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Arrive Kochi, the gateway to Gods Own Country.
On arrival you will be transferred by road to Munnar (150 kms/4 hrs), one of southern Indias most popular hill stations.
MUNNAR: 150 KMS FROM KOCHI.
Munnar is a beautiful station on the Western Ghats at about 1,600 meters above sea level. The town is situated at the confluence of the three mountain streams of Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. There are lakes, reservoirs, green forests and several tea estates. Anamudi, the highest peak in South India is nearby. There is a wild life sanctuary in the Eravikulam-Rajamala area. Chinnar wild life sanctuary is close to Eravikulam National Park . This is a protected area in Kerala with semi arid and dry deciduous shrub forests the preferred habitat of the starred Tortoise. Munnar was the summer resort of the British government in the South.
Attractions in Munnar – Mattupetty
Mattupetty is about 13 km from Munnar in the state of Kerala. Situated at a height of 1700 m, Mattupetty is known for its highly specialised dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Over 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here. The Mattupetty lake and dam, just a short distance from the farm, is an amazing beautiful picnic spot. The sprawling Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala lake are other attractions in the vicinity. You can also try boating at the Mattupetty Dam, provided by DTPC Idukki.
At a distance of 7 km from Munnar, Devikulam is an idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience you can feel here. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing anywhere in the world.
Overnight at hotel in MUNNAR.
This morning you will proceed on a sightseeing tour of the picturesque Mattupetty Dam, where you have an opportunity to go boating. Continue your tour to Echo Point.
Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park is located at a distance of 15 km from Munnar in the state of Kerala. The 97 sq. km. park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk and is home to the Nilgiri Tahr. Originally established to protect the Nilgiri tahr (Nilgiri Ibex), the Eravikulam National Park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk of the Idukki District. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1975. Considering the ecological, faunal, floral, geo-morphological and zoological significance, it was declared as a National park in 1978. The park is breathtakingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the best mountain ranges found Overnight at hotel in MUNNAR.
Transfer to Thekkady, (120 kms / 3.5 hrs). Set in the heart of the Cardamom Hills of Kerala, is the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve, offering a rare opportunity to enjoy South Indias wild life. Enjoy a boat safari on Periyar Lake to view the varied wild life of this region.
Periyar, also known as Thekkady is best known for its wildlife, is a must-see for all visitors to Kerala. The Periyar Lake lies at the heart of the sanctuary, which is a veritable paradise for all wildlife lovers. Situated within the boundaries of the Western Ghats in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. Periyar is a park where one can witness playful pachyderms roaming freely with their family and friends, whose population is currently around 800. The population of tigers is also increasing appreciably. The landscape varies from hilly to flat grassland areas at the edges of the lakes. The vegetation is of moist deciduous type.
Major Tourist Attractions in Periyar
Periyar is a veritable paradise of elephants. Herds of playful wild elephants can be seen near the Periyar lake, their favorite haunt for frolicking in the water. Periyars wildlife variety includes the tiger, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, the Nilgiri langur, wild dog, porcupine, lion tailed macaque, Malabar squirrel and sloth bear. There are approximately 40 tigers in the area as per the latest reports.
Some 260 species of birds are found at Periyar. These include darters, cormorants, ibises, gray herons, mynas, flycatchers, orioles, wood pigeons, kingfishers, kites, ospreys, thrushes, and an appreciable number of blue-winged parakeets
The Periyar Lake
A boat ride on the lake will make your Periyar tour absolutely fantastic. Sighting the elephants from the boat is very easy, as they come in herds near the lake to frolic in the water. The lake is also the most ideal place to watch the birds. So take a boat ride and enjoy the picturesque surroundings of the lake.
Overnight at hotel in THEKKADY.
Today you will be transferred by road to Alleppy (190 kms / 4 hrs), ALLEPEY.
Check in to Houseboat. Have Lunch and Dinner at the Houseboat.
Overnight at houseboat in Alleppey
After Breakfast you will be later transferred by road to Kovalam (180 kms /3 hrs).
Kovalam, meaning “a groove of coconut trees,” is just 10 km from the state capital of Kerala- Thiruvananthapuram. Kovalam is actually a combination of three small beaches. Among these, the southernmost beach, named Lighthouse Beach , is the most frequented beach in Kovalam.
Thirty years ago, Kovalam was a hippy idyll a picture perfect tropical beach a traditional fishing village providing fresh fish, fruits and toddy (coconut beer). Today this tiny beach is the focus of a multi-million dollar business, drawing thousands of tourists for a week dose of ozone, UV and a refreshing Indian Experience.
Major Tourist Attractions in Kovalam
The Great Kovalam Poets: Anceint Kovalam Poets Ayyippilla Assan and Ayyanappilla Assan were the authors of the Great Epics, Janakeeya Maha Kaviangal Ramakatha Pattu and Bharathampattu respectively. They lived in Kovalam, near the Light House Beach , Avaduthura in 1400 A.D. The monument isprotected by the Kerala Govt. Archaeological Department.
Kovalam Beach: Kovalam, a tiny little town in the district of Thiruvanantpuram in Kerala, is pretty well known for its beaches. Many ardent admirers of Kovalam ceaselessly project it as the best beach destination of the country. And there is nothing wrong in it given the fact that the number of tourists flocking to spend some time on the beach has been forever on increase.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple: This temple is one of the 108 Divya Sthalas of Lord Vishnu. Lord Padmanabha is in a reclining position here, and the temple is maintained by the Rajah’s of the city.
Overnight at hotel in KOVALAM.
Breakfast at hotel
After breakfast leave for Kanyakumari – 90 km one way
Kanyakumari weaves a magical spell over all those who visit this mesmerizing place blessed with nature’s beauty in excess. Kanyakumari has that imposing splendor of striking sunrise and the soft sunset that simmer over the confluence of three oceans – the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the India Ocean, whose every grain seems to seep inside your body, refreshing you to the core.
Kanyakumari is the southernmost tip of peninsular India sprawling over an area of 1672 sq. km, occupying 1.29% of the total extent of Tamilnadu. With multi-colored sand on its beach, this exquisite land has a ringlet of majestic hills along with swaying coconut trees and paddy fields.
Vast and clear coasts with Azure Ocean lapping the shore, Kanyakumari is dotted with patches of red cliffs and valleys along with temples and churches that add to the resounding beauty of the place.
Kanyakumari is also known as Kanniyakumari in Tamil Language. As a major Hindu pilgrim center, devotees visit Kanyakumari from across the country. Delving into Kanyakumari’s history, one finds the place to be onetime Alexandria of the east. The Cholas, the Cheras, the Pandyas and the Nayaks who contributed greatly to the architectural marvels of the region ruled Kanyakumari.
Apart from being a hub of art, culture, civilization, and pilgrimage for years, Kanyakumari is equally famous for commerce and trade. The architecture of this beautiful beach land is greatly inspired by religions like Islam, Christianity and Jainism.
Among the major tourist attractions in Kanyakumari is Kanyakumari temple dedicated to Parvati or Devi Kanya, who is also revered as the protector of India’s shores. Kanyakumari is also home to Gandhi Mandapam that has oriyan architecture and built in memory of Mahatma Gandhi. There is also Vivekananda Memorial, about half a kilometer away from the mainland seated on a rock. The memorial has dhyan mandapam where you could sit and meditate.
Breakfast at hotel, after breakfast, Transfer to Trivandrum to catch the flight for onward destination
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