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  • Witness the grand Kathakkali dance show in Kochi
  • Take a scenic drive through the picturesque valleys and tea plantations of Munnar
  • Go on a boat cruise on a lake surrounded by dense jungles in Periyar National Park
  • Get up close to elephants in Thekkady as you ride, feed and bathe the gentle giants
Rolling hills, thick wildlife reserves, mazy backwaters and pristine beaches, Kerala is a state jam-packed with variety and wonder. With breath-taking, serene landscape around every corner, Kerala truly feels like “God's Own Country”.

Explore the gorgeous southern state of India in this six-day guided tour. Your journey starts from the port city of Kochi. Kick off the journey with a stunning Kathakkali and Kutiyattam dance show at a local theatre. After a day of sightseeing in Cochin, drive to Munnar, the tea and spice state. Explore the tea and spice plantations on a scenic drive and learn more about the shrub.

You’ll also get a chance to explore the wild side of Kerala. In Thekkady, visit an elephant sanctuary and get up close with the gentle giants. Also explore Periyar National Park through a one-of-a-kind boat tour. Then end the tour with a bird sighting tour at Kumarakoram’s bird sanctuary.
Hotel
Arrive at Cochin airport. On arrival check in to hotel.

In the evening, attend a Kathakali dance show and Kalaripattu show at a local theatre.

Kathakali, a dance form of Kerala, is recognised as one of the four major classical Indian styles. Kathakali, literally meaning "story-play", is thought to have crystallised into a distinct theatre form during the seventeenth century. The plays depict the world of gods and demons and are based on three major Hindu epics: the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and the Bhagavata Purana. Men play both the male and female roles.

Kalaripayattu or Kalarippayattu is the martial art form of Kerala. It is regarded as the oldest and most scientific of its kind in the world.
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Hotel
After an early breakfast, check out from hotel and take a guided tour of the Mattancherry area. Visit the Dutch Palace and a Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Fri and Sat) situated in the Jew Town enclave.

After sightseeing, drive to Munnar, 3 – 4 hours in car. Set at an altitude of 6,000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favoured summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. It is an intoxicating mix of unending expanse of tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains, exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests and the spice scented cool air. It's a place you would love to visit and a place you would never wish to leave.

On arrival check into the hotel. Spend the day at leisure. Overnight at Munnar
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Hotel
Spend the day sighting across Munnar. First visit Mattupetty Dam. Located about 13 km from Munnar, Mattupetty is at a height of 1,700 m above sea level. It is known for its storage masonry dam and the beautiful reservoir lake that offers pleasing boat rides, enabling one to enjoy the surrounding hills and landscape.

Munnar has a legacy of its own when it comes to the origins and evolution of tea plantations. Take a quick trip to the Tea Museum at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea for a deeper understanding of tea. (The tea factory is closed on Mondays.)

Visit Kundale Lake and Echo point before heading to Rajamalai to stand a chance to spot the rarest species of mountain goat, Nilgiri Thars.

If you wish, you may go for optional tours below at additional cost:
- Trek to Laxmi Hill
- Visit to Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
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  • Breakfast
Hotel
After an early breakfast, check out from hotel and travel to Thekkady (Periyar) on an a/c car.

Thekkady has one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves: the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest, the sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 1978. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the reserve attracts visitors from all over the world. On arrival check into the hotel.

In the afternoon take a guided tour of the area’s spice plantations. Then stroll around Kumily market, where you can meet and interact with the locals. You can also enjoy riding, feeding and possibly bathing elephants. The spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
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  • Breakfast
Hotel
Start sightseeing around Thekkady in the early morning. Enjoy a boat cruise in Periyar National Park’s artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam. It is the only sanctuary in India where you can view wildlife from the safety of a boat.

Afterwards, drive about four hours to Kumarakom. On arrival, check in to hotel.

Kumarakom is a land lying on the banks of Lake Vembanad, enveloped with stunning scenery. Visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, a home to thousands of rare species of birds.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Your tour of Kerala comes to an end. After breakfast, check out from hotel and return to Cochin international airport to board your flight back home.
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  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • 5 breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • All transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Accommodation in double room basis
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • All entrance charges to sites
  • Tickets to the Kathakali dance show and Kalaripattu show
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  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Tips
  • Optional tours
  • Personal expenses
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