Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Kumarakom

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

05 Nights – 06 Days

Day 1: Mumbai – Cochin

On at Cochin  Basi Leaf representative will meet you and will drive you to your pre-booked hotel in Cochin.

Afternoon proceed for city 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, Dutch cemetery, Synagogue & Churches. Later enjoy a beautiful Kathakali performance. 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.

Overnight at Cochin

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

After breakfast check out from the hotel and 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. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at Munnar

Day 3: Munnar

After breakfast proceed for local sightseeing in Munnar.  Start your tour 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. 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 plant (Strobilanthes Kunthiana – Family – Acanthaceae) 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 (subject to availability).  Evening at leisure.

Overnight at Munnar

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

After breakfast check out from the hotel and 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 (to be booked in advance ). Bamboo rafting is also available here (subject to availability/ cost not included).
Check in to your pre-booked hotel in Thekkady.

( we can book a full-day tour with a Boat ride, Jungle trail, Jeep Safari and Bamboo Rafting with Lunch please check with us send mail to umesh@basilleaf.co.in)

Overnight at Thekkady

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.

~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 30,479/- 24,066/- 26,488/- 24,419/-
Hotel Option B 23,182/- 18,231/- 18,190/- 17,122/-
Hotel Option C 20,699/- 16,128/- 16,709/- 14,640/-
Hotel Option D 18,157/- 14,338/- 14,627/- 12,476/-

 

Hotel Options:

Destination Hotel Option A Hotel Option B Hotel Option C Hotel Option 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 Resort
Thekkady Spice Village Hotel Elephant Route Peppervine Periyar House
Kumarakom The Zuri Kumarakom Kerala Abad Whispering Palms Lakesong Kumarakom Saro Lake County


Transport :

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

Validity: 30-Sep-2020