Spectacular Mountain Ride

 Duration: 8 Nights | 9 Days

Destination Covered: Kochi – Munnar  - Periyar - Alappuzha (Houseboat Cruise)

Day 01     (Kochi)

Image of Chinese Fishing NetsArrival Kochi Airport by any convenient Flight from Home. You are picked up from the Airport or from any location in Cochin by the representative of Halo Backwaters for your journey in Kerala.

On arrival you will check into a hotel at Fort Kochi. After lunch, the rest of the afternoon and evening can be used to discover this amazing city of Kochi. Kochi (Cochin as it was known in colonial times) is a major port on the west coast of India, set on a cluster of islands surrounded by sparkling blue lagoons and backwaters. Its historic links can be seen in the Colonial Bungalows, an old Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets, the oldest European Church in India and a medieval Portuguese Palace.

After lunch in the hotel proceed for the sightseeing in and around Kochi. The most important heritage sightseeing is in Fort Kochi and Mattancherry. You will need a couple of hours of leisurely walks to take in this heritage quarter. The heritage quarter are includes Santa Cruz Basilica, Princess Street, St.Francis, Dutch Cemetery, Jew Street, Pardesi Synagogue and Chinese Fishing net.

Day 02     (Kochi - Munnar)

Image of MunnarGet ready after breakfast for your morning drive to Munnar, where sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make it a unique experience. On the way visiting Cheyyappara Waterfalls, viewpoints etc. Check in to your resort and get ready for the special trip to Pothamedu for an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The breath taking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks. Return to your resort in the evening.

Day 03     (Munnar)

This morning after breakfast, visit Mattupetty famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Proceed to Mattupetty lake and dam, which is a very beautiful picnic spot. You could enjoy boating in the lake and view mountains and landscapes from afar. Onwards proceed to Echo point famous for the natural echo phenomenon and then to Top Station offering marvelous views of Munnar valley below.

Say hello to the Nilgiri Tahr.Half the world population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr lives in the Eravikulam National Park at Munnar.Friendly as they are, you can pat them or pose for pictures with them. So meet them and have plenty to brag about back home.Overnight stay at Munnar.

Day 04     (Munnar – Suryanelli) - Cycling

Image of Cycling in MunnarWe will begin from Munnar, the tea town situated at over 1500m. We will take the winding estate roads through the tea gardens and forest patches, through the Lockhart gap overlooking the spectacular Bison Valley deep down below. We will have lunch en-route and reach our destination at Suryanelli. We will spend the night in very comfortably furnished cottage tents at Suryanelli, after a sumptuous barbeque dinner by the camp fire.

Day 05     (Vandanmedu) - Cycling

At dawn we will continue our biking around the beautiful Anaerangal Lake, through the tea estates to Vandanmedu. We will pass through thick forests, cardamom estates and spice gardens that have made these cardamom Hills world famous. In the evening, check into the magnificent resort at Vandanmedu, set amidst cardamom and tea estates.

Day 06    (To Periyar) – Cycling

Image of Cycling in KeralaOur destination today is the short morning ride to Periyar passing through forests, tea gardens and spice plantations. We will reach the forests at Periyar by lunchtime where we can either relax or take off into the jungle. Periyar is one of the best wildlife reserves in India and has large herds of Asiatic elephants, Indian Bison as well as Tigers. For the ornithologists it has over 330 species of birds including the majestic Great Hornbill.

Later in the evening enjoy Kathakali dance presentation. Kathakali (literally, story play), the spectacular classical dance drama of Kerala based on the guidelines laid by Saga Bharatha's Natya Sastra,the ancient treatise on dance and drama, is over 500 years old. Overnight at Thekkady.

Day 07     (Periyar)

Image of PeriyarAfter breakfast visit at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary one of India's biggest wildlife sanctuaries covering 777 sq. Km (300 Sq. miles) is a Tiger Reserve. Its centre piece, the man-made Periyar Lake at the height of 2000 ft. covers 26 sq. km, running through the forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala, discover the park, animals found here include elephant, sambar, gaur and wild boars and birds like ibis and grey heron.

The visit is done in a boat to view animals with a bit of extra luck we may be able to see the rare tiger as well. A boat ride on the lake is a delightful way of spotting elephants and avifauna. If you are forunate, you might even spot the pride of the sanctuary, the tiger. Although tiger sightings are not very common, there are enough of these magnificent felines around (Boat ride is depend upon the availability of the cruise (Cost of this tour is Extra)).

Later on proceed to visit the Elephant Junction or Elephant Camp. This is a unique experience, seated atop an elephant; guests are taken along trails into the depths of the cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantation. The ride can be a miss of moments of pure terror interspersed with long perid of utter peace. Overnight at Thekkady.

Day 08     (Periyar - Alappuzha)

Image of HouseboatAfter breakfast drive to Alappuzha & check into the houseboat at 12 noon for 1 Night / 2 Days riding in the backwaters & small canals.

A glide in a houseboat through the enchanting backwaters is sure to rob your heart. Palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expense of panoramic sight one can never forgetting less than 15 minutes, the low hum of the motor and the dazzling afternoon light have tuned out the noises in your head, the deadlines, the telephone, the unfinished chapters. Watch the white tire-tread clouds turn into wisps of animal fur and then disappear. The isolation on a luxury houseboat is total. Overnight stay in a houseboat.

Pick up from Alleppey Finishing Point Jetty at 1200 hours. Cruise through Azhikkal Canal , Kuppappuram, Pallathuruthy, Kainakary Church canal, Venattukadu Canal , Cherukayal, C-Blcock, Marthandam, R-Block and reach E-Block Tharishu for the night stay.Overnight stay in the houseboat.

Day 09     (Alappuzha – Kochi)

After breakfast,you will be check-out in Alappuzha from the house boat and transferred to Kochi. Alappuzha is a unique backwater destination situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake is considered as gateway to the backwater of Kuttanad, the granary of Kerala.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kochi airport/railway station to catch the flight/train to home. On departure the tour concludes with happy memories. Tour Concludes.

Suggested Hotels (Product ID : KTP - 28)

Destinations

No: of Nights

Hotels - Budget

Hotels – 3 Star

Hotels – 4 Star

Kochi

1

Pearl Palace

Woods Manor

Travancore Court

Munnar

2

Archana Residency

T & U Leisure Resort

Tea County

Munnar – Periyar Cycling

3

Heritage Hotels, Villas, eco-lodges & camps

Heritage Hotels, Villas, eco-lodges & camps

Heritage Hotels, Villas, eco-lodges & camps

Periyar

1

Periyar House

Aranya Nivas

Holiday Vista

Alappuzha

1

A/c Deluxe Houseboat

A/c Deluxe Houseboat

A/c Deluxe Houseboat

Cost of Tour Package Per person

INR 46,000/-

INR 49,000/-

INR 55,000/-

 Tour Includes :

- Hotel Accommodation in the above star hotels/resorts on twin sharing basis.

- All transfers to or from hotels, city tours, excursions, drives by A/c car.

- Exclusive Air-conditioned car for Sightseeing and excursions as per our itinerary.

- All toll, driver’s allowance and taxes.

- Daily Buffet / Fixed Menu breakfastin all hotels.

- All meals during the houseboat cruise.

- 02 Cycles for the cycling tour from Munnar to Periyar.

- Guide during the cycling.

- Accompanying vehicle.

- Refreshments and mineral water during cycling.

- Accommodation with all meals during cycling.

- These rates are valid till 15th of December 2016 and 15th of January 2017 onwards.

- Meet and Assist services.

- All prevailing taxes in Luxury tax in all hotels wherever applicable.

Tour do not includes

- Any Air/train fares other than those specified in 'Cost Includes'.

- Any meals other then those specified in 'Cost Includes'.

- Any other item not specified in 'cost includes'.

- Guide, Inter State Entry ticket, Inter State permits fees, boat/ferry ticket, camera and entry tickets at various places of sight seeing.

- Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances, taxes etc.

- Any Expenses of personal nature such as portage at airports and hotels, tips, insurance, wine, mineral water, telephone charges, laundry, guide charges, boating charges, entrance fees and all items of personal nature.

Terms & Conditions :

- The above cost is for 01 people on twin sharing basis.

- A minimum of 02 persons are required.

- For the package with transportation a minimum of 2 people is mandatory

- Children above the age of 12 years will be charged the applicable adult rates.

- Children above the age of 05 years will be charged the applicable extra bed rates.

- In case of an extra person, the third bed is a rollaway bed or cot.

- Base category rooms are allotted for the stay, Any requirement / availability of higher category of room would incur extra cost.

- The above Rates applicable for today and subject to change at later dates.

- All Rates & bookings subject to availability.

- A/c in the houseboat will be working from 09.00 PM to 07.00 AM.
- Houseboat will be anchored from 05 00 PM to 0730 AM
- Accommodation in A/c rooms in all places except in Munnar and Thekkady where rooms are Non a/c.

- All reservations are depending upon the availability of rooms at the time of your final confirmation.

- The company is not responsible for the event of any of the above mentioned sightseeing are not becoming available at a particular date caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances, holidays and maintenance work in the park or museum.

- The company will not be held responsible for any damages or sabotage caused to the property of the customer due to riots, armed dacoities, terrorist activity or any other incidents, events, occurrences etc., if for any reason whatsoever his employee or representative is present at the customer's premises during such happening provided that they have no role in such happenings.

- The company is not liable to provide the vehicle(s) contracted for in case he is unable to do so on account of mob violence, riots, communal violence, strike, agitation, natural calamities, flooding, inundation, water logging, typhoon, cyclone or other obstructions/disturbances etc. adversely affecting, threatening or obstructing safe passage for the vehicle. In such event the contractor will try to provide transport to the maximum extent possible & the may customer may not insist, pressure or coerce the contractor or his driver on such occasions & reluctance, disinclination or refusal on the part of the driver will not be construed to be misconduct, dereliction, disrespect or deficiency in service on the part of the contractor. The driver's judgement is such cases to be accepted by all parties.

- Reserve the rooms at an equivalent hotel, if the room is not available at hotels/resorts mentioned.

Reservation Policy :

- Confirmation of Tour Package is subject to the remittance of 25% of the total tour cost in advance and balance to be paid prior to the commencing of the tour so as to protect all arrangements on definite arrival basis.

Availability : Available

Cancellation & Refunds :

- 30 days before the commencement of the tour: 25% of the tour cost will be levied.

- 15 days before the commencement of the tour: 50% of the tour cost will be levied.

- Less than 15 days before the commencement of the tour: 75% of the tour cost will be levied.

- Less than 07 days before the commencement of the tour: 100% of the tour cost will be levied.

- No refund is entitled for no shows.

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