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Kerala Backwater & Spice

Tour Highlights

06 Nights / 07 Days

Cochin – Munnar – Periyar – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Cochin Departure

Jew Town, synagogue, Spice market, Chinese fishing nets, Kathakali dance performance

world's highest tea estates, Eravikulam National Park, NilgiriTahr

Periyar Wildlife Reserve, Elephant Ride , Spice Plantation

Huge Vembanad Lake & famous Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary



Day 01: Arrive Cochin
Arrive by International flight, after traditional Indian style ‘Swagat’ (Welcome) by Exceptional Escapes representative, he would assist you at the airport & transfer to hotel for check in.
Cochin always had a very popular & historical sea trade connection with Middle East, Mediterranean Europe & Dutch. It has one of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian coastline. Its cosmopolitan character is reflected in the buildings & structures representing different regions of the world.

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Jew Town, synagogue; built in the year 1568, is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles & Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here.

Spice market; where the air is filled with the pungent smell of spices & history that brought the world to its doorstep.

Chinese fishing nets; (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here.

Evening, we take you to view a Kathakali dance performance (time for photography of a lifetime) Enjoy and observe the elaborate pre dance make up ritual.

Overnight Hotel – Cochin

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Day 02: Cochin – Munnar ( Drive 150 kms - 04 hrs)
Post breakfast drive to Munnar, most popular hill stations in South India, situated at the confluence of three mountain streams Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni&Kundala. It was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British officers in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book town, winding lanes, trekking & holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience.

Rest of the day at leisure for relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Munnar.
Overnight Hotel – Munnar (B)

Day 03: Munnar
Post breakfast private guided sightseeing of Munnar

The world's highest tea estates spread like a green carpet over a large area.

Eravikulam National Park (Closed - January & February), the best place to see the rare NilgiriTahr (mountain goat). This sanctuary was set up for the preservation of the endangered NilgiriTahr.

Overnight Hotel – Munnar (B)

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Day 04: Munnar – Periyar ( Drive 160 Kms / 5 Hrs)
Post breakfast driven to Periyar Wildlife Reserve; Set on an attractive lakeside, it is South India's most popular Wildlife Sanctuary. Periyar is a place to cruise on the lake & gives an opportunity to see wildlife. It is home to tigers, leopards, elephants, bison, antelopes, Sambhar, wild boar, monkey, a wide variety of birds.

Next we explore the sanctuary to experience the beauty & ecological pattern, followed byvisit to the spice garden where you can see how spices like pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and nutmeg are grown.

Overnight Hotel – Periyar (B)

Day 05: Periyar– Kumarakom (Drive 160 Kms / 5 Hrs)
Start your day with an elephant ride (subject to availability) which is the best and safest way to explore the remotest and densest areas of the forests. If you are more keen in combing denser areas of the forests and search for some fierce creatures. Riding an elephant takes you back to the royal era, when only the Kings use to ride on these majestic creatures.

Post lunch drive to Kumarakom, known for backwaters, huge Vembanad Lake & famous Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary; there are two seasons for birds: between October & February there are cormorants, teals, & other ducks & from February to July there are darters (snake birds), night herons, egrets, & Siberian storks. It also has golden backed woodpecker, crow pheasant, white-breasted water hen, tree pie etc.

Overnight Hotel – Kumarakom (B)

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Day 06: Kumarakom – Alleppey (A/C Houseboat) (Drive 160 Kms / 5 Hrs)
Post breakfast drive to Alleppey, Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is a town in Kerala. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters & lagoons, it was described as the Venice of the East. It has a wonderful past, it owes its existence to the sagacious Diwan Raja Kesavadas in the second half of 18th century. Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala with the unending stretch of paddy fields, small streams & canals with lush green coconut palms, was well known even from the early periods of the Sangam age. History says Alappuzha had trade relations with ancient Greece & Rome in BC & in the middle Ages. Alleppey now is the hub for backwaters tourism in Kerala.

On arrival we board the houseboat, locally called Kettuvallam, cruise around backwaters of Kumarakom – Alleppey to observe & experience the daily life of the villagers along the backwaters.

Enjoy a private romantic farewell dinner on the board.
Overnight Houseboat (B, L, D)

Day 07: Alleppey – Cochin (Drive 52 Kms – 1 Hrs)
Disembark from the houseboat and transfer to Cochin airport to board the flight for home country taking back wonderful memory of Kerala God’s won Country.

Tour Concludes: Exceptional Escapes Manager will assist you with your transfer to the airport for boarding onward flight.

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Unique Experiences

A private cooking class (approx 90 Minutes) to explore both vegetarian & non vegetarian south Indian cuisine This cooking session will acquaint you with the typical culinary delights of Southern India. The authentic delicacies cooked with traditional exotic spices will definitely give you a gastronomical bliss.

On arrival, relax with an ayurvedic treatment Shirodhara, (Gradual pouring of warm herbal oil on the forehead) followed by full body Abhyanga (massage) by a gay friendly male therapist. (Approx 90 minutes)

In the evening, we take you for a private candlelight kerala Costal cuisine dinner (Fixed Menu) on the lake front.

Later in a day proceed for a traditional way of fishing tour through the backwaters. Laze under the cool shade of some trees with a fishing rod and bait targeted to trap unsuspecting fishes.

A village backwater cruise at Vaikom. Enjoy the life-style of the villagers and village backwater cruise through narrow canals, river, lakes & lagoon for 02-03 hours with a local guide. En route visit coconut farms, Coir villages, spices and herbal farms,  bird watching and other village activities. Followed by a traditional Kerala lunch on banana leaf.

Start your day with a personal introduction to yoga / meditation class (Maximum 90 minutes) which will rejuvenate you
“India is known for its ancient knowledge of yoga all over the world since time immemorial”.

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