Kerala is the southern most state of India. The name Keralam is believed to have been origined from the word “kera” and “alam”. Kera means coconut and alam means land or location – Thus it is meant by “The Land Of Coconut Trees”. It was a part of “Thamizhagam” (present Tamil Nadu) which covered the then Chola, Chera and Pandya region. The music, dance and language of Kerala are same to that can be seen in rest of Thamizhagom. The arrival of Vasco da Gama, coming of foreign traders and invation by Portuguese defined a new cultural heritage in its people.
The mother tongue of Kerala is Malayalam and the natives are known as Malayalees. It is believed that Parasurama is the creator of Kerala. He converted a portion of sea into land by throwing his axe.
Kerala has a rich cultural heritage. Its diverse culture is influenced by three main religions of Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Exquisite sculptures, music and dance forms can be seen in the historic development of Kerala’s cultural traditions. The traditions of Kathakali and Mohiniattam are highly developed art forms that have developed from their folk origins into highly evolved classical dance forms. Kathakali is a 300-year-old dance form developed exclusively in Kerala combining the performing art forms of opera, ballet, masque, and pantomime. The dance is a beautiful blending of color, dance, music, drama, and expressions. In a sense, a lot of the fame that the state has gained is mainly due to the popularity of this dance form. Other dance forms of Kerala are Krishnanattom, Mohiniyattom, Thullal, Koodiyattom, Kolkkali, Thiruvathirakali, Kakkarishi Natakom, Oppanna, and Chavittunatakom. Panchavadyam, Nadanpattu, Omanathinkal Kidavo and many more music forms have evolved over the centuries in Kerala.
After you arrive at Cochin Airport or Ernakulam Railway Station, you will be assisted with the arrival formalities and later will be transferred to Munnar. Enjoy a scenic drive of 4 hours and en route visits Spice Plantations and Valara/Cheeyappara Falls. Upon arrival at Munnar, check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day lazing amidst nature’s bounty. Overnight stay will be arranged at the hotel in Munnar.
In the morning depart to enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Munnar and visit its places of interest like Mattupetty Dam/Lake, Anamudi Peak, Nursery Garden, Echo Point, Photo Point, Tata Tea Museum and Eravikulam National Park, which is famed for Nilgiri Tahr. In the evening, head out on spice or tea trailing at Munnar. Overnight stay will be arranged at the hotel in Munnar.
Today proceed to Cochin and bid farewell to this peaceful land as your holidays come to an end. Head to Cochin Airport or Ernakulam Railway Station after you reach Cochin and have a safe journey back home.
DAY 1 Cochin- Munnar
DAY 2 Munnar Sightseeing
DAY 3 Munnar – Cochin
1h 10m | Non Stop
1h 5m | Non Stop
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