While hill resorts and beaches can be found in other parts of India, the backwaters are unique to Kerala. Meandering through the coastal areas of Kerala is a 900 kilometers (560 miles) long intricate network of lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and deltas of several rivers that flow into the Arabian Sea. Bbackwaters are one of the largest fresh-water sources and rich in marine habitat as well as adds to natural beauty. Traditionally used as one of the main transportation alleys, today backwaters offer a rejuvenating experience for tourists visiting Kerala.
The most beautiful and accessible part of the back waters is the Vembanad backwater stretch located in districts of Ernakulam, Alapuzha and Kottayam area. The Vembanadu lake is the the longest lake in South Asia and is with rich bio-diversity.
The second most visited backwater region is Astamudi Lake located in district in Kollam. This is one of the largest fresh-water lake in India, with numerous navigable canals and rivers interconnecting almost all regions of south Kerala. The Astamudi is also home of several endangered marine species. The third backwater region is located at Kannur-Valiyaparambu Backwaters located in districts of Kannur and Kasargod, which is least exploited. It offers amazing natural beauty and presence of numerous small uninhabited islands.
Duration : 08 Nights / 09 Days
Places to see : Cochin - Periyar - Munnar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Trivandrum.
Day 01: Arrive Kochi
Arrival at Kochi (Cochin) meet and assistance at the railway station by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Half day sight seeing of Cochin by boat. Over night stay at hotel.
Day 02: Kochi to Munnar ( By Road 130 km in 4 hr )
Proceed to Munnar enjoying the scenic beauty & the marvelous waterfalls, high mountains with the low flying clouds passing by. Enjoy boating in the afternoon. Overnight stay at hotel.
In the morning depart for Munnar (approx.4 hours journey), enjoying the scenic beauty & the marvelous waterfalls, high mountains with the low flying clouds passing by. Arrive Munnar and check in at hotel.
Overnight at Munnar.
Day 03: Munnar - Anamudi - Munnar
Morning, after breakfast, visiting tea plantations, Anamudi, Eravikulam National Park, Devikulam, Mattupetty, Pallivasal, Pothamedu, Attukal etc. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Munnar.
Day 04 : Munnar - Periyar ( By Road 110 km in 3 hr. )
Morning, proceed to Periyar on the way visiting Idukki dam. On arrival check in at hotel. Periyar wildlife sanctuary is Home to nomadic tribes of wild elephant, boar, deer, the great Indian tiger and more. Evening go for boat cruise in the lake to watch wild animals. Overnight stay at Periyar.
Day 05: Periyar
Morning, after breakfast boating through Periyar lake - Wildlife sanctuary. You can visit the rare species of plants and animals. Afternoon visit spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel, you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices. Overnight stay at Periyar.
Day 06: Periyar - Kumarakom ( By Road 130 km in 4 hr. )
Early morning proceed to Kumarakom. Reach and visit the Bird Sanctuary. Proceed to the Vembanand Lake. Check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat. The houseboat with all modern comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. You will have lunch, dinner and breakfast in the Houseboat. A ride on the houseboat is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters. Cruise through the backwaters to Alleppy. Overnight at Houseboat.
Day 07: House Boat Cruise
Today also you will be cruising through the backwaters of Kerala and stay overnight in the Houseboat.
Day 08: Alleppey
Disembark the boat at the reception of the backwater resort at Alleppey. Check in at the resort. This resort is one of the finest one in Alleppey Here you can enjoy the lively villages and backwaters. Overnight at Alleppy.
Day 09 : Kochi
After breakfast proceed to Kochi. Reach and spend the day shopping. In the evening proceed for KATHAKALI DANCE PRESENTATION. Overnight at Kochi.
Day 10 : Departure
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Shiva Temple and transfer to airport/railway station according to the timings of flight/train.