KERALA

Category: 2017 Puja special tour

Historically known as Keralam is considered as South India's most serenely beautiful state.Besides its famous backwaters, elegant houseboats, ayurvedic treatments and delicately spiced, taste-bud-tingling cuisine, Kerala is home to wild elephants, exotic birds and the odd tiger, while vibrant traditions such as Kathakali plays, temple festivals and snake-boat races frequently bring even the smallest villages to life. It's hard to deny Kerala's liberal use of the slogan 'God's Own Country'.

Places we cover in Kerala

Cochin: The 'Queen of the Arabian Sea', Cochin or Kochi is the largest city in Kerala. Being an important port city since the 14th century, Cochin has always been a centre of commerce and trade. It is a city that has always kept one foot in the past, celebrating its rich heritage of Dutch, Portuguese, British and traditional Carnatic influences.

Munnar: Munnar got its name from its strategic location at the confluence of three rivers – Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala Rivers. 'Moonu' means 'three' and 'Aru' means 'river'.  Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Munnar is such a beautiful place in Kerala, which cannot be portrayed in a single canvas.This beautiful destination has unending expanse of tea plantations ­ pristine valleys and mountains­ exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests ­ aroma of spice scented cool air. It's the place you would love to visit ­ it's the place you would wish never to leave.

Thekkady: The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants,unending chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. In the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.


Alleppy: Dotting the coastline of the Arabian Sea, Alleppey (also known as Alappuzha) is the oldest planned backwater town of Kerala. This place is famous for its numerous rivers crisscrossing the Sea and is home to many canals, backwaters, beaches and lagoons. Alleppey is often referred to as the Venice of India. The backwaters coupled with houseboats and the tropical village life makes Alleppey worth a visit.

Kovalam: Once a calm fishing village Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing.

Kumarakom: The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teals, waterfowls, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian Stork visit here in flocks and are a fascinate the visitors.

An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. 


SUGGESTED PACKAGES: 

1. (5n/6d) 
Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady – Alleppey - Cochin

2. (8n/9d) 
 Cochin-Munnar-Thekkady-Kumarakom -Alleppey-Kovalam




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