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Autorickshaw (Tuk Tuk) tour of fort cochin & Mattancherry

Morning you will be picked from your hotel, board the Auto Rickshaws or also popularly known as Tuk Tuk ‘s to enjoy a heritage tour of Fort Cochin & Mattanchery.



The sights you’ll see on your tour include: the Dutch cemetery, which along with David Hall and Koder House, is a legacy of the Dutch East India Company’s presence here in the 17th and 18th centuries; St Francis Church and Santa Cruz Basilica. You could also see the local fish market and Chinese Fishing Nets along the Fort Cochin Beach. Later explore Mattancherry district and the nearby Jew Town. Your tour will also include visits to Mattancherry Palace, known locally as the ‘Dutch Palace’ and Pardesi Synagogue. The Pardesi (White Jew) Synagogue is located close to the Pepper Exchange, in the midst of the busiest spice trading area.

Should you wish to have more details of the visit or the price and inclusions please contact info@indiaviakerala.com

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Kumbalangi model fishing village visit, Cochin

Visit Kumbalangi Model Tourism Village to experience the fishermen village activities like live fish catching, Crab farm, coir making etc. On arrival refresh yourself with a tender coconut drink;

later visit the Fishing Village. Kallancherry Retreat is a local estate converted in to a home stay; it is designed to offer the guests great insights in to the life and culture of the people of Kumbalangi.

Kumbalangi is a village in Cochin, 13 kms away & it is identified as the first model fisheries and tourism village in India. Take a stroll through the narrow country roads from the main road and you can see the village folk engaged in different activities for their livelihood, may be a woman in her village provision shop, a farmer in his paddy field, a fisherman spreading his net, a kid with a fishing net ....it goes on.

You could also enjoy a country boat ride on the backwaters and see and get firsthand experience on the Chinese Fishing Nets.

Later enjoy a home cooked Lunch or dinner by the side of backwaters accompanied by a classical music concert before returning back to your hotel.

Should you wish to have more details of the visit or the price and inclusions please contact info@indiaviakerala.com

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Bird watching & Trekking in Thattekad bird sanctuary

Thattekkad is one of the two bird sanctuaries in Kerala. Spread over an extent of 25.16 sq. km, Thattekkad attracts nature lovers from far and wide. Best season: August to May.

We start with a pick-up from Kochi at 6 am. On arrival at Thattekkad by 7 am, our naturalist and guides will lead you into the jungle for a day’s trip. 1st session is a two hours birding trek which will end with breakfast. 2nd phase of trekking starts after breakfast by 10 am and will last up to 6 hrs. You will be crossing the boundaries of the Park with your team. Chances of seeing wildlife and endemic birds are high. You may see at least fifty species of bird and 25 species of butterflies.. Take a canoe ride in Periyar River. Visit a lake with 100 thousand water lilies. Sun bathe by the side of a private lake. You will be dropped back at Kochi in the evening. Packed lunch will be provided en-route. Trek ends by 4 pm.

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Village backwater cruise, Vaikom (near Cochi)

The Village Backwater Cruise or Gramam package, is a one-day programme that includes village backwater cruise, traditional food and local sightseeing like pot making, coconut oil extraction,

coir carpet industry, Khadi handloom weaving, etc by road. You will be picked from your hotel in Cochin and taken to a nearby village, Vaikom by car, a 45-minutes journey from Ernakulam. Here a reception is arranged in a traditional house after which one can enjoy the lifestyle of the villagers and village backwater cruise through narrow canals, river, lakes and lagoon for 3 hours with a local guide. Vaikom is 30 kms south east of Kochi. Since there are no industries here, the village is free from all types of pollution. The main occupation of the villagers is making ropes with coconut fiber, mat weaving with leaves of wild-pineapple collecting sand from river-bed, fishing and farming. The cruise starts from the narrow canals of 4feet in depth and then it enters the main river, which is 10-12 feet deep. Since the river originates from high ranges, it is clean and not salty. The boat passes through coconut palm groves like a canopy, providing a cool atmosphere. Serving authentic Kerala food, similar to the food prepared during Kerala’s main festival, Onam and during Hindu marriage functions, served on banana leaves.

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Village life experimence, Kumarakom

The tour package ‘Village life experience at Kumarakom’ is a half-day tour package, to give the tourist an authentic experience. It is also a fine example of an itinerary linking

the community-based tourism products and services, as envisaged by the Responsible Tourism programme. For a ride through the narrow canals, guests are taken in a country boat operated by women who pole down the canals.

This slow ride helps tourists to get a good look at the everyday village life on the banks. They can see people working in the paddy fields, children swimming in the lake, people engaged in various kinds of fishing, women weaving coconut palm fronds and so on. During the ride through the canals, the tourists can experience the fun of fishing using the traditional bow and arrow method. Fishing by casting the net may also be tried. The country boat ride through the canal brings you to an anganwadi, a government-run school that is like a play school. Such anganwadis are seen all over Kerala. After that, you can take a stroll through the village to see villagers engaged in traditional work. Women engaged in activities such as coconut palm frond weaving, screw pine weaving and broomstick making are common sights. You can also try your hand at these traditional village jobs. Then comes the plantation visit. At the entry point, you will be welcomed with the traditional refreshment of banana and tender coconut cultivated in the farm. After a guided tour around the plantation, there is another country boat ride to a handicrafts unit run by a villager who specializes in snake boat models.

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Houseboat day cruise (Alleppey/ Kumarakom)

Late morning board your Houseboat (possibly a converted rice barge) from the boat jetty for a day cruise cruise with onboard lunch and dinner, covering the nearby villages

and the ethnic life around these villages to Alleppey/Kumarakom, through the famous Vembanad Lake. Amongst the lagoons, canals and rivers live whole communities for whom the waterways are effectively the equivalent of a road system. The area around the backwaters is one of the few places in the world where cultivation happens below sea level. During the evening, you can generally see the people of the community meeting and relaxing by the backwaters.

You’ll enjoy Lunch and evening Tea & snacks on board the rice boat before arriving in Alleppey/Kumarakom where you disembark at 1730 hrs.

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Plantation visit & Lunch at Plantation Bungalow, Kanjirapally

Visit the Plantation Bungalow at Kanjirapally. A half way drive from Periyar, winding down hills, nestled among the rolling plantations of Kanjirapally,

, lies the Manjappally Plantation Bungalow, and is perfect stop over on the Cochin - Periyar journeys. There’s just so much to do on a visit to one of these plantation bungalows. Trek through acres of rubber, coffee, pineapple and spices. Watch rubbers being tapped, coffee beans are being picked – in fact, a plantation at work. Learn from the experts at work the various stages of processing sap into commercial grade rubber, brewing aromatic coffee from coffee beans and cultivating spices and tropical fruits. Walk deep into the plantation, and you’ll chance upon a tree-house. It will give you a bird’s eye view of the surrounding areas!

Sample the best of authentic Kerala cooking, as made in traditional Syrian Christian homes. Lunch will be served on the large front lawn. Savour the flavours of estate life clustered around tables in little groups of 4 or 5, under a large mango tree, surrounded by birdsong, gentle breeze and friendly conversation.

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Day with elephant & spice plantation visit at Periyar

Visit a spice plantation and enjoy Elephant Safari through the spice plantation. Most of the spices we get in Kerala are grown on the high lands of Kerala.

A plantation expert will join you at Periyar and take you for the spice plantation visit. He will introduce you to the different spices grown in that area like Pepper, Cardamom, Vannilla, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Coffee etc. He will describe in detail about the harvesting and the cultivation methods. The program will take 60 minutes. Later you will go for a Elephant Safari through the spice plantation. You can spend time with the elephant feeding and bathing them and enjoying a ride on their back through the plantation.

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Boating on lake Periyar & lunch at lake place

The wilder side of nature can be found just around the corner today afternoon. Exit from the gates of your resort and you find yourself in the little hill town of Kumily,

and a short drive beyond brings you to the gates of the Periyar Reserve, and the boat landing beyond...Board your motor boat for a cruise on Lake Periyar. Periyar is a designated tiger reserve, one of a handful scattered across India. The sanctuary surrounds the waters of an eponymous lake, covering 777 acres of mixed grassland and vegetation, including some of the most pristine tropical rain forests in the world. While there are 40 tigers around (according to the last census), they're shy animals, so don't bank on seeing one. But elephants, definitely - herds and herds of them. Not to mention monkeys like the Nilgiri Langur and the Lion-tailed Macaque, deer like the Sambar, Gaur, flying bats, flying squirrels, flying snakes (harmless, really), and over a 143 species of Orchids.

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Nature trek at Periyar wildlife sanctuary

Early morning you will be picked from the hotel and proceed to the Boat Landing Point at the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Different nature trails traversing

diverse habitats form the trekking routes, generally 4 to 5 km. in length. This is an interpretive programme offering excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trails often pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands. The programme is offered between 7.00 am. and 10.30 am. and lasts for about 3 hours. A maximum of 10 persons can go for trekking at a time along each nature trail, accompanied by a trained tribal guide. The Nature walk is the right programme to feel nature, hear her whispers and smell her flowers.

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Bamboo Rafting in Periyar tiger Reserve

This is a long day rafting cum trekking program through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve.

The program offers a memorable navigating experience across the famous Periyar Lake. Apart from the rafting experience, one can travel through a mosaic of pristine habitats. Visitors can get an opportunity to spot wild Elephants, Sambar Deers, Indian Bisons etc. A maximum of 05 visitors can go in a single raft and there are 03 rafts available per day , all of them plying simultaneously.

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Border hiking in Periyar tiger reserve

This is a conservation oriented hard trek in Periyar Tiger Reserve. This program starts at 0800 hrs in the morning and ending in the evening.

The route passes through undulating terrain, ranging in altitude from 900 to 1300 MSL. Serious trekkers get an opportunity to traverse lofty escrapments and vast plains of Periyar Tiger Reserve. Gaur, Sloth Bear, Elephant, Sambar Deer etc are often sighted, apart from innumerable birds and butterflies. Two different routes are offered for this program, with a maximum of six visitors along each route. Each group will be accompanied by one guide and one forest guard.

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Letchmi hills day trek, Munnar

You will be picked from your hotel and drive around 3 kilometers towards Cochin (road) from Munnar, to the starting point of Letchmi hills trek.

The trek will start at the height of 1420 meters MSL (approx), we will start our trek through the tea plantations for about 30 to 40 minutes, and we will reach the ridge of the hill and rest of our couple of hours trek will be on the ridge which offers beautiful views around, it will be through grasslands, one side will be rocky mountain slope and the other side will be tea plantations, patches of Shola forest etc…, if the sky is clear we could see the Anaimudi “highest peak in S. India” and the reservoir of Idukki Dam which is it is one of the highest arch dams in Asia and third tallest dam in India. We will have refreshment/picnic lunch at any suitable place during the trek, and after we will be passing through Nature Zone where we can see some Coffee, Cardamom plantations etc…, also its one of the best places to spot some endemic birds of this part of Western Ghats. Will have another 40 minutes to 01 hours walk through the tea plantations to finish the trek, highest point of this trek will be about 1950 meters MSL (approx). Our vehicle will be waiting at the finishing point at around 5th kilometers or 8th kilometers from Munnar towards Mankulam road. Board your vehicle and return to the hotel.

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Kolukkumalai day trek, Munnar

The Kolukkumalai Peak is one the main landmarks of the estate. This impressive peak of about 7000 feet(approx. 2280 mts) is the first peak that you see as you enter the estate.

With near vertical face one side and tall pointy peak the Kolukkumalai peak is ideal for people look for a day walk and a picnic overlooking the the valley of Suryanelly. The trek up this peak starts from the entrance gate of the estate and is mostly through the tea estate and paths until you get to the shola near the top. There are bits on the walk that would require a moderate amount of fitness. You will be well rewarded once you get to the top as you get a panoramic view of both the peaks in Tamilnadu and Kerala!

This walk can be combined with the Tea factory visit. For those hoping to visit an authentic tea estate to see tea processed in the tradition orthodox method there is no better place to go than the Kolukkumalai Tea Factory! The Kolukkumalai factory is an original tea factory built by the British during the 1940's and the equipment and process dates back to those days!For the walk you will have the services of an experienced local guide. Depending on the time of the walk either picnic lunch or snacks will be provided. The walk usually takes about 3 hours for a person with a reasonable amount of fitness.

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Meesapulimalai trek, Munnar

The trek up Meeshapulimalai is much sought after by people looking for a long trek in Munnar especially as Anaimudi, the highest peak in South India

is closed to general public for any activities. At a height of 2,640 meters the Meeshapulimalai Peak is indeed a spectacular peak and the vistas from the top are breathtaking! Once you get nearer the top you truly feel on top of the world with clouds swirling around the peaks below! There are 2 ways to access the peak. The more popular and easily accessible path is from the Silent Valley Estate. The other is starting your walk from Kolukkumalai Estate. The peak can be accessed from both sides and can be done as a day trip albeit a long day!

You get to the top you traverse through diverse terrain ranging from carpets of tea bushes to lush evergreen shoals, pine forests managed by KFDC and the undulating grasslands at the top. The walk up the peak requires a reasonable amount of fitness and not recommended in the monsoon months of June-August. The high winds, thick clouds and heavy rains make it a difficult task to complete! The winter months of December to February can be very chilly in the morning and evening but hot once you get to the grasslands at the top of the peak. For your walk you will have the services of a knowlegeable local guide picnic lunch and snacks will be provided for the walk. We will also be happy to arrange pick-up and drop from/to your resort in Munnar.

Should you wish to have more details of the trek or the price and inclusions please contact info@indiaviakerala.com

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