Highlights: Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Backwaters - Mararikulam
Alternate travel dates: 16 Jan 18 - 31 Mar 18
Cochin - Hotel Radisson
Munnar - Chandys Windy Woods
Periyar - Cardamom County
Backwaters - Houseboat
Mararikulam - Abad Turtle Day 0: London Heathrow to Doha
Dohai to Cochin Day 1: Cochin
02:00 hrs: Arrive Cochin.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel Morning proceed to city tour of Cochin visiting the Dutch Palace – The place has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting the scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharata & Ramayana, Jewish Synagogue – the oldest synagogue in the world in magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers was built in 1568. St. Francis Church is the oldest church built b Europeans in Inda & huge, elegant Chinese fishing nets that line the tip of Fort Cochin
In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance show. Day 2:Cochin to Munnar, 140 Km/4 hrs.
Afternoon drive to Munnar
Upon arrival at Munnar, check in at hotel Day 3:Munnar
After breakfast city tour of Munnar covering – Mattupetty Lake & Dam, Echo Point – scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon, Kundale Lake is a picturesque place, about 20 km from Munnar on the way to Top station, Blossom Garden, Rajamalai offering a spectacular view, home of Nilgiry Thar (very rare mountain goat), considering the ecological faunal, floral, geomorphological and zoological significant & Tea Plantation. Day 4: Munnar to Thekkady (Periyar), 140 Km/3 hrs.
Today morning take a scenic drive through tea and spice plantations and blue hills and arrive at Periyar for a 2-night stay Day 5: Thekkady (Periyar)
During the morning take a two-hour boat safari on the mist-shrouded lake, which offers excellent opportunities for spotting wildlife, especially herds of elephants.
Afternoon visit the tea, cardamom, pepper and coffee plantations that surround the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Day 6: Thekkady to Kumarakom, 140 Km/5 hrs.
You’ll leave just after breakfast, driving back down to the coast and the melodically named town of Kumarakom on the banks of lake Vembanad boat jetty to embark houseboat The Kerala backwaters consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes, and canals. These are best experienced while slowly punting down the labyrinth of canals in a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat, known as ‘kettuvallam’. Embark on your houseboat, a renovated cargo boat with either one or two bedrooms, kitchenette and all modern conveniences. A 3 member crew will cater for your comforts and meals. See life on the banks, lush green rice fields, and coconut groves with occasional temple or church as you cruise through the canals. An experience you will savour for a long time. Day 7: Alleppey to Mararikulam by surface
Disembark at the boat jetty from houseboat and drive to Mararikulam Day 7 & 11: Mararikulam
Time at leisure to relax and enjoy the beach. Day 11: Marari to Cochin by surface
Cochin to Doha
Doha to London Heathrow
Transfer to Cochin airport to board your to London Heathrow via Doha