Tuesday, June 28, 2011

10 DAY SOUTH INDIA TOUR ITINERARY



COCHIN-KODANADU-MUNNAR-PERIYAR-KUMARAKOM-ALLEPPEY(HOUSE BOAT)-KOVALAM-KANYAKUMARI-CHENNAI

Day – 1 : Cochin (Kochi)
On arrival at the Airport  in Cochin, you will be met (if you have booked a travel agent  or else get yourself a car or there are metro buses from airport to Fort Kochi it'd be much moe cheaper and more lxurious ) and transferred to Hotel at Kochi which has preserved its history well and presents a vivid panorama of a time when traders and warriors landed on here shore.
Start your Kerala tour at the Mattancherry Palace. From Palace walk along the Jew Street to Jewish Synagogue. With St.Francis Church, Santa Cruze Cathedral and Chinese Fishing Nets, just admire the magnificent heritage of Kerala. An ayurvedic rejuvenating massage (opional).
Later in the evening enjoy Kathakali dance presentation.Kathakali(literally, story play),the spectacular classical dance drama of Kerala based on the guidelines laid by Saga Bharatha’s Natya Sastra,the ancient treatise on dance and drama, is over 500 years old. Later in the evening enjoy Kathakali dance presentation. Overnight at the hotel in Cochin
Day – 2 : Cochin (Kochi) – Kodanadu – Munnar
In the morning we drive to Munnar and visit an Elephant training camp at Kodanadu on the way. The Kodanadu Elephant centre is an orphanage and care home for wild Elephants. Here we can see baby Elephants,which have been rescued from the forests, being cared for. It is one of the largest such rescue camps in Kerala and you can  enjoy the chance of close and personal contact with these wonderful animals.
After seeing the Elephants at work, we continue to a local farm which specialises in growing traditional spices.The farm started about 40 years ago with the production of rubber and coconut. All the farming is done in an eco-friendly way and all the spices are grown in their natural manner rather than in artificial stands. We’ll have a guided tour of the farm and later enjoy lunch on banana-leaf plates. After lunch a 3-hour drive brings us to the hill country of Munnar, which at 1,600 metres should be cooler and less humid than the coast. Munnar, a land of tea plantations and rich wildlife, was developed in the early 20th century by British tea companies and is often referred to as the jewel of the Western Ghats. Munnar is a major centre of Kerala’s tea industry, and the town is surrounded by about 30 extensive tea estates where the precious leaves are picked, dried and processed into top quality tea.
Day – 3 : Munnar
After breakfast visit Matupetty Dam, Echo Point, Gundala Lake, Top Station, Photo Point, Indo-Swiss Project, Eravikulam Rajamalai National Park, Nyamakkad Falls, Tea Museum, Pothamedu Sunset View, International Blossom Park etc.
Day – 4 : Munnar - Periyar
After break fast transfer to Thekkady 120kms, a 4 hour drive. On the way visit Signal Point View, Lockhart Gap View, Chinnakkanal Falls , Panniar Dam, Tea Factory, Spice Plantation. Arrival and transfer to resort. Afternoon boating in Periyar wild life sanctuary, plantation tour and spice market shopping.
Day – 5 : Periyar – Kumarakom
After breakfast transfer to Kumarakom 175kms 5 hrs. After breakfast sight seeing, Kumarakom the charming emerald peninsula jutting into the ever-effervescent Vembanad Lake takes you into the heart of the scenic lake where you will come across plenty of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes. Sightseeing in Kumarakom include Bird Sanctuary, an ornithologist's paradise is favourite haunt of migratory birds like the siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. Overnight stay at Kumarakom.
Day – 6 : Kumarakom – Alleppey House boat
Check in to a luxurious house boat (Kettuvallam) and savour a voyage in the narrow canals between the wide range of green rice paddies and the peaceful villages enwrapped with coconut trees. Travelers can Perceive the flashes of toddy taping (natural soma), traditional techniques of the shellfish gathering, village walk, and the flocks of cormorant, egret, herons, four species of moorhens, water ducks, Siberian storks, Purple herons, seagulls, teals, and the different types of king fishers.
Day – 7 : Alleppey House boat - Kovalam
Check out from Aleppey and proceed to Kovalam 175kms 3 hrs. After noon visit Trivandrum . Shri Padhbhanabha Temple , Veli Tourism Village , Museum and Palace. Kovalam (16 Kms from Trivandrum city) this international beach has been the favourite haunt of tourist since 1930’s.  Kovalam consists of three adjacent  crescent beaches, the southernmost,  known as lighthouse beach is the most popular. This most renowned beach destination is much sought after for sunbathing, water sports, shopping, catamaran cruising, yoga, meditation and rejuvenative Ayurvedic body toning massages. Evening you will be free at Kovalam Beach. Overnight at Hotel
Day – 8 : Kovalam – Kanyakumari
After breakfast drive to Kanyakumari enroute sightseeing of Padhmanabha swamy temple & Suchindram Temple.   Check-in at the hotel. Kanyakumari, the land’s end of India or the point where the three seas  meet, it is also known as Cape Comorin. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in the state and  indeed, in the country. On arrival proceed for sightseeing of Kanayakumari includes Vivekanada Rock temple, Gandhi Memorial etc. and return to the mainland to see the spectacular sunset in the Arabian Sea. Overnight at Hotel
Day – 9 : Kanyakumari
Early morning view the beautiful sunrise and move around the local temples, markets, flower shops, beach, etc, on your own.
Day – 10 : Kanyakumari - Chennai
Early morning view the beautiful sunrise and proceed to Trivandrum airport and board the plane to Chennai.

Bon Voyage
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Points to note:-
  1. Book your train/ plane ticket in advance.
  2.  During peak season (September - February), its better to book rooms before hand and its a lot expensive even for a drab room.
  3. Room during off season are very much cheaper even for 5 star hotels. you might get rooms without booking too.
  4. During rainy season (June - August). You could enjoy the freshness of nature. But better keep an extra 2 or 3 sets of cothing as you would have a lot of sodden clothes, which would be difficult to dry during this season. Rooms are cheap during this time. Sometime you might get the whole place to yourself.
  5. The only precaution to be taken  is try to use mineral water for all season.
Meena

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