|Best of Kerala – 8 Nights / 7 Days|
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Kerala’s history is closely linked with its commerce, which until recent times revolved around its spice trade. Celebrated as the Spice Coast of India, ancient Kerala played host to travellers and traders from across the world including the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and the British. Almost all of them have left their imprint on this land in some form or the other – architecture, cuisine, literature. One of India’s most literate and socially advanced, the people of Kerala enjoy a unique cosmopolitan viewpoint, which is reflected in their spirit of tolerance and catholicity of outlook. This can be attributed to Kerala’s composite culture to which several lands and races from across the world have contributed significantly. Through the ages, Kerala has demonstrated a remarkable ability to adapt to new traditions and values in almost every sphere of human thought and endeavour. This positive response to changes and challenges is what sets the Keralan people as well as the society apart. Keralites have a high degree of awareness and political consciousness. In the field of education too, Keralites hold a unique position. The literacy rate for women is one of the highest in all of Asia. Which is perhaps why the women in the State enjoy a privileged status both within the family and society.[/pbs_toggle]
Best of Kerala – 7 Days
Valid till September 2015
Day 1: Cochin – City Tour
Arrive Cochin Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a city tour of Old Cochin visiting the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays), Jewish Synagogue (closed on Friday afternoons and Jewish holidays), Jew Street, St. Francis Church and more. Overnight.
Day 2: Cochin – Munnar (130 km/4 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Munnar and check-in at your hotel tucked away in the hills at an altitude of 6000 ft. Munnar is one of India’s most enchanting hill stations, surrounded by sprawling tea plantations. Overnight.
Day 3: Munnar – Madupatty Dam & Tea Museum
Breakfast. Enjoy a scenic drive to Madupatty Dam 10 km away. The dam is bordered by eucalyptus plantations and grass mounds. Visit the Tea Museum. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight.
Day 4: Munnar – Kumarakom (approx. 4 hrs)
Breakfast. Leave for Kumarakom by road. Arrive and check-in at your resort on Vembanad Island. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and an enchanting backwater destination. Overnight.
Day 5: Kumarakom
Breakfast. Day free to relax or for an optional visit to the 14 acre Bird Sanctuary, a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist’s paradise. Overnight.
Day 6: Kumarakom – Kovalam (180 km/approx 4 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Kovalam, an internationally renowned beach area with three adjacent crescent beaches. Arrive and check in at your hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the magnificent sandy beaches. Overnight.
Day 7: Trivandrum – Sightseeing Tour – Airport
After breakfast, check out and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Trivandrum en route to the airport.