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Munnar Thekkady Holiday Package
Relax in the calm backwaters, experience a local homestay, chill out on quiet beaches and sample South Indian cuisine. Watch the sunset through the fishing nets of Kochi, stretch out on white-sand beaches, drift through the wildlife sanctuaries and rise at dawn to see the sunrise. This tour offers a quick introduction to the diversity of South India, in some exotic locations where you can inhale the strong and awesome perfume of cardamom as you stroll through spice gardens and unwind with some yoga in your free time. Meet the locals and spend the night with a local family on a tour that is all about authentic cultural experience on the Munnar-Thekkady Holiday Package!
Arrive at Kochi and enjoy the city. There are plenty of things to do in Kochi, as this seaside Indian city is loaded with its Portuguese and Dutch history, architecture and style. Kochi is renowned for its exquisite gold designer jewellery and is also home to the Dutch Palace, Mattancherry, Jew Town with its synagogue and the Fort itself. The oldest church in India, the Anglican St. Francis Church, sits near mosques and synagogues, and the Portuguese housing sits side by side with English manor homes. Vasco da Gama's tombstone is still here, even if his remains are back in Lisbon, and the Dutch cemetery is worth a quick look. Watch the sunset from the tip of Fort Kochi where you spot the old cantilevered fishing nets, common here in Kerala. Originally brought from China, in Malayalam they are called 'cheena vala', and used mainly at high tide. An important stop on the spice trading route due to its strategic location near the tip of the Indian subcontinent, Kochi or Cochin has been a melting pot of influences since the fourteenth century. The city’s history stretches back much farther; Kochi was already the seat of an eponymous princely state that traced its lineages to the Kulasekhara Empire. Ancient travellers and tradesmen made references to Kochi in their writings, and Kochi became the first European colonial settlement in India when it was occupied by the Portuguese. Also of interest is the fact that Vasco da Gama, the first European explorer to set sail for India, was initially buried in Kochi’s St. Francis Church until his remains were returned. Later, both the Dutch and British occupied Kochi, resulting in the variety of architecture, food and other influences typical of today’s Kochi. Today Kochi is the commercial hub of Kerala state, and a growing centre of information technology, tourism and international trade.
You may also spend some leisure time and enjoy an authentic, ayurvedic massage! If you are interested in live theatre, consider visiting the Kerala Kathakali Centre in Fort Cochin to see a performance of Kathakali, an ancient, and uniquely Keralan form of dance-drama. Make sure you arrive well before the scheduled show so you can witness all the back-stage preparations, including the donning of elaborate costumes and the truly extraordinary process involved in the application of the actors’ make-up.
The Fort Cochin and Mattancherry districts are fascinating areas of the city to explore, for they are shaped by an extraordinary history of foreign influences, such as Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, Arabic, Jewish and British. This is most evident in the architecture, which includes a four hundred year-old synagogue, India’s first European church, a number of ancient mosques, a Portuguese palace, Dutch cottages with split farmhouse doors, and more. In your exploration be sure to include a stop at the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets and the antique stores in the Jewish quarter.
Munnar is a town and hill station located in the Idukki district of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala, and is situated above sea level, in the Western Ghats range of mountains.
Another stopover! The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven stradding the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border in the foothills. Enabling you to view elephants, spotted deer, sambar,gaur and peacocks, and, if you are lucky, the legendary `white bison of Majampatti’ . Tiger and panther sightings have also been reported and the Forest Department offers trekking packages, Chinnar safaris and more.
Munnar’s waterfalls are located deep in a valley and one of it’s major lures, are the Athukad Falls, which become a roaring cascade when the monsoon peaks and a narrow bridge spans the gorge. The Cheeyapara Falls are a popular bathing site for the tourists and you may get to view an equally impressive Valara Falls, cascading tumultuously into a thickly forested ravine below the road. Drown your eyes in the heavenly abode of these deep waters.
On the way to Thekkady, visit Ramakkalmedu, is a hill station and a hamlet in Idukki district. It is a Special Historic place with a monument of Kuravar and Kurathi Statue, which depicts the Sangam Period and Sangam landscape. It provides a panoramic view of Tamil Nadu villages and towns and rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air and enchanting retreat. The hill top also offers a panoramic view of the towns of Cumbum, Theni, Kombe, Thevaram, Uthamapalayam, Bodinaykannor and Vaiga. The sight is even wonderful at dusk when all these towns lighted. Rama – kal – medu literally means “Land of Rama’s Stone” or “Land where Rama kept his leg”, Rama, the Hindu God and the epic Ramayana, as per many interpretations available. A story says that Lord Rama kept his feet at the tip of Ramakkalmedu to search Ravana, the King of Lanka who abducted his wife Sita. The town stands tall in the Western Ghats at a height above sea level. The ecosystem of the area consists largely of grass land Shola forest type which is laced by sporadic bamboo forests, Munnar-Thekkady Holiday Packages!
Thekkady is located near Kerala-Tamil Nadu border enclosing a sanctuary that is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs.
You may proceed to the Thekkady lake for boating, also well -known for one of the world's most fascinating wild life reserves. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or the Periyar Tiger Reserve, also known as Thekkady, is lined with tropical evergreen and deciduous forests, bamboos, reed banks and savannahs spread over hills, valleys, plains and waterlogged areas that make up the Reserve, and it’s name comes from thekku or teak trees and the stark stumps of the lake’s submerged trees are now home to a number of birds, including cormorants and darters. The starting point of the Reserve is the boathouse, which may be reached by foot or in a vehicle. All treks, boat rides and walks begin from this point. You may take a ride on the Periyar Lake and it is pleasant to take a stroll during the day, when there is a good chance of spotting many birds, the Malabar giant squirrel and the Nilgiri langur. You may be very lucky to spot a leopard or gaur, a majestic animal with huge horns, sambar and cheetal. The best chances of viewing wildlife is during boat rides on the as the reservoir has many creeks, promontories and islets serving as habitats for wildlife. The hills around the lake provide food for elephants, gaur and sambar. Sighting herds of elephants is quite frequent during boat rides.The Bamboo Grove is made exclusively with natural materials such as bamboo and grass, some of them resting on water, with perhaps crocodiles around! During the boat ride spot the wild life such as elephants, Indian Gaur, monkeys, spotted deer, barking deer and birds of myriad varieties. Do fishing in a private lake, bamboo rafting and a trekking towards that tallest statue.
Thekkady is considered as a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, nutmace, ginger, and clove.
Murikkady, is a place that consists of spices and coffee plantations, away from Thekkady.Chellar Kovil is located from Kumily en route to the Theni district of Tamil Nadu. This place has a lot of picturesque waterfalls and cascades. Anakkara is a new airport is proposed at Anakkara and is under review by the Airports Authority of India. Mangala Devi Temple is situated from Thekkady at an altitude above sea level. It is surrounded by lush greenery and is closed throughout the year except during the Chitra Pournami festival. At other times tourists can still visit it by getting a special letter from the forest ranger. The view from the temple premises is spectacular and one can see part of Eastern Ghats and some villages from adjacent state of Tamil Nadu.
In Kerala, if you take a brief stopover at Kochi for shopping, the culture gets reflected in a a variety of souvenir items that spell out its culture, history, art and socio-religious aspects. Some of these may be available at the wildlife resorts. These articles come in a wide range of attractive and unique handmade items. Among them are the popular ones like the Aranmula Kannadi (metal mirror), handicraft products made from coconut shells, wood, clay and cane, mural paintings and handloom products like Kasavu sari (sari with golden brocade). Visitors can buy gifts from the Culture Shoppe, the official agency to promote Kerala Souvenirs for the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala. At Culture Shoppe, visitors could choose gifts and momentos like the Uruli or wok, Para or brass miniature of a traditional measuring vessel, Kettuvallom or rice barge, Aranmula Kannadi or metal mirror, Nettipattam or caparison for elephants, Nettoor petti or traditional jewellery box and other varieties.
Cuisine in Kerala has roots in the history, geography and culture of the land. These can be classified under the two standard headings - vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. While the non-vegetarian dishes are heavily spiced, the vegetarian repertoire is mildly spiced and feels especially easier on the non-native tongue. Sadhya, Ada Pradhaman,Avial, Erissery,non-vegetarian chicken curry, chicken thoran, dry prawns with cabbage, egg koottu, fish mappas, Appam and Chicken Stew. The meals are mostly included in the stay packages at the wildlife resorts, and can be customised to suit the taste buds of Indian and International travellers, belonging to different regions, inspite of containing a mixed blend, as well as offering Keralan dishes for the adventurous palate!
Mostly Kerala has a wet and maritime tropical climate influenced by the seasonal heavy rains of the southwest summer monsoons, with some regions in the east being slightly dry. However, it would still be exciting to visit the above resorts as per your choice, as you could just sit by your window or verandah in the rains, gazing the dense forests and nature around you, just breathing in pure, fresh air, rejuvenating your mind and soul! Summer and winter would be more fun and frolic outdoors on the Munnar-Thekkady Holiday Package!