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Cochin - Calicut Tour Package

Cochin - Calicut Tour Package


  • Duration: 10 Nights 11Days

Day 01: Arrive at Cochin

On arrival at Cochin, pick up from Airport /Railway Station, check-in to hotel

Cochin is one of the most interesting towns in South India. A trading port since Roman times, it was on the main trade route between Europe and China. Fort Cochin occupies the South promontory on the seaward side of the Bay. Cochin is also known as the commercial capital of kerala.

Sightseeing of Cochin

Fort Kochi: A European township In India, Kochi has an eventful and colorful history. The town was shaped by the cultural influences of the Dutch and later the British. The results of these cultural influences are seen in the many examples of Indo-European architecture that still exist here.

Chinese fishing nets: These huge cantilevered fishing nets are the legacy of one of the first visitors to the Malabar Coast. Erected here between 1350 and 1450 AD by Traders from the court of Kublai Khan, these nets are set up on teak wood and bamboo poles. The best place to watch the nets being lowered into the sea and the catch being brought in is the Vasco da Gama square, a narrow promenade that runs along the beach.

St. Francis Church: Built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan Friars, this is India's oldest European Church. This was initially built of timber and later reconstructed in stone. It was restored in 1779 by the Protestant Dutch and converted to an Anglican church by the British in 1795. Vasco da Gama was buried here in 1524 before his remains were moved to Lisbon, Portugal.

Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace): Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, the palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch. On display here are beautiful murals depicting scenes from the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, and some of the Puranic Hindu legends. The palace also houses Dutch maps of old Kochi, royal palanquins and the coronation robes of former maharajas of Kochi.

Synagogue: Constructed in 1568, this is the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth. Destroyed in a shelling during the Portuguese raid in 1662, it was rebuilt two years later by the Dutch.

Overnight at Hotel in Cochin

Day 02: Cochin- Athirapally - Guruvayur

Morning after breakfast, check-out from hotel and transfer to Athirappilly, popular among tourists. Athirappilly Falls is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. Athirappilly Falls is a part of Chalakudy River and it is approximately 80 feet in height. The Athirappilly Falls is situated on the Chalakudy River, which originates in the upper reaches of the Western Ghats. Many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna are found in the forests of the Athirapilly-Vazhachal area. This area is the only place in the Western Ghats where four endangered Hornbill species are seen. The Western Ghats is one of the most important biodiversity hot spot in the world. This valuable natural world is already degraded by mining and hydro electric projects.

Evening transfer to Guruvayur. According to the legends, the idol worshipped here is more than 5000 years old. But there are no historical records to establish it. In the 14th century Tamil literature 'Kokasandesam', references about a place called Kuruvayur is made. As early as 16th century (50 years after the Narayaneeyam was composed) many references are seen about Kuruvayur. In ancient Dravidic, Kuruvai means sea; hence the village on the coast may be called Kuruvayur.

But according to Prof. K V Krishna Iyer (eminent historian), the Brahmins had begun to come and settle at Kodungalloor during the period of Chandra Gupta Maurya (321-297 BC). Trikkunavay in the Guruvayur documents is the same as Thrikkanamathilakam or Mathilakam mentioned in the Dutch and British records. And this place was in between Guruvayur and Kodungalloor. Guruvayur was Trikkunavay's subordinate shrine since they were destroyed by the Dutch in 1755. That way Guruvayur must have come into existence before 52 AD. The story of Pandyan King building a shrine here may be a reference to the Azhavars, but they are all silent in their writing about Guruvayur.

It was Melpathur's Narayaneeyam through which the Temple got publicity. The concept of Unnikrishna popularised by Poonthanam, Kururamma, and Villwamangalam brought more and more devotees to Guruvayur.

On arrival, check-in to hotel. Day free for leisure

Overnight stay at Hotel in Guruvayur

Day 03: Guruvayur- Munnar

Early morning visit Sree Krishna Temple: The main attraction of Guruvayoor is the Sree Krishnaswamy Temple, a popular pilgrim centre and an important temple dedicated to Lord Krishna in Kerala. According to mythology, the temple is the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the Gods, and Vayu, the God of Wind. The eastern nada is the main entrance to the shrine. In the Chuttambalam (outer enclosure) is the tall 33.5 m-high gold-plated Dwajasthambam (flag post).

There is also a seven-metre high Deepastambham (pillar of lamps), the thirteen circular receptacles of which provide a truly gorgeous spectacle when fully lit. The square-shaped Sreekovil is the sacred sanctum sanctorum of the temple housing the main deity. The temple also has deities of Lord Ganapathi, Lord Ayyappa and Edathedattu Kavil Bhagavathy. Only Hindus are allowed into the temple.

The temple is open at 3 am and closes after the day's poojas and rituals around 10 pm. normally there are five poojas and three circumambulatory processions called Sreeveli, propitiating the celestial deities and carrying the Lord’s Thidambu on elephant's back. During the days of Udayasthamana Poojas there will be a total of twenty one poojas.

After breakfast, check-out from hotel and drive to Kalady, a small town the birthplace of the famous Hindu philosopher, Sri Adi Sankaracharya. In 8th century CE Sri Adi Sankaracharya played a pivotal role in the revival of Hinduism across India. Buddhism then held sway over large parts of India. Traveling across India, he had many a debate with scholars of the time and spread his Vedanta philosophy called ‘Advaita’ (Non-dualism of the self and the divine self). He founded four mathas as seats of learning and faith in each of India’s four zones - Sringeri in Karnataka (south), Dwaraka in Gujarat (west), Puri in Orissa (east), and Joshimath in Uttarakhand (north). The heads of these four mathas are bestowed the title of Shankaracharya (‘the learned one’).

A popular place goes by the name of Crocodile Ghat, on river Periyar. Legend has it that it was here that Adi Sankaracharya’s leg was caught by a crocodile while bathing. His mother who had till then refused all pleas of the young Sankaracharya to become a sanyasi, is supposed to have said that he could have his way if the crocodile let go of him. He survived, and went on to become a legend.

After visiting Kalady, transfer to Kodanad, the high ranges on the southern bank of the River Periyar

Elephants are an integral part of Indian mythology and culture. In God's Own Country, elephants are often referred to as the sons of the 'Sahya' (the Western Ghats). Once a part of everyday life in Kerala, elephants are the most ornamental and auspicious animals here. No festival or celebration is complete without an elephant procession. Rows of majestically caparisoned elephants, replete with colourful silken parasols form the most spectacular part of any event in Kerala.

Kodanad, set on the Southern banks of the Periyar River amid the beautiful high ranges near Perumbavoor, is one of the largest elephant training centres in Kerala. Earlier elephants captured from the Malayatoor forests (the forests in the East and North of Kodanad) were trained here.

After visiting the above places, transfer to Munnar

Munnar, Paradise of nature lovers, Munnar was the summer resort of the British government in South India. Surrounded by the Annamalai Hills, this hill station offers spectacular views of the craggy peaks, manicured tea estates, picturesque towns and winding lanes. Munnar in the wee hours of the morning is a dream, covered in mist. Tiger, sambhar, bison, spotted deer, leopard, and Malabar flying squirrel, stripe-necked Mongoose etc. can be spotted in the forest.

On arrival, check-in to hotel. The rest of the day free for leisure

Overnight stay at Hotel in Munnar

Day 04: Munnar - sightseeing

Morning after breakfast, go for Munnar sightseeing

Sightseeing of Munnar

Rajamala is the natural habitat of Neilgiri Tahr, a rare mountain goat and Eravikulam National Park. Visit Mattupetty dam and lake

Overnight stay at hotel in Munnar

Day 05: Munnar - Thekkady

After Breakfast, check-out from hotel and drive to transfer to Thekkady, on arrival check in to the Hotel. One of the hill stations produces large quantity of spices, like pepper, cardamom etc.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary – one of the well-maintained wild life sanctuaries of South India. Situated on the banks of an artificial lake formed with the construction of an irrigation dam the sanctuary is spread out over an area of 777 sq kms. Now declared as a tiger reserve, this sanctuary is the best place to see the wild elephants, bison’s, wild dogs, deer’s, water birds and occasionally tiger.

Evening, go for a visit of Spice plantations. Watch the trading at one of the spice shop. The rest of the day free for leisure at your own activities

Overnight stay at hotel in Thekkady

Day 06: Thekkady – Alleppey Houseboat

Morning, check out from hotel and transfer to Alleppey to board houseboat for a night stay by around 12noon.

Kettuvallom or Houseboats (Rice boats) are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages to the towns. A ride on a Kettuvallom is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters which give a glimpse of paddy fields, toddy tapping. Also you can indulge in fishing.A houseboat is about 67 feet in length and has a width of around 13 feet in the middle. The materials that go into the making are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc. The houseboats have fully furnished single and double rooms with sundeck, comfortable chairs, kitchen and toilet with A/C. In addition there is also separate rest room for the crew. Traditional lanterns are used as lights. The crew includes a chef and two oarsmen. The houseboat takes you through the scenic backwaters of Kerala. The Traditional Kerala cuisine will be served on the board. Stop at village markets, churches, and houses to get a feel of village life.

Over Night stay on Full board at Houseboat

Day 07: Alleppey -Trivandrum

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After breakfast, check-out from houseboat at 9 am and drive to Trivandrum. On arrival at Trivandrum, check-in to hotel. Sightseeing of Trivandrum

Sightseeing of Thiruvananthapuram

Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple

Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of sculpture and architecture. The temple pond and the traditional Kerala style buildings surrounding the temple are the other interesting attractions.

Shree Chitra Art Gallery

This art gallery display select paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection also includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali.

Napier Museum: The Indo-Saracenic structure dating back to the 19 century boasts of a "natural" air conditioning system, houses a rare collection of archaeological and historical artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings.

Kuthiramalika Palace Museum: This palace was built by Maharaja Swathy Thirunal Balaramavarma-The King of Travancore, who was a great poet, musician, social reformer and states man. This rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style of architecture also has exquisite woodcarvings. The palace museum displays paintings and various priceless collections of the Royal family and is located near the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple.

Will cover the maximum within the time limit after reaching Trivandrum

Overnight stay at Hotel in Trivandrum

Day 08: Trivandrum -Calicut

After Breakfast, sightseeing of rest of places in Trivandrum and sightseeing of Kovalam.

Sightseeing of Kovalam

Visit to Kovalam Beach, India’s most spectacular beach. Here the boundless blue of the Arabian Sea and the surf, which roars and hisses at the Coconut Palms, washes the unwinding miles of fine white-sanded beaches.

A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse - sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programme, Catamaran cruising etc. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the beach begins late in the day and it carries on well into the night.

Afternoon check-out from hotel, rest of sightseeing in Trivandrum. Evening transfer to Calicut by train

Overnight journey in Train

Day 09: Calicut - Wayanad

Morning reaches Calicut, on arrival pick up from Railway Station and transfer to Wayanad. On arrival at Kalpetta, check-in to hotel. After fresh up for sightseeing

The Pookot Lake which is a breathtaking location. The water is clear and the foliage that surrounds it is a beautiful forest. Visitors can enjoy a boat ride against a serene backdrop. An ideal picnic spot, this beautiful lake is the perfect spot to admire Mother Nature. The area surrounding the lake has an aquarium, children’s park and a small emporium selling handicrafts and spices.

On the way to Soochippara Waterfalls view Chembra Peak, which is the tallest peak in all of Wayanad district. It is at a staggering height of 2100 meters above sea level. This peak is especially popular with both mountain climbers and trekkers alike

The Soochippara Waterfalls also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls are situated near Meppadi is nature’s treasured gift. The waterfall cascading from a height of 100 to 300 feet is a treat to the eyes. The pool sited below the falls offers great opportunities for swimming, bathing, water rafting, etc. another attraction is the tree top huts presenting a distinct views of the Western Ghats and of the shining shallow waters of the spring.

Meenmutty Falls, Kalpetta, the most impressive water fall that can be found in the Wayanad district is Meenmutty Falls. Gurgling down from a height of 300 meters, it falls in 3 separate tiers. Reaching the falls involves a 2 km trek, but the view of the falls, makes it worth the effort. During the monsoons, this waterfall can be enjoyed only from a distance, due to the voluminous level of water. Trekking is a good option to explore its surroundings, but considering the rugged and undulated terrains, taking a guide along is advisable.

Overnight stay at hotel in Kalpetta

Day 10: Kalpetta – Sulthan Bathery

Morning after breakfast, check-out from hotel and visit the largest earth dam- Banasura Sagar Dam

Banasura Sagar Dam is approximately 25 km towards the north west of Kalpetta. It is considered to be the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia. The dam extends to a wide area with crystal clear waters. Undisturbed and engulfed amidst the hills, Bansura Sagar Dam is an absolute beauty. It is an ideal place for picnic as it is surrounded by the bounty of nature and the low sound of the clear water gives a feeling of freshness. In fact, when the dam is full, the landscape portrays a picture of upstream formation of the dam and is a mesmerizing sight to visitors. Boating and other water recreational activities are available at the dam.

Transfer to Sulthan Bathery. On the way visit Edakkal caves

Edakkal cave is 25 km from Kalpetta and just 3 km from Ambalavayal. This is a crevice for about 96 ft in length and 22 ft width. A fissure was created due to a rock splitting due to natural weathering. The depth of the crevice and the fissure is nearly 30 ft which gives an appearance of a cave to any observer. There are human and animal figures carvings on the rock walls depicting pre-historic period and civilized people. The caves can be approached by 1km trekking trail starting from Edakkal. The best visiting hours are morning and it is open till 5 pm. Tourists need to indulge in a one and half hour long trek to reach the entrance of the caves. The roads are in good condition. In order to reach the actual cave, tourists will have to trek uphill for another 45 minutes.

After sightseeing check-in to hotel, overnight stay at hotel in Sulthan Bathery

Day 11: Wayanad - Calicut - Departure

Morning after breakfast, check-out from hotel and transfer to Calicut to catch the flight/train to final destination

Suggested Property

CITY HOTELS Type of Room No. of Nights Meal Plan No of rooms
Cochin

Deshadan Plaza or similar

Executive room

1

CP

1

Guruvayur

Hotel Nandanam or similar

Deluxe room

1

EP

1

Munnar

Raahath Inn

or similar

Double room

2

CP

1

Thekkady

Hotel Ambadi

or similar

Double room

1

CP

1

Alleppey

1 Bed room Houseboat

Double room

1

Full meals

1

Trivandrum

Magic Days

or similar

Double room

1

CP

1

Kalpetta

Woodlands hotel or similar

Deluxe room

1

CP

1

Sulthan Bathery

Issac’s Regency

Standard room

1

CP

1

Pick Up: Cochin (Airport/Railway Station)

Drop: Calicut (Airport/Railway Station)

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on double occupancy at selected hotels as mentioned in the itinerary with breakfast
  • Transportation and sightseeing in A/c Indica
  • Full meals at the House Boat
  • All taxes

Exclusions:

  • Anything which is not mentioned in the clause ‘inclusions’.
  • Entrance / monument fee as per the itinerary are extra

Validity:

  • Valid till March 2014 except during 20th December, 2013 to January 10, 2014.
  • Booking is Subject to availability of rooms at the hotels / house boats

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