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KERALA

Day 01: Arrival at Cochin

In the morning transferred from school to airport to board flight to Cochin. On arrival at Cochin transferred to hotel for check in. Later in the afternoon after lunch proceed for a guided city tour of Cochin visit Mattenchery palace, Bolgatty palace and museum of Kerala history, Fort Kochi, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and Chinese Fishing nets. Later in the evening you may go for a classical dance show of Kathakali.
Dutch Palace:
The Dutch palace at Mattancherry was actually built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin Raja in AD 1555. The palace acquired its present name in 1663 when the Dutch carried out some extensions and repairs in it. The main attractions of the palace lie in its wall murals that depict the scenes from the Ramayana.
Bolgatty Palace:
Built by the Dutch in India, Bolgatty Palace is located on the island popularly known as Bolghatty Island in Kochi, Kerala. One of the oldest existing Dutch palaces outside Holland, this quaint mansion, built in 1744, by Dutch traders, was later extended and gardens were landscaped around it.
Fort Kochi:
Founded in 1503, this Portuguese fort is now in ruins. With its European heritage, its air of genteel decay, and stubborn self-absorption, it is a place where history, like a friendly phantom, still stalks the lonely streets. One can see many remains of Indo-European architecture that still exist here. One of the fascinating sights on the Kochi shoreline is the huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets which were brought here by traders from the court of Kublai Khan.
Jewish Synagogue:
At the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town lies the synagogue of the white Jews near Mattancherry palace. The synagogue is now a fascinating mixture of shops, warehouses and spice auction rooms. The Great Scrolls of the Old Testament and the Copper Plates recording the grants of privilege made by the Cochin rulers to the Jewish community are displayed here.
St. Francis Church:
The oldest European church in India, St. Francis Church was built in the early 16th century. Today, it stands as the pride of Fort Cochin. It was here that the great explorer Vasco da Gama was first buried in 1562 before his mortal remains were taken back to Portugal by his son 16 years later.
Chinese Fishing Nets:
The Chinese fishing nets are fishing nets that are fixed land installations for an unusual form of fishing —
shore operated lift nets. They are mostly found in the Kerala. Huge mechanical contrivances hold out horizontal nets of 20 m or more across. Each structure is at least 10 m high and comprises a cantilever with an outstretched net suspended over the sea and large stones suspended from ropes as counterweights at the other end. Each installation is operated by a team of up to six fishermen.
Dinner will be provided at hotel in the evening.
Overnight at Hotel.


Day 02: Cochin – Munnar (130 Kms – 4 hrs drive approx)

In the morning after breakfast, drive to Munnar. This journey of approximately 4 hours takes you through hillsides covered with tea plantations and several waterfalls.
Munnar is a verdant paradise situated at the confluence of three mountain streams – Muthipuzza, Nallathanni, Kundala. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. This is the ideal location to catch up on your memories.
Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. Munnar is essentially a tea town. The tea plantations have now been taken over by the Tata Tea Company. The visitor is greeted with miles and miles of unending tea plantations on entry into Munnar. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands, Munnar is home to the Neelakurinji, a flower which bathes the hills in blue hues once in twelve years. The Neelakurinji was in full bloom late 2006. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India – Anamudi – which towers over 2695 mts and is an ideal spot for campers who like to do some trekking.
On arrival at Munnar check in at hotel and have lunch. After lunch Rest of the day is free to relax at hotel.
In the evening dinner will be provided at hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel in Munnar.


Day 03: Munnar / Thekkady (110 kms – 03 – 04 hrs drive approx)

After a leisurely breakfast this morning, visit Periyakanal Falls, Lockhart View Point, Mattupatti Dam and Echo Point. Visit the tea gardens, and the Tata museum, where you learn about tea.
Each year, around half a million travelers make their way up into the Cardamom Hills, where the crisp, cool air is redolent with the scents of spices, and soaring mountains give way to tea plantations and dense jungle. Most people intent on seeing the best of Kerala head from the backwaters to the village of Thekaddy, gateway to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, the stomping grounds for large herds of wild elephants.
At a much greater altitude than Periyar (and site of Aneimudi, highest peak south of the Himalayas), Munnar is a collection of vast green-tea estates first established by a Scotsman in the late 19th century — it’s hardly surprising, then, that the area is sometimes referred to as Kerala’s Scottish highlands. In the days of the Raj, it became a popular “hill station” — a place to escape from the summer heat in the plains. Today the landscape — for the most part — retains a classic hill station atmosphere. Watched over by Mount Anamudi, South India’s highest peak, Munnar’s primary attractions are its gorgeous views of rolling hills covered with tea and cardamom plantations.
Later in the afternoon after Lunch at hotel drive to Periyar National park. On arrival at Periyar national
park check in at hotel.
In the evening dinner will be provided at hotel.
Overnight at Hotel in Thekkady.


Day 04: Thekkady

In the morning after breakfast proceed to visit Periyar National Park and have safari. The wilder side of nature can be found just around the corner.Exit from the resort gates and you find yourself in the little hill town of Kumily, and a short drive beyond brings you to the gates of the Periyar Reserve, and the boat landing beyond.
Periyar is a designated Tiger reserve, one of a handful scattered across India. The sanctuary surrounds the waters of an eponymous lake, covering 777 acres of mixed grassland and vegetation, including some of the most pristine tropical rain forests in the world. While there are 40 tigers around (according to the last census), they’re shy animals, so don’t bank on seeing one. But elephants definitely – herds and herds of them. Not to mention monkeys like the Nilgiri Langur and the Lion-tailed Macaque, deer like the Sambar, Gaur, flying bats, flying squirrels, flying snakes (harmless, really), and over a 143 species of Orchids.
Lunch will be provided at hotel. Later proceed to see spice plantation.
In the evening dinner will be provided at hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Thekkady.


Day 05: Thekaddy to Cochin (125 kms – 03 hrs drive approx)

In the morning after breakfast free till lunch. After lunch at hotel drive to Cochin to board your flight to Delhi.