Day : 01 Arrive Cochin
You will be greeted by our representative and transfer to your hotel in Fort Kochi. After a short safety brief by your guide, lets start cycling through the narrow lanes and Spice market towards Mattancherry. After reaching Mattancherry, we will head for the local visits at Mattancherry Palace known as the Dutch Palace, features Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi. After visiting the Palace we will stroll through the Jew Street and visit the oldest active synagogue. Then we will continue our cycling towards The Santa Cruz Basilica. This is a very attractive church made in gothic style, which was originally built by Portuguese. From there proceed towards the Princes Street, Chinese Fishing nets and St. Francis Church.
Day : 02 Cochin to Suryanelli
Drive to Suryanelli, after lunch by 3.30 pm. If you are adventurous enough, a climb to the Phantom’s Head will be an ever remembered walk a top the tallest feature nearby. The high point will always be the sunset, trek to Phantom head peak to see the spectacular sunset over the Papathy Shola and famed Anaerangal lake is ever forgettable. After sunset we will walk back to the camp through tea plantations.
Highlights – Mimosa trees, Tea plantations and grass lands
Day : 03 Suryanelli
You can also visit to a lemongrass oil extraction centre and cardomn drying unit, we will walk through (Butterfly Forest – so named for the mass migration of butterflies in October & November). The hills come alive to the morning sun. Today you also have a chance to visit the tribal village of the muduvans – a tribe who have for centuries colonized the upper reaches of the Western Ghats. Their peculiar habit of carrying their children on their backs have earned them their name as muduvans or the ‘back people’.
Highlights – walk though cardomn plantaions, eucalyptus plantations and lemongrass
Day : 04 Suryanelli to Alleppey (190 Km / 5 h)
Drive Alleppey to embark on your private houseboat and cruise on the Backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. Your houseboats or ‘Kettuvalloms’ are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings it’s the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience.
The locals’ travel in canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in small wooden boats. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, enroute.
Day : 05 Alleppey to Cochin Airport (85 Km / 2.5 h)
Departure transfer to Cochin airport for onward flight.