There aren’t many cities or towns in India which will take you back into time like Fort Kochi would. As far back as 1500s when explorers like the famed Vasco Da Gama set foot on the Malabar coast. After Fort Kochi we travel to the serene back waters of Kumarakom which is just an 1Hr 30Mins. drive and stay at a back water resort. Leaving the back waters of Kumarakom we head to Munnar. At about 5200 feet above sea level this green, nature filled hill station is famous for sprawling tea estates and the winding drives around them
Post breakfast we take you for a guided walking tour. This is a 2 Hrs walk which starts with the guide introducing you to Fort Kochi’s history and then walking you around the fish market at the water front where you also see the Chinese fishing nets and some street shops followed by the Dutch cemetery, St Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. Feel free to ask questions as the guide will be happy to oblige. Post lunch we take you to the Jain Temple and after that to enjoy Kalaripayattu – The Kerala Martial Arts and the Kathakali dance shows. Return to hotel around sunset.
There aren’t many cities or towns in India which will take you back into time like Fort Kochi would. As far back as 1500s when explorers like the famed Vasco Da Gama set foot on the Malabar coast. Packed with the old world colonial charm, this peaceful little seaside town was a fishing village which became the first European township in India known for spice trade. Experience Portugese and Dutch architecture, witness the Chinese fishing nets in action, visit several synagogues and churches, the Dutch palace, walk down the Jew town street, Mattancherry and the local spice market, visit art galleries, go for a sunset cruise, eat out at some interesting cafes, local sea food restaurants, enjoy the Kathakali dance and Kalaripayattu martial arts performances. Fort Kochi is the kind of place where you just float around and soak in the heritage, culture and the colonial past.
Weather: Winters stretch from November to February with a temperature range of 20 – 32 Deg C. Summers start in March and go up till June with a high of 33 DegC. Monsoons which are quite heavy come in July and stay until September.
Closest Airport: Kochi international airport (42Kms)
Railway Station: Nearest Ernakulam South which is approx. 12 Kms away but you can also use the Ernakulam Town station which is 16 Kms away.
Best time to visit: November to February
Language: Malayalam and basic English as the literacy rate is very high and it’s a tourism destination.
Population: Although Kochi city has a population of approx.. 3 million but the For Kochi area is not very densely populated.
Altitude: Sea level
Serene back waters of Kumarakom. Experience the addictive charm and calm of the Kerala Back waters. On the Vembanad lake which is the largest in Kerala, Kumarakom is a cluster of small islands which also is home to a rich bird sanctuary. Unrushed vibes of Kumarakom life are infectious. We will arrange a night’s stay on a Houseboat which will make you experience the Kerala back waters through it’s less crowded canals.
Weather: Summer extends from March to June with Max day temperatures at 38 DegC and minimum night temperature at 24 DegC. July – September is Monsoons with heavy rains. Winters starts in November and last until Mid February with days peaking at 28 DegC and the nights cooling down to 18DegC.
Closest Airport: Kochi international airport (80 Kms.)
Railway Station: Kottayam railway station (15kms. Approx.)
Best time to visit: October to February.
Language: Malayalam is the official but basic English is also spoken as the literacy rate is high and it’s a tourism destination.
Munnar at about 5200 feet above sea level is a green, nature filled hill station, famous for sprawling tea estates and the winding drives around them. In the colonial days Munnar was a summer escape for the British. Having a wildlife sanctuary around and so much forest this serene hill station is rich in flora and fauna. Enjoy the mist, the valleys, the streams, the waterfalls, the trekking, shopping for tea, spices and there’s more. This is the most you could ask from one destination. We stay here for three nights before we head back to Kochi for the last night.
Weather: Summers extend from March until May with highs of 35 DegC and lows of 19 DegC. October ranges between 15-20 DegC. November onwards it drops down further to about 12 DegC. December & January gets even cooler and ranges between 10-15 DegC. During December & January Munnar can even dip closer to zero. Monsoons at Munnar, June to September, receives moderate to heavy rainfall with highs hovering around 20 DegC.
Closest Airport: Kochi
Railway Station: You have three options - Aluva (110 Kms), Ernakulam (130Kms) and Madurai (135Kms).
Best time to visit: September to March
Language: Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi & basic English as the literacy rate is very high and it’s a tourism destination.
Population: 40,000-50,000 approx.
Altitude: 1600-1800 Mtrs ASL