Kerala Monsoon TourDuration : 05 Nights / 06 Days
Destination Covered : Cochin - Munnar - Thekkedy - Kumarakom
First amongst all the states of India to receive monsoon, Kerala in monsoon welcomes its visitors with the smell of wet sand, calm and cold wind, lush green landscape and a heart-warming environment. The best thing about Kerala monsoon is the fact that the rain showers only for a short duration. Thus leaves maximum part of the day to be enjoyed on outdoor fun. Walk on the beach shores, boat ride on its brackish waters, trying local food and much more can be done during such visits. During monsoon the waterfalls, natural lakes and the greenery of the valley comes alive adding more charm and aura to the entire place. The arrival of monsoon also marks the arrival of festival in Kerala. The biggest festival of Kerala, Onam is celebrated for 10 long days with much fun and fare.
Ayurveda of Kerala for your Skin, Mind and Body.
A wide number of international and domestic tourist visits have been witnessed during monsoon in Kerala for Ayurvedic treatment. It is a very well-known concept that during monsoon the availability of natural herbs and spices during monsoon makes it extra beneficial for starting Ayurvedic treatment. Ayurvedic herbal massage and spa relaxes the body and mind while providing nourishing effect to the skin.
Known as “God’s own Country” Kerala’s South West Monsoon depicts the most enchanting illustration of God’s blessing, from time immemorial.
Onset of Monsoon in Kerala
Incidentally, Kerala witnesses two monsoons annually. The Southwest monsoon in June called Edavappathy (month of Edavam in the Kerala calendar) and the Northeast monsoon called Thulavarsham - October is called Thulam in Malayalam.
Major Monsoon Festivals in Kerala
Kottiyoor Temple Festival In the Malabar region, with the onset of the South West Monsoon comes a 28-day festival, held at the Kottiyoor Temple. It has its proceedings going unhindered during the rains and is attended by thousands. Wayanad Monsoon Carnival-Splash 2016 The 7th edition of Splash 2016, the ‘Wayanad Monsoon Carnival’ will be held with all fanfare from July 15 onwards at Kalpetta, the headquarters of Wayanad, the green abode of nature. The three day carnival will end on July 15. The highlight of the carnival is a pre-monsoon carnival, a 7-day exhibition cum cultural extravaganza also will be held from July 9. The Wayanad Monsoon Carnival has caught the attention of the global traveler. It also won accolades as the most innovative tourism effort initiatedby local people in promoting Monsoon Tourism in a big way not only in the state but across Kerala.
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Reception at Cochin international airport and transfer to guest's pre booked hotel. Enjoy rest of the day in sightseeing, evening, musical drama of Kathakali and overnight at the hotel.Day 02 : Cochin - Munnar (147 km/4 hrs drive)
Post morning breakfast enjoy the city tour of Cochin –visit the Mattancherry Dutch palace, built in 1555 by the Portuguese and renovated in 1663 by the Dutch. Visit a Jewish Synagogue in Jew town and the Fort Cochin area to experience a couple of streets of picture postcard houses out of another age .Then porceed with the visit to St. Francis Church-the oldest European church of the country. After a sight see tour depart for Munnar by road in a car. Arrive Munnar and move to the hotel and enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.
After morning breakfast get ready for a sightseeing tour of Munnar. Enjoy the serene views of Munnar and its famous tea plantations, then visit the Eravikulam national park to experience the flora and fauna (Eravikulam national park shut from 15 Jan to 15 march; during these dates park visits cannot be done but all other sightseeing tours shall be provided as per the itinerary). Then proceed with the visit to Mattupetty Lake and dam along with echo point, which is famous for its echo phenomenon. Then get back to the hotel for overnight stay.Day 04 : Munnar - Thekkady (124 kms/4 hrs drive)
This day after breakfast depart for Thekkady by road. Arrive Thekkady and move to pre booked hotel. Then visit the most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuary of the world housed in Periyar and enjoy the cool and comfortable climate of the town. In the afternoon get ready for the elephant ride and later head toward the spice market of Periyar at Kumily which is famous for its fresh spices. Head back to hotel for the night.
This day enjoy the delicious morning breakfast ant then go to the boat ride on Lake Periyar. The park has 26sq.kms. of artificially man-made lakes, take a boat ride on the lake to have a glimpse of wildlife and water birds. Herds of bison and elephants come to the lake to relieve their thirst. Get back to hotel then check out and move towards Kumarakom by road. Then in the evening board the backwater cruise. Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.Day 06 : Kumarakom to Cochin Airport (90 kms/02 hrs approx).
After breakfast depart for Cochin by road. Transfer to Cochin airport in time to board your flight. Tour ends here.
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