KOCHI | KUMARAKOM | PERIYAR | KOCHI
A SHORT TOUR OF God’s own country – the backwaters, wildlife and lush countryside of Kerala. Kochi, where the tour begins, 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 centrefor 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. 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. 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.
ITINERARY - 06 NIGHTS/07 DAYS
DAY 01 ARRIVAL
Reception and welcome at Kochi airport followed by transfer to your hotel.
DAY 02 KOCHI
After a leisurely morning proceed on a guided sightseeing tour of the city.
DAY 03 KOCHI ~ KUMARAKOM
Drive up to Allepy from where you go on a private cruise to Kumarakom.
DAY 04 KUMARAKOM ~ PERIYAR
In the morning, after breakfast, drive to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary for a guided day trek into the wilderness.
DAY 05 PERIYAR
Boat cruise on the Periyar lake to watch wildlife on the banks.
DAY 06 PERIYAR ~ KOCHI
Take a leisurely drive back to Kochi, relax or go shopping.
DAY 07 DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight out.