Kerala Hills and Backwater Tour
|03 NIGHTS / 04 DAYS||Cochin - Munnar - Kumarakom- Cochin|
Arrive at Cochin. You will be greeted & assisted upon arrival. You will be met by Superb India Tours representative, holding a placard with your name on it at the exit. Proceed to Munnar. In the afternoon reach at Munnar, check in at the hotel.
Kerala, one of the most beautiful and richly endowed territories in the world- a country very rich in scenery, in natural resources and in water-ways and communications, a country in which, in fact, both land and sea are smiling so agreeably. A taste of real spice in the bazaars of Kochi, glorious days on fabled backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom and tusker spotting by Periyar Lake make your Kerala tour a lifetime experience.
Only around 6th century, we find any mention of Travancore and Cochin, but the name Kerala dates back to the great Chera Kings who shared the suzerainty of South India with the Pandyas and the Imperial Cholas of the south. It is from the Chera kings that the land got its name Cherala or Kerala.
Kerala served as the gateway to the western world from early times. The ships of the ancient Phoenicians, Egyptians, Syrians, Jews and Romans visited this southern coast of India long before the British came in. Kerala has been gateway of India since time immemorial. In Kerala, India exchanged both her culture and goods - of small bulk but of great value- with the western world.
Kerala's theatrical art has its origin in religion. Some branches of it, even today, remain confined to precincts of the temples. The Koothu and Kootiattam, for instance, are still performed in certain temples only. The excellence of these dances rests not only in their "mudras" but also the manner in which the story is told.
The theatrical art of Kerala reaches its perfection in Kathakali, revival of which is engaging the attention of the Kerala Kalamandalam at Trissur. With its specialized convention, the historic Kathakali art can be appreciated only by those who are well versed in its language of signs, symbols and underlying ideals.
The Kerala murals form a corollary to the ancient art of Kathakali, as most of the stories told in these murals are representations of the characters portrayed on a Kathakali stage. Kerala has always been the home of valuable relics of Dravidian culture and art. The very interesting arts of wood and ivory of the temple architecture merit the attention of art connoisseurs throughout the world. The important home of the Cochin murals is the Mattancheri Palace, also known incorrectly, as the Dutch Palace.
The Archaeological Museum at Thiruanantpuram is one of the finest in the East. Its central hall is devoted to indigenous Arts and Crafts and its corridors and wings to Natural History. Equally reputed is the Aquarium, reputed to be the largest and most up-to-date in Asia.
Relax, refresh and stay overnight in Munnar hotel.
Have breakfast at the hotel and leave for full day sightseeing.
Munnar, a hill station, is 132 kms away from Kochi. Its greenery, clean air and beautiful scenes attract touriss who visit South India on a tour programme, Located at an altitude of about 1800 metres at the confluence of three mountain ranges, the hill station really soothes the spirit and satisfies the soul. It is a paradise for a nature lover, bird watcher and photographer. Munnar is a delight for the trekker and camper also. One could trudge up to Medupetty Lake, 13 kms away, for an excellent boating in the glorious solitude. Pothamedu view point is a popular place for seeing the expanse of valleys and reservoirs around. The Rajmalai or Iravikulam National Park is the home of Nilgiri Tahr, a rare species of mountain goat that lives along the sheer rock face of the mountains. Strawberries are in plenty; all around are vast tea plantations. A beautiful golf course is maintained at Kundale located in the central pain area. Munnar has lovely lodgings to suit the budget of the tourists to enjoy a liberating experience.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
After early morning breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Kumarakom. On arrival in Kumarakom, check in at the designated hotel, refresh & proceed for local sightseeing.
Kumarakom, a resort destination on the Kuttanad backwaters, is world renowned for enjoying languid days on Vembanad Lake. This is at Kumarakom where Meenachil river meets the Vembanad backwaters. The best way to enjoy Kumarakom is to sail through the backwaters slowly, leisurely and languidly on a traditional Kettuvallam, the traditional rice boat -turned- houseboat, and forget the trials and tribulations of modern life in crowded cities. This is a popularly known bird sanctuary for migratory birds situated on an island west of Kottayam. It is a much sought after holiday destination for backwater experience. The island is surrounded by Vembanad Lake and the land has lots of streams and canals which provide an ideal tourist experience, apart from being a fishing township. The splash of water slapping softly on the banks provides a soothing background score. The breathtaking view of the lake during the dawn and dusk and the glimpse of the formations of birds flapping in and out of the bird sanctuary can be seen from any spot of the island. Reach Pathiramanal island, an ideal midway point for backwater picnic amidst the birds, on traditional Kettuvallam through waterways past paddy and coconut groves, mangroves, along fresh water canals and rivultes that fall into Vembanad Lake. A few lake resorts have been developed for visitors who desire to spend a holiday on the island. From Muhamma boat jetty, the island can be reached in ten minutes.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Have relaxed breakfast at the hotel and proceed for Cochin airport to board flight for your onward destination.
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