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Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Our local rep will be at the airport to greet you and transfer you 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.
Enjoy a day at leisure in Munnar or maximise your time in Munnar by selecting one of our 'Enhance Options'. Visit the Eravikulam National Park or enjoy a jeep safari at the Club Mahindra Resort. See our 'Enhance Your Holiday' page for more details.
A short drive today takes us 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.
There is plenty to do in and around Periyar, so we leave the choice to you. Enjoy an included morning boat ride on Lake Periyar to spot herds of wild elephants with a naturalist guide.
This morning we transfer to Varkala (approx. 5hrs by car), a place long renowned as a place of pilgrimage by Hindus. We will take you to your designated place of accommodation where the remainder of the day can be spent at leisure.
The next free days offer plenty of free time for you to independently explore the local temples to soak up the atmosphere of the bustling and colourful temple festival.
A drive to Kumarakom. Perched sleepily on the eastern banks of the mighty Lake Vembanad in the heartland of Kerala’s famed backwaters, Kumarakom has changed little since the Middle Ages but for its string of exotic resorts, making it the perfect point to explore the backwaters. Although right in the thick of a tangle of lush tropical waterways, Kumarakom is technically an island on Lake Vembanad. This is an ideal place to chill-out for a few days. There is also a wonderful bird sanctuary, winter home to many migratory birds which is worth a visit.
Day at leisure to explore Kumarakom or opt for one of our unique enhance options.
This morning 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.
Waking to the sights of Kerala's lush waterways in the morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast on your houseboat. Disembarking at Alleppey, you’ll be driven the short distance back to Kochi where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour. Formerly a princely state, Kochi is also fondly referred to as “The Queen of the Arabian Sea”. Visit 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. Remainder of today at leisure or join us for a Kathakali dance performance (see our 'Enhance Options' page for more information.
Today marks the end of your incredible journey through India with On the Go Tours. After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the airport in time for your onward departure flight.
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