Wildlife-Eco tourism –Backwaters- Beaches
Places Covered: Cochin – Thekkady -Gavi – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Mararikulam
Day 1: Arrival At Cochin
On your arrival at the Cochin Airport our representative will receive you and take to the hotel. Feel at leisure in the evening when you relax yourself in this picturesque ‘port city’. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 2: At Cochin City Tour
Set out on sightseeing in Cochin. Your itinerary here will include places like Fort Cochin, still keeping alive its ancient Jew tradition, the Santa Cruz Basilica, Mattanchery palace, St. Francis Church and more. The Jew’s street and the Chinese fishing nets at Fort Cochin beach are the must see. Return to hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 3: At Cochin – On to Thekkady
After breakfast check out from the home stay and drive to Thekkady (190 km – 6 hours drive) on arrival check into the hotel. Spend the day at leisure. Overnight stay is arranged in Periyar.
Day 4: At Thekkady
After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing tour of Thekkady – one of the world’s most fascinating wild life reserves. The Periyar wild life sanctuary in Thekkady is spread across 777 sq km of which 360 sq km is thick ever green forest. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wild life and scenic beauty, the sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Optional activities like Boating at Periyar Lake, Spice Plantation visit and Elephant Ride can be done at an extra cost. Overnight stay is arranged in Thekkady.
Day 5: At Thekkady , On to Gavi
After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Gavi. Spread across the beauty of Periyar Tiger Reserve, Gavi is a quiet, beautiful and pristine forest haven. It is 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. Enjoy the trekking with experienced guides. Overnight stay is arranged at Gavi.
Day 6: At Thekkady , On to Kumarakom
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Kumarakom. Check in to the hotel. Afternoon proceeds for local sightseeing in and around Kumarakom – a tiny backwater hamlet perched on the western banks of the Vembanadu Lake. The stretch of backwater is spread over 900 sq. km. Choose a canoe, motor boat or a houseboat and devour the beauty of this backwater paradise at its best. Overnight stay is arranged in Kumarakom.
Day 7: At Kumarakom – On to Alleppey (Overnight Houseboat)
Set out on an enchanting overnight backwater cruise in traditionally decorated houseboats. While cruising in these floating luxury-villas, let your eyes settle for the rare and the unusual – skim past Chinese fishing nets, bowed-down paddy fields, and local inhabitants engaged in making coir products, rustic homes, and ancient temples and swaying coconut groves. Food will be served onboard. Overnight stay in the houseboat
Day 8:AtAlleppey – Mararikulam / Alleppey
After a refreshing breakfast served onboard, check out from the houseboat and drive to Mararikulam. Up on arrival; check in to a beach resort. Overnight is to be spent at hotel.
Day 9 & 10: At Mararikulam / Alleppey
After breakfast proceed for local sightseeing in and around Mararikulam – Marari offers endless miles of superb sand beaches flanked with swaying palms, where you can experience the local charm and the traditional Kerala Hospitality at its best. Overnight stay is arranged.
Day 11: At Mararikulam / Alleppey ,On to Cochin for Departure
Morning, after breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Cochin airport for your flight back home, feeling contented about a wonderful holiday you spent in the “God’s Own Country”.
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