• Board your flight as per the schedule and arrive in Cochin.
• Later in the afternoon proceed for Munnar, a beautiful hill station. On the way, stop at a good restaurant and enjoy a sumptuous lunch (On Direct Payment Basis).
Munnar: Breathtakingly beautiful, Munnar is a heaven of peace and tranquility. The idyllic tourist destination in God's Own Country, set at an altitude of 6000 feet in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Its unending expanse of tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains, the aroma of spice scented cool air, exotic species of flora and fauna in its wildlife sanctuaries and forests; Munnar boasts of all these and more. It's the place you would love to visit – and never wish to leave.
• Upon arrival in Munnar, check in to the hotel and spend time at leisure. You may go to visit the local market in the evening (on your own) and buy aromatic tea from the shops here.
• Enjoy a delicious dinner and spend a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of Munnar visiting the Tata Tea Museum and enjoy the beautiful serenity of Munnar (famous for its tea plantations) (closed on Monday) and Eravikulam National Park to get a view of variety of flora and fauna.
Tata Tea Museum in the Nallathanni Estate tells the eventful story of Munnar; its transformation from an uninhabited stretch of forest land to a plantation town. The highlights of the museum include old machineries used for tea processing, photographs and some other curious displays that throw light on the efforts of adventurous planters who dared to conquer the wild with minimal equipment and little resource.
Guests will be shown tea plantations on Mondays since Tata Tea Museum remains closed.
Eravikulam National Park is 97 square kilometres in extent, situated along the crest of the Western Ghats in the High Ranges of Idukki district of Kerala state, India. The Park holds the largest viable population of the endangered (IUCN) Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragus Hylocrius). Apart from Tahr, the Park is the abode of other little known fauna such as Nilgiri Marten, Ruddy Mongoose, Small Clawed Otter, Dusky Striped Squirrel etc.
The Park will remain closed in February and March due to calving season.
• Enjoy local food / cuisine at a good restaurant (personal expense). Later in the afternoon visit Mattupetty Lake and Dam as well as Echo Point which is famous for its ‘echo phenomenon’.
Mattupetty Dam: Situated at a height of 1700 metres , Mattupetty is famous for its highly specialised dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss livestock project. Over 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here.
Day 3 : Munnar to Allepey by Road (160 Kms / 5 Hrs)
• After an early breakfast, check out of the hotel in Munnar & Proceed for Allepey Houseboat.
Allepey: Although a relatively small island, Alleppey or Alappuzha stands tall amongst the best tourist spots in Kerala. The reason isn’t difficult to fathom once you’ve witnessed the flawless beauty here. Often called the ‘Venice of the East’ owing to its serpentine network of canals and backwaters, Alleppey has grown from being a small town in Kerala to one of its biggest attractions. Much talked about, and not without reason, are the resplendent backwaters of Alleppey. Alleppey is known for its wellness therapies, which include Ayurvedic massages and spas. A day at one of these spas works like magic on your body and spirit, ridding you of tension and negative energy.
• Check in to the Houseboat and enjoy the rest of the day in Houseboat.
Allepey Houseboat: One of the must-do things in Alleppey is to board one of the many magnificent houseboats and go on a cruise of utter pleasure and romance. The exotic backwaters and inland waterways in and around Alleppey provide for some of the most romantic moments. In a fully equipped floating houseboat, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery around in the company of your loved one.
• Enjoy Lunch & dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at the Houseboat.
Day 4 : Allepey to Kovalam by Road (160 Kms / 5 Hrs)
• After breakfast, check out of the Houseboat in Allepey & Proceed for Kovalam.
Kovalam, the Paradise of South India means “Groove of coconut trees”. Kovalam is situated 16 kilometres from the Capital of Kerala and is a city with four sandy bays. The Samudra Beach, Kovalam Beach, Hawa Beach and the light house beach are what gives Kovalam its beauty. Kovalam is also famous for its Ayurvedic massages and many yoga resorts. Meditation and herbal body toning are some of the things which travelers are treated to for a rejuvenating experience. A number of cultural programs are also organized along with a catamaran cruise to add to your Kerala experience!
• Check in to your hotel. The evening is free to spend at leisure. You can also go and take a stroll on the beach.
• Enjoy dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
After breakfast, proceed to Kanyakumari (approx. 87KM one way), Visit Kumari Amman Temple, Vivekananda rock memorial, Gandhi Mandapam, and the beautiful statue of Tiruvalluvar, and 3 ocean meeting point as Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea and return to Kovalam by evening.
Kumari Amman Temple: The Kumari Amman Temple overlooks the shores from KanyaKumari. The place KanyaKumari got its name from the Goddess KanyaKumari Amman who is the popular deity of this area. According to the legends, the goddess Parvati did penance in this place to obtain lord Shiva as her husband. When she was not successful in her penance, she vowed to remain virgin. Thus the temple is dedicated to Parvati in the form of Devi Kanya, the virgin goddess. the idol of the goddess Parvati has a sparkling diamond on her nose, which is supposed to outshine the sea.
(The non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the temple. The temple opens from 0430 hrs to 1130 hrs in the morning and from 1730 hrs to 2030 hrs in the evening.)
Vivekananda Rock Memorial is one of the most interesting places to see in the southern part of India. It is situated in Kanyakumari and it is a fort and an island. Vivekananda Rock Memorial stands on top of a two rocks that are situated approximately 500 meters off the island. Although the Vivekananda Rock Memorial itself is fairly recent and built around the 1970's, the two rocks themselves have been there since the millennia. It is thought that the great philosopher Swami Vivekananda had meditated on the rock seeking enlightenment.
Gandhi Mandapam: is located near the Kumari Amman Temple, constructed at the spot where the urn containing the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi was kept for public view before a portion of its contents was immersed in the three seas. It resembles an Oriyan temple and was designed so that on Gandhiji's birthday (2nd October), the sun's rays fall on the place where his ashes were kept.
Statue of Thiruvalluvar: is located at Kanyakumari in the state of Tamilnadu in India. The statue catches the attention of the visitors by the virtue of its size as well as the sculpture. This is the statue of Tamil poet and saint Thiruvalluvar, the man who propounded in verses the Indian way of life and, emphasizing on the importance of wealth, love and virtue.
Spend some leisure time at the beach.
Later in the evening start your drive towards Kovalam.
Return back to hotel and spend time on leisure and relax.
Day 6 : Kovalam to Trivandrum by Road (35kms/1hrs)
After an early breakfast, check out of the hotel at Kovalam and will drop you to connect for your onward journey.
Accommodation in quality hotels
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner as specified in the itinerary,
All meals would be there in the Houseboat.
Transfers and sightseeing in an Exclusive air-conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary
Sightseeing entrances (wherever applicable) as per the itinerary
MMT Special Inclusions for Houseboat Stay (AC Would be operation from Evening 9 PM to Morning 6 AM only):
o All meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Allepey - Allepey,
o Complimentary Village Walk
o A Glass of mock tail once during the stay
o Welcome Drink On Arrival
o Fruit basket in the room on arrival day
o Chocolates once during the stay,
o Complimentary Candle Light Dinner
o Surprise Gift
o Free Pastry once during the stay
Package Cost Excludes:
Personal expenses such as portages, tips, laundry, etc.
Meals and/or beverages other than those mentioned in the inclusions
Sightseeing not included in the itinerary
Deviation from the route map
Any other item not specified in cost inclusions
Government Service Tax @ 3.09%
Munnar Issacs Residency or Similar
Allepey Houseboat JCT Houseboat or Similar
Kovalam Sagara Beach Resort or Similar