Bina & Jesal's Trip Journal travel blog


Tour dates 26/08/2009 to 31/08/2009

Visitors: Bina, Jesal, Vishal & Chitra

26/08/2009

By an early morning flight we reached Kochi airport (Cochin).

The car (Innova)picked us and we decided to go straight to Munnar.

The journey to Munnar from Cochin is about 3 hours and we reached Munnar at 1:30 p.m.

We had lunch at Mahavir Bhojanaly and then checked in to the "Club Mahindra Lake View Resort".

The view from the resort is awesome, the only drawback is the distance (22kms from Munnar town) which is sometimes tiring.

After relaxing we had fun playing some games at the resort. In the evening we went for a walk around the resort.

27/08/2009 - Day 2: Munnar

In the morning, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Munnar covering Mattupetty Lake & Dam, Echo Point, Kundale Lake, Blossom Garden, Rajamalai and Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary famous for the Nilgiri Tahr and tea gardens. Return to hotel in the evening for overnight stay.

Day 3: Munnar - Periyar

After breakfast, depart for Thekkady by road (Approx: 124 kms / 3 hrs). En route visit the panoramic Western Ghat hills covered with spice plantations and an occasional view of waterfalls and streams, several types of spice plantations like cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon and clove. On arrival at Thekkady, check into hotel.

Day 4: Periyar (Thekkady)

Early morning proceed for boating on the Periyar Lake (optional) and experience a view of calm crystal clear Periyar Lake and sanctuary. Watch different wild animals while boating. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Periyar - Kumarakom

In the morning, check out of the hotel and depart for Kumarakom (Approx: 185 kms /5 hrs). En route visit the rubber and tea plantations. Arrive at Kumarakom and visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (famous for migratory and local birds). Later, check into hotel. In the evening, enjoy a sunset cruise (optional) or relax near the Venbanad Lake. Stay overnight at Kumarakom.

Day 6: Kumarakom - Houseboat

After breakfast, depart for Kumarakom by road. On arrival, check into houseboat and spend the day at leisure. Houseboat cruise is the best way to explore the beauty of backwaters. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy lunch, evening tea/coffee with snacks and dinner on it. Stay overnight in houseboat.

Day 7: Houseboat - Alleppey – Cochin

Spend the morning at leisure on the houseboat. Later, disembark houseboat at Alleppey and transfer to Kovalam (190 kms/4.5 hrs). En route visit the coastal areas with the coconut trees and a view of lagoons and palm-fringed Arabian Sea. On arrival at Kovalam, check into hotel. Spend the rest of the day at lesiure. Stay overnight in Kovalam.

Day 8: Kochin (Departure)

Spend the morning at leisure. Later check out for the hotel and transfer to airport/railway station for onward travel

Hotels

Stay / Travel Hotel cost per night for 2 rooms

26-Aug Day 1: Cochin - Munnar Club Mahindra 6,500

27-Aug Day 2: Munnar - Club Mahindra 6,500

28-Aug Day 3: Munnar - Thekkady Cardamom County - AP 10,000

29-Aug Day 4: Thekkady Cardamom County - AP 10,000

30-Aug Day 5: Thekkady - Kumarakom Coconut Lagoon 11,500

31-Aug Day 6: Kumarakom - Cochin



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