HIGHLIGHTS: WATERFALL / HOUSEBOAT / HILL STATION
PLACES COVERED: ATHIRAPALLY WATERFALL, MUNNAR & KUMARAKOM
DURATION: 04 NIGHTS / 05 DAYS
About 75 kms - 2 hr drive
On arrival at Cochin airport / Ernakulam station, placard pick up and transfer to Athirapally. After check in visit the major attractions, including – Athirapally Water falls, Thumpurmuzhi Gardens, Charpa Falls, Vazhachal Forest Gardens and water falls.
Overnight stay at the Hotel/Resort in Athirapally.
About 140 kms – 4 hr drive
After breakfast, hit the road to Munnar. On the way enjoy some waterfalls and natural scenic spots. On arrival, check in to the hotel. Depending on the time availability, cover the following places - Tea Museum, Blossom Park & Pothenmedu view point. Stay Overnight in Munnar
After breakfast spend the day with local sightseeing. Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundale, Munnar is 1600 Meter above sea level. This majestic hill station was once the summer resort of the British government in South India. Local sightseeing of Munnar includes visit to Mattupetty Dam, Kundale Lake and Echo point. Overnight stay is at Munnar.
About 160 kms –5hr drive
Today after breakfast check-out from Munnar and proceed to Kumarakom. Check-in to the Houseboat by 1200 hrs and rest of the day at leisure in the houseboat. Cruise through the famed backwaters of Kumarakom.
Have lunch & dinner on board. Stay overnight in the houseboat.
Kerala Houseboats (Rice boats) or Kettuvallam are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages of Kerala Backwater area to the towns like Kumarakom, Kollam, Cochin and Kottayam. With the advent of roads, bridges and ferry services, gradually these boats went off the scene. Now these boats are used as a major tourist attraction.
About 50 kms – 2hr drive
Check out from Houseboat by 0900 hrs and drive to Cochin
“If China is where you make your money, then Kochi surely is the place to spend it”. The town was shaped by the Portuguese, the Dutch & later the British. The result of these, cultural influence is seen in the many examples of Indo – European architecture that still exist here.
Depending on the time availability, cover the following places; and later drop to Cochin Airport
Bolgatty palace:- Built by the Dutch in 1744, this beautiful palace is today a hotel run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation.
Willingdon Island:- Named after lord Willingdon, a former British Viceroy of India. This is man-made island is surrounded by beautiful backwaters.
Chinese Fishing Nets / Vasco Da Gama Square:- These huge cantilevered fishing nets are legacy of one of the first visitors to the Malabar coast . Erected here between 1350 & 1450 AD by traders from the court of Kublai Khan, these nets are built teakwood & bamboo poles, the best place to watch the nets being lowered into the sea & the catch being brought in is the Vasco da Gama Square
Mattancherry (Dutch) Palace:- Built in 1557, the palace has on display murals depicting scenes from the Indian epics and legends. Dutch maps, period furniture and royal collections.
Jewish Synagogue:- The oldest Synagogue in the commonwealth, this was constructed in 1568. Hand – painted willow – patterned floor tiles, Hebrew inscriptions on stone slabs, scrolls from Old Testament, ancient scripts on copper plates etc. are the attraction here.
|No of Pax Travelling||Super Deluxe||Luxury|
|Athirapally||Deluxe Room at Ayursoukhyam Resort||Deluxe Villa at Ayursoukhyam Resort|
|Munnar||Deluxe Valley View Suite at Mountain Trails Resort||Cottage at Mountain Club Resort|
|Kumarakom/Alleppey||Deluxe Houseboat with Full Time AC In Room||Premium Houseboat With Full Time AC in Room|
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