|PLACES COVERED||Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady (Periyar) – Alleppey Backwater – Kochi – Departure|
|DURATION OF TRIP||08 NIGHTS/09 DAYS|
|MINIMUM REQUIRED||2 PAX|
|CONDITION*||PROMOTIONAL PRICE NOT APPLICABLE FROM 15TH DECEMBER-2019 TILL 15TH JANUARY-2020|
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||PICKUP Cochin/DROP Cochin|
|RETURN TIME||Depends on onward Journey|
|WEAR||Comfortable clothing with suitable Toiletries|
DAY - 01 : Arrive Cochin
On arrival at Cochin airport, our representative will meet you to pick you up and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel in Cochin.
DAY - 02: Cochin sightseeing
After Breakfast Proceed to Cochin Sightseeing:
Mattancherry Palace& Jewish Synagogue:- The Mattancherry Palace is a Portuguese palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace, in Mattancherry, Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala which features Kerala murals depicting portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi. The Palace was built and gifted by the Portuguese as a present to the king of Cochin around 1555. The Dutch carried out some extensions and renovations in the palace in 1663, and thereafter it was popularly called Dutch Palace.
[Above monument Timings: Dutch Palace/Mattancherry: Timings 10:00 am to 5 pm, Closed on Fridays and National holidays / Jewish Synagogue: 10 am to 5 pm, Break Time – 12 pm to 3 pm, Closed on Friday & Saturday &Jewish Holidays]
Chinese Fishing Net: In India, Chinese fishing nets (Cheena vala) are fishing nets that are fixed land installations for fishing. While commonly known as “Chinese fishing nets” in India, the more formal name for such nets is “shore operated lift nets”. Huge mechanical contrivances hold out horizontal nets of 20 m or more across.
Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica: The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica at Fort Kochi is one of the eight Basilicas in Kerala. Counted as one of the heritage edifices of Kerala, this church is one of the finest and most impressive churches in India and visited by tourists the whole year round.
St. Francis Church: St. Francis CSI Church, in Fort Kochi (a.k.a. Fort Cochin), originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India. and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent.
Kathakali Dance show Centre in AC Theater: (Timings: 17:30 pm – 19:30 pm): Elements of the art of Kathakali are found in the ancient ritual plays of Hindu temples and various dance forms that are believed to have been gradually developed in Kerala from as early as the 2nd Century until the end of the 16th Century.
Later drive back to Hotel stay overnight at Hotel in Cochin.
DAY - 03 : Cochin- Munnar (Drive: 123 Km / 3.5 Hrs.)
After Breakfast check out from Kochi hotel and drive to Munnar. This majestic hill station was once the summer resort of the British government in South India. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and start local sightseeing which includes the way to Munnar as well:-
Mattupetty Dam: Mattupetty Dam, near Munnar in Idukki District, is a storage Concrete Gravity dam built in the mountains of Kerala, India to conserve water for hydroelectricity.
Kundale Lake: The picturesque Kundala lake is surrounded by green valleys and majestic landscapes, that almost every photographer would like to capture in their lenses. To get the most amazing pictures,
Echo point: About 15 km from Munnar lies the famous Echo Point. Popular for its natural echo phenomenon, one can always see the area full of eager visitors throughout the year.
Evening free. Stay overnight at Hotel in Munnar.
DAY - 04 : Munnar Jeep Safari Tour to visit tea gardens and Orthodox tea factory
After breakfast starts sightseeing tour of Munnar by Jeep safari drive through the KananDevan Hills tea plantations, scenic beauty valleys, Lock heart gap, spice plantations, etc. After around 25 km of jeep ride through the normal road, we will reach the Jeep able, jumpy, bumpy, rugged road to the World’s highest organic tea growing estate. Once we reach the top we will be on the ridge of Kerala, Tamil Nadu border. From there drive or walk a little further to one of the oldest orthodox tea factories in this region.
After visiting the Factory we will have fresh tea picked, processed and made on the spot. Soon after we will start walking to a small ground to have our picnic lunch near the cliff with a wonderful view around, then will proceed to Munnar in the jeep itself. The ride will be through the tea plantations jeepable rugged road and we can have a close look at the spectacular countryside and the rural Tamil people, working in the tea plantations.
Later drive back to Hotel stay overnight at Hotel in Munnar.
DAY - 05: Munnar – Thekkady/Periyar - Boat Ride in Periyar Lake (95 km / 03Hrs.)
Today after breakfast check out your hotel in Munnar and proceed for Periyar / Thekkady, upon arrival check-in to the hotel.
Afternoon you have an amazing boat ride in Periyar Lake (02 hrs APPROX.)
(Note: Boating Times: 13:45 and 15:30 hrs in the Afternoon with 02 slots available).
Highlights of this trip: Visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy the boat ride at the Periyar lake and see elephants and the other wild animals. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar Lake – an artificial lake, at Thekkady. Here the high ranges of the Western Ghats are clothed in dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grasslands.
In addition to elephant rides, cruises on the lake and treks to the ruined Mangaladevi temple – a beautiful old stone temple situated in the heart of the Thekkady forest. This sanctuary offers the unique opportunity to watch and photograph wild elephants at close quarters.
Later return to the hotel. Overnight stay in the hotel in Thekkady/Periyar.
DAY - 06: Bamboo Rafting in Periyar Tiger Reserve
After breakfast at hotel transfer to the Periyar tiger reserve which followed by the Bamboo Rafting in Periyar. For nature-lovers, here is a chance to have some great times in the lap of Mother Nature. A comforting, yet exciting bamboo rafting through some of the dense forests of Periyar Tiger Reserve! This bamboo rafting is part of the ‘nature walk’ of eco-tourism project by the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
The trip usually commences by 8 in the morning for 3 to 4 hours trip. A trek through the dense forest will take you to the starting point. A thrilling three hours is guaranteed for those opting bamboo rafting in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. While rafting, keep your eyes and ears open to take in some of the beautiful visuals and captivating sounds. And photographers will get no time to take their fingers from the shutter button.
Later after this trip, you will be meeting with your driver at the de-board point of this trip.
Later return to the hotel, overnight stay at hotel in Thekkady
DAY - 07 : Thekkady / Alleppey Backwater trip (152 Km. 4.5 HRS Drive)
After early breakfast check out from Thekkady hotel and proceed to Alleppey on arrival check in Houseboat till afternoon. Following a lunch board the Houseboat for a unique experience through the narrow canals and channels of the backwaters of Kerala. The materials that go into the making of houseboat are all local and Eco-friendly; bamboo poles, coconut Fibber ropes, bamboo mats carpets, etc.
Your driver will drop you at the point of Houseboat – check in at noon, you have a welcome drink and start cruise after a short briefing introduction, relax and enjoy the canals, rivers, and backwater, at 13:00 hrs houseboat will stop for lunch, with a lavish menu of traditional Kerala cuisine.
14:00 – 14:30 hrs it will continue its cruise covering beautiful rivers and canals with palm trees and small houses near to it, villages paddy fields, churches, etc, you can also see their fresh prawns or crab selling from local fishermen.
17:30 hrs The houseboat will anchor (till next day morning 08: 00) most of the time we will stop near the land because, you can also get a chance to go out and walk along the riverside or villages and come back, Evening Enjoy your Dinner tonight until 8 pm and leave all world behind you and have a good sleep in your floating paradise.
The Houseboat provides all comforts – Beds, a kitchen, western toilets, and an upper deck. Traditional lanterns are used as lights. Spend the day cruising on a boat. through remote tribal villages along the tranquil backwaters of Kerala is a superb experience. Sensational in its own silent way, the cruise takes you alongSnake boat docks, friendly cheering villagers, coir (Jute) making communities, Toddy (local spirit) shops, fishing nets pitched for the day’s catch, bounded paddy fields and manual canoes of different sizes crisscrossing each other. The experience enables you to reach beautiful untouched areas.
After the dinner at houseboat, Stay Overnight at the houseboat, Alleppey backwater.
DAY - 08: Alleppey / Cochin (Drive: 83 Km 2.15 Hrs.) – (B)
After breakfast at houseboat, your driver will be meeting at the de-board point of the lake and proceed to Cochin By Car (Approx 83 Km) !!!
DAY - 09 : Cochin departure transfer at airport
In this day after breakfast transfer to Airport for flight to your onward destination.
- PRICES BASED ON LUXURY ACCOMMODATION
- PROMOTIONAL PRICE NOT APPLICABLE FROM 15TH DECEMBER TILL 15TH JANUARY MONTH
Services are included in the price:-
- A safe and comfortable air-conditioned Private Car with driver, all-inclusive. (Fuel for Car, road and state taxes, toll fees, parking fees, Driver and driver’s food, and lodging).
- The car will be with you from your arrival to departure with as many stops to sightseeing as you want.
- A Driver with excellent skills and record, a good knowledge of the area you are visiting and sufficient English to communicate.
- Airport Pick-up & Drop
- Transfers and land transportation according to the itinerary.
- Accommodation Double or Twin rooms with Bed and Breakfast.
- Sightseeing Tours in All Cities as per plan
- 1 Indian SIM Card for local use with 1 GB data every day
- 1 Common Boat Ride on Periyar Lake
- 1 Bamboo Rafting on Periyar/ Thekkady
- 1 Premium Houseboat stay with 24 Hrs Air-Condition available with Lunch and Dinner
- 1 Kathakali dance show in Kochi at the “Cultural Theatre”
- 1 Jeep Safari in Munnar to visit tea gardens & Orthodox tea factory
- All Applicable Taxes inclusive GST
- Local Registered English speaking tour guide in Cochin and for Munnar Jeep Safari tour
- Maximum Group Size 22 pax
Services are not included in the prices:-
- Tips, laundry,
- Monuments Entrance Ticket wherever applicable
- Any meals (Lunch or Dinner which is not specified above)
- Luggage handling and Beverages.
- Personal Expenses.General Information:-
- Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (e.g. as a guide, approx. AUD 5-10 per person, per day per city as per the industry standard).
Accommodation Using For 4 * or 5* Package
Cochin:- The Gateway Hotel Marine Drive or similar
Munnar:- Grand Plaza, Munnar
Thekkady:- Hotel Mountain Courtyard or similar
Alleppey:- Premium Houseboat 24 Hrs Aircon With All Meals
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The applicants are also requested to visit website of the Indian Mission concerned for detailed information about Indian visa.
ONLINE VISA APPLICATION
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|Sl. No.||Type of Visa||Period for which granted||Entry – Single (S), Multiple (M), Double||Documents required with application||Extendable in India|
|2||Transit||15 days||S/ Double||Return/ onward journey ticket||No|
|3||Business||5 years||M||Documents to prove bonafide purpose (Company’s letter etc.)||Yes|
|4||Employment||1 year/ period of contract||M||Proof of employment (appointment document), terms and conditions||Yes|
|5||Student||Period of course/ 5 years||M||Proof of admission in Indian Institution||Yes|
|6||Foreigners of Indian Origin||5 years||M||Proof of being of Indian Origin||Yes|
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Indian Culture: Traditions and Customs of India
India’s culture is among the world,s oldest; civilization in India began about 4,500 years ago. Many sources describe it as “Sa Prathama Sanskrati Vishvavara” — the first and the supreme culture in the world, according to the All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) organization.
Western societies did not always see the culture of India very favorably, according to Christina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London. Early anthropologists once considered culture as an evolutionary process, and ”every aspect of human development was seen as driven by evolution,” she told Live Science. “In this view, societies outside of Europe or North America, or societies that did not follow the European or Western way of life, were considered primitive and culturally inferior. Essentially this included all the colonized countries and people, such as African countries, India, and the Far East.”.
However, Indians made significant advances in architecture (Taj Mahal), mathematics (the invention of zero) and medicine (Ayurveda). Today, India is a very diverse country, with more than 1.2 billion people, according to the CIA World Factbook, making it the second most populous nation after China. Different regions have their own distinct cultures. Language, religion, food and the arts are just some of the various aspects of Indian culture. Here is a brief overview of the culture of India.
India has 28 states and seven territories, according to the World Health Organization. There is no official language in India, according to a Gujarat High Court ruling in 2010. Many people living in India also write in Devanagari script. In fact, it is a misconception that the majority of people in India speak Hindi. Though many people speak Hindi in India, 59 percent of India residents speak something other than Hindi, according to The Times of India. Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil and Urdu are some other languages spoken in the country.
India is identified as the birthplace of Hinduism and Buddhism, the third and fourth largest religions. About 84 percent of the population identifies as Hindu, according to the “Handbook of Research on Development and Religion” Edited by Matthew Clarke (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013). There are many variations of Hinduism, and four predominant sects — Shaiva, Vaishnava, Shakteya and Smarta.
About 13 percent of Indians are Muslim, making it one of the largest Islamic nations in the world. Christians and Sikhs make up a small percentage of the population, and there are even fewer Buddhists and Jains, according to the “Handbook.”
When the Moghul Empire invaded during the sixteenth century, they left a significant mark on the Indian cuisine, according to Texas A&M University. Indian cuisine is also influenced by many other countries. It is known for its large assortment of dishes and its liberal use of herbs and spices. Cooking styles vary from region to region.
Wheat, Basmati rice and pulses with chana (Bengal gram) are important staples of the Indian diet. The food is rich with curries and spices, including ginger, coriander, cardamom, turmeric, dried hot peppers, and cinnamon, among others. Chutneys — thick condiments and spreads made from assorted fruits and vegetables such as tamarind and tomatoes and mint, cilantro and other herbs — are used generously in Indian cooking.
Many Hindus are vegetarians, but lamb and chicken are common in main dishes for non-vegetarians. The Guardian reports that between 20 percent and 40 percent of India’s population is vegetarian.
Much of Indian food is eaten with fingers or bread used as utensils. There is a wide array of breads served with meals, including naan, a leavened, oven-baked flatbread, and bhatoora, a fried, fluffy flatbread common in North India and eaten with chickpea curry.
Architecture and art
The most well-known example of Indian architecture is the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to honor his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles. India also has many ancient temples.
India is well known for its film industry, which is often referred to as Bollywood. The country’s movie history began in 1896 when the Lumière brothers demonstrated the art of cinema in Mumbai, according to the Golden Globes. Today, the films are known for their elaborate singing and dancing.
Indian dance, music and theater traditions span back more than 2,000 years, according to Nilima Bhadbhade, author of “Contract Law in India” (Kluwer Law International, 2010). The major classical dance traditions — Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam and Kathakali — draw on themes from mythology and literature and have rigid presentation rules.
Indian clothing is closely identified with the colorful silk saris worn by many of the country’s women. The traditional clothing for men is the dhoti, an unstitched piece of cloth that is tied around the waist and legs. Men also wear a kurta, a loose shirt that is worn about knee-length. For special occasions, men wear a sherwani, which is a long coat that is buttoned up to the collar and down to the knees. The Nehru jacket is a shorter version of a sherwani.
Customs and celebrations
The country celebrates Republic Day (Jan. 26), Independence Day (Aug. 15) and Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (Oct. 2). Diwali is the largest and most important holiday to India, according to National Geographic. It is a five-day festival known as the festival of lights because of the lights lit during the celebration to symbolize the inner light that protects them from spiritual darkness. Holi, the festival of colors, also called the festival of love, is popular in the spring.
India is situated in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan.
The climate in India varies from a tropical monsoon climate in the south to a temperate climate in the north. If you are thinking of Visiting Delhi (the capital of India) then best to visit it in October, November, February and March. That’s when the nights are cool and the days are filled with a little sunshine. May, June and July are very hot with temperatures over 45 degrees (113 Fahrenheit). It is a dry heat and is sometimes accompanied by dusty desert winds. Most of the rain falls between July and September but they are not the tropical rains you’ll experience in India’s coastal cities.