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Kochi - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kochi

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Day 01: Arrival at Kochi and day at leisure.

On your arrival at Cochin airport, you will be welcomed by Alluring India Tour's representative who will help you with your transfer to the hotel.

Kochi

Alluring India Tour takes you to the southern part of the country with as much excitement as for the Northern parts of India. We are particularly fascinated by Kochi, that was earlier known as ‘Cochin’ and even today many people use the name Cochin instead of Kochi. It has earned its reputation as one of the most important cities in the state of Kerala, so much so that it is regarded as the commercial capital of Kerala, even though the capital city is Trivandrum. Kochi’s significance on one hand is primarily because of the presence of a major port, container trans-shipment terminal, harbor terminal and an international air terminal, while on the other it is famous for its Portuguese architecture, colonial buildings, beautiful views of Arabian sea and the Chinese fishing nets.

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 Reach and check in at the hotel and relax. Overnight at Cochin.

Day 02: Have a leisurely breakfast, and proceed for the sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting Chinese Fishing Nets, Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue & St. Francis Church.

Chinese Fishing Nets

The Chinese Fishing Nets have gained popularity as one of the major tourist attractions of not only Kochi but in the entire state of Kerala. Alluring India Tour inculcates it in their sightseeing particularly due to it being an ancient preserved technique of fishing from the 14th century. While the Fort Kochi area may not be as pleasant a sight on the shores of the sea as it would resemble more of a fish market area, the attraction lies mainly in the interesting mechanism of the instrument and how the locals still have put it in use after centuries. The best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea is the Vasco Da Gama Square. The fishing nets are erected on teak wood and bamboo poles that function primarily on the principle of balance.

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Dutch Palace Dutch Palace

Dutch Palace

Unlike the grand palaces of Northern India, this humble Dutch Palace in the Fort Kochi area has a very distinct style of architecture. Alluring India Tour often mentions to their guests not to expect anything similar to the grand palatial structures of Rajasthan. Also known as the ‘Mattancherry Palace’, it was built by the Portuguese and presented to the then Rajah of Kochi, Veera Kerala Varma. Thereafter the kings of Kerala made several renovations in the palace, giving it a Hindu texture and gradually it became a good testimony of the Hindu Temple Art. The Palace is built around a central courtyard and this traditional style of architecture in Kerala is known as 'Nalukettus'. However, the rounded doors and windows and the masonry walls gives it a European look.

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Jewish Synagogue

The Jewish Synagogue at Kochi has proclaimed its significance being the oldest existing Synagogue among all the commonwealth countries. The Synagogue is primarily the Jewish place of worship but it is also used to study or even as a community centre. The history of the Jewish Synagogue of Kochi can be traced to nearly 2000 years ago. The synagogue has rolls of Old Testament, records of the privileges bestowed upon the Kings of Kochi, ancient relics and old copper plates that have souvenirs. These souvenirs include beautifully carved silver and golden crowns that were gifted to the Jews. Though it was built in 1568, it had to be reconstructed after a Portuguese bombardment in the war in 1962. Alluring India Tour includes a visit to the synagogue as an optional sightseeing and one may choose to visit it while on their sightseeing of Fort Kochi area.

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St. Francis Church

The St. Francis Church of Kochi has enormous historical significance. It is the first European church that was built in India. It is also believed that the great Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama breathed his last here on his third visit to India and his remains were kept in this church for a few years before being shifted to Portugal. After 14 years of his death, the remains were taken away to Lisbon in Portugal. In the year 1663, the Dutch captured Kochi and converted St. Francis Church into a protestant church from a Catholic Church, which was under their rule till 1795. In 1804, the Dutch voluntarily handed over the church to the Anglican Communion of the British. They demolished all the churches except this which they and converted into a government church. Today, the St. Francis Church is a part of the Protestant Church of South India.

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Return back to the hotel and relax. Overnight at Cochin.

Day 03: Have your breakfast and drive to Munnar (150 kms / 4 hrs )

Munnar

Munnar is one of the most popular hill station in India. At a height of 6000 ft., Munnar is a retreat for picturesque beauty, peace and harmony with a wide stretch of tea plantations. This destination was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India and hence it was declared as the summer capital of the British.

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Reach and check in at the hotel and relax for some time. The remaining day can be spent at leisure taking treks and finding small buildings of historical importance around the hill station, if you are not too tired. Overnight will be at Munnar.

Day 04: Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, and proceed for the sightseeing tour of Munnar visiting tea factory, Mattupetty, Pothamedu.


Mattupetty

One of the major point of attraction in Munnar is Mattupetty.  The highlight of this place is the dam and the lake. The Mattupetty dam is actually a storage concrete dam which was built to conserve the water and also to generate electricity in Munnar.

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Pothamedu

Pothamedu is a small village in Munnar. This village is considered to be the most popular tourist spot of Munnar because of Pothamedu view point which offers a panoramic view of the rolling hills & the lush green mountains.

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Overnight at Munnar.

Day 05: Have your breakfast, and drive to Periyar (150 kms / 3 hrs )

Reach and check in at the hotel and relax.  Overnight at Periyar.

Day 06: Early morning jungle trek and then proceed to visit Spice plantation, followed by a presentation of Kalaripatthu dance.

Start early in the morning with a short jungle trek into the National Park along with a Naturalist. Early morning is the best time to spot birds and animals. One can spot numerous bird species.

Later proceed to visit Spice Plantation & Spice Market, followed by a presentation of Kalaripatthu dance. Overnight will be at Periyar.

Day 07: Have your breakfast, and drive to Kumarakom (175 kms /4 hrs).


Kumarakom Kumarakom

Kumarakom

Backwaters and Kumarakom are synonymous! When one thinks of the backwaters of Kerala, one can not ignore the village of Kumarakom, which is a group of several small islands on the Vembanad Lake. It is also famous for its bird sanctuary but is only worth the visit if one gets to visit in the right season between July and August. If lucky enough, one can even spot a Siberian Crane. The bird sanctuary spread across 14 acres, is an ornithologist's paradise.  Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork can be seen in the right season. Kumarakom has mangrove forests, paddy fields and coconut groves adorning the shorelines of the backwaters often covered in white lilies and red hibiscus flowers. While Kumarakom can be visited anytime, Alluring India Tour recommends a visit to the sanctuary only during the right season when one would be able to spot the birds.

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On arrival, check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat. The houseboat with all modern comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. A ride on the houseboat is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters. Cruise through the backwaters towards Alleppey.

Overnight will be at Houseboat.

Day 08: Have your breakfast, and start your drive for Kochi to board flight back home. (56 kms / 1 hrs)

Best Months for this tour : November, December, January, February

Inclusions

TOUR LAND PRICE INCLUDES:

  1. Double / twin room accommodation 
  2. Breakfast in Hotel as per the Itinerary
  3. Meet and Greet at the airport at all applicable places
  4. All airport transfers by Private Air Conditioned Car
  5. All sightseeing by Private Air Conditioned Car
  6. Inter-city transfers by Private Air Conditioned Car
  7. All Monument Entrances
  8. Services of English Speaking Guide
  9. Spice Plantation Visit at Periyar
  10. Elephant Ride at Periyar
  11. Jungle trek at Periyar
  12. Kalaripatthu dance t Periyar
  13. Extensive Sightseeing as Per the Tour Program
  14. Hand phone with Indian Number for 24 x 7 customer support
  15. All Transport Taxes, Inter State Vehicle Permit, Driver Allowance
  16. All hotel and Govt. Taxes
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