Munnar-Thekkadi Spice Tour 7 days.
Kerala, also popularly referred to as ‘God’s Own Country’ is one of the southern most states in the Indian mainland. It is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea. The state is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and the world. In 2012, National Geographic's Traveler magazine named Kerala as one of the "ten paradises of the world" and among "50 must see destinations of a lifetime".
The state is blessed with pristine beaches, serene backwaters, beautiful lakes, lush green mountain ranges, magnificent waterfalls, ancient and historic ports and royal palaces, religious heritage sites and wildlife sanctuaries are major attractions for both domestic and international tourists. There are major airports based in Cochin, Trivandrum, Calicut and Kannur.
Day 1: Arrival at Cochin International Airport
Airport to Cochin (35 Km, 1 Hr) Weather: 28 °C
Our guest relations executive will meet you at the airport/ railway station and transferred to the pre-booked hotel. On checking you can freshen up and proceed to taking a tour of Cochin city.
Cochin; the queen of the Arabian Sea, has forever been on every traveler's wish list and brought people from faraway lands to its shores. The traces of colonial influence is still to be seen in and around the city especially in areas like Fort Kochi and Mattancherry which offer tourists a glimpse of its glorious past through its European churches, palaces, cemeteries, alleyways, fishing nets and much more. These days however, Cochin has a lot more to offer to the visiting travelers. The spice markets, many fishing community based islands, serene backwaters and beaches have become a must see on every traveler’s itinerary. Tourists who desire to experience the local culture and art can enjoy the various art exhibitions and eco-tours that are on offer at Cochin.
- Ferry Ride
- Jewish Synagogue
- Dutch Palace
- Santa Cruz Basilica
- St Francis Church
- Fort Kochi Beach
Day 2: Cochin To Munnar (130 Km, 4 Hours) Weather: 19 °C
Today, you will be on your way to Munnar, popularly referred to as ‘Kashmir of South India’. You can relax upon checking in and be on their way for some sightseeing activities. Munnar is a popular hill station located in the Idukki district of Kerala, India. Thousands of tourists visit this scenic destination every year to witness the majestic sprawling green hills, the historic tea plantations, beautiful waterfalls and the rare flora and fauna that is home to this magnificent piece of land in God’s own country. Perched at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar became a popular summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers during the days of colonial rule. Located on the southern fringes of the Western Ghats, Munnar is spread over an area of 557 square kilometers making it the largest Panachayats.
Sightseeing places (On the way to Munnar):
- Cheeyappara falls
- Valara falls
- Spice Garden
Day 3: Munnar
Second day at Munnar, you will be visiting some of the popular tourist attractions in Munnar like the Flower garden, Tea Factory and the Kundala Dam. Each of these locations offers you unique opportunities to explore and indulge the local cuisines, sights and sounds. You can also visit Top Station a very famous spot for tourists to indulge in the lush green meadows and water side attractions.
- Photo point
- Honey Tree
- Tea plantation
- Tea factory
- Mattupetty Dam
- Echo Point
- Kundala dam
- Top station
Day 4: Munnar to Thekkady (100 Km, 3:30 Hours) Weather: 22 °C
You will begin the day with a sumptuous breakfast after which they will be taken to Thekkady, another popular tourist destination in Idukki district. Thekkady is home to India's largest wildlife sanctuary, the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The Mullaperiyar dam which was built nearly 120 years ago is an attraction because of the catchment area created by the reservoir and the unique ecosystem of flora and fauna that inhabits the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The reserve is spread over an area of 777 Sq.Kms, while the surrounding artificial lake is spread over an area of 25 Sq. Kms.
Perched at an altitude of 700m above the sea level, Thekkady is a nature lovers’ paradise and You can partake in some adventurous sightseeing activities like jeep safari through Periyar reserve and bamboo rafting through the lake.
You will also enjoy an elephant ride as they take in the majestic views of the countryside. The first day at Thekkady will take them to great peaks like Calvary Mount and Anakkara. Art enthusiast can also get a special viewing of a Kathakali and Kalaripayuattu performance.
- Calvari mount
- Cultural show(kathalkali, kalarippayyatt)
- Elephant ride
- Water dance
- Magic show
Day 5: Thekkady
The second day at Thekkady is for the adrenaline junkies. With a host of adventure filled activities like bamboo rafting, trekking through the Periyar Tiger Reserve and camping in the forest.
- Periyar tiger reserve national park
- Thekkady Lake
- Bamboo rafting
- Forest Hiking and Trekking
- Jungle Camping
Day 6: Thekkady to Cochin (160 Km, 4:30 Hrs)
Today, we will take you on a full day sightseeing tour of the city with an overnight stay at the hotel/resort.
- Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
- Cherai Beach
- Marine Drive
- Bolgatty Palace And Island
- LuLu Hypermarket
Day 7: Cochin to Cochin International Airport / Railway Station (35Km, 01:00 Hours)
The fantastic vacation will end with a joyous farewell. After breakfast and check out from the resort at Cochin, you will be dropped off at the Cochin Airport/ Railway station with a bag full of memories that will last a lifetime.