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God's Own Country

Explore Kerala - popular tourist destination for its tropical greenery.

Kerala

Kerala is a popular tourist destination for its backwaters, yoga, Ayurvedic treatments and tropical greenery. Kerala has the highest Human Development Index in India, comparable with that of first world nations but with a much lower per capita income.

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Diamond Package

  • Duration: 07 Nights 08 Days

Day 01: Arrive at Cochin

On arrival at Cochin 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

Day 02: Cochin- Munnar

After breakfast, check-out from hotel and drive to Kalady. Located 35 kilometers (21.7 miles) from Kochi via Aluva, this small town is 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 shrine built in the 20th century by the Acharya of the Sringeri Mutt, Sri Narasimha Bharati, commemorates his immense contribution. The Sringeri Mutt complex, the Keerthisthambham (an 8-storey structure with paintings depicting his life), the Sri Krishna temple, the Ramakrishan Ashram are some of the places visitors to this town look out for. Another 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 which is located about 30 km from Ernakulum town in 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 noon, 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.

Day 03: Munnar - Vagamon

Morning after breakfast, go for Munnar sightseeing

Sightseeing of Munnar

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

After sight seeing,transfer to Vagamon .On arrival at Vagamon, check-in to resort. The resorts are surrounded by romantic hills with un-spoilt nature, sparkling streams, lake, country boats, fishing, green tea gardens and cardamom plantations.

After Refreshing, go for a nature walk. You will explore the unravel mysteries of the hills, lakes, streams. The sights of the green tea gardens and cardamom plantations will mesmerize you. The hills are a home to various species of birds and butterflies. Enjoy the thrill of mountaineering experience. You may have a look of the rabbits, parrots, lovebirds, white geese, pigeons and dove.

Overnight at hotel

Day 04: Vagamon – Gavi Eco-tourism

After Breakfast, check-out from hotel and drive to Gavi Eco-tourism which is spread across the beauty of Periyar Tiger Reserve, Gavi is a quiet, beautiful and pristine forest haven. It is at the eastern extreme of the Pathanamthitta District at 3400 ft above MSL. These evergreen forests are abundant with magnificent Wildlife including the tiger, elephants, leopards, bears, Indian gaur, sambar, barking & Mouse deers, lion tailed macaque, other varieties of monkeys, Nilgiri Marten and a lot more.

For the nature explorers Gavi offers the complete acquaintance with the flora around including Nageia Wallichinia (Podocarpus Wallichinia), a highly endemic species of the Gymnosperm family seen only around Gavi in the whole Western Ghats!

Overnight stay at Gavi

Day 05: Gavi Eco-tourism - Kollam

Morning, check out from hotel and transfer to Kollam to board houseboat for a day trip by around 11am.

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. Check-out from houseboat at 5 pm.

Transfer to Trivandrum, on arrival check-in to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 06: Trivandrum

fter breakfast, go for sightseeing of Trivandrum

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.

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

Day 07: Trivandrum: Ayurveda massage

After Breakfast, can have an experience of Ayurveda massage at additional cost

Ayurveda is a perfect ancient science of life. The unique healing system has been practiced by great visionaries in the field of traditional medicine and lapped up by generations. Ayurveda regarded as the panacea of wellness in the modern world has its mention in the Vedas. It says, "the three – body, mind and soul – are like a tripod; the world stands by their combination; in them abides everything. It is the subject matter of Ayurveda." Ayurveda has emerged out as a branch of ADHARVA VEDA, one of the four vedas or treatises which form the basis of Indian Philosophy, dates back over five thousand years. Ayurveda is also known as "ASHTANGA VEDA" (the world literally means 'eight branches of knowledge') as it is divided into eight specialized branches. A There are many treatments in Ayurveda for better physical fitness and well being viz., Rejuvenation Therapy, Body Purification Therapy and Body Immunization/Longevity Treatment which include :Body massage, Sirodhara, Medicated steam bath, Snehapanam, Nasyam, Virechanam, Snehavasthi, Dhara, Pizhichil, Njavarakizhi, Karnapooranam, Tharpanam, Sirovasthi etc..The treatment is available throughout the state in various locations according to one's budget with food and accommodation.

Overnight at hotel

Day 08: Trivandrum: Departure

After breakfast drive to Trivandrum Airport to catch the onboard flight.

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on double occupancy on CP basis at selected hotels as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 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'.

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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