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.
DAY 1 – Cochin Arrival Arrive Cochin Airport or Ernakulam Railway Station, assisting all arrival formalities, and you will be transferred to Cochin Hotel.
DAY 2 – Cochin to Munnar – 140 Kms / 4 Hrs Later proceed to Munnar. Munnar,. A 4 hour scenic/picturesque drive to Munnar through hill station. Enroute visit Spice Plantations, Valara/Cheeyappara Falls.. Overnight at Hotel in Munnar.
DAY 3 – Munnar Sight Seeing Munnar Sight Seeing – Morning depart to enjoy full day sightseeing tour of Munnar visiting Madupetty Dam/Lake, Echo Point, Nursery Garden, Photo Point, Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park Overnight at Hotel in Munnar.
DAY 4 – Munnar to Thekkady(Periyar) – 120 Kms / 4 Hrs Morning proceed to Thekkady, set in the heart of the Cardamom Hills of Kerala. 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. Overnight at Hotel in Thekkady.
DAY 5 – Thekkady to Alleppey (Houseboat) Later proceed to Alleppey. On arrival check in at Kettuvallam known as a famous Kerala Houseboat. Lunch at Houseboat. Overnight at houseboat in Alleppey.
DAY 6 – Cochin Drop Later proceed to Cochin. Bid farewell to this serene land as your holidays comes to an end as you get transferred to Cochin Airport or Railway Station for your onward journey back to home.