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“Kerala Day Breaks”
Travel to Kerala – Gods Own Country in a different way with KERALA DAY BREAKS that offers one exciting activities each day. Explore destination with our activities that ranges from cycling, trekking, jungle safaris, practicing Indian local art, kayaking in narrow canals, overnight backwater cruise, and farm visits. These expeditions while providing you with adventure, excitement and the experience nature in its true form, also gives you an opportunity to interact with the local people & experience their culture, traditions and the various culinary specialties of each locality.
Day 01: Arrive Kochi
Welcome to Kerala – Gods Own Country a beautiful land on Malabar Coast and stretched along Western Ghat where beauty of nature can be best seen.
Kerala’s history is closely linked with its commerce, which until recent times revolved around its spice trade. Celebrated as the Spice Coast of India, ancient Kerala played host to travellers and traders from across the world including the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, French and the British. Almost all of them have left their imprint on this land in some form or the other – architecture, cuisine, literature.
Bestowed with a pleasant and equable climate throughout the year, Kerala is a tropical land with the coast running down its entire length and the Western Ghats forming a protective barrier against the dry winds from up north.
We welcome you in our traditional way to make you feel our Keralian style which is brief our varied diversity and culture.
Day 02: Exploring Fort on cycles
Early morning prepare yourself with our first sport and explore the heritage of Fort Kochi while paddling your cycles. Our activity leader will meet you one of the oldest European Churches in India. After a short introduction about each other you your journey starts along narrow lanes of colonial sites and spice market. The architecture of these busy streets follows a European style, with fine houses built by wealthy British traders, and Dutch cottages with split farm house doors. Your journey will take you across the heritage sites including Matthancherry Palace – features Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi. Further ahead you will stroll through Jew Street and visit the oldest active Synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations. Then we will continue our cycling towards the Santa Cruz Basilica. This is a very attractive church made in Gothic style, which was originally built by the Portuguese. From there, we will proceed towards Princess Street where we can find Chinese ishing nets and St. Francis Church.
Evening you will visit to an auditorium to view Kerala’s traditional dance Kathakali.
Day 03: Kochi to Munnar
After all your morning activities along with breakfast you will head towards Western Ghats with sprawling tea estates, cliffs, waterfalls and lots of natural beauty.
Munnar 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.
Day 04: Trek the peaks of Western Ghat at Munnar
Today set of through the highest areas of the Western Ghats near Munnar home to diverse wildlife. Your trek will begin at an altitude of 1500 m, and will gradually walk up to 2600 m, accompanied by guides and porters. You will pass through the high altitude rain forests of this region, the Sholas (high altitude cloud forests). The Sholas interspersed with grasslands are typical of this area. The wildlife includes elephants, the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, the sambar deer and the sloth bear. After a good trek, you will set up camp at an altitude of around 2200 m.
Day 05: Trek to Suryanelli
After a field breakfast, you will start early in the morning and head towards Meesapulimala, the second highest peak in the Western Ghats. Your trekking path will take you through the typical Sholas and grasslands, with flowing mountain streams. Once you reach the peak, you can take a well deserved break and feast on the breathtaking view. The world’s highest tea estate, Kolukkumalai, is visible from here. This trek gives you the great opportunity of moving through routes that are off most tourist trails. You will continue and complete your trek by descending to the camp at Suryanelli.
Day 06: roads to Periyar
Today your road will drive you to Periyar. As you move ahead you will feel fell the fragrance and aroma of spices.
Relax a short time in your room and then after proceed ahead to explore the village with bullock cart ride. Meet a local villager who will explain you their livelihood. With him you will visit his spice plantation where you will learn about Indian spices and how it grew importance for international trade. During this duration you can also help in his farming processes.
Evening witness Kalaripayattu Art (ancient martial art of Kerala) performance.
Day 07: jungle expedition of Periyar Wildlife Reserve
Drive through the famed Periyar Tiger Reserve on open jeeps and trek through the evergreen rain forest at Gavi. Get an opportunity to sight the endemic Lion Tailed Macaque or the Malabar Giant Squirrel.
Your starting point will be at Periyar. The Periyar Tiger Reserve is home to rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna. This is the home range of the rare and endangered Lion Tailed Macaque, and also an excellent spot for birds & rare butterflies, as well as large herds of elephants and gaurs. You will start your adventure with a jeep safari into the forests at Gavi, within the Periyar Tiger Reserve. On reaching the destination, breakfast will be served and afterwards you will head out for a trek. The trek path will be through thick tropical rain forests where there are good chances of spotting wildlife. After the trek, you will be transferred back to Periyar on jeeps.
Day 08: by the side of Vembanad Lake at Kumarakom
Today we want to give a break and so drive you to Kumarakom which is along the beautiful Vembanad Lake. Relax in your room overview the lake or you may experience ayurvedic messages to relax your muscles and body.
Evening you get some culinary lesson of Keralaian cuisine.
Day 09: Kayaking through the backwaters
This day of your adventure holiday in India involves paddling through the narrow canals of Pulinkunnu to the island of Kavalam. Kavalam is the erstwhile headquarters of affluent agrarian families, whose majestic homes stand as testimony to their grandeur past. After a brief stopover for refreshments at an enchanting coconut grove on a ‘bund’ by the lakeshore, you will continue our kayaking and return to the heritage villa by noon.
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