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KERALA

The green is what strikes you wherever you go in Kerala. It is arguably one of the most beautiful
destinations in the country, with verdant tropical jungles and palm-fringed beaches, mighty rivers and
rolling hills redolent with aromas of coffee and cardamom. Catch a frenzied Kathakali performance,
sample the fiery seafood, drift down the backwaters in a houseboat or get a rejuvenating Ayurvedic
massage and you will agree that Kerala's claim of being 'God's Own Country' really is true.
Kovalam
Picturesque fishing village turned hip resort town. Although only 10 kilometres from Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam offers an entirely
different experience. The beaches are beautiful with white sands as well as plenty of surf and sun. Local kiosks sell trinkets and psychedelic
clothing, shacks ring with music and offer excellent sea food. Come here for some seaside revelry with cheap prices and lots of coconut water.

Kumarakom
People usually say 'Kerala' and 'Backwaters' in one breath. Kumarakom is one of the most visited backwater destinations. The verdant
backwaters comprise a confusing maze of inland waterways flanked by the famous verdant greenery, yes, but also a lifestyle that remains
hidden. Traditional kettuvallam boats glide across, making you see these glorious sights. The Backwaters are the lifeblood of God's own
country, its veins that give Kerala its character. Perched like an island on the Vembanad Lake, visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary for its varied
flora and fauna.

Thekkady
Watch wildlife at close quarters in Thekkady. The picturesque Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary abounds with verdant backwoods, aromatic spice
plantations and rolling coffee slopes. The landscape is peppered with hills and offers beautiful treks. Tigers, elephants, deer, Asiatic wild
elephants and the distinctive Nilgiri langur are found here. Other animals include the wild boar, wild dog, bison, bear and leopards. The park is
great for birdwatchers too, with the likes of herons, egrets, darters, kingfishers and the great Malabar grey hornbill swooping through the
landscape.

Munnar
Cool climes and mist-shrouded tea plantations are the real attractions of Munnar. It was also the summer getaway of the British. When in
Munnar, luxuriate in the great weather and explore the Eravikulam National Park to spot the Tahr, an endangered species of goat, as well as
sambar and langur. Enchanting tropical greenery of the Cardamom Mountains and sight of the Ana Mudi, the highest peak of the Nilgiris,
rising above it all makes Munnar a perfect weekend getaway.

Cochin
For a weekend retreat, Cochin packs a laidback punch. Explore this dainty town of tiled bungalows and antiques warehouses. The city is
divided into three distinct districts the modern Ernakulam, the atmospheric Fort Cochin and Mattancherry, which form prime attractions.
The quaint, cobbled streets here lead to spice bazaars, ancient mansions and charming Chinese fish nets. The architecture has traces of
Portuguese, Dutch, Jewish and British. Enjoy spicy Malayali food, catch the razzle-dazzle of a Kathakali performance and end your trip with a
magnificent harbor cruise.

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Cochin --------------> Munnar --------------> Thekkady --------------> Alleppey Houseboat --------------> Cochin

Appealing Kerala
Day 1: Arrival in Cochin
Arrive in Cochin and transfer to your hotel.
After checking in, enjoy the rest of the day
at leisure. Time permitting, you may wish
to explore the local market. Enjoy dinner
and a comfortable overnight stay at the
hotel.
Day 2: Cochin - Munnar
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Fort Kochi
covering the Dutch Palace, the Jewish
Synagogue and St. Francis church. Also
stop for a look at the Chinese Fishing Nets
unique to this place. After a typical ethnic
lunch, drive to Munnar and check into your
hotel. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay
at the hotel.
Day 3: Munnar
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Munnar. Visit
the Tata Tea Museum for a glimpse of the
history of Munnar and the local tea
industry. Drive past tea plantations
towards Eravikulam National Park, home to
the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (the park is
closed every February - March for the
calving season). Later visit the Mattupetty
Dam and Lake where boating is possible
(on direct payment). Also visit Echo Point, a
scenic spot famous for its 'echo
phenomenon'. Enjoy dinner and an
overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4: Munnar - Thekkady


Drive from Munnar to Thekkady today and
check into the hotel. In the afternoon,
proceed for a boat cruise on Periyar Lake
within the National Park. Thekkady is
synonymous with wildlife and nature treks.
Thereafter, visit a local cultural centre to view
a performance of Kalaripayattu, Kerala's
traditional martial arts. You may also want to
visit the market and shop for spices. Enjoy
dinner and an overnight stay at hotel.
Day 5: Thekkady - Alleppey
Today drive from Thekkady to Alleppey and
on arrival board your houseboat in time for
lunch on board. Spend some time cruising
on the backwaters before anchoring for the
night. Enjoy dinner and a comfortable
overnight stay on the houseboat.
Day 6: Departure
Disembark from the houseboat this morning
and transfer to Cochin airport for your
onward journey

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Cochin --------------> Munnar --------------> Alleppey --------------> Kovalam --------------> Trivandrum

Best of Kerala
Day 1: Arrival in Cochin |
Transfer to Munnar
Arrive in Cochin and drive to Munnar. On
arrival, check into the hotel. Munnar is the
most popular hill station in Kerala. The
evening can be enjoyed at your own
leisure and you may go to visit the local
market and shop for tea and spices. Stay
overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Munnar
Spend the day sightseeing in and around
Munnar. Visit the Tata Tea Museum for a
glimpse of the history of Munnar and the
local tea industry. Drive past tea
plantations towards Eravikulam National
Park, home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr
(the park is closed every February - March
for the calving season). Later visit
Mattupetty Dam and Lake. Boating is
possible here on direct payment. Also visit
the Echo Point, a scenic spot famous for its
'echo phenomenon'. Stay overnight at the
hotel.
Day 3: Munnar - Alleppey
Drive from Munnar to Alleppey today. On
arrival, board your houseboat in time for
lunch. Spend some time cruising on the
backwaters before anchoring for the night.
Enjoy dinner and a comfortable overnight
stay on the houseboat.

Day 4: Alleppey - Kovalam


Disembark from the houseboat today and
drive to Kovalam. On arrival, check into the
hotel and enjoy the evening is at leisure.
You might wish to go for a stroll on the
beach. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Kovalam
Enjoy an excursion to Kanyakumari today.
The ancient town of Kanyakumari was
once an important centre of art, trade and
commerce. It is today an important
pilgrimage point due to the presence of
two Shakti Peethas here. Visit the Kumari
Amman Temple, the Vivekananda Rock
Memorial and Gandhi Mandapam. Also
witness the 41m tall statue of Thiruvalluvar,
the ancient Tamil poet-saint. Return to
Kovalam by evening. Stay overnight at the
hotel.
Day 6: Departure
Transfer to Trivandrum airport for your
onward journey.

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Cochin --------------> Guruvayoor --------------> Wayanad --------------> Calicut

Keralan Charms
Day 1: Arrival in Cochin
Arrive in Cochin and transfer to
your hotel. After checking in,
enjoy a sightseeing tour visiting
St. Francis Church, the Chinese
fishing nets, Dutch Palace and the
Jewish Synagogue. Stay
overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Cochin - Guruvayoor
Drive from Cochin to Guruvayoor
and check into the hotel.
Guruvayoor is one of the most
important pilgrimage centres in
Kerala. It falls under Thrissur
which is considered the cultural
heart of Kerala. Afterwards, visit
the Elephant Sanc tuar y at
Punnathur, Kota just outside
town. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Guruvayoor - Wayanad
Early morning, visit the Sri
Krishnaswami Temple for a
darshan (only Hindus are allowed
inside). Afterwards drive from
Guruvayoor to Wayanad and
check into the hotel. Enjoy the rest
of the day at leisure. Stay
overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Wayanad
Spend the day sightseeing in and around
Wayanad. One is surrounded by lush green forests
and sprawling spice plantations. Also visit Pookot
Lake - a perennial freshwater lake. You can also go
boating on the lake (on direct payment basis). Also
visit the Edakkal caves, prehistoric caves with
etchings and petroglyphs as much as 7000 years
old. They can only be reached by jeep and after a
short hike. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Wayanad - Calicut
Drive from Wayanad to Calicut today and check
into the hotel. Afterwards, take a sightseeing tour
of Calicut visiting Mananchira Square, the wood
and laterite Tali Temple, and Kappad beach where
Vasco da Gama first set foot on Indian soil. Enjoy
the evening is leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Departure
Transfer to the airport or railway station today for
your onward journey.

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ROMANTIC
HOLIDAYS
Savour the most unforgettable moments of your life as you embark on a journey of
togetherness. Make your honeymoon an affair to remember with a getaway to
some of the most exotic destinations around the country. From the exquisite shores
of Andamans & Nicobar and Lakshadweep to the revelries of Goa, from the
breathtaking valleys of Kashmir to the intricate waterways of Kerala, let romance fill
the air as you share your love and life with that special someone. Make your
memories last a lifetime

Kerala
Quaint Cochin of cobbled streets, languid backwaters of Kumarakom, beachside revelries
and windswept skies

Kerala is a magic box of travel trysts. And the wildlife sanctuary at

Periyar comes as a welcome twist in the tale! From beautiful backwaters to cascading
waterfalls, from spice plantations set amidst rolling hills to lagoons fringed by dense coconut
trees, from sparkling canals to quaint colonial towns, Kerala's contrasting landscape and
culture is rediscovered with each new journey into this paradise.

Activity:
- Enjoy sunset cruises and Chinese fishing nets at Cochin
- Explore the misty tea plantations of Munnar
- Explore the backwaters of Kumarakom on a traditional houseboat
- Treat yourself to a therapeutic Ayurvedic massage
- Spend the day relaxing on the beach in Kovalam
- Try some of the local authentic delicacies
Quick Facts:
Location Located at the southernmost tip of the country, Kerala stretches along the Arabian Sea. A
narrow strip of land, it is separated from the adjoining states by the mighty Western Ghats.
Best Time to Visit While the state is accessible throughout the year, a pleasant time to visit would be
between September and April when the merciless tropical sun beats relatively less harshly. Rains in Kerala
can be truly magical, and the best time to attend rejuvenation programmes is from May to September.

SHORT
BREAKS
Not every holiday need be a week-long trip with detailed advance planning. In
these busy times, make use of any opportunity to grab some solace, with a short
break of a couple of days. Be it a walk in the hills or a stroll along a beach, a shopping
expedition or a culinary trip, a peek into history or a tryst with nature, break away!

Munnar
This hill station in God's Own Country is a spectacular stretch of silent mountains
interspersed with lush green tea plantations and swaying swathe of thick forests.
One of the best places to celebrate the spirit of a holiday, Munnar has grown from being a
giant in the tea production sector to becoming a major tourist attraction. Designated as the
summer resort of the British during the colonial period, Munnar's refreshing beauty and
climate keeps any visitor in the best of moods and spirits. There are many places in Munnar
that find a top spot on any tourist's list. Starting with the scenic Mattupetty Lake and Dam,
you can endlessly explore the magnificent beauty of Munnar, situated at an altitude of 6,000
feet. Trekking around the majestic mountains of Munnar with startling scenes of glorious
valleys along the way is another highlight.

Activity:
- Go for long relaxing strolls around the gorgeous stretches of tea gardens
- Explore the various national parks and sanctuaries in Munnar
- Buy bags full of tea, exotic spices and home-made chocolates from Munnar
Quick Facts:
Location - Nestled amidst the mountains and the resplendent forests of the Western Ghats, Munnar does
not have an airport or railway station of its own. The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport,
which is about 110 kilometres away. You can reach Munnar from Cochin in about 4 hours.
Best Time To Visit - Munnar remains pleasant almost throughout the year, but the best time to visit would
be during the summers (March to July) as you could beat the heat of the cities. During the winters, you
would be well advised to carry heavy woolen clothing as the temperature can be as low as 5 degree Celsius.

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