Cochin -- Cochin or Kochi as it is now called, is the commercial capital of the Southern Indian State of Kerala, is sometimes referred to as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea'. Cochin proudly boasts a rich cultural heritage, but is one of the most fast-paced and modern cities in India. It is also one of the finest natural harbours of the world and a major Indian port.
Always a tourist favourite, this city offers visitors plenty. Forts, palaces, museums, old churches, cool backwaters, palm fringed lagoons, beaches and the practicality of a contemporary metro.Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.Kochi is the arguably the ideal starting point for exploring the unfathomable diversity and beauty of Kerala, rated in the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council and featured in National Geographic Traveler's '50 greatest places of a lifetime'.
On arrival at Cochin Airport our representatives meet and receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After a small relax, we will take you for a half day local sightseeing trip to Cochin. Visit Mattancherry Palace or Dutch Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Jewish Synagogue, etc.
After the sightseeing, return to the hotel and over night stay at the hotel at Cochin.
Chinese fishing nets are a type of stationary lift net in India. They are fishing nets that are fixed land installations for fishing. Each installation is operated by a team of up to six fishermen. While such nets are used throughout coastal southern China and Indochina, in India they are mostly found in the Indian cities of Kochi and Kollam, where they have become a tourist attraction. This way of fishing is unusual in India and almost unique to the area, as it was introduced by Chinese explorers. Indeed, one interpretation of the city name Kochi is ‘co-chin', meaning ‘like China.’
A very famous Pardesi Synagogue in Kochi, also known as Jew Synagogue and Mattancherry Synagogue is the oldest existing synagogue amid Commonwealth countries. Paradesi is a word used in various Indian Languages, and the real meaning of the term is 'foreigners', which was applied to the synagogue because it was earlier used by 'White Jews', a combination of Jews from Cranganore, the Middle East, and the European exiles. It is one of the seven synagogues in the region that is in usage till now. It includes the upmost slot in the route of the tourists visiting Kochi. It remains open every day except Friday, Saturday and on Jewish Holidays. Timings- 10 AM to 12 noon and 3 PM to 5 PM.
The Mattancherry Palace is a Portuguese palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace, in Mattancherry, Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala which features Kerala murals depicting portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi. The palace was included in the "tentative list" of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Made by the Portuguese Santa Cruz Basilica in Kochi, this church is one of the eight Basilicas in India. Situated nearby the famous St. Francis Church, this heritage building of Kerala is also one of the finest cathedrals in India and it serves as the cathedral church of the Diocese of Cochin. It's a Roman Catholic Cathedral situated at K.B. Jacob road in Fort Kochi. It's a holy place and the centre of historical significance, endued with artistic splendor and the colors of the medieval style.It remains open from 9 AM to 1 PM and 3 PM to 5 PM. A number of visitors flock this place for its unique beauty and majesty. So, if you are also looking for the same, then you should keep this destination in your bucket list and know the amazing facts and its historical importance.
The St. Francis Church, well-known for its beautiful structural design and ambience, has an important place in history. It is here that the famous explorer, Vasco-da-Gama, was originally buried. His remains would be taken back 14 years later but to this day, the exact spot is clearly marked. The place is known for its deep Dutch and Portuguese influences and is an architectural marvel in itself.
Sometimes called the 'Jewel of the Lakshadweep', Bangaram Island is a sparsely populated haven. Teardrop shaped, thick with cool coconut plantations and encircled by a corona of silver sand, Bangaram lives up to every 'desert island' fantasy you've ever had.
Sparkling coral reefs unwind around turquoise blue lagoons, bursting with tropical life. The waters are calm, warm and perfect for swimming, snorkeling, diving or just plain wading and messing about.The island feels like it was designed specifically for languid strolls. Step out, stretch and watch the beach dances of hermit crabs, or listen to the raucous music of a hundred-piece seabird chorus. But should you feel the need for a little more adventure on your holiday, Bangaram island offers a whole set of activities.
Morning after breakfast check out from the hotel & drive to airport Pick up from Agatti Airport & Transfer to Bangaram Island by boat. Check in to the Tent House, and Enjoy the Beach Life.
Overnight Stay at Bangaram Island. Kayaking and other Sports Activities (Chargeable).
The unending expanse of tea plantation on both the sides of the widening roads this tiny hill station Munnar looks like a picture-book town where there are manicured gardens and widening lanes. Munnar is a great holiday destination in Kerala loved by many travellers and reasons to visit Munnar are endless. You can feel the presence of serenity amidst the popular tourist attraction around Munnar and experience the destination to cherish for your lifetime.
After Morning Breakfast, Transfer to Agatti Island by boat to catch the onward flight to Cochin, You will be assisted on Cochin Airport and further drive to Munnar (04 Hrs drive). On the way enjoy some waterfalls and natural scenic spots. On arrival at Munnar check into Hotel and relax for the rest of the day.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Munnar is a delightful hill station and one of the most popular hill stations in God’s Own Country, Kerala. It is situated in Western Ghats at an altitude of 6000 ft and is located in Idukki district of Kerala. This picturesque hill station beckons nature lovers from far and near. Large tea plantations, forests, hill ranges, valleys and wildlife makes anyone fall in love with this place. Some of the major attractions of this place are Mattupetty Dam, Echo Point, Attukal Waterfalls, Rajamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, etc.
After breakfast spend the day with local sightseeing. Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundale, Munnar is 1600 Meter above sea level. This majestic hill station was once the summer resort of the British government in South India. Local sightseeing of Munnar includes visit to Mattupetty Dam, Kundale Lake and Echo point.
Afternoon proceed to Rajamalai were the rarest species of mountain goat, "Nilgiri Thars", can be spotted.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Echo Point is a very beautiful place in Munnar, which got its name from natural echo phenomenon situated at a scenic lake bank. When one scream at here, he will be hearing his voice returning to him. Placed at an altitude about 600 ft, Echo Point is located 15 km away from Munnar, on the way to Top Station. It has a greenish look as it is covered with abundant green sceneries. It is an adventurous destination, which will be a perfect choice for those who love to have a nature walk or trekking.
Kundala is located approximately 20 km from Munnar on the way to Top Station and it is at a height of 1700 meters above the sea level. People love to see the Cherry gardens here, that blossoms twice in a year and make the surroundings of the lake even more attractive. However, the famous Neela Kurunji flowers, which bloom once in twelve years and change the green valleys of Kundala into refreshing blue beauties, are hard to see, because of their rare availability. The Kundala Lake gives way to an artificial dam 'Kundala Dam,' which is another famous attraction of this region. It was constructed for Pallivasal Hydro Electric Project in 1946 and is considered to be Asia's first Arch Dam, also known as Sethuparvathipuram Dam. One can see many a things in the surrounding of this dam, like the green valleys, tea gardens, waterfalls, eucalyptus and pine trees, etc. The boating is another major attraction at this glorious lake.
Mattupetty Dam is among the most visited destinations in the tourist hotbed of Munnar. It is a storage Concrete Gravity dam built in the mountains of Kerala, India to conserve water for hydro electricity. It is a beautiful picnic spot that regularly attracts visitors. The view of the valley is breath-taking and one gets to simply relax and enjoy the beautiful weather. The lush green tea plantations and forests are ideal for trekking and host a large number of unique bird species.
Rajamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the Eravikulam National Park, the first of its kind in Kerala, where the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (mountain goat) is protected, spread over an area of 97 square kilometer. Located at a distance of 15 km from the main city of Munnar, the sanctuary is blessed with flora and fauna. It is a great delight to all the wildlife enthusiast and nature lovers. It is the ultimate home to the mountain goat which is found in huge number in the jungles of Rajmalai.
The Nilgiri tahr known locally as the Nilgiri ibex or simply ibex, is an ungulate that is endemic to the Nilgiri Hills and the southern portion of the Western Ghats in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in Southern India. It is the state animal of Tamil Nadu.
Extremely famous for its beautiful backwaters, the city of Alleppey in Kerala is also known for its beaches, temples and traditional boat races. This popular tourist destination also has some very well reputed Ayurvedic spas and wellness centres.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.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Alleppey check into resort and full day leisure at backwater resort. Alleppey is famous for its lovely lakes, lagoons and the fresh water rivers. It’s known as the 'Venice of the East' for its similarity to the Italian city, Alappuzha's passion play with water has made it the hub of houseboats and beaches. Explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters cruise at Vembanadu Lake. Overnight stay in the Hotel / Houseboat.
Alappuzha Beach is a beach in Alappuzha town and a tourist attraction in Kerala, India.Beach has an old pier which extend to sea is over 150 years old.Alappuzha beach host many events annually like Alappuzha beach festival,Sand art festival and many more. Alappuzha beach is one of the major tourist spot in Alappuzha town. Alappuzha lighthouse situated near to the beach.Beach is accessible through various town roads and an elevated highway will passing by the beach as part of Alappuzha bypass in order to preserve the beauty of the area.Camel safaris was another attraction in beach which introduced a couple of years ago but it got banned by authorities.
Alleppey has many tourist places to visit, there are very nice sightseeing, attractions in Alleppey which are must see in. Details on Alleppey city and tourist places.
he shikara is a type of wooden boat found on Dal Lake and other water bodies of Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India. Shikaras are of varied sizes and are used for multiple purposes, including transportation of people. A usual shikara seats half-a-dozen people, with the driver paddling at the rear. Like the Venetian gondolas ...
Thekkady is a small town around the Periyar Wildlife Reserve. Thekkady is nestled in spice and rubber plantations and has a very green look about it all through the year. It rains heavily in Thekkady. However being located at about 3000 ft above sea level the weather is generally pleasant at all times except in peak summer in may when it can be hot about 35 degree celcius.The name Thekkady, for those who have already visited this place, brings to mind images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. Moreover, the flora and fauna of the Periyar wildlife sanctuary is absolutely thrilling. The wildlife sanctuary here is the natural habitat of a wide variety of animal species. The Periyar Lake is a paradise for the nature lovers. It gives you an opportunity to observe the wild animals roaming in the jungle.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Thekkady drive through panoramic western ghat hills covered with spice plantations and occasional view of waterfalls and streams. Throughout this journey you can enjoy different type of spice plantations like cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, clove etc on arrival at Thekkady check in to the Hotel. Go for Boating in Periyar Lake (optional) experience the mind blowing view of calm crystal clear Periyar Lake and Sanctuary. You may get a chance to see different type wild animals while boating.
Overnight in the Hotel.
A tour of the cardamom processing factory located next to the planter's bungalow is a fascinating experience. tourist will get to witness at close quarters how cardamom is cleaned, processed and packed. One can also sample some of the finest quality cardamom pods and perhaps take samples back home.
Deepa world is your destination if you love nature and to experience nature from your heart. Deepa world spice and Ayurveda plantation offers you an educational and entertainment experience to you and your family. Visitors are provided with guides fluent in various languages. They take you through the plantations providing knowledge through visual treats along with smell and taste of raw spices and herbal plants. Tree house is the most enchanting attraction among them. A cup of coffee on the tree house is an unforgettable experience. Located in various parts of the state Deepa World plantations produce and sell the quality spices and herbal products. Visitors can procure spices from our outlet while visiting. We also provide purchase through internet and through phone call. The products are then couriered to respective destinations.
At a distance of 54 km from Idukki, 143 km from Kochi, 211 km from Trivandrum, 111 km from Kottayam, 136 km from Madurai and 82 km from Munnar, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India, is located in Thekkady in Idukki district of Kerala. It is located at a distance of 4 km from Kumily on Kerala - Tamilnadu boarder. It is one of the most famous Tourist places in kerala and also a well know summer getaway in Kerala state. Thekkady is also known as one of the scenic Kerala Backwater trips in Periyar lake.
The most sought after destination in Munnar is the Eravikulam National Park, the first of its kind in Kerala, where the endangered Nilgiri Thar is protected. Spread over 97 sq. km., this park holds the largest viable population of Tahr, several other species of rare animals, birds and butterflies. The park offers a magnificent view of the tea plantations and also of the rolling hills caressed by blankets of mist. The park becomes a hot destination when the hill slopes get covered in a carpet of blue, resulting from the flowering of Neelakurinji. It is a plant endemic to this part of the Western Ghats which blooms once in twelve years. Here you will be able to see a large variety of wildlife, which include elephants, monkeys, deer, Wild boars. Eravikulam National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are a few spice and handicrafts shop names as Lord's spice super market, etc., with good stuff for reasonable stuff. Cardamom and Pepper etc are locally grown in and around kumily. Thekkady is at 10 min drive from Kumily town and all the hotels are located at kumily and around, mainly in the road to thekkady. There is a hotel called Periyar Meadows slightly off the road facing the lush green meadows and mountains. Kumily has a good Bazzar for spices and Antiques. The spices shops located near Marry and Christ statue , are quite reasonable. This shopping complex buliding has Lourdes Market engraved on it. The INDIAN MART shop is next door to Hotel CARDAMOM COUNTY has nice collection in handlooms silk and cotton sarees,silver/gold jewellery,antiques,carpets etc many more to choose from.. If you are looking for antiques, collectibles, or vintage items there is only one place in Kumily to go to,it's The 'Ganesh Art Gallery'.It is located near the entrance of the hotel named 'French Restaurant' in ambadi junction. Walkig down the bazar is good way to pass time. Many Vegeterians eat at Krishna Hotel. Walking to the boat landing 4 kms from thekkady junction is a good experience too. Especially after the forest check point, you are with nature; hundreds of years old trees greet you with gentle breeze and natures fragrance. You really feel refreshed after the walk . It would be more enjoyable if no vehicles interrupt .. Opposite the Kathakali centre in Kumily (on Thekkady Road) is a great spice shop - Responsible Tourism Spice Super Market (a community development project). It has a full range of local spices and natural products at exceptionally good rates (at least half the price of the many other spice shops in Kumily town) and friendly
After breakfast check out from the Hotel and drive to Cochin / Trivandrum Airport for your flight back home, feeling contented about a wonderful holiday you spent in the God's Own Country.
Meal timings are fixed, in case you will not be present in hotel due to delay in flight or any other reasons at that time then your meal will be served in your room.
Located in Munnar, Westwood Riverside Garden Resort is minutes from Mount Carmel Church and Carmal Church. This resort is within close proximity of Tata Tea Museum and St. Thomas Marthoma.
Stay in one of 41 guestrooms featuring LCD televisions.
Enjoy recreation amenities such as a health club or take in the view from a garden. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and tour/ticket assistance.
Satisfy your appetite at one of the resort's 2 restaurants.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center and a library. Free self parking is available onsite.
When you stay at Pagoda Resorts in Alappuzha, you'll be convenient to Alappuzha Beach. This hotel is within the region of Vembanad Lake and Kumarakom Boat Jetty.
Make yourself at home in one of the 2 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators. Conveniences include phones and irons/ironing boards.
Relax and unwind with massages, body treatments, and facials. If you're looking for recreational opportunities, you'll find a health club and an outdoor pool. Additional amenities at this Art Deco hotel include wireless Internet access (surcharge), an arcade/game room, and wedding services.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Pagoda Resorts. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary buffet breakfast is included.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, express check-in, and express check-out. Planning an event in Alappuzha? This hotel has facilities measuring 3229 square feet (300 square meters), including a conference center. A train station pick-up service is provided at no charge.
The following charges are to be applied at the time of cancellation of holiday