Kochi – Munnar – Periyar – Alleppey – Kochi
Kerala Backwater Luxury Tour is one great reason to visit this incredible destination of India. This Indian spice coast edged by a thread of continuous beach line is characterized by shades of green cover, a network of breathtaking rivulets and lagoons; making it a treat of sumptuous experiences for every tourist. This week of rewarding bouquet of rare experiences begins in Cochin, the gateway of Kerala and drives tourists towards the mesmerising Munnar, a hill station famed for its undulated setting. Later, the tour moves ahead with a visit to Thekkady forests, known for Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Towards the end, the sumptuously laden tour experience enters another high with a stay inside the deluxe houseboat sailing on the backwater stretch from Alleppey to Kochi, making this journey full of luxurious surprises.Day 01: Arrive Kochi
Upon arrival in Kochi, meet Incredible India Tour representative for assisted transfer to Holiday Inn / Courtyard by Marriott. In afternoon, visit Kochi, a city bustling on the confluence of culture and traditions. Here, visit St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in the country, built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars. Here, the legendary traveller, Vasco De Gama was buried for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisbon. His tombstone still stands there.
Next in the series is the visit to Mattancherry ‘Dutch Palace’ (Closed on Fridays). Another iconic attraction here is the cantilevered Chinese Fishing Nets. These large nets line the entrance to the harbour mouth and present the city at its picturesque best. Also visit the Jew town and the Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Fridays & Saturdays). Constructed in 1568, tgus place of Jewish worship is the oldest among synagogues in the Commonwealth of Nations. Overnight in Kochi.Day 02: Kochi- Munnar (135 km / 04 hr. Approx)
After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive to Munnar (4 hr.) This is one of the most popular hill stations in India located at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuhza, Nallathanni and Kundala. On arrival, transfer to Windermere / Club Mahindra property. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Munnar.Day 03: Munnar
After breakfast, visit Sita Devi Lake, Mattupetty Dam and Kundala Lakes renowned for their splendid beauty in Munnar. Also visit Eravikulam National Park, a rare wild forest featuring high elevation shola-grassland ecosystem. Nilgiri Tahrs, a special kind of wild goat can also be spotted here. Also visit Anamudi, the tallest peak in south India. Here the rare Neelakurinji flower (which blooms once in 12 years) can be seen. Overnight in Munnar.Day 04: Munnar – Thekkady (Periyar) (110 km / 3.5 hr. Approx)
After breakfast, check out Munnar and drive to Periyar, famous for a national park. This unique wildlife sanctuary is about 780 sq. km in area and located around an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River. In the afternoon, enjoy a short trek in the forest with a naturalist. During this interpretative program, observe the birds, butterflies and other wildlife in the eco friendly park. Overnight stay in Cardamom County.
Day 05: Thekkady (Periyar) – Alleppey (150 km & 04 hr. Approx)
After breakfast, check out Thekkady and drive to Alleppey. Upon reaching here, transfer to the jetty and board the deluxe houseboat, known as Kettuvallam. A cruise here offers an enchanting experience of a lifetime. Traversing through a network of canals and lagoons, this cruise provides visitors an opportunity to observe the picturesque Keralan village scenery. Overnight on Board.Day 06: Alleppey – Kochi (65 km & 1.5 hr. Approx)
Depart the houseboat after breakfast. Disembark the houseboat and transfer to Kochi airport to board flight for onward destination.