TOUR NO-51 : MUNNAR-THEKKADY-ALLEPPEY (5D/4N)

MUNNAR

Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1,600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once in every twelve years, will bloom next in 2018. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2,695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking. Let us now explore some of the options in and around Munnar that would provide travellers ample opportunities to enjoy the captivating hill station of Munnar.


SIGHTSEEING PLACES IN MUNNAR

MATTUPETTY

Situated at a height of 1700 Meter, Mattupetty is known for its highly specialised dairy farm - the Indo-Swiss Livestock project. Over a 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here. Mattupetty farm is managed by Kerala Livestock Development and Milk Marketing Board and Visitors are allowed into 3 of the 11 cattle sheds at the farm. The Mattupetty Dam and a lake is a very beautiful picnic spot and enjoy a boat safari on Mattupetty Lake.

ECHO POINT

The Echo Point is located around 15 km from Munnar, tourists can reach the point by trekking. The invigorating ambiance, view of the surrounding hills, clean mountain air and mist clad hills makes this place worth visiting. This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo point is on the way to Top station from Munnar.

RAJAMALA / ERAVIKULAM NATIONAL PARK

Eravikulum National Park is located approximately 14 km from Munnar. The most commonly sighted animals here are Elephant, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri marten, small-clawed otter and a rare tiger or leopard. It is also known as Rajamalai National Park. Located inside the Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak is the highest peak in the area. Towering at a height of 2695 m, the hill is opulent in various kinds of flora and fauna. Tourists need to trek in order to reach the peak and the view of the national park from atop is breath taking. The Park is divided into three regions-the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area which is in the Rajamala region. Rajamala is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr.Half the world population of the rare mountain goat(Hemitragas bylocres) which is an endangered species , is now found here. The Nilgiri Tahrs are today reduced to small herds found in the Eravikulam-Rajamala region

TEA PLANTATIONS

Munnar is an attractive destination with the world's best and renowned tea estates. Tourists should come here to enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding. There are more than 50 tea estates in and around Munnar. Most of the plantations are taken over by the Tata Group. Some of the major tea estates in Munnar include Harrison Malayalam, AVT tea, Michael's tea, Brooke Bond etc. It is one of the biggest centers of tea trade in India. Tata Tea opened a Tea Museum which houses curious, photographs and machineries, each depicting a turning point that contributed to a flourishing tea industry, as seen today in the region.

THEKKADY

Thekkady is placed at an altitude of 700m above the sea level. Located in the Idukki district of Kerala, Thekkady is a perfect retreat for anyone who loves adventure, fun, wildlife and nature. Nestled between the ever-green and semi-evergreen forests of Western Ghats, Thekkady has so many things to offer for the tourists who visit this place. In the biggest wildlife sanctuary, you can sight Asian elephants, bison, sambar deer, boars, tigers, leopards, wild squirrels, lion tailed monkeys etc.


SIGHTSEEING PLACES IN THEKKADY

PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

One of the world's richest bio-diversity spots is the fascinating natural wildlife sanctuary –the protected Periyar Tiger Reserve. Spread across 777 sq.km, of which 360 sq. k m is thick evergreen forest, the periyar wildlife sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the reserve attracts visitors from all over the world. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River add to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in India where you have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat. The greatest attractions of Periyar, however, are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.

PERIYAR LAKE

The lake of the Periyar wildlife sanctuary makes an important site to visit in Thekkady. This splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. A wonderful palace located in the heart of the Periyar Lake attracts a lot of visitors. The greatest attraction of Periyar Lake however is the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. Periyar is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters form the safety of a boat on the lake.The Periyar Lake attracts grey heron, ibis, the great Malabar hornbill and grey hornbill. The other birds include kingfishers, ospreys and kites as well as orioles, hill mynas, racket tailed drongos, parakeets, including the unusual blue winged parakeet and flycatchers

SPICE PLANTATIONS

The spice plantation in Thekkady is one of the major spice plantations in Kerala. Major spice plantations are Cloves, Nutmeg, Pepper, Ginger, and Coffee, Vanilla, Cardamom and turmeric. The spice plantations of Thekkady are a huge draw for travellers from all over the world.


ALLEPPEY

Alleppey is the administrative headquarters of Alleppey district. This town is considered to be the oldest planned town in this region and the lighthouse built on the coast of the town. Alleppey is the sixth largest city in Kerala and is situated 62 kilometres to the south of Kochi and 155 kilometres north of Trivandrum. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, is one of the places known as "Venice of the East" by Lord Curzon. Today, it is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry.


SIGHTSEEING PLACES IN ALLEPPEY

ALLEPPEY BACK WATER RIDES

Houseboats are the prime attraction of Alleppey and are the best means of exploring the backwaters. These houseboats are the epitome of luxury and are well equipped with modern facilities and International class amenities. A backwater cruise on a houseboat allows you to see the scenic manmade Islands and beautiful sights of coconut fringed backwaters and paddy fields

ALLEPPEY BEACH

Alleppey beach is a popular attraction in Alleppey. Famous for its views of the Arabian Sea, Lakes and large network of lagoons making for picturesque views. The beach also has a Vijaya park has many swings and a toy train making it an ideal place for picnic. There is also an old lighthouse nearby which is greatly fascinating to visitors.

MUNNAR-THEKKADY-ALLEPPEY (5D/4N)

DAY 1: Arrival at Cochin Airport/Ernakulam Railway station. Transfer to Munnar (130 Kms/4 Hrs). Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations in south India known for its sprawling tea gardens. Throughout the journey enjoy beautiful streams, small waterfalls, Rubber, Pepper cardamom, Tea plantations and thick forests. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at Munnar.

DAY 2: After breakfast sightseeing of Munnar. Enjoy the nature beauty of Munnar. Munnar is basically a tea town. Visit Mattupetty Dam to enjoy a boat ride, Echo Point, Eravikulam National Park and Tea Gardens. Overnight stay at Munnar.

DAY 3: After breakfast proceed to Thekkady (120 Kms/4 Hrs). Throughout this journey you can enjoy different type of spice plantations like cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, clove etc. On arrival at Thekkady check in to the Hotel. Afternoon visit periyar wildlife sanctuary and Boating in Peiryar Lake experience the mind blowing view of calm crystal clear Periyar Lake and Sanctuary. You may get a chance to see different type wild animals while boating. Overnight stay at Thekkady.

DAY 4: After breakfast drive to Alleppey (125 Kms/4 Hrs). Alleppey is famous for its lovely lakes, lagoons and the fresh water rivers, backwater holidays, beaches, Marine products and Coir industry. On arrival check in to the hotel. Later enjoy the famous Alleppey backwater ride. Overnight stay at Alleppey.

DAY 5: After breakfast visit Alleppey beach. Alleppey beach is a popular picnic spot. Later transfer to Cochin Airport/Ernakulum Railway station (80 Kms/2 Hrs). Tour End.

MUNNAR-THEKKADY-ALLEPPEY (5D/4N)

ADULT (ABOVE 11 Years ) : 000/- per person
CHILDREN (5-11 Years ) : 000/- per person
CHILDREN (Below 5 Years ) : FREE

PACKAGE COST INCLUDES:
  • All sightseeing & Transfer by A/c Vehicle as per the Itinerary
  • A/C Room Accommodation on Triple Sharing / Family Basis
  • All sightseeing entry fee and Delhi Metro Rail Ride
  • English-Malayalam speaking tour Manager as per the Sightseeing Itinerary
  • All Taxes, Parking charges and Driver Bata.

PACKAGE COST EXCLUDES:
  • Air-Rail Ticket, Food, Portage and Laundry
  • Show at Akshardam Temple, Camel Ride, Horse Ride
  • Anything  that is not mentioned above in the Includes

* Package Cost Valid for Minimum 27 Persons



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