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Welcome to the start of your voyage of discovery through 'Incredible South India'! You will be collected from your Delhi hotel for the flight 6E 515 1350/1655 hrs to Kochi. Arriving into Kochi International Airport you will be met by our friendly local team and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to explore or relax as you like.
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town including the beautiful Parsi Synagogue built in 1568, the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese in 1555 and St Francis’ Church. A walking tour of Fort Cochin takes you through streets still graced with traces of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial architecture. The afternoon is at your leisure, this evening we will take you to see a traditional Kathakali Dance Performance.
A drive east to to Munnar - a quaint hill station nestled on the verdant slopes of tea plantations, that exudes a rare old world charm and reminds one of the days of the Raj in its elegant splendour. At a height of 1525 metres, Munnar offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills.
Free day and at your leisure with a vehicle at your disposal to perhaps head out and visit a Tea Plantation?
A short drive south to Periyar, South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary and home to bison, antelopes, sambar, wild boar, birds and even the odd tiger! Kumli, close to the sanctuary and where you’ll stay, is a pretty little town dotted with small spice and handicraft shops. This afternoon enjoy a thrilling elephant ride and then a boat ride on Lake Periyar to spot the wildlife.
This morning we drive to Alleppey and board a simply furnished private rice-boat for a journey through the backwaters in and around Alleppey. Crewed by a poler to push the rice boat through the water, a distance of some 20 kms will be covered, during which time the boat will glide past colourful local villages. As for dining, the on-board cook will prepare meals using fresh local produce
Disembarking at Alleppey, you’ll be driven down the coast to the beach resort town of Kovalam.
For your remaining days in India with us really relax. Stroll for miles along white palm fringed sandy beaches, try sampling the local seafood and sipping cocktails on your sunlounger the perfect remedy to unwind.
Sadly today tour arrangements conclude after breakfast and hotel check out with a departure transfer to the airport in Trivandrum for your onward international journey.
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