Itinerary for Munnar & Thekkady Package:

Itinerary for Munnar & Thekkady Package:

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Overview

Day 1:                                     Cochin - Munnar (150 km)  
Arrival at Cochin (Ernakulam) and transfer to Munnar. This beautiful hill station was once the summer capital of the British Government in India. The never ending vast expanse of tea plantations and the round the year moderate climate makes it a little haven for visitors. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay at Munnar.

Day 2:                                     Munnar Sightseeing
After breakfast proceed to Rajamala (Eravikulam National Park) - house of the highly endangered mountain goats - the Nilgiri Thars, Lakkam Waterfalls, echo point, shooting point and Mattupetty Dam. Speed boating facilities are available here. The dam is flanked by forests and wast expanse of grass land on one side and the Kundala tea plantation on the other. Overnight stay at Munnar.

Day 3:                                     Munnar – Thekkady (110 km)
Morning proceed to Thekkady and reach by noon. Then proceed to Periyar Lake for boating (cost extra). This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing the wild life at close quarters from the safety of a boat. Overnight stay in Thekkady.

Day 4:                                     Thekkady – Cochin (About 180 km)
Morning after breakfast, proceed to Cochin for a bit of sightseeing, shopping and for return journey.
 

If you listen closely, you can hear the collective sigh breathed by travellers upon setting foot in laid-back Fort Cochin. Kochi has been luring wanderers and traders for over 600 years and remains a living homage to its varied colonial past: giant fishing nets influenced by Chinese merchants, a 16th-century synagogue, ancient mosques, Portuguese houses built half a millennia ago and the crumbling residuum of the British Raj. The result is an unlikely blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and an English country village grafted on to the tropical Malabar Coast. It’s a delightful place to spend some time, soak in the history, peruse art galleries and nap in some of the finest heritage accommodation in India.

Mainland Ernakulam is the hectic transport hub and cosmopolitan heart of Kerala, where neon lights and upmarket chainstores rule the roost. The historical towns of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry, however, are wonderfully serene – thick with the smell of the past and with more goats than rickshaws patrolling the streets.

          

Cochin is a seaside town just 10 degrees north of the equator. As such, it is a moderately hot and humid place year-round. Heavy showers with thunder and lightning are experienced from June through September as a result of the southwest monsoon. The northwest monsoon brings light rainfall from October through December. December to February is comparatively cooler than the rest of the year. The average annual rainfall is about 350cm, most of which is a result of the southwest monsoon. During the summer, which is from March through June, average highs are in the mid-90s. In the winter, average highs are in the upper-70s.

    Monsoon seasons are characterized by reliable, short episodes of rainfall, usually every day. So, if you visit during a monsoon season, make sure you are adequately prepared for damp weather. Also during this time, infrastructure like roads can become unreliable. Indians are reliant on the monsoons, and their agriculture is dependent on the arrival of monsoon season. Thus, the weather phenomenon is heavily ingrained in Indian culture.

Located in the state of Kerala in the southern part of India, Cochin is a city that has served as a melting pot for diverse cultures over thousands of years. When you visit this city on a shore excursion as part of an Asian cruise, you will witness how the many traditions that have influenced Cochin's culture in the past affect the modern metropolis in the present.


                             


Cochin sprawls over a large area that includes several islands, so one way to explore the city is by riding a boat through its canals. From these waterways, you can see the city's famous Chinese fishing nets, which are graceful cantilevered contraptions that are used by Cochin's many fishermen. Introduced by traders from China in the 14th century, these devices are a unique reminder of the city's diverse cultural heritage.

One important aspect of Cochin's culture comes from Indian traditions, particularly the concept of "kathakali," a performance that blends poetry, dance, music and mythology. When in town, you can learn more about the stories that underlie Indian religious heritage when you witness this colorful and exotic form of art. Another local tradition you have to see when you visit Cochin is kalaripayuttu, an ancient martial art that derives its movements from those of animals.

To learn more about the industrious side of Kerala, you will want to pay a visit to the countryside. Here, you will find local artisans creating a wide variety of wares, ranging from pottery to carpets. Some of the most important products include coir, a fiber made from the husk of the coconut, and khadi, a light and breathable handwoven fabric.

Cochin has been influenced heavily by European merchants as well. One important locale is Fort Cochin, which was the first European settlement in all of India. Established by Portuguese spice traders as a stopping point on the way to the East Indies, this fortification is also home to a famous church built in 1510 by Franciscan friars. Another important religious structure is the Cochin Synagogue. Built in 1568, this Jewish temple truly represents Cochin's blending of cultures, as it features floor tiles hand-painted with Cantonese designs. Meanwhile, the Dutch left their mark on Cochin as well, and you can see their legacy at the spectacular Dutch Palace.

Kerala folklore theatre and museum set in Thevara, Kochi, Kerala, India is a magnificent experience of architectural beauty and traditional performing arts of southern India.


                       


This museum is packed with unique and exquisite historical objects from the window frames to the hand painted ceilings. The museum houses performing arts garments, puppets, musical instruments, hindu and christian architectural peices. After having a tour of the museum, the guides will show guests to the main venue hall were a performance of Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Bharathanatyam, Kalaripayattu with live music is given. For live performance please contact the museum, before visiting the place, as they do not have performance every day. Would advise future visitors to check before visiting the place or contact +914842665452, Email -  keralafolkloretheatre@gmail.com . Also please check their Facebook account as they keep updating the same about there upcoming events.

As a Malayalee who is based in the UK and having travelled to over four different continents, this is by far the best sight in Kochi. What is most remarkable is that this hidden gem is the creation of a husband and wife team that has taken seven years to collect and build.

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