DAY 1 – Kochi / Cochin to Munnar
Starts from Cochin and reaches Munnar by afternoon. On the way visit Cheeyappara and Valara Waterfalls, Spice Plantations etc.
Munnar sightseeing and stay at Munnar.
DAY 2 – Munnar Sightseeing
Munnar is rated as one of the best hill stations in India. It is a gorgeous hill station situated in the Western Ghats at an elevation of about 5000 feet above sea level. With numerous tea plantations, Munnar is the focal point of Kerala’s tea industry. The word ‘Munnar’ refers to three rivers and Munnar is located at the meeting point of three streams namely Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Munnar is blessed with forests, lakes and tea estates. Anamudi, the highest peak in South India is located near Munnar.
Sightseeing destinations includes Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Tea Gardens, Echo Point, Kannan Devan Tea Museum, Munnar Floriculture Centre, C.S.I Christ Church, DreamLand Adventure and Fun Park, Photo Point, Honey Bee Tree, Kundala Dam & Lake.
You can also enjoy Boating in the lake, Rock Climbing, Trekking (optional).
Overnight stay at Munnar.
DAY 3 – Munnar to Thekkady / Periyar
Thekkady is hailed as the paradise of aromatic spices like cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom and clove. Mullaperiyar dam and boating in the lake are the major highlights of Thekkady. For about 2 happy hours you can enjoy the boating. During this exhilarating experience you can also have a glimpse of the wildlife in the nearby forests. Capture the rare moments in your camera. It is a place with a wide scope for adventure tourism. Periyar Tiger Trail, Nature walk, Bamboo Rafting etc. are organized by the Forest Department for adventure loving tourists.
Plantation tourism, a new face of Kerala tourism is also promoted where you can see the method of plantation of different spices of Kerala. Visit the Periyar wildlife sanctuary that is situated in Thekkady.
Activities in Thekkady
Leave the hotel just after your breakfast to enjoy various adventure activities offered by Thekkady such as trekking, border hiking and bamboo rafting. Besides, you can indulge in many adrenaline rush activities like hiking and wildlife train at this destination. Visitors also love to enjoy boat ride that is possible at a nominal rate on the artificial lake in the wildlife sanctuary. With scenic beauty and exotic flora and fauna, it is a favorite tourist destination for many nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Optional activities like Boating at Periyar Lake, Jungle Jeep Safari, Spice Plantation visit and Elephant Ride, Kathakali, Kalaripayattu can be done at an extra cost.
After a beautiful and thrilling day, return to hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
DAY 4 – Thekkady to Kumarakom
After breakfast check out from the houseboat. You will be taken to Kumarakom. Check in at the hotel. You can relax and refresh from the long journey for the rest of the day.
Kumarakom is widely known as the ‘Queen of Vembanad’. This quaint hamlet is situated on the banks of the river Vembanad. It is dotted with heritage resorts and homestays. You should visit the Kumarakom bird sanctuary with its undulating rivulets, streams and waterways. The charming Vembanad Lake with its surrounding Mangrove forests and paddy fields is the best place to watch the birds inside the sanctuary. The bird sanctuary is the home of a large and wide variety of species of birds. Kumarakom is also famous as the major backwater destination. An enthralling house boat cruise through the brackish backwaters is a must to do activity, if you are here. You can enjoy wildlife Photography at Pathiramanal, the island nearby. You can also stroll through Kottayam the nearby town which is noted for its rubber plantations and majestic churches.
Overnight stay at Kumarakom.
DAY 5 – Kumarakom to Kochi / Cochin
Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Cochin / Kochi. Explore the Fort Cochin area which is famous for several attractions like Chinese Fishing Nets, Jew Street, Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace and St. Francis Church. Cochin is famous for Jewellery shops, shopping malls and textiles showrooms and you can enjoy some shopping.
Evening transfer to Kochi International Airport / Ernakulam Railway Station for your onward trip back home.