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Kochi | Munnar | Thekkady | Kumarakom | Kochi [06N/07D]

A short tour of God’s own country – the backwaters, wildlife and lush countryside of Kerala. Kochi, where the tour begins & ends, is a cluster of islands, one of the finest natural harbors in the world. It used to be the major centre of trade with the British, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese and Dutch. Even today it remains the main trading centre for spices and seafood. Though it is Kerala’s most cosmopolitan city, the high-rise buildings and malls have not yet to overpower the unique attraction of its ancient mix of cultures which is still very much apparent. The Periyar Tiger Reserve around the man-made Periyar Lake is one of the sanctuaries that fall under Project Tiger. The extensive deciduous and evergreen forests as well as the grasslands that it include support a range of wildlife. The elephant population, in particular, has done well and is one of the biggest attractions. Kumarakom slumbers on the banks of the famous Vembanad Lake with its numerous canals, streams and distributaries that weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web. Its undisturbed tranquility makes it a favourite with a vast number of migratory birds who are also attracted by the abundance of fish to be had. Vantage points all along the shore provide excellent bird-watching opportunities which makes Kumarakom a popular destination for enthusiasts.

Tea Gardens
Boat Ride - Periyar
Wild Elephants at Periyar

Day 01 Arrive Kochi - Munnar: Arrive Kochi. You will be met, assisted and driven to Munnar (128 kms / 3.5 hrs approx). Arrive Munnar and check in to your hotel and relax. Overnight in Munnar.

Day 02 Munnar: Proceed for a full-day tour of Munnar. Visit the Tea Museum, which showcases some of the interesting aspects of tea plantations in Munnar. Also visit Mattupetty, known for its dam and the beautiful lake. Afternoon visit of Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake… the mountain slopes here are thick with undulating, evergreen tea plantations. Here you can view the entire process of making tea, right from plucking of tealeaves to their processing. Overnight in Munnar.

Day 03 Munnar - Thekkady:
Drive to Thekkady (90 kms / 3 hrs approx). Arrive Thekkady and check in to your hotel. Proceed for a half-day tour of Thekkady. Visit Thekkady wildlife sanctuary, where herds of wild elephants have made Thekkady Lake their favorite haunt for frolicking in the water. Later, take a spice plantation tour. Spices found in here include pepper, clove, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric, vanilla and curry leaves. Enjoy an elephant ride in Thekkady. Overnight in Thekkady.

Day 04 Thekkady - Kumarakom:
Drive to Kumarakom (120 kms / 3 hrs approx). Arrive Kumarakom and check in to your hotel and relax. Overnight in Kumarakom.

Day 05 Kumarakom:
Proceed for a tour of Kumarakom bird sanctuary. An ornithologist's paradise, the sanctuary is spread across 14 acres, and is the favourite haunt of local birds like Waterfowl, Cuckoo, Owls, Egrets, and Wood Beetle. Overnight in Kumarakom.

Day 06 Kumarakom - Kochi:
Drive to Kochi (76 kms / 2 hrs approx). Arrive Kochi and check in to your hotel. Proceed for a half-day tour of Kochi. Visit Fort Kochi… walk to the church of St Francis, the oldest European-built church in the country. Continue with a visit to Mattancherry, where you will visit the historic synagogue in the Jewish Quarter. You will also visit the Mattancherry or Dutch Palace, with its fine collection of mural paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics. Thereafter, drive past the amazing Chinese Fishing Nets. Also drive past Willingdon Island. In the evening, witness a Kathakali dance performance. The style dates back to the seventeenth century and is deeply rooted in mythology.


Day 07 Depart Kochi:
After breakfast, proceed to the airport to board the flight for your onward destination.

Backwaters
Dutch Palace
Chinese Nets
HOTELS ENVISAGED

City

A

B

C

Meal Plan

Munnar

Mountain Club**

Tea County

Abad Copper Castle*

Breakfast

Thekkady

Elephant Court

Wild Corridor

Abad Green Forest*

Breakfast

Kumarakom

Zuri Kumarakom

Eastend Lake Song

Whispering Palms

Breakfast

Kochi

Holiday Inn

Avenue Regent

Abad Atrium

Breakfast


** Stay in Mountain Club, Munnar Includes Dinner.
* Abad hotels do not serve liquor in the restaurant.

COST PER PERSON IN USD

Category

1 Pax

2 Pax

3 Pax

4 Pax

A

1117

562

458

501

B

885

442

356

381

C

763

386

293

325


PRICES ARE VALID FROM 01 OCT 2013 TO 31 MAR 2014, EXCEPT DURING CHRISTMAS/ NEW YEAR PERIOD FROM 20 DEC 2013/ 10 JAN 2014
PER PERSON SUPPLEMENT FOR HIGH SEASON N USD

Hotels

High Season Dates

02 Nights Stay

Mountain Club

03/15 Nov '13

96

Tea County

01/ 30 Dec '13 & 01/15 Jan '14

21

Zuri Kumarakom

01 Nov/ 22 Dec '13

82


Inclusions:
* Accommodation in standard single/ double/ triple rooms.
* Daily buffet breakfast at the coffee shop of hotels.
* Transport as per itinerary using air-conditioned car.
* 1-2 pax: mid size sedan.
* 3-4 pax: Toyota Innova or similar MUV.
* Driver’s allowance, fuel charges, parking, toll, tax etc.
* Services of local English Speaking Guide in Kochi.
* Assistance.
* All applicable raxes.

Monuments will be closed as under:
Kochi  – Jewish Synagogue is closed on Fridays & Saturdays, and Dutch Palace is closed on Fridays.

Exclusions:
* Air tickets and airport taxes.
* Items of personal nature like laundry, phone calls, tips etc.
* Boat ride at Periyar.
*  Entrance Fees.
Notes:
* Check in 1400hrs and check out 1200hrs.
* In case the extra beds/ roll-away beds are not available on the day of check-in, extra mattress (placed on floor) will be provided to the third person sharing the same room.

Payment

We would require deposit of 10% of the total tour cost to enable us to go ahead with the reservations. Balance can be made 15-30 days prior to the tour commencement, or on arrival in India.

Cancellation Policy
  • Upto 45 days prior to tour date - 25% of deposit.

  • Upto 30 days prior to tour date - 50% of deposit.

  • Upto 15 days prior to tour date - 75% of deposit

  • Upto 07 days prior to tour date - 100% of deposit. (No refund of deposit.)

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” - Tim Cahill
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