Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Kumarakom

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

Day 1: Mumbai – Cochin

Upon arrival in Cochin, a Basi Leaf representative will greet you and provide transportation to your pre-booked hotel in Cochin.

In the afternoon, embark on a captivating city tour of Cochin. Nestled between the Arabian Sea and the Backwaters, Cochin boasts a rich history shaped by its role as a vital harbor for the spice trade. Explore Fort Kochi, a charming village known for its Chinese fishing nets, Dutch cemetery, Synagogue, and Churches. Conclude the day with a mesmerizing Kathakali performance, a traditional dance drama that beautifully blends dancing and acting, expressing character emotions through facial expressions and body movements.

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

After breakfast, check out from your hotel and head to Munnar. Positioned at the convergence of Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala streams, Munnar is a picturesque hill station adorned with tea plantations, winding lanes, and lush landscapes. Arrive in Munnar, check in to your pre-booked hotel, and spend the day at leisure.

Day 3: Munnar

Start your day with a delightful breakfast, followed by local sightseeing in Munnar. Capture the natural beauty at Photo Point, surrounded by tea gardens. Take a boat ride at Mattupetty Dam and experience the echoing wonders at Echo Point. Explore Kundala Lake with its charming tea estates and indulge in a unique Shikara boat ride. Visit Top Station for breathtaking views of Kannan Devan Hills and the Neelakurinji plant, known for blooming once every 12 years.

Continue to Rajamalai/ Eravikulam National Park for wildlife encounters, and if available, enjoy a safari. Conclude the day at leisure.

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

After breakfast, check out from your hotel and proceed to Thekkady. Home to Periyar, the country’s largest Tiger Reserve, Thekkady offers abundant biodiversity. Enjoy options like a boat cruise, jeep safari, or elephant safari (advance booking required). Bamboo rafting is also available (subject to availability and additional cost). Check in to your pre-booked hotel in Thekkady.

(Consider a full-day tour with Boat ride, Jungle trail, Jeep Safari, and Bamboo Rafting with Lunch. )

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

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and 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 your pre-booked hotel in Kumarakom. After some rest we enjoy a backwater cruise on the Vembanad Lake (cost not included). We will also visit the Kumarakom bird sanctuary which is spread across 14 acres & is a favorite haunt of migratory birds.

( Option of staying on Moving House Boat with all meals can also be booked – Option of AC / NAC available)

Overnight at Kumarakom

Day 6: Kumarakom – Cochin (48.1 kms ~ 1hr 27 min)

After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive towards Cochin airport/railway station to connect onward destination.