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Malabar Delights In Kerala

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Destinations: Kochi, Munnar, Periyar National Park, Kovalam
Guide language: English
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Back to India Malabar Delights In Kerala 14 Nights This southern Indian state is a world apart from the rush of the north. The tropical warmth slows the pace of life but the scenic and cultural delights are often more vibrant than the north. This is a region of rich agriculture, forests, waterways and sandy beaches. A stay in Kochi (Cochin), with its Portuguese influence, is a must. Embark on a journey through the southern state of Kerala. The relaxed pace of this itinerary will take you through the vibrant city of Kochi (Cochin) on the southwest coast; Munnar, located 1600 metres above sea level; Kumarakom, a cluster of small islands on the Vembanad Lake and Kovalam with its internationally renown series of crescent beaches. As well as an overnight deluxe houseboat cruise through the Alappuzha Backwaters. // Holiday idea: Malabar Delights In Kerala- 14 Nights Prices from: Contact us for further information. Dates: Contact us for further information. Day 1     Arrive Kochi. Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. Day at leisure. Evening, witness a cultural performance. Overnight in Kochi. Day 2     Day tour around Kochi. Overnight in Kochi. Day 3     Morning, drive to Munnar. Munnar, one of the most popular hill stations in India is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Located at 1600 m above sea level, this was once the summer resort of the British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Munnar. Day 4     Day at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Munnar. Day 5     Morning, drive to Periyar. Rest of the day free to explore the town on your own. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar lake - an artificial lake, at Thekkady. Here the high ranges of the Western Ghats are clothed in dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grass lands. Below this thick green canopy roam herds of elephants, sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. This sanctuary offers the unique opportunity to watch and photograph wild elephants at close quarters. Overnight in Periyar. Day 6     Early morning boat cruise to view wildlife activity on the banks of Periyar Lake. Overnight in Periyar. Day 7   Early morning drive to Kumarakom en route visiting a tea factory. Rest of the day free for independent activities. Kumarakom, a tourist village, is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. The Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala, is habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species and it teems with Pearl Spotted Fish, shrimp and prawns. Overnight in Kumarakom. Day 8     Morning at leisure. Afternoon, embark on an overnight deluxe houseboat cruise on Vembanad Lake to proceed to Alappuzha. The Alappuzha Backwaters of Kerala consist of an intricately woven network of canals, streams and rivers. This lush green area provides a haven for many species of birds and fish. The local population has adapted to a waterborne existence with the Backwaters providing their highway and recreation as well as their livelihood. The best way to explore the backwaters is by houseboat. Traditional rice boats, kettuvallams, have been converted by local carpenters. The accommodation comprises a double room, bathroom and a sitting room complete with its own sun-deck. The sides can be opened to ensure a cool breeze and panoramic views of the passing scenery. There is a more spacious design available with two bedrooms and an upper sun deck. Guests are looked after by a crew of three and delicious traditional Keralan meals are served, including freshly caught fish bought from passing fisherman. Overnight on the houseboat. Day 9     Disembark at Alappuzha to proceed to drive to Kovalam. Rest of the day at leisure. Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse - sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes, Catamaran cruising etc. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. Overnight in Kovalam. Day 10-12     At leisure. Overnight in Kovalam. Day 13     Morning at leisure. Late transfer to Thiruvananthapuram to board flight for onward destination. //
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