Circuit 2: Cochin(Ernakulam) (1 night) – Munnar(3) – Periyar(1) – Kumarakonam




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Circuit 2: Cochin(Ernakulam) (1 night) – Munnar(3) – Periyar(1) – Kumarakonam (2)/Alleppey(2)


Kochi – Munnar

140 kms

Munnar – Thekkady

110 kms

Thekkady – Kumarakom

120 kms

Kumarakom – Kochi

90 kms


Access: Konkan Rail Trains are available from Mumbai to Ernakulam


Train Name

Origin

Dep.Time

Destination

Arr.Time

Days Of Run

M

T

W

T

F

S

S

MNGLA LKSDP EXP

*KALYAN JN

09:05

ERANAKULAM JN

11:00

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

MARU SAGAR EXP

*VASAI ROAD

03:40

ERANAKULAM JN

04:50

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

JU TVC EXPRESS

*VASAI ROAD

20:25

ERNAKULAM TOWN

23:35

N

N

Y

N

N

N

N

KANYAKUMARI EXP

MUMBAI CST

15:35

ERNAKULAM TOWN

05:45

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

ERNAKULAM SPL

DADAR

13:30

ERANAKULAM JN

16:45

N

N

N

N

N

Y

N

TRIVANDRAM EXP

MUMBAI CST

12:10

ERANAKULAM JN

01:10

Y

N

N

N

N

N

N

HAPA TVC EXPRES

*VASAI ROAD

20:25

ERNAKULAM TOWN

23:35

N

N

N

Y

N

N

N

NAGERCOIL EXP

*VASAI ROAD

20:25

ERNAKULAM TOWN

23:35

N

N

N

N

N

N

Y

OKHA ERS EXPRES

*VASAI ROAD

20:25

ERANAKULAM JN

23:55

Y

N

N

N

N

Y

N

NETRAVATI EXP

LOKMANYATILAK T

11:40

ERANAKULAM JN

14:20

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Kochi– (State: Kerala, Category : Heritage) (1 night)
It is known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, it is the commercial capital of Kerala. This was once the major trade centre with the Arabs, Portuguese &the Dutch.
Places to see visit::


Mattancherry (Dutch) palace

It was built in 1557 by the Portuguese presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi.

Synagogue

It is one of the oldest in the commonwealth.it is known for mid-18th century hand painted willow patterned floor from Canton in China, a clock tower, Hebrew inscriptions ,etc.

Bolgatty island

It is famous for its palace of the same name now a heritage hotel.

The hill Palace museum, Thripunuthura

It is the official residence of the erstwhile Kochi royal family. It contains 49 bldgs in the traditional architectural style of Kerala &is surrounded by 52 acres of terraced land with a deer park.

Museum of Kerala History

showcases historical episodes from the Neolithic to the modern era through life size figures. There is an art gallery showcasing over 200 original works by contemporary Indian artists.

Excursions from Kochi:



Cherai Beach

This lovely beach bordering vypeen island is ideal for swimming. Takes about an hour to reach.

Guruvayoor

100 kms from Kochi, this is a renowned Krishna Pilgrimage Centre. Takes about 2 ½ hours to reach.

Kothad Island

These are small backwater islands located around Kochi at an hour’s Drive accessible by a 15 minutes boat ride from the jetty.

Munnar: (State: Kerala, Category : Hill Station) (3 nights)
Munnar, one of the most popular hill stations in India is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Located at 1600 m above sea level, this was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience.

Munnar - Sight Seeing Options

Mattupetty (13 kms from Munnar)

The Indo-Swiss project, taking care of over 100 varieties of high yielding cattle is one of the largest of such ventures in India.

Kundala (28 kms from Munnar)

The Sethuparvathy Dam constructed in 1946 as a part of Pallivasal Hydro Electric Project is a ravishing sight. Pedal boats and kashmiri shikaras are made available to the tourists to make the memories of their visit everlasting.

Echo Point (15 km from Munnar)

On the way to top station from Munnar is a small lake set amidst rolling hills where there is echo point.

Top Station (32 km from Munnar)

The sight of Tamilnadu state spread before you on the east and the distant sight of the Arabian sea on the west will remain etched in your memory once you stand at this point which is the highest on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road.

Power House Waterfalls (17 kms from Munnar)

There is a lovely waterfalls, which emanates from the legendary 'Sita Devi Kulam' near Devikulam, believed to have been the bathing place of 'Sita' wife of 'Rama' of Ramayana

Lock Heart Gap (13 km from Munnar)

The panoramic view of Bison valley and other sleepy little villages thousands of feet below, wrapped in mist most of the time,

Anayirankal (27 kms from Munnar)

Sprawling tea gardens surrounded by evergreen forests on the slopes of high mountain ranges make the Anayirankal Lake and Dam a very popular picnic spot. Herds of elephants often visit the lake to quench their thirst.

Pallivasal (8 kms from Munnar)

The first hydro electric project of Kerala.

Attukad (9 kms from Munnar)

Attukad is an ideal place for long treks. Cascading waterfalls, rolling hills and wooded valleys enchant you here.

Chithirapuram (10 kms from Munnar)

The middle ages charm of cottages bungalows and courts with the greenery all around captivate the visitor.

Meesapulimala (25 ms from Munnar)

The second highest peak in Kerala (2650 metres), offering a splendid view of Tamil Nadu spread out below.

Vagavarai (24 kms from Munnar)

The hill slopes (Varai) covered with well-kept tea gardens seasonally don bright red colours when the Vaga trees (Abhizzia Lebbek) bloom all over the place.

Rajamala (15 km from Munnar)

The Nilgiri tahr, a very rare type of mountain goat (Hemitragas bylocres) , on the verge of extinction. Half the world population of this rare goat is seen in and around Rajamala.

Nyamakad (10 kms from Munnar)

On the way to Rajamala from Munnar is another place full of woodlands and waterfalls.

Anamudi (15 kms from Munnar)

Rising to a height of 2695 metres, this is the highest mountain peak south of the Himalayas. For those who like mountaineering and related adventures and for the researchers in rare plants, this is one of the finest places to visit.

Eravikulam (17 km from Munnar)

A placid lake land-locked by the misty mountains, grass lands with fascinating tiny flowers, and some rare near-extinct animals are the star attractions on this world renowned national park. Anamudi, the highest peak in South India (2695 Mtrs) is a part of the park.

Pothamedu (6 kms from Munnar)

These hills, covered with 'patha grass' are breathtakingly beautiful and most suited for trekking and rock climbing. The vast tea gardens, coffee plantations and cardamom planted woodlands are also eye-catching.

Marayoor (42 kms from Munnar)

The relics and remnants of a new stone-age culture (caves, paintings and under ground tunnels) and places connected with the legendary wanderings of 'Rama and Sita' (Ramayana) and the 'Pandavas' (the Mahabharata) make this place important historically archaeologically. The largest concentration of high-quality natural sandal wood trees and a sandal wood factory are the present day attractions.

Thekkady (Periyar): (State: Kerala, Category : Wildlife/Plantation Retreat) (1 night)

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar lake - an artificial lake, at Thekkady. 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.


Other places of interest are:

Kumily

4km from tekkady Situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctury,this is a plantation town .also is an imp shopping &trade centre.

Murikkady

5km from Tekkady is a panorama of cardamom ,coffee &pepper plantations.

Pandikuzhi

5km from kumily .it’s a popular picnic spots &is a photographers delight. It offers great opportunities for trekking.

Excursions from Thekakdy:



Vandhammedu (25 kms)

This is a plantation retreat known for spice and tea plantations.

Peermedu (30 kms)

This is a hill station located at 30 kms before Thekkady and is characterized by mist all around all round the year.


Kumarakom: (State: Kerala, Category : Backwater Retreat) (2 nights)

An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies. Situated on the Vembanad Lake, in this small water world you'll come across plenty of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes that will take you into the heart of the scenic lake.



Optionals:

Kumarakom bird sanctuary:15kms from kottayam.


Monuments of Kottayam (15 kms from Kumarakom)

Bharananganam

The Church here is another important pilgrim centre in Kerala. The mortal remains of the Blessed Sr.Alphonsa is laid to rest here.



Thrikodithanam Temple, Changanacherry

This is said to be one of the five temples where the idol of Lord Vishnu, worshipped by the Pandavas, (heroes of the epic Mahabharatha) is kept. Witness the beautiful Deepam (lamp) festival held every November/December.



Ettumanoor

Inside the popular Siva temple here, are beautiful wall murals and scupltures.Scenes from the epics and Puranas are carved around the shrine..



Alleppey: (State: Kerala, Category : Backwater Retreat) (2 night)
Take a cruise from kumarakom to alleppey through the narrow canals seeing the village life along the backwaters.(3.5hrs)
Today, Alappuzha(Alleppey) has grown in importance as a backwater tourist centre, attracting several thousands of foreign tourists each year. Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. A singular characteristic of this land is the region called Kuttanad. A land of lush paddy fields, Kuttanad is called the Rice Bowl of Kerala and is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level

Attractions of Alleppey

Krishnapuram Palace

This 18th century palace of the Travancore kings  is built in typical Kerala style of architecture.On display are antique sculptures, paintings and bronze artifacts. The mural Gajendra Moksham, on the ground floor of the double storied palace is one of the largest of its kind in Kerala.It is the palace of Travancore kings. This is situated 47kms from Alleppey. 



Monuments of Alleppey

Ambalapuzha

This famous Sri Krishna temple at Ambalapuzha, is famous for its traditional Kerala architecture and delicious palpayasam(sweet porridge made with milk). At a distance of 3kms from Ambalapuzha is the 10th century Karumadikuttan statue, a black granite statue of Buddha. This is 14kms away from Alleppey.

Aranmula

The Sri Krishna temple here is famous for the boat race held annually in August-September. Aranmula is famous for its Kannadi, hand-made mirrors made of polished metal.

Aruthunkal

The ancient St.Sebastian Church was built by the Portuguese and is a popular centre of pilgrimage for the Christians of   Kerala.The feast of St.Sebastian is held every January. This is 22 kms north of Alappuzha.

Chettikulangara Bhagawati Temple

This temple of Bhadrakali (form of Parvati) possess miraculous powers. The   festival is celebrated during February/ March every year and the festivity 'Kettukazhcha' is a procession of tall decorated structures in chariots in which effigies of horses, bullock and epic heroes, the Pandavas and various scenes from the puranas are displayed.

Mannarsala

One of the most important centres of serpent worship in Kerala. The festival is celebrated on the day of Ayilyam in September / October. This is situated 32 kms away from Alleppey near Harippad.



Travel Tip:

1 additional night in Kochi required if Guruvayoor is required to be visited. However Accommodation at Guruvayoor is also available if required.


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