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5 Days / 4 Nights
Destinations Kochi , Kumarakom , Munnar

Cochin - Munnar - Kumarakom - Cochin

Itinerary

Day 1-2: Munnar

Arrival at the airport and transfer to Munnar. Check into the hotel. Munnar is a magnificent hill station in the Western Ghats at about 5000 feet above sea level. This is one of the best hill stations in Kerala and is the major centre of Kerala's tea industry.

Munnar means three rivers and the town is located at the confluence of 3 mountain streams - Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. These 3 stream confluence at the heart of the town and meet all the water requirements of the settlers and visitors. Munnar has lakes, forests and several tea estates. Anaimudi, the highest peak in South India (2695 m/8883 ft.) is nearby. Munnar was the British Government's Summer Resort in the South and it has been the favorite summer resort of the European sellers for centuries.

Major sightseeing attractions are the Kundale tea plantation, Eravikulam National Park, The High Range Club, Top Station, Mattuppetty, Devikulam, Rajamalai, Chithirapuram, Marayoor, Pallivasal/Pothamedu, etc.
Day 3-4: Kumarakom
Proceed to Kumarakom and check into the hotel.

Kumarakom, the queen of Vembanad, is a ‘resort’ destination. This tiny village on the edge of Vembanad Lake was practically unknown till one Henry Baker purchased land from the erstwhile King of Travancore to build himself a grand home. Kumarakom, today is a maze of modern resorts and heritage-homes-cum-hotels spilling over the island’s bank. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a must-visit with its numerous beautiful rivulets and waterways.

The scenic Vembanad Lake surrounded by mangrove forests and paddy fields is one of the best places for bird viewing inside the sanctuary. A large population of feathered species along with a pleasant climate make it a great picnic spot. As Kumarakom is a popular backwater destination in Kerala, a houseboat cruise is a must-do activity for visitors. A boat cruise on the beautiful Vembanad lake is one of the best ways to enjoy birdwatching in the park. One can also enjoy wildlife photography at Pathiramanal - a small island on the lake. A little ahead of Kumarakom, you can visit the backwater town of Kottayam – packed with rubber plantations and majestic old churches.
Day 5: Cochin
Departure from Cochin airport.

Kochi
Kochi is the most vibrant city in Kerala and the state’s business capital. Situated in the south-western coast of India, Kochi is branded as the Queen of Arabian Sea due ...

Kochi

Kochi is the most vibrant city in Kerala and the state’s business capital. Situated in the south-western coast of India, Kochi is branded as the Queen of Arabian Sea due to the prominence of Cochin port since the colonial era. From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Romans, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left their marks in the development of a Kochite culture. This mark is still visible, making it a cosmopolitan city.   The present day Kochi is an extended metropolitan region in Ernakulam district spanning an area of 94.88 square kilometres. The up-market area of the town is called Ernakulam. Over the last two decades, the geography of the city has drastically changed but still Kochi retains its innate greenness and charm with tourists round the year. For tourists, Kochi is referred as “The Gateway to Kerala”. The country’s first and only international marina is in Kochi which makes the city one of the top water tourism destinations in the world.   Despite many fast-paced changes, Kochi still has not lost its charm. Museums, cultural centres, pristine beaches and places of worships preserve its history and culture. And moreover, Kochi is the shopper’s hub of Kerala.
Kumarakom
Kumarakom is a picturesque and tranquil piece of land in the backdrop of Vembanad Lake, the largest lake in the state. Tourism at Kumarakom revolves around house boat exp...

Kumarakom

Kumarakom is a picturesque and tranquil piece of land in the backdrop of Vembanad Lake, the largest lake in the state. Tourism at Kumarakom revolves around house boat experiences at Vembanad Lake. Palm fringed canals, mirror still lagoons and cool lakesides combines to make this small island hamlet a delight of leisure lovers. The watery ways in this hamlet is a bird watcher’s paradise too. Kumarakom does nt have too many sights and sounds, but the overall tranquillity and pastoral landscape here has been attracting many visitors.   The majestic backwaters in Kerala display their true grandeur in Kumarakom as in Alapuzha. There are green vistas everywhere with glimpses of water ways peeping through trees, coconut palms and humble homes. The Booker Prize Winner Arundhathi Roy’s ‘God of Small Things’ is set in Aymananam, a surrounding village of Kumarakom.   Kumarakom was shot to a sudden tourist impetus recently. Many luxury and budget resorts line up here facing Vembanad Lake and offers leisure activities in like yachting and fishing.     The markets of Kumarakom are famous for its colourful piles of fruits, vegetables and heaps of fishes. The water carnivals during August-September, house boats and the country canoes (kothumbuvallom) of varying sizes have an important role in the community life of the people of Kumarakom.    A visit to Kumarakom can be clubbed along with Alapuzha or Kochi trip.
Munnar
A gem in the crest of God’s own country, Munnar is an abode of peace and serenity. This small and scenic hilltop hamlet is an all time favourite destination of tourists w...

Munnar

A gem in the crest of God’s own country, Munnar is an abode of peace and serenity. This small and scenic hilltop hamlet is an all time favourite destination of tourists who longs for a cool relaxation. Nature is at its best here with all its ingredients- tall hills, sparkling brooks, sylvan surroundings, refreshing drizzles and an all pervading refreshing aroma of spices, tea and roasted coffee. As Munnar stands out with her cool ethereal beauty, visitors are lured here round the year to share special moments.   Pinpointed at a height of 5906 ft, Munnar is part of Western Ghats collectively known as High Ranges. With more than 12,000 hectares of lush, manicured tea fields sprawling across, Munnar is branded as the centre of Kerala’s premier tea plantation.   The enchantment of the excursion to this green hill station starts as road unwinds through hairpin turns past estates and sparkling waterfalls. The greeting of the magnificent vistas here is an irresistible canvas while the fresh aroma of tea, coffee, eucalyptus and cardamom grooves is simply refreshing. 
Copper castle
Located in the beautifull Munnar Hill station, aiming to provide the best of services to its corporate guests, the hotel offers contemporary business ...

Copper castle

Located in the beautifull Munnar Hill station, aiming to provide the best of services to its corporate guests, the hotel offers contemporary business facilities and has the capacity to hold meetings and conferences. The hotel has ensured that dining is an all new experience here.
 Kumarakom Lake Resort
Kumarakom Lake Resort, acclaimed as the finest luxury heritage resort in India, nestles on the serene banks of the Lake Vembanad, the vast stretch of ...

Kumarakom Lake Resort

Kumarakom Lake Resort, acclaimed as the finest luxury heritage resort in India, nestles on the serene banks of the Lake Vembanad, the vast stretch of tranquil, emerald green backwaters, in one of India's hottest holiday spots, Kerala. Sprawling across 25 acres of lush greenery and set in soul-stirring ambience, Kumarakom Lake Resort, a privileged member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and awarded thrice in a row as India's Leading Resort (2006, 2007 and 2008) by the much acclaimed World Travel Awards, exudes the charm of Kerala's true heritage while offering a complete range of New Age amenities for a luxuriously comfortable stay.
 T & U Leisure Hotel
T& U leisure one of the finest hotels in Munnar, with luxury rooms and honeymoon cottages, the hotel offers the best of all facilities and amenities a...

T & U Leisure Hotel

T& U leisure one of the finest hotels in Munnar, with luxury rooms and honeymoon cottages, the hotel offers the best of all facilities and amenities and promises a luxurious stay. The hotel has ensured that dining, in the multi cuisine restaurant or in the lawn is an all new experience here.
 The Tall Tree Resort
he Tall Trees Resorts stands tall and aloof among the other such establishments in and around Munnar. What makes it standout is mainly the bio-diverse...

The Tall Tree Resort

he Tall Trees Resorts stands tall and aloof among the other such establishments in and around Munnar. What makes it standout is mainly the bio-diverse eco-system it has successfully preserved in the sprawling 66 acres, even though all the modern creature comforts are tastefully arranged in each of the well appointed cottages nestling among the greenery. Coupled with this is the proximity to the most sought-after wild life sanctuaries of South India.
 Tea Castle
Tea Castle is a luxury hotel located 4 kms from Munnar, located in the tea valley view in Chitrapuram. It is conveniently situated with easy access to...

Tea Castle

Tea Castle is a luxury hotel located 4 kms from Munnar, located in the tea valley view in Chitrapuram. It is conveniently situated with easy access to all the major tourist attraction in and around Munnar. The hotel offers the best of all facilities and amenities and promises a luxurious stay. The hotel has incorporated many amenities to make the stay a pleasurable one.
KTDC Backwater Resort
KTDC Backwater Resort Kumarakom offers the best of all facilities and amenities and promises a luxurious stay. The hotel has incorporated many ameniti...

KTDC Backwater Resort

KTDC Backwater Resort Kumarakom offers the best of all facilities and amenities and promises a luxurious stay. The hotel has incorporated many amenities to make the stay a pleasurable one. Health Club, Ayurvedic Centre and swimming pool all make sure that guests here are kept entertained and refreshed. The best of restaurants, coffee shops, and bar, boating arrangements, Amphitheatre are also present on site to make stay more enjoyable one.
West Wood Riverside Garden Resort
At West Wood Riverside, with 40 well appointed rooms the hotel offers the best of all facilities and amenities and promises a luxurious stay. Special ...

West Wood Riverside Garden Resort

At West Wood Riverside, with 40 well appointed rooms the hotel offers the best of all facilities and amenities and promises a luxurious stay. Special packages are available on request. Check in at the West Wood Riverside in Munnar. And let your enchanting holidays begin.
Windermere Estate Hotel
Windermere Estate, is where the manicured tea gardens merge with the lush green forests of western ghats. Hallmarked for its exclusiveness and high ra...

Windermere Estate Hotel

Windermere Estate, is where the manicured tea gardens merge with the lush green forests of western ghats. Hallmarked for its exclusiveness and high range hospitality, Windermere is a 60 acre Cardamom Plantation. The presence of the Planter's family next door ensures security and local advice devoid of a hotel atmosphere.
KTDC Bolgatty Palace Hotel
Bolgatty Palace, the exclusive heritage hotel located on the picturesque Bolgatty Island in Kochi, provides travelers with world class amenities and w...

KTDC Bolgatty Palace Hotel

Bolgatty Palace, the exclusive heritage hotel located on the picturesque Bolgatty Island in Kochi, provides travelers with world class amenities and wonderful holidaying options. It faces straight to the estuary of Vembanad backwaters and it is also close to the international marina.
Manor Backwater Resort
On the banks of the largest lake in Asia – the Vembenad, nestles Kumarakom a small village whose environs are endowed with pristine natural beauty. A ...

Manor Backwater Resort

On the banks of the largest lake in Asia – the Vembenad, nestles Kumarakom a small village whose environs are endowed with pristine natural beauty. A top class luxury resort, the Manor Backwater Resort is built in contemporary Indian style inspired by traditional Kerala architecture. The resort is constructed with a minute eye to comfort, elegant taste. All the rooms, outlets, gym, conference and board rooms are air conditioned for your comfort. Old fashioned charisma emanates from the Manor, where design is everything and hospitality reigns supreme.
Puzhayoram Heritage Resort
Located between the Arabian Sea in the west and the Western Ghats to the east, Kerala, with its rich natural and cultural heritage has a world of expe...

Puzhayoram Heritage Resort

Located between the Arabian Sea in the west and the Western Ghats to the east, Kerala, with its rich natural and cultural heritage has a world of experiences to offer. Puzhayoram is set along the banks of the Meenachil river. The river, connected to Vembanad Lake, stretches endlessly into the backwaters of Kumarakom, one of the must-see destinations in the world. Nestled amidst 4 acres of swaying palms, lawns with nature trails and ten luxury cottages built in traditional Kerala architecture, Puzhayoram is a perfect get-away to recharge and rejuvenate yourselves.
Tharavadu Heritage Home
The Only Real Heritage Home in Kumarakom, Enjoy the ambiance of a traditional Kerala house in the banks of the cool and calm Kumarakom backwaters. Tha...

Tharavadu Heritage Home

The Only Real Heritage Home in Kumarakom, Enjoy the ambiance of a traditional Kerala house in the banks of the cool and calm Kumarakom backwaters. Tharavadu, which means family house in local language, Heritage Home is a 120 years old Traditional Kerala Syrian Christian family house, located near the river bank. The recently renovated house is surrounded with small rivers and natural beauty. The promoters are keen to offer nature oriented services and a big NO to plastics in this environment friendly villa, near well known tourist spots like munnar, thekkady and 150 km from kovalam.
Windsor Paddy Field Resort
Paddy Fields is peaceful resort situated in the middle of emerald green paddy fields of Kumarakom. It offers picturesque view of the surroundings, dot...

Windsor Paddy Field Resort

Paddy Fields is peaceful resort situated in the middle of emerald green paddy fields of Kumarakom. It offers picturesque view of the surroundings, dotted with green patches and waters. The resort is aesthetically designed to suit the taste of sophisticated travelers. It has all recreational and business to keep the visitors at ease. In short, Paddy Fields Resort is a great place to stay and enjoy the relaxing trip at Kumarakom.
Heritage Methanam Hotel
Glimpses of a gorgeous past is visible at Heritage Methanam, a Heritage Hotel in India's first ever model Tourism Village located just over 10 Kms fro...

Heritage Methanam Hotel

Glimpses of a gorgeous past is visible at Heritage Methanam, a Heritage Hotel in India's first ever model Tourism Village located just over 10 Kms from the city of Kochi, This heritage hotel is a traditional mansion by the backwaters of Kumbalanghi where you travel back about a hundred years in time. The backwaters are a self supporting Eco-system, a network of lakes, canals and estuaries and deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. Teeming with aquatic life, the backwaters of Kerala offer a peaceful setting for romantic cruises viewing the vibrant greenpaddy fields and small, village hamlets on Kerala Houseboats.
Le Colonial Hotel
Le Colonial, by the Chinese fishing nets of Cochin is probably Asia's oldest colonial house- dating back to 1506. Just adjacent to St. Francis Church,...

Le Colonial Hotel

Le Colonial, by the Chinese fishing nets of Cochin is probably Asia's oldest colonial house- dating back to 1506. Just adjacent to St. Francis Church, it is reputed to have housed Vasco da Gama and the Saint. After 150 years as the Protuguese Governer's home, it was one of the rare houses not to be destroyed when Dutch took Fort Cochin. It housed the Dutch Governors for century and a half till Ian vas Spall sold it to the British in 1795, who in turn, passed it to J.Thomas, the legendary English trader of tea.
Hotel Abad
Perched on the Ernakulam-Fort Cochin main road, Abad is excellently well connected for easy access to any part of Cochin. Business, Entertainment, Sho...

Hotel Abad

Perched on the Ernakulam-Fort Cochin main road, Abad is excellently well connected for easy access to any part of Cochin. Business, Entertainment, Shopping, Sightseeing or just plain lazing it off, you will find Abad your convenient base in Cochin.
The Tower House  Hotel
The Tower House, facing the Chinese fishing nets of Cochin, marks the spot of a 17th century light house. Its vast high-ceilinged halls and arched doo...

The Tower House Hotel

The Tower House, facing the Chinese fishing nets of Cochin, marks the spot of a 17th century light house. Its vast high-ceilinged halls and arched doors flanked by colonial pillars, is a sheer delight to walk through and wake up in. The authentic furniture and art recreate a lost era, taking you on imaginary, high-sea galleons to the days of adventurers, governors and sultans.
The Gokulam Park Hotel
A lavish four star property in Kochi, The Gokulam Park is one of the best known landmarks in the town. With a location close to the prime business and...

The Gokulam Park Hotel

A lavish four star property in Kochi, The Gokulam Park is one of the best known landmarks in the town. With a location close to the prime business and shopping centers the hotel is easily a favorite with business and leisure travelers. The presence of good business amenities and conference facilities give an extra advantage to the corporate travelers to the place. All the rooms and suites here come fitted with the best of luxuries one would want to make for a perfectly pleasurable stay. Property amenities like outdoor pool and fully-equipped gymnasium ensure that guests are kept well-entertained and refreshed. Guests would be happy to see the oldest synagogue in the country from the comfort of the hotel itself. Gokulam Park has taken care to ensure that guests enjoy a good culinary experience too. Restaurants here serve multi-cuisine dishes while there is a seafood special restaurant too.
Tea Valley Resort  Hotel
Tea Valley Resorts is located in close proximity to Munnar town, and yet is away from its quaint bustle. The resort offers guests a chance to relax am...

Tea Valley Resort Hotel

Tea Valley Resorts is located in close proximity to Munnar town, and yet is away from its quaint bustle. The resort offers guests a chance to relax amidst nature's verdant splendour, and enjoy the alluringly fresh mountain breeze. Tea Valley Resorts is located in the middle of tea estate, and has a 6.5 acre expanse of rolling hills surrounding it. The resort offers excellent comforts and efficient services, all at reasonable prices. Tea Valley Resorts invites you to unwind with them, and de-stress your life. Tea Valley resort is located at the top of a tea-estate which can be easily accessed from Munnar Town, and is at a distance of 4 km. Munnar is accessible by air from Cochin International Airport which is 115 km away. The resort is 1.5 km from Pothamedu View Point.
Whispering Meadows  Hotel
Whispering Meadows located at an altitude of 6000 feet, with 21 single / deluxe hill-top cottages, multi-cuisine restaurant and most modern facilities...

Whispering Meadows Hotel

Whispering Meadows located at an altitude of 6000 feet, with 21 single / deluxe hill-top cottages, multi-cuisine restaurant and most modern facilities, Whispering Meadows is a perfect hill-side, summer resort that boasts of the most picturesque tea gardens, green meadows, blue mountains and fragrant fresh air.
Whispering Palms Hotel
Abad Whispering Palms is located at Kumarakom the most exotic resort destination in Kerala right on the bank of the Vembanadu Lake in natural back wat...

Whispering Palms Hotel

Abad Whispering Palms is located at Kumarakom the most exotic resort destination in Kerala right on the bank of the Vembanadu Lake in natural back water surroundings. Situated amidst natural backwater setting, it is a place where you can relax and bask in the luxury of tranquility. Well- designed accommodation including Bamboo Pool Villa/Cottage with private pool, Lagoon/ Garden Facing Cottages, and, Suite Room in tranquil, serene landscaped setting to guarantee rejuvenation.
Abad Residencia Hotel
The new Heritage Hotel of Abad Group- Grand Residencia-opened in Fort Cochin with grandeur of 140 years of history. This luxury hotel on the Princess ...

Abad Residencia Hotel

The new Heritage Hotel of Abad Group- Grand Residencia-opened in Fort Cochin with grandeur of 140 years of history. This luxury hotel on the Princess Street of Kochi.Mr.Koder. a renowned businessman and a reputed Jew, built this house in the Portugese colony of Fort Kochi in 1868. This beautiful Koder House has a mixture of Portugese and Kerala architecture.
Abad Plaza Hotel
Hotel Abad Plaza- Centrally air-conditioned and has 80 tastefully decorated exquisite guest rooms with direct dialing facilities, Television with sate...

Abad Plaza Hotel

Hotel Abad Plaza- Centrally air-conditioned and has 80 tastefully decorated exquisite guest rooms with direct dialing facilities, Television with satellite channels, attached bath. Refrigerator in Deluxe, Executive and Suite rooms.
Abad Airport Hotel
At Nedumbassery, Opposite to Cochin International Airport, 29 Kms from Cochin city and 40 kms from Trissur.56 centrally air-conditioned, spacious, wel...

Abad Airport Hotel

At Nedumbassery, Opposite to Cochin International Airport, 29 Kms from Cochin city and 40 kms from Trissur.56 centrally air-conditioned, spacious, well furnished rooms and suites, with sound proof windows and doors.
Abad Atrium Hotel
Abad Atrium Hotel is a DELUXE HOTEL located in downtown area of Kochi, The elegantly appointed guest rooms surround a central atrium with capsule lift...

Abad Atrium Hotel

Abad Atrium Hotel is a DELUXE HOTEL located in downtown area of Kochi, The elegantly appointed guest rooms surround a central atrium with capsule lift giving the ambience of a garden hotel.
Abad Metro Hotel
Abad Atrium Hotel is a DELUXE HOTEL located in downtown area of Kochi, The elegantly appointed guest rooms surround a central atrium with capsule lift...

Abad Metro Hotel

Abad Atrium Hotel is a DELUXE HOTEL located in downtown area of Kochi, The elegantly appointed guest rooms surround a central atrium with capsule lift giving the ambience of a garden hotel.