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Kerala - God’s Own Country - 8 Days

Day 1: Arrive Cochin

On arrival, you will be met by TBi representative at airport and transferred to hotel.

Cochin is one of the finest natural harbours in the world. The harbour is the nucleus around which Cochin has grown to become the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Cochin

After breakfast, proceed for guided tour of Mattancherry Palace (built in 1555 and renovated by the Dutch in 1663). Stroll through the old Jewish Quarter and visit the old Synagogue. Drive to Fort Kochi and visit St. Francis Church, the oldest in India and the famous Chinese fishing nets.

Evening enjoy the classical dance drama “Kathakali”, based on the Hindu epics, highlighted by the amazing costumes and make-up.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Cochin / Munnar (130 Kms/3 Hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Munnar. This beautiful hill station is popular for its cool climate, tea plantations with colonial bungalows, tea factories, wildlife sanctuaries and many lakes. Arrive in the afternoon and proceed to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Munnar

After breakfast, visit to the Tea Museum (closed on Mondays). This is the country’s first ever tea museum; located at KDHP’s Nullatanni estate in Munnar.

Visit the Mattupetty Dam: The beautiful hill station of Mattupetty is a 13 km drive away from Munnar. The Lake and Dam is en-route to Top Station at an altitude of 1700 m.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Munnar / Alleppey (176 Kms/4.5 Hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Alleppey. On arrival, board your private House Boat and cruise on the Backwaters - full of canals, rivers and lakes. Relax on deck or in private lounge to observe the locals going about their daily chores - sailing, fishing, swimming, washing, cooking and more. Between the waterways are extensive paddy field and coconut palms.

Overnight on board the houseboat.

Day 6: Alleppey / Kovalam (145 Kms/3 Hrs)

After breakfast, disembark from your houseboat and drive to Kovalam. The word ‘Kovalam’ in Malayalam stands for ‘a grove of coconut trees.’ Kovalam beach was discovered by the western hippies in the 1960s. It has since become one of the most popular beach destinations to go, for a quiet stay on the beach.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Kovalam

Day at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Kovalam / Trivandrum (15 Kms/½ Hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Trivandrum airport for your onward flight.

Tour Highlights

Cochin: Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing Net and Kathakali Dance
Munnar: Tea Museum, Mattupetty Dam
Alleppey: House Boat - experiencing local life on Backwaters
Kovalam: Beach stay

Monument closing days:
Cochin: Mattancherry Palace: Fridays
Jewish Synagogue: Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish holidays.
Munnar: Tea Museum: Mondays

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