Story Dance” is the pantomimic dance drama, the dancing, and the acting being blended together into an inseparable form. It is a combination of facial expressions and body movements, which brings out the thought and emotion of the character. Kathakali is predominantly a male art and the dancer never stands erect, his knees being spread out & his legs forming a rhombus. The female character is Lasya which is gentle & grateful.  Evening at leisure.

Overnight at Cochin

Day 2: Cochin – Munnar (126.6 km ~ 3hrs 50 min)

After breakfast check out from hotel & drive to Munnar.
Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala. 1600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes, and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower that bathes the hills in blue every twelve years, will bloom next in 2030. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m.

Arrive in Munnar & check in to your pre-booked hotel.  Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at Munnar

Day 3: Munnar

After breakfast proceed for a local sightseeing tour of Munnar. Start your day taking in the sheer beauty of nature at Photo Point which is a beautiful spot lined up by tea gardens on both sides. Like the name suggests it’s the best place to get your photos & selfies clicked. Next visit the Mattupetty Dam where you can enjoy a boat ride (cost not included). Visit Echo Point which is a major tourist attraction in Munnar. Every loud call made from a spot on the lake is returned manifold. Nature walks are popular here with breathtaking views of the hills. From here we proceed towards Kundala Lake. The tea estates around Kundala lake are a real feast for the eye. You can experience a Shikara boat ride in this lake which would prove a unique experience.  Next up is Top Station which is near the Kerala – Tamil Nadu border & is famous for the Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes Kunthiana, Family Acanthaceae) plant which flowers once every 12 years.

The viewpoint offers breathtakingly beautiful views of Kannan Devan Hills, the valleys & distant waterfalls.
Drive towards Rajamalai/ Eravikulam National Park which is just 16km from Munnar & also extends into Tamil Nadu. It was established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr & is today home to nearly half of the total world population of this rare species. Elephant gaur, giant squirrel, leopard, lion-tailed macaque, tiger, sambar are also found here. You can enjoy a safari in this park.

Overnight at Munnar

Day 4: Munnar – Thekkady (91.3 km ~ 3 hrs)

After breakfast check out from the hotel & drive to Thekkady. Thekkady is home to Periyar – the country’s largest Tiger Reserve. It is a region that has the most biodiversity in the world. It is a great place to rest & unwind & even spot a tiger or two. You can enjoy a boat cruise here or jeep or elephant safari (bookings to be done in advance). Bamboo rafting is also available here

( We can arrange full-day tour including Boat ride, Jungle trail, Jeep ride, and Lunch – please write to umesh@basilleaf.co.in).

Check in to your pre-booked hotel in Thekkady.

One can enjoy Spice Plantation and Spice Market at Thekkady.

Overnight at Thekkady

Day 5: Thekkady – Kumarakom (130.5 kms ~ 3hrs 26min)

After breakfast check out from the hotel  & drive to Kumarakom.
The tourist village of Kumarakom lies in the scenic backwater area, on the shore of the pleasant Vembanad Lake,16 km away from Kottayam. Here an old rubber plantation around the lake has been developed into a bird sanctuary. A path goes through the swamp to the main nesting area, while the island in the middle of the lake can be reached by boat.

Check in to at your pre-booked hotel in Kumarakom / Alleppey.  After some rest, we enjoy a backwater sunset cruise on the Vembanad Lake (to be booked in advance). One can also visit the Kumarakom bird sanctuary which is spread across 14 acres & is a favorite haunt of migratory birds… you can “Shoot” birds with your SLR or your professional camera.

( Option of stay on Moving House Boat is also available which will move between Kumarakom – Alleppy or locally with all meals to test with local cousins )

Overnight at Kumarakom

Day 6: Kumarakom – Kovalam (176kms ~ 4hrs 36min)

After breakfast check out from the hotel drive to Kovalam, an uncluttered beach of silvery sands fringed with rows of tall palm trees. Once just a series of sandy bays separated by rocky promontories, deserted except for some fishing villages, it has become a major tourist centre. Kovalam is a pleasant seaside place with a sheltered bay and a wide choice of water sports.

On arrival check in to your pre-booked hotel in Kovalam.  Evening at leisure.

Overnight at Kovalam

Day 7: Kovalam

After breakfast set out for local sightseeing of Kovalam. Spend some time at leisure on the beach & view the famous landmark of Kovalam, the Lighthouse. Visit the Halcyon Castle sitting atop a rock & the Kovalam art gallery.  One can also visit the only Parashurama Temple in South India.   Evening at leisure.

Overnight at Kovalam

Day 8:  Kovalam – Trivandrum – Onwards

After breakfast check out from your hotel & drive towards Trivandrum airport / Railway station to connect onward destination.

~Tour Ends with Happy Memories~

 

Tour Cost (per person on twin/triple sharing basis):

Destination 2 PAX 3 PAX 4 PAX 8 PAX
Hotel Option A 41,122 32,633 35,075 32,141
Hotel Option B 32,497 25,560 26,455 23,157
Hotel Option C 28,525 22,241 22,487 19,545
Hotel Option D 26,342 20,297 20,297 17,363

 

Hotel Options:

Destination Hotel Option A Hotel Option B Hotel Option C Hotel Opption D
Cochin Le Meridien Kochi Casino Hotel Hotel Span International Hotel Abad Chullickal
Munnar The Panoramic Getaway The Wind Munnar Monsoon Grande Dew Drops Farm Resorts
Thekkady Spice Village Hotel Elephant Route Peppervine Periyar House
Kumarakom The Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Abad Whispering Palms Lakesong Kumarakom Saro Lake County
Kovalam Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Kovalam Beach Hotel Sagara Beach Resort Sagara Beach Resort

Transport :

AC Medium Car: 2 and 3 pax
AC Innova: 4 passengers
AC Tempo Traveler: 8 passengers

Validity: 30-Sep-2020