Snake boat race
DatesStart Date: 10/08/2019
LocationPunnamda Lake, Alappuzha
God’s Own Country, Kerala is listed as one of the most popular tourist attraction and is also considered to be the most happening place. People from all around the world come to this place just to fill their eyes with scenic beauty and serenity. The country is not said God’s own country for no reason. There are hill-stations, backwaters, hamlets, tourist destinations, rich wildlife and much more which makes it a paradise on earth. The rich culture and heritage of Kerala also makes it a place to be loved by people from all over the world. Once you set foot in the beautiful paradise, all other things seem inconsequential. The place has a lot of unspoiled tropical beauty. When in Kerala, you can visit, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kumarakom, Wayanad, Vagamon, Poovar and many more such places. If you want to explore the best of this place you should visit this place during the month of August when the Nehru Trophy Boat race is organized. This boat race marks and celebrates the rich culture and tradition of India. The drum beats along with the chanting of the boat songs known as Vanchipattu builds the environment for a perfect event. Explore the God’s own country for yourself.
When you reach Kochi airport you will be welcomed by our representative and will be escorted to the hotel. You can relax yourself for a while and post lunch spend the afternoon in exploring some hideouts and major sightseeing attractions around your hotel in Kochi. Kochi has been drawing traders, explorers and travelers to its shores for over 600 years now. Kochi has a mix of lot of things. Only in Koch you can find a giant Chinese fishing nets, a 450-year-old synagogue, ancient mosques, Portuguese- and Dutch-era houses and the crumbling remains of the British Raj. It is a very amazing place to explore and relax. It is also a very important center for Keralan arts. When in Kochi you can visit and explore its picturesque beaches and architectural European style of the buildings. You can also visit the St. Francis Church, Mattancherry, Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Jew Town and Spice Market. After exploring the place, you can keep your evening free for a walk around the local market or you can also enjoy a cooking class around your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kochi.
After waking up fresh from the last day’s travel and post having a hearty breakfast you ready yourself to visit one of the best wonders of the world, the beautiful and peaceful Munnar hill station. Munnar is the most popular hill station of Kerala. It has a unique view of verdant mountain slopes which are covered with miles of green tea farms like organic bedding over mountains which offer views of low-flying clouds and misty valleys. The place has little bungalows, old play areas and tea factories all of them having an old world colonial feel. While you are on your way from Cochin to Munnar, all throughout the journey you will stop and enjoy high mountains, valleys, fresh and unpolluted cool air filled with the aroma of spices and tea and a view that is sure to captivates your soul. Once you reach at Munnar, you will be escorted to your hotel. Sit back for a while and relax yourself from the next day which will help you explore the beautiful gardens and tourist destinations of the place. Overnight stay at the hotel in Munnar.
Today is the day when you can explore the beauty of Munnar for yourself. Post having a healthy breakfast you can move out to explore the coffee and tea gardens and plantation areas, have a delighting panoramas view from the hill top and have a shopping experience like non others. In the markets of Munnar you can buy tea, green tea, coffee, cashew - nuts, homemade chocolates and spices at decent prices. Post your shopping session you can go out for some sightseeing. You can visit the Tata Tea Museum, Anamudi Peak, Mattupetty Dam, and Eravikulam National park. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast get ready to drive to your next destination Thekkady. It is known as the Wildlife destination of Kerala. The place has unique and abundantly rich with flora and fauna. When in Thekkady you can visit and boat in the Thekkady lake. You can also visit the Periyar wildlife sanctuary. Periyar Wildlife sanctuary in Thekkady is a popular wild life sanctuary in Thekkady which is preserving various species of animals like that of the elephants, tigers, sambars, gaurs and the very rare lion tailed macaques and many more. The forest is situated on the banks of the lake, Periyar. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you can explore and see the wildlife from up close by taking the path from Moozhiyar to Thekkadi via Gavi which will give you a first-hand insight of visiting and traveling through the thickest wooded miles of Kerala. Later in the evening you can go and see the Kathakali dance show. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Today, after having your breakfast you can go and experience a race like non other, the Nehru Trophy Boat Race which takes place is Kuttanad village. This race was named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who once conducted this race on the Punnamda Lake, near Alappuzha. This race takes place on the second Saturday of August every year. The race involves boats fiercely fighting the tranquil lake front. It is said that over two lakh people come to visit see this iconic race every year. The experience of the men rowing the Chundans or Snake Boats is admirable. For the people Kuttanad, the race is considered as victory. Boat races are a significant part of the culture and tradition of Kerala. The drum beats along with the chanting of the boat songs known as Vanchipattu builds the environment for a perfect event. After the race in the evening you can see the folk dances of Kerala being performed to mark the celebration of this event. Overnight stay at a houseboat in Punnamda lake.
After having experienced the most amazing race, get ready to indulge yourself into the exclusive Kerala Houseboat experience. After having your breakfast, start for your journey toward the backwaters of Alleppey. Alleppey is well known for the backwater trips on houseboats and always comes on the top of the travel list when it comes to things to do in Kerala. It is the most delightful experience simply because it gives you an exclusive encounter that you cannot get anywhere else. Relax on your own personal houseboat along the natural backwaters and observe the scenic landscapes and beautiful attractions along your way. See the lavish paddy areas below the water levels, small chapels, fishing with netting and a lot of other minute attractions that will remain in your memories forever. When in Alleppey you can also visit the Chettikulangara Bhagawathy Temple, Arthunkal Church, Krishnapuram Palace, Pathiramanal, Marari Beach, Sri Krishna temple and some beach. Overnight stay in your houseboat.
After having a wonderful houseboat experience on the backwaters of Alleppey, now is the time to add a luxurious touch to your tour to God’s own country. Post having your breakfast in your very own houseboat you can set off to explore just another marvel in the pristine country of Kerala, the tropical city Kumarakom. Kumarakom is a small village in Kerala which will help you experience the taste of tender coconut water, authentic Kerala food and experiencing the warmth of fresh air. This small village is located near the Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom has some exotic scenery and rare flora and fauna. When in Kumarakom you can go on a boating journey. You can also do some fishing and sightseeing. Apart from this you can also visit the Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Later in the evening you can go for sunset cruise or can enjoy the beauty of backwater with lovely views. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Your trip to God’s own country ends here. Our representatives will escort you to the Airport/ Railway station for your onward journey.