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Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats.

PLACES COVERED  Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady/Alleppey – Kumarakom – Kovalam – Kochi airport – Departure
DURATION OF TRIP  10 NIGHTS/11 DAYS
MINIMUM  REQUIRED  2 PAX
 ACCOMMODATION  BUDGET ACCOMMODATION
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION PICKUP COCHIN /DROP COCHIN
RETURN TIME Approximately 6:30 PM/Depends on onward Journey
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing,  sunscreen.
BASIC INCLUSION
10Night Accommodation as per tour plan
Arrival Departure By private Transport Aircon
Jeep Safari In Munnar
All sightseeing & Taxes
Bed and Breakfast
periyar jungle jeep safari full day
BASIC EXCLUSION
Entrance Tickets
Lunch & dinner
Personal Expenses
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Day-01- Arrive in Cochin

On arrival at Kochi airport meet and greet with tour manager later you will be transferring to the pre-booked hotel in Kochi. Later in the early evening you will be picked up by the driver and visit to:

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 for Stay overnight at Hotel in Cochin.

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Day-02- Cochin Sightseeing

Morning after breakfast start the tour in Kochi and visit to: –

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.

Above monument Timings: Dutch Palace/Mattancherry: Timings 10:00am to 5pm, Closed on Fridays and National holidays / Jewish Synagogue: 10 am to 5pm, Break Time – 12pm to 3pm, 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”.

Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Kochi:
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, Kochi:
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.

You can find some time for Shopping at Cochin, Later drive back to Hotel
Stay overnight at Hotel in Cochin.

Later drive back to Hotel stay overnight at Hotel in Munnar.

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DAY 03: Cochin / Munnar (Drive: 135 Kms / 3.5 HRS)

Today after breakfast you proceed to Munnar. Enroute stop at Valera and Cheeyappara Waterfalls. On arrival check in Hotel. Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundale, Munnar is 1600 Meter above sea level. This majestic hill station was once the summer resort of the British government in South India.

Overnight stay at hotel in Munnar.

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DAY 04: Munnar Jeep Safari Tour (10 am – 05:00pm)

After breakfast start 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 kms 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.

Later drive back to Hotel stay overnight at Hotel in Munnar.

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DAY 05: Munnar/Thekkady (100 km / 03Hrs.)

Today after breakfast check out your hotel and drive towards Thekkady, upon arrival check-in to the hotel.
Afternoon you have an amazing boat ride in Periyar Lake which flows through the Periyar tiger reserve. You will have chance to watch the wild animals like elephant, Bison, Sambar, Deer etc are roaming the both shore.

Overnight stay in hotel in Thekkady/Periyar.

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DAY 06: Thekkady - Periyar National Park the Jungle Jeep Safari tour

Today the breakfast/Lunch & evening snacks packed and start Jeep Safari to the Wildlife destination PERIYAR NATIONAL PAARK THE WHOLE DAY Periyar wild life sanctuary (20 km from Thekkady) where you can see wild elephant, boar, deer, the great Indian tiger and more, Mullaperiyar dam and spice plantations.

*Note: the jeep safari will be covering 27 kms one-way inside the jungle and return on the same way. It will take approximately 5 hrs to cover this.
The whole package timings will be from 5:30 Am to 5 PM – full day

Overnight stay in hotel in Thekkady.

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DAY 07: Thekkady / Alleppey (140 Km. 4 HRS Drive)

After breakfast check out from Thekkady hotel and proceed to Alleppey on arrival check in Houseboat.

“Admire the beautiful scenery of paddy fields and coconut palm as you cruise along the backwaters of Alappuzha (Alleppey). Alappuzha, also known as the “Venice of the East”, is an important tourist destination in India and the backwaters of Alappuzha are the most popular attraction in Kerala.

Stay overnight at in Houseboat in Alleppey.

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DAY 08: Alleppey/Kumarakom /Kovallam

After breakfast check out from the houseboat and proceed to Kumarakom, upon arrival check-in to the hotel or resort in Kumarakom. Spend the rest of the day at leisure at the picturesque backwaters that form one of the major attractions of Kerala. Tourism in Kumarakom largely revolves -around the backwaters of the Vembanad Lake. Several luxury and budget resorts lined up on the shores of the lake provide tourists with facilities for boating, yachting and fishing, with panoramic views of the lake. You also can have visit to:-

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: Ornithologist’s paradise and a haunt of migratory birds from all over the world, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary was formerly known as Baker’s Estate. It is spread over an area of 14 acres, overlooking the Kavanar River.

Overnight stay in Kovalam.

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DAY 09: Kovalam day at leisure & relaxation at beach

Today after breakfast, day free for the personal activity or relaxation at beaches in Kovalam.

Overnight stay at hotel in Kovalam.

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DAY 10: Kovalam day at leisure & relaxation at beach

Today after breakfast, day free for the personal activity or relaxation at beaches in Kovalam.

Overnight stay at hotel in Kovalam.

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DAY 11: Kovalam – Kochi Airport – (245 km, 6 hrs drive) Departure

Today after breakfast, proceed to airport in Kochi for fly to next onward destination.

PRICES BASED ON BUDGET ACCOMMODATION FOR UPGRADE PLEASE EMAIL.

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General Inclusion:

  • A safe and comfortable air-conditioned Bus /Car Private with driver, all inclusive. (Fuel for Bus, road and state taxes, toll fees, parking fees, Insurance for Customer & Driver and driver’s food and lodging).
  • The Bus will be with you from your arrival to departure with as many stops to sight see as you want.
  • A Driver with excellent skills and record, a good knowledge of the area you are visiting and sufficient English to communicate.
  • Transfers and land transportation according to itinerary.
  • Accommodation Double or Twin rooms with Bed and Breakfast
  • Sightseeing Tours in All Cities
  • Kathakali dance
  • Common boat ride periyar
  • periyar jungle jeep safari full day
  • Jeep safari in Munnar
  • All Applicable taxes

PRICES BASED ON BUDGET ACCOMMODATION FOR UPGRADE PLEASE EMAIL

General Exclusion:

  • Tips, laundry, telephone bills, luggage handling and Beverages.
  • Meals unless specified
  • Entrances tickets to Monument

Accommodation using 4*

1. Cochin :- Travancore Court or Similar
2. Munnar :- Swiss Counts or Similar
3. Perriyar :- Mountain Courtyard or Similar
4. Allepy :- Premium Class Houseboat with Meals Aircon
5. Kovallam :- The Travancore heritage Beach Resort or Similar

Accommodation using 3*

1. Cochin :- Hotel Aiswarya or Similar
2. Munnar :- Green Tree Resort or Similar
3. Perriyar :- Jungle Park Resort or Similar
4. Allepy :- Premium Class Houseboat with Meals Aircon
5. Kovallam :- Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort or Similar

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OVERVIEW

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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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VISA CATEGORIES

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5 Student Period of course/ 5 years M Proof of admission in Indian Institution 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.

Language

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.

Religion

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.”

Food

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.

Clothing

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.

Weather

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.

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