Kerala Hills and Wildlife Tour
|04 NIGHTS / 05 DAYS||Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - 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.
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 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.
Day 02: Day 02 - Munnar
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 Thekkady. On arrival in Thekkady, check in at the designated hotel, refresh & proceed for local sightseeing. Proceed for a spice plantation tour and continue with boat ride into the Periyar Lake.
Thekkady- Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary: This is one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in India. Popularly known as the Periyar National Park, it abounds in herds of wild elephants, wild boar, bison, deer and tiger too. The lake which was artificially formed by the dam has submerged some portion of the forest. Leafless tree trunks of huge trees can still be seen standing in the lake. A large variety of birds take refuge in the lake and forests. Hence, it is a paradise for nature lover and the bird watcher. The best season to visit the sanctuary is between November to June.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
After early morning breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Thekkady. On arrival in Thekkady, check in at the designated hotel, refresh & proceed for local sightseeing which includes Mattancherry, Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Chinese fishing Nets etc.
Cochin welcomed, endured, survives and ultimately surmounted the Portugese, the Dutch and the English who were lured by the bewitching shores of this marvellous natural harbour grown from a fishing hamlet. This city has the symbiotic relationship between land and water and can be best observed during a cruise along 'kayal' between Ernakulam and Perumbalam. Ernakulam is Kochi's modern counterpart on the Kerala mainland. Kochi and Ernakulam are in front of each other across the channel. Cochin is now the commercial hub and hence can be termed as commercial capital of Kerala. Consisting of several islands over which the city has spread, Kochi has one of the finest harbours on the Arabian Sea Coast. It is also a major naval base. The close proximity of the wharves, railway terminus and airport has added to give Kochi the name as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea".
Kochi is the base for tourists to see places in the interior of Kerala. Centuries old Chinese connection can also be observed in the form of huge cantilevered "cheenavals- Chinese fishing nets", hung from bamboo and teakwood poles at Vasco de Gama Square.
Have relaxed breakfast at the hotel and proceed for Cochin airport to board flight for your onward destination.
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