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Today we begin our short break on arrival at the houseboat dock in Alleppey. Alappuzha is the known as ‘houseboat city’ as it is from here that many Keralan backwaters cruises commence and end. Chugging slowly on these vessels through the shallow, palm-fringed waters visitors see a part of Keralan society that revolves around fishing and the processing of coir (coconut fibre), copra (dried coconut meat) and cashews. We spend this evening enjoying the backwaters.
Today we disembark from our house boat and transfer by road to Thekkady. Thekkady is a very appealing town in the state of Kerala in India's south. Thekkady is enchanting as the road winds through tranquill countryside, rich plantations & thick jungles. The sanctuary, 60 km from Idukki, 190 km from Cochin and 114 km away from Kottayam is open throughout the year , but the best season for a visit is from September to March. The sanctuary is centered around the large (24 sq km) artificial lake formed by a dam across the Periyar river. It is one of the famous holiday destinations in India. Thekkady consists of elephants, thick jungle, hills and spice scented plantations. Overnight- Cardamom Country
Today is a free day to explore Thekkady. Optional activities can be organised locally with our guide. (Paid locally) here are many opportunities for hiking to the surrounding hill towns. Thekkady is also home to one of the finest wildlife reserves in India, Periyar National Park. Thekkady is considered a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove. Chellar Kovil is an area of cascading waterfalls nor far from Thekkady and also close by is Mangala Devi Temple, which is only open during the Chitra Pournami festival. Built in the Pandian style of architecture, this ancient temple stands amidst thick forest. Overnight- Cardamom Country
Today our arrangements end upon check out at our hotel.
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