Morning visit Munnar - Proceed with guide on a sightseeing tour of the various tourist spots such as the Tea Museum, the Mattupetty Dam and the Echo point. Also visit the Eravikulam Park known for its endangered species of the Nilgiri Tahrs and other varied species of flora and fona.
After breakfast, proceed to Periyar (Thekkady) and check in at resort (3 hrs 30 minutes). The Periyar National Park is spread over an area of about 777 km and comprises a thick evergreen forest with exotic wild life. The sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attraction of Periyar is the herds of wild elephants that come down to play / drink water from the lake. At 3 pm proceed to the jetty to enjoy the boat ride through the lake to catch these animals in their natural habitat.
After the boat ride return to the hotel. Also if desired, visit spice markets.
Check out and proceed to Alleppey . The Kerala houseboats/ Kettuvalloms that cruise these emerald waterways are an improvisation on the large country barges, which were an essential part of the land's ethos in days gone by. Modified to meet a novel concept of holidaying, the kettuvalloms (houseboats) are comfortably furnished with an open lounge, bath attached bedrooms and a kitchenette, and are extremely eco friendly, merging smoothly into the panorama. Every houseboat is manned by a crew of 3 men, usually a cook, guide and oarsman. You will have a day cruise on the vembanad lake with lunch & check out in the evening after tea/ snacks.
Your car will be waiting to take you to your resort in Kumarakom which is a very short drive.
Late check out after breakfast and proceed to Cochin (1 hr 30 minutes). Have a sightseeing tour of the city if your flight is in the evening.
St. Francis Church is the oldest church constructed by the Europeans in India.
Chinese Fishing Nets are a fascinating sight at the entrance of the Cochin harbor. They were first brought to Kerala by the Chinese traders from Kubla Khan’s Court.
The Jewish Synagogue built in 1568 A.D was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662 and rebuilt by the Dutch two years after. Scrolls of the Old Testament and a number of Copper Plates inscribed in the Hebrew script are preserved in the synagogue.
Santa Cruz Basilica is a Roman Catholic Church with beautiful paintings on its ceiling.
The Indo Portuguese Museum which is located in the Bishop’s House has a good collection of sculptures, precious metal objects and Vestments.
The Dutch Cemetry is situated near the entrance to the beach, a short distance away from St Francis Church.
The Dutch Palace which was built by the Portuguese is well known for its mural paintings representing scenes from the epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha. In the central courtyard of the palace is a temple dedicated to Pazhayannur Bhagavathy.
Drive to airport in time for flight.
The journey not the arrival matters
T. S. EliotNov. 9, 2015
T. S. Eliot
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.