INDIA KERALA BACKWATER 8D

Code: NI7-8MI
Daily (Min 2 to Go)
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Munnar
Mattupetty Reservoir Kundala Dam
Echo Point Munnar Town
Thekkady
Periyar National Park Periyar Lake
Cochin
St. Francis Church Jewish Synagogue
Mattancherry Palace

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Day 1: Singapore – Cochin

MI 468                      SINCOK              2000/2200

Assemble at Changi International Airport for your departure to Kochi (widely known as Cochin), Kerala. Upon arrival, meet by our representatives and transfer to hotel for overnight.

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Day 2: Cochin – Munnar (B/L/D)

After breakfast, drive to Munnar, one of the most popular hill stations known for its sprawling tea gardens. Munnar means 3 rivers in local language. As there are three rivers flowing towards Munnar which joined some distance away from Munnar. Western Ghats Mountains ranges make up an impressive fortress all along Kerala. Afternoon, visit Mattupetty Reservoir (enjoy Optional Boat ride on own), Kundala Dam is a small curved dam which offers a panoramic view of the catchment area. Also visit the Echo Point. This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Try talking and you can hear your voice echoing within the reservoir. Visit Munnar Town & drive around Tea plantations.

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Day 3: Munnar – Thekkady (B/L/D)

After breakfast, drive approximately 4 hours toThekkady. Set in the heart of the Cardamom Hills of Kerala is Periyar National Park, offering to enjoy South India’s wildlife. It is South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary, encompassing an area of 777 sq km. This afternoon, we either take a boat ride at the Periyar Lake or take a short elephant ride through the plantations (depending on the availability). Later, we enjoy a spice plantations visit to see various popular spice plants, from the daily edible spices to other different spice varieties, Thekkady has many spice plantations all around the city and also popularly known as the “Spice Village of India”.

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Day 4: Thekkady – Kumarakom (B/L/D)

Morning, after breakfast, we’ll proceed for a drive to Kumarakom. Kumarakom is a tourist village in Kerela. Kumarakom is home to a variety of flora and fauna. It is among the cluster of small islands on the Vembanad backwaters. Upon reaching Kumarakom, we will proceed for lunch. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure.

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Day 5: Kumarakom – Alleppey (B/L/D)

Morning is left free to relax and to explore the surroundings. At 12 noon, board your Private Houseboat for a cruise on the emerald palm fringed backwaters of Kerala. The backwaters of Kerala meandering inland lakes networked with canals stretch to over 1900km. Experience a memorable boat trip and stay in boathouses as you cruise along the length and breadth of the lagoons and water ways fringed by coconut trees. The Houseboat consists of comfortable double room with attached bath. Alleppey also known as Alappuzha is coined by Marco Polo as the “Venice of the East”. Lunch & Dinner provided at the Houseboat.

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Day 6: Alleppey – Cochin (B/L/D)

Morning enjoy another short cruise on the Houseboat (Check-Out 10 AM). Thereafter transfer by road to Cochin. This afternoon is free for you for some really good shopping in Cochin. In the evening, we will enjoy a Kathakali dance show.

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Day 7: Cochin–Singapore (B/L/D)

MI 467                    COKSIN            2250/ 0555
Morning is free. After check out from hotel at noon, we’ll drive across Willington Island & Kochi Shipyard to Mattancherry. Visit St. Francis Church, the oldest European built church in India. Visit the Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Fridays, after 1300hrs / Saturdays / Jewish Holidays. Note visitors wearing shorts / bermudas / sleeveless T-shirts/tops will not be allowed in) which was built in 1568 AD, and is oldest in the common-wealth. It is adorned by hundreds of blue and white hand-painted tiles imported from China. Mattancherry Palace was gifted to Maharaja of Kochi as a good-will gesture to ensure trade privileges by the Portuguese. The Palace is now converted to a Museum, open from 10 am to 5 pm (Closed on Fridays). Continue onto giant Chinese Fishing nets at the harbor’s entrance that silhouetted against the sunset, present a magnificent sight of the water-front. These huge cantilevered nets are a legacy of traders from 1350-1450 from court of Kublai Khan. After dinner, transfer to airport for flight back to Singapore.

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Day 8: Arrival Singapore

Arrive in Singapore with fond memories of an enjoyable journey to India.

Tours Info

Airline Silk Air (MI)
Flying hours (Approx)
Singapore to Kochi (Cochin) – 4 hours 30 minutes
Kochi (Cochin) to Singapore – 4 hours 35 minutes
Time Difference India is 2.5 hours behind Singapore time
Passport An international passport with a minimum validity of six (6) months from the date of return is required.
VISAS All travelers to India are required to have a valid visa for entry
Travel Insurance Travel insurance is highly recommended by us. It covers unforeseen circumstances such as delays, luggage loss, personal accidents, injuries or illnesses. Please approach our staff for your complete insurance needs.
Itinerary subject to changes Itinerary & order of sightseeing tours may be reshuffled due to unforeseen circumstances

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