|Day 1-2: Kochi
Arrive via flight to Kochi from Mumbai, from where you shall be assisted and transferred to a hotel in Kochi.
Kochi is an important trading center for spices, also called the "Queen of the Arabian sea." To make the optimum utilization of your stay in Kochi, we shall guide you to Syro-Malabar Church and the St.Antony's shrine at Kaloor. Also visit the historic Vasco da Gama Square to taste some delicious seafood.
The famous Kochi carnival celebrated at the fort Kochi during the last ten days of December is quite alluring. In the evening you can relish the Kochi cuisines that is characterized by the abundance of coconut and spices with Kathakali dance performance.
Following day we shall visit the ancient Mattancherry (Dutch) Palace and the Hill Palace famous for the beautiful paintings patronized by Maharajas of Kochi who themselves were scholars in various epics and encouraged art. Catch glimpses of Chinese fishing nets operating .
Take back some Handicraft items as souvenirs available in wide selections. Rosewood carved items like Lamp stands, Bookends, or ecological sensitive items made of coconut shell like the hookahs, power box, lampshades made of bamboo are among the few options.
We shall drive to our next destination Munnar 135 km from Kochi, it is also known as the "Tea Town" of Kerala because of its trailing tea plantations. The enchanting beauty of Munnar and the enthralling climate is perfect for visiting the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations and enjoy the boat ride. Also we shall guide you to Pallivasal, Nyayamakad waterfall for sightseeing.
Overnight stay at an authentic resort will gear you up for the journey next day.
Depart from Munnar and reach Periyar which is an ultimate destination to explore the Kumily spice market, rubber plantations and boat cruise through the world famous wildlife sanctuary. The Munnar- Periyar tour will certainly indulge you in some spicy encounters.
The Kumily spice market is the hub of exotic spices; fine silk, handloom fabrics rosewood and sandalwood items.
Trekking through the jungles of Kumily, or cycling on the hilly territories are some other recreation activities one can indulge in.
We will begin an unsullied morning drive to Kottayam 120 km away from Periyar, On arrival we shall switch on to the House Boat and sail along the subtle backwaters which will sway us through the paddy fields, authentic villages and markets. Charismatic dance form of this region, which includes the traditional Margamkali dance- a fine combination of group dance and martial arts will leave you dazed.
The oldest mosque of India, which is 1000 year old, the Thazhathangady Juma Masjid is another forte of Kottayam.
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As we arrive the "Venice of the East" Alleppey, expect some amazing water streams perfect for boat rides. Other places to visit are the splendid temples like the Chettikulangara Kumbabharani, famous for huge magnificent temple chariots.
Snake boat race is the most popular traditional sport worth watching.
Following day we shall visit the beach town- Kovalam, 13 km downtown from Trivandrum once popular for hippy idyll and relax while you indulge the ancient Ayurvedic massage. Also the cashew plantation along the coastal belt will be worth exploring. Alleppey- Kovalam Tour will surely give you an ultimate eternal experience.
Kovalam- Trivandrum -
We shall base at Trivandrum for a day to relax and do some last minute shopping before your departure to Mumbai.