Start and end in Kochi (Cochin)! With the sightseeing tour South India Highlights in 7 Days, Max 6 Guests, you have a 7 day tour package taking you through Kochi (Cochin), India and 3 other destinations in India. South India Highlights in 7 Days, Max 6 Guests includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Welcome to India! Upon arrival at Cochin airport, you are greeted by our representative. Transferred to hotel where our representative helps you check in and briefs you about the following tours. Rest of the day is at leisure.? Accommodation: Radisson Blu, Cochin (4 stars) or similar
After breakfast start your exploration of Cochin. Follow the footprint left centuries ago by Dutch, Portuguese, British, Arab and Chinese and soak up the cultural atmosphere as you stroll along the quaint narrow lanes of Jew Town (close on Fridays, Saturdays, and Jewish holidays), a great place for shopping in Cochin. It is famous for antique shops. Then head to Mattancherry Palace which is a Portuguese palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace. Also visit St Francis Church originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. Your next stop will be at India?s oldest Jewish Synagogue also known as Paradeshi Synagouge and is the only one of the seven synagogues in the area still in use. It is constructed in 1567. End your tour with visit to the harbor where local fishermen manipulating the old Chinese fishing nets introduced and erected centuries ago. Afternoon is at leisure. This evening you may choose to enjoy Kerala?s signature performance of Kathakali, which is a classical form of dance, drama and music that is more than 400 years old (Not included in the cost and quoted as supplement). ? Meal: Breakfast? Accommodation: Radisson Blu, Cochin (4 stars) or similar
In and around MunnarAfter breakfast drive to Munnar, stopover for coffee break or photo opportunities are at your request any time en-route. On arrival check in the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. ?You can stroll around and enjoy the peace and freshness of mountain air along with its breathtaking beauty and more. Meal: Breakfast Accommodation: Devonshire Green, Munnar (4 stars) or similar
After breakfast start your day with visit to Eravikulam National Park which is one of the main attractions near Munnar. This park is famous for its endangered inhabitant - the Nilgiri Tahr. This park is also home to several species of rare butterflies, animals and birds. After this proceed to visit Tea Museum. This Tea Museum houses curios, photographs and machineries; all of which have a story to tell on the origins and growth of tea plantations in Munnar. From here head to Echo Point. This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo Point, situated on the way to Top Station from Munnar is a stopover for tourists visiting Top Station - the highest point in Munnar and the rare Neelakurinji (Strobilanthus) blooms here. End your tour with visit to Mattupetty. Situated in the famous hill town of Munnar, Mattupetty located 13 km from Munnar is situated at a height of 1700 m, and is a delight for nature lovers. Rest of the day is at leisure.? Meal: Breakfast? Accommodation: Devonshire Green, Munnar (4 stars) or similar
In and around PeriyarAfter breakfast drive to Periyar, stopover for coffee break or photo opportunities are at your request any time en-route. On arrival check in at hotel. After checking into your hotel, you have time to stroll through one of the spice plantations this area famous for and learn about the many different uses of spices, both in medicine and food.? Afternoon take a cruise on the picturesque Periyar Lake at the heart of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Periyar Lake is a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Formed with the building of a dam in 1895, this reservoir meanders around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a permanent source of water for the local wildlife. The 1 hour boat trips around the lake are the main way to tour the sanctuary. You might see deer, boar and birdlife. This evening you can choose to watch a martial art performance, the ancient Kalaripayattu that is said to be 3000 years old (Not included in the cost and quoted as supplement).? Meal: Breakfast? Accommodation: Elephant Court, Periyar (4 stars) or similar
In and around AlleppeyAfter early breakfast you will be transferred to Alappuzha which was earlier known as Alleppey. This picturesque town also known as Venice of the East is crisscrossed with canals and offers you backwaters, beaches, and lagoons. A cruise in the backwaters is an unforgettable experience. Every year, on the second Saturday of August the Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held on the Punnamada Lake. Kuttanad with continuous paddy fields and lush green coconut palms is known as the rice bowl of Kerala. This is one of the few places in the world where rice is cultivated below sea level. Coir is the most important commodity manufactured in Alappuzha. Here you will board a houseboat in Kerala?s backwaters. This houseboat trip is quite interesting as you will be passing by small villages. Overnight Houseboat. Friendly Tips:? It is advisable to board the houseboat between 12:00 - 13:00 Hour. The houseboats do not keep sailing throughout the night and the sailing time stops around sunset i.e. 17:00 - 18:00. After sunset the houseboats are moored on the dock for overnight while the fishermen comes in to through nets into water to catch fish, so at that time houseboats are not allowed. The houseboat sails for around 4 - 6 hours only during afternoon time.? Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner? Accommodation: Lakes & Lagoon, Alleppey (Houseboat) or similar
After breakfast disembark from houseboat and then drive back to Cochin, stopover for coffee break or photo opportunities are at your request any time en-route. On arrival you will be dropped off at airport to board flight to your next destination. No hotel in Cochin.? Meal: Breakfast