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Home » Hansa Backwater Tours Kerala » Exotic Kerala Backwater Tour

Exotic Kerala Backwater Tour
Duration : 6 Days / 5 Nights
Destinations : Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Alleppey - Kumarakom - Cochin

Day 01: Arrive Cochin
On arrival transfer meeting and assistance by a Hansa Vacations representative and transfer to your hotel. In the Afternoon sightseeing of Dutch Palace, built by Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Cochin in 1555 AD, Jewish Synagogue situated in Mattancherry, the Synagogue was built in 1568 AD, St. Francis Church - It is here the remains of Vasco da Gama were initially buried before it was taken to Portugal. Chinese fishing nets - Is said to have been brought from China by traders of Kubala Khan's Court, they are used at high tide. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Cochin - Munnar, 130 Kms
After breakfast you will drive to Munnar. India's highest tea estate and home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr is located here. On arrival assistance and check in at the hotel. Afternoon proceed to sightseeing of Munnar & Mattupetty Dam. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Munnar hills is situated at an altitude of 5000 to 8000 Ft above sea level. and is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathani & Kundala. This beautiful hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling Tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.

Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi , which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking. The high ranges of Munnar were earlier known as Kannan Devan Hills, named after a certain Kannan Devan, who had been land lord in the Anchanad Valley on the eastern side of the district. The main cultivation crops in Munnar are Tea and Coffee.

Day 03: Munnar
After breakfast proceed to Sightseeing of Munnar- Eravikulam National Park. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is a sanctuary set up for the preservation of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The main inhabitant of the park is Nilgiri Tahr. Now the park has the largest known population of Tahr's existing in the world. The park also shelters Atlas Moth, Elephants, Sambhar's, Gaurs, Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri, Langur, Tigers and Leopards.
Spread across an area of 97 sq. Kms, the park exhibits the breathtaking natural splendour of rolling grasslands and exotic flowers. Anamudi, the highest peak south of Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary in majestic pride. The Atlas Moth, largest of its kind in the world, is a unique possession of the park.

Day 04: Munnar - Thekkady, 112 Kms
After breakfast you will drive to Thekkady (Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary). On reaching Thekkady check in your hotel. Thekkady is a repository of rare and endangered flora and fauna, the valley is a major watershed for two important rivers, the Periyar and the Pumba. In the afternoon go for a boat ride at Periyar Tiger reserve to view the wildlife in the sanctuary. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05: Thekkady - Alleppey, 164 Kms
After breakfast you will a drive through the beautiful landscapes to Alleppey, popularly known as the 'Venice of the East'. Here a houseboat awaits you for a magnificent backwater cruise. Overnight stay on board the Houseboat.

Day 06: Alleppey - Kumarakom, 30 Kms
After a leisure breakfast, bid adieu to your crew and drive to Kumarakom. On arrival check in at the hotel. After fresh -n-up get ready to explore the bird sanctuary. Overnight stay at hotel.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is spread over 14-acres and is a favourite haunt of migratory and other water birds. Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, 2 Km down a mud lane is known for its beautiful landscape and cascading falls. The Vembanad Lake is a feast for the eyes with its traditional country crafts or Kettuvallams and canoes floating up and down. The lake and its surrounding area can be best explored on a houseboat. There is a small island, Pathiramanal or Midnight Sands which is worth a visit for its natural beauty.

The quaint town is a cluster of little islands, located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake in the Kuttanad region of Kerala. Renowned for its natural beauty, Kumarakom is an ideal base to experience the famous Kerala backwaters, replete with meandering lagoons, coconut trees, endless rows of paddy fields interspersed by waterways and canals.

Day 06: Kumarakom - Cochin, 60 Kms Departure
Morning you will enjoy an escorted walk through the serene Kerala villages to experience the tropical morning and to see the flora and fauna within the sanctuary. Return to the resort for breakfast. After breakfast drive to Cochin Airport to board the flight for onward destination.