Day 01: Arrive Cochin
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You are greeted on arrival at the Cochin International Airport. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon proceed for city tour, visiting the historic city of Fort Cochin -Ancient capital of the Dutch, Portuguese and finally the British. A walking tour of Fort Cochin would be ideal but if you are not upto it hop on to an "Auto Rickshaw". Visit will include the old Spice Market at Mattancherry, the antique shop on Jews Street, the Synagogue, Dutch Palace and, the Church of St. Francis where the mortal remains of Vasco Da Gama was buried before it was shifted to Portugal. Return to your hotel for Overnight stay.
Day 02: Cochin / Periyar
Morning after breakfast, drive to Spice Village at Periyar (185 Kms/5 Hrs drive), which lies in the shade of Cardamom Hills and is a beautiful area of tranquil winding roads, tea gardens, rubber estates and spice plantations. Check-in at the Hotel. Afternoon, visit to the National Park. You could do a boat safari in lake Periyar and try to catch a wild elephant. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 03: Periyar / Kumarakom
After breakfast, visit tea and spice plantations or do a soft trek with escort in the jungle. Afternoon drive to Kumarakom (135 kms / 3 Hrs drive). Check into the hotel for overnight say.
Day 04: KumarakomKumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Morning visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary -spread across 14 acres, The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, an ornithologist's paradise is a favorite haunt of migratory birds like the siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. A visit to the bird sanctuary, set within the lush acres of wooded land nearby, acquaints you to the variety of migratory birds that flock in thousands, some from the Himalayas, some even from as far as Siberia.
Afternoon visit to the marvelous mangrove forests, coconut capopies and pulsating paddy fields sprinkle with enchanting waterways and canals decked with white lilies. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 05: Kumarakom / Marari Beach
Drive to Marari Beach -a sleepy fishing village located between the port city of Cochin and Alleppey. Check into the hotel. Afternoon cruises on the backwaters nearby, visits to traditional coir-making units etc.