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- Kerala, southwestern coastal state of India. It is a small state, constituting only about 1 percent of the total area of the country. Kerala stretches for about 360 miles (580 km) along the Malabar Coast, varying in width from roughly 20 to 75 miles (30 to 120 km). It is bordered by the states of Karnataka (formerly Mysore) to the north and Tamil Nadu to the east and by the Arabian Sea to the south and west; it also surrounds Mahe, a segment of the state of Puducherry, on the northwestern coast. The capital is Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
- Although isolated from the Indian interior by the mountainous belt of the Western Ghats, Kerala has been exposed to many foreign influences via its long coastline; consequently, the state has developed a unique culture within the subcontinent, not only with a diverse religious tradition but also with its own language, Malayalam. Also notable is the high social status that continues to be accorded to women of Kerala, owing to the former strength of a matrilineal kinship system. Area 15,005 square miles (38,863 square km). Pop. (2011) 33,387,677.
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Kerala is a region of great natural beauty. In the eastern part of the state, Anai Peak (8,842 feet [2,695 metres]), the highest peak of peninsular India, crowns the Western Ghats. Descending from the rocky highlands westward toward the coastal plain is a stretch of farmlands, with different crops cultivated at different elevations. Along the coast, a linked chain of lagoons and backwaters form the so-called Venice of India. Among the more important rivers that flow to the Arabian Sea are the Ponnani (Bharatapuzha), Periyar, Chalakudi, and Pamba.
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The climate of Kerala is equable and varies little from season to season. Throughout the year, daily temperatures usually rise from the low 70s F (low 20s C) into the 80s F (27 to 32 °C). The state is directly exposed to the southwest monsoon, which prevails from July through September, but it also receives rain from the reverse (northeast) monsoon, which blows in October and November. Precipitation averages about 115 inches (3,000 mm) annually statewide, with some slopes receiving more than 200 inches (5,000 mm).
- Plant and animal life -The watery coastal zones of Kerala are interspersed with coconut palm groves, while much of the Western Ghats and riverine areas are covered with rainforests and monsoon forests (tropical deciduous forests). Rolling grasslands are typical of the upland region. This diverse natural environment is home to an extraordinary array of wildlife. Mammals include sambar deer, gaurs (wild cattle), Nilgiri tahrs (wild goatlike animals; Hemitragus hylocrius, or, by some classifications, Nilgiritragus hylocrius), elephants, leopards, tigers, bonnet monkeys, rare lion-tailed macaques (Macaca silenus), and Hanuman and Nilgiri langurs (Semnopithecus entellus and Trachypithecus johnii, respectively). King cobras (Ophiophagus hannah) are among the notable reptiles, while peacocks and hornbills are common birds. The state has several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, among which the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is the largest
KERALA 4NIGHTS/5DAYS ITENERARY
DAY 01 – COCHIN to MUNNAR – 140 KMS / 4 HRS
Arrive Cochin Airport or Ernakulam Railway Station, assisting all arrival formalities, and you will be transferred to Munnar. Munnar, “The Southern Kashmeer of Kerala”, located 1800 meters above Sea level. This hill station is marked by vast expanses of tea plantations, colonial bungalows, rivulets, waterfalls and cool weather. A 4 hour scenic/picturesque drive to Munnar through hill station. Enroute visit Spice Plantations, Valara/Cheeyappara Falls. Arrival at a place which is called ‘nature’s lovers paradise’. On arrival check in at Hotel. Later in the day free for leisure. Overnight at Hotel in Munnar.
DAY 02 – MUNNAR SIGHT SEEING
Morning depart to enjoy full day sightseeing tour of Munnar visiting Nursery Garden, Photo Point, Jungle Honeybee Nest, Madupetty Dam, Boating Point, Echo Point, Cinema Shooting Point, Elephant Arrival Spot, Gundala Dam/Lake, Yellapatti Farm, Top Station and Tea Museum . Evening Spice/Tea trailing at Munnar. Overnight at Hotel in Munnar.
DAY 03 – MUNNAR to THEKKADY(PERIYAR) – 120 KMS / 4 HRS
Morning proceed to Thekkady, set in the heart of the Cardamom Hills of Kerala. A scenic journey past mist capped mountains, spice plantations and open grasslands lined with spectacular waterfalls & delightful trekking trails form the access to your hide way here. On arrival check into hotel, refresh yourself & be relaxed. Later depart to enjoy half day sightseeing tour of Thekkady. A boat safari on the Periyar Lake through Periyar Tiger Reserve extends a lifetime’s chance to spot exotic various wildlifes in its natural habitat. Later visit to Spice Plantation. Evening walk through the bustling Spice Market in the Kumily village. Overnight at Hotel in Thekkady.
DAY 04 – THEKKADY to ALLEPPEY– 175 KMS / 4 HRS
Morning proceed to Alleppey. Alleppey a charming village on the Vembanadu Lake. The land which is known for its azure backwaters, swaying palms, and floating houseboats. A 4 hour scenic drives through typical Kerala Village, Paddy Field. On arrival check in at Kettuvallam known as a famous Kerala Houseboat. Lunch at Houseboat. Cruise through the unique web of lakes, lagoons, canals and river. Visit Paddy Field, Kuttanadan Region the only region cultivate rice below sea level. Overnight at Houseboat in Alleppey.
DAY 05 – HOUSEBOAT(ALLEPPEY) to COCHIN – 75 KMS / 2 HRS
Morning disemperk from the Hotel. Bid farewell to this serene land as your holidays comes to an end as you get transferred to Cochin Airport or Ernakulam Railway Station for your onward journey back to home.
* Accommodation for Double room
* Breakfast & Dinner in all hotels
* All meals,morning & evening tea in houseboat
* Pick up from Cochin Airport/Railway Station
* Drop at Cochin Airport/Railway Station
* All land transfers and sightseeing by Sedan A/c
* Driver allowances, toll/parking, fuel charges and permit charges
* All applicable taxes and service charges
Package Cost Excludes
* Air/train fare, entry fee at sightseeing spots
* Any meals other than those mentioned above
* Any items of personal nature like tip, laundry, mineral water etc..
* Gala dinner charges pay directly to hotel
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