A SHORT BREAK IN KERALA (5 Days, 4 Nights)

A SHORT BREAK IN KERALA (5 Days, 4 Nights)

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Day 1:    Arrival at Kochi
Pick-up from the Airport / Railway Station and travel to Munnar (4 hrs). Settle down at the Hotel and begin an experience of a refreshing beauty.
Day 1 & 2: Munnar
One of the most popularand charming hill stations in India, Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. Munnar is essentially a tea town. 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 here is the Neelakurinji flower which bathes the hills in blue colour once in twelve years. 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. 
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Munnar
Day 3:    Travel to Thekkady (4 hrs)
Thekkady in Kerala State , India 's largest wildlife sanctuary is a dream destination for any tourist visiting India . The 120 years old 'Surki' dam built across Peryiar, Poorna in Vedic parlance, is a major tourist attraction. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 777 Sq. Kms, surrounded by an artificial lake over an area of 25 Sq.Kms. The Country's sole Tiger reserve, with its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna is the ultimate reservoir of many endangered species and rich tribal culture. Thekkady is a pleasant heaven on earth for those who love nature in its wild manifestations. 
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Thekkady
Day 4:    Travel to Alleppey (3 hrs)
In the morning, travel to Alleppey. After settling and relaxing at the hotel, start exploring the very beautiful Alleppey.
Washed by the silvery waves of the Arabian Sea, the Venice of the East welcomes you to the backwaters of kerala. The Palm fringed canals and shores bustling with glimpses from the day to day life in the country side, the mirror still lagoons, picture book lakesides and its long sandy beach has blessed , the water locked district, to become one of the best Backwater tourism destinations in God's Own Country. The large network of canals provide Alleppey its lifeline. Water carnivals using the gigantic snake boats and the country canoes of varying sizes have an important role in the community life of the people of the district. Alleppey is one amongst the few places where farming is done below sea level.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Alleppey
Day 5:    Travel to Kochi (3 hrs)
Kochi, formerly known as Cochin is popularly known as the Queen of Arabian Sea. It flaunts one of the finest natural harbours of the world and was the centre of the world spice trade for many centuries. Lush mangroves, coconut tress reflected in the translucent waters of backwaters, ancient churches, cathedrals and fort - tourists on sightseeing tours of Kochi would find all these and more. Flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the majestic looking Arabian Sea in the west, Kochi occupies a very strategic location and has been a significant trading zone and attractive tourist destination since time immemorial. The tradition and reputation of this enchantingly quaint port city has maintained till date.After the exploration of Kochi, drop down at the Airport / Railway Station for further journey to your hometown.
Travel Plan
Arrival at Kochi
2 Nights at Munnar
1 Night at Thekkady
Half-day at Kumarakom
1 Night at Alleppey Houseboat
Departure from Kochi
Accommodation in the specified hotels in the selected Holiday Category with meals subject to the plan selected. All rooms will be A/c, except for destinations like Munnar or Thekkady, where the climate is very cool. The accommodation will be in the base category of the specified hotel, if not mentioned otherwise. 
Twin sharing accommodation with private bath or shower and toilet in each room, where available.
Full-day cruise and overnight stay on a 1-bedroom A/c Deluxe Houseboat in Alleppey, offering an exclusive stay for the couple on the boat.
Daily buffet breakfast at all the hotels for the guest travellers
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board the Houseboat for all the guest travellers
Pick up and Drop:
Pickup and drop will be done from Railway station / Bus station / Airport of Kochi / Trivandrum on the arrival and departure day respectively.
Road Transfers:                                                                                                                          
All sight-seeing and land transfers in A/c Taxi (as specified in the Holiday Category) accompanied with an English/Hindi speaking friendly driver-cum-guide throughout your trip. (The A/c will be switched off at cool places).
Transfers between the appropriate overseas airports/stations/ports and your hotels as specified in your itinerary and unless otherwise stated
Driver allowance, toll, parking, road tax, fuel charge, interstate charges.
Child below 5 yrs will be complimentary with the guest.             
Services of our local representatives as applicable
Air / rail / bus tickets from hometown to Kerala and back
All personal expenses related to flight / train tickets from your Hometown to Kerala.
Entrance fees at all sightseeing spots, wherever applicable.
Any other optional activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
Lunch and any other food and beverages, etc. (not mentioned in the itinerary)
Travel insurance.
The cost of personal items such as laundry, drinks with meals or otherwise, incidentals etc.
Airport security charges if levied by any airport to cover the cost of security arrangements. 
Airport departure taxes payable locally.
Kerala, in south India, is often referred to as "God's Own Country". This coastal state is rich in distinctive traditions and culture, and lush unspoiled tropical beauty. Most of all, Kerala is known for its elephants, elaborate temple festivals, and the tranquil backwaters. The pace of life is slow, making Kerala the perfect place for a leisurely vacation.Don't miss these top 6 Kerala tourist places.´╗┐Prefer to see Kerala on a tour? This seven day small group Beaches & Backwaters backpackers trip from popular G Adventures includes Kochi, the Kerala backwaters, and Varkala on its itinerary. G Adventures also offers this seven day Highlights of South India small group tour to Kochi, Kumarakom, Kerala backwaters, and Marari beach.
Kerala Backwaters
One of the most tranquil and relaxing things you can do in Kerala is take a trip in a houseboat along the palm-fringed Kerala canals, known as the backwaters. Freshly cooked Indian food and chilled beer on board the boat make the experience even more enjoyable. You can even spend the night out on the middle of a lake. Bliss!
Fort Kochi Known as the "Gateway to Kerala", Kochi is an enchanting city that's had an eclectic influence. Arabs, British, Dutch, Chinese, and Portuguese have all left their mark on the city. The architecture and historical sites in Fort Kochi attract most of the visitors to the area. There you'll find the Saint Francis Church, said to be the oldest European built church in India.Fort Kochi is an excellent place to explore on foot. In the late afternoon head to the waterfront, where the Chinese fishing nets line the shore, and relax in one of the many casual restaurants as the sun sets. You can also catch a Kathakali dance performance at the Kerala Kathakali Center. Interested in an Ayurvedic treatment? Agastyatheeram Ayurvedic Center is the place.
Periyar National Park
Kerala's Periyar National Park is one of the most popular national parks in southern India. One of the best things about the park is that it stays open all year round, even during the monsoon season. Periyar is known for its elephants, and 30 minute elephant rides through the jungle are offered. Safaris are carried out by boat, with the lake being particularly captivating at sunset. Visitors can also take part in an excellent variety of eco-tourism activities there.
The setting of this Varkala beach is striking enough to take your breath away, with a long winding stretch of cliff and views that extend over the Arabian Sea. A paved footpath runs along the length of the cliff, bordered by coconut palms, quaint shops, beach shacks, hotels, and guest houses. Nestled at the bottom of the cliff is a long stretch of sparkling beach, reached by steps leading down from the cliff top. It's not surprising that Varkala is one of India's best beaches. If you're there during late March/early April, try and catch the temple festival.
If you like tea, a visit to Munnar is a must! The surrounding region is renowned for its sprawling tea plantations. See tea being picked and processed, and try fresh tea straight from the gardens. There's even a tea museum. The area is blessed with the natural beauty of winding lanes, misty hills, and forests full of exotic plants and wildlife. Adventure enthusiasts can trek to Anamudi, the highest peak in south India, explore Eravikulam National Park, or go rock climbing and para gliding. These 10 Munnar Hotels and Homestays offer a diverse range of accommodations.
Wayanad is a bright green mountainous region that stretches along the Western Ghats. It has a great deal of scenic appeal. Abundant coconut palms, thick forests, paddy fields, and lofty peaks form the landscape. Due to the nature of its terrain, the area also has much to offer adventure enthusiasts. Popular attractions include trekking to Chembra Peak and Meenmutty Falls, exploring old Jain temples, climbing to Edakkal Caves, and wildlife spotting at Muthanga and Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuaries. Another highlight of Wayanad is the many delightful homestays in the area.


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