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Backwaters of Alleppey (Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
Backwaters of Alleppey
Backwaters of Alleppey
Backwaters of Alleppey
(Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
(Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
(Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
(Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
Kannan Devan Tea Museum
Mattupatty Dam
Kundala Dam (Photo Courtesy: Hrishikesh.kb)
View from Chinnakkanal
View from Chinnakkanal

This is a short break for those who like scenic destinations. Munnar offers best of tea plantation views, Kumarakom offers an excellent Vembanad lakeside views and Alleppey offering good backwater views.

Route

Munnar(2) - Kumarakom(1) - Alleppey(1)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrive at Cochin and proceed to Munnar.
  • Day-2 Sightseeing In and around Munnar
  • Day-3 Proceed to Kumarkom. Possible visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
  • Day-4 Proceed to Alleppey boat Cruise Jetty. Alleppey round houseboat cruise.
  • Day-5 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Alleppey - Backwaters of Alleppey (1.00 kms), Vembanad Lake (1.00 kms)

Kumarakom - Backwaters in Kumarakom (0.50 kms), Vembanad Lake (0.50 kms), Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (3.00 kms)

Munnar - Kannan Devan Tea Museum (1.00 kms), Punarjani Traditional Village (4.00 kms), Attukal Waterfalls (9.00 kms), Mattupatty Dam (15.00 kms), Top Station (37.00 kms), Marayur (40.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Cochin (Ernakulam) Departure - Cochin (Ernakulam)
Best Season to Travel
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Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Guests looking to simply relax and unwind may look to stay at Munnar longer and look to stay at Kumarakom or Alleppey lakeside resort instead of a houseboat.

Distances
  • Cochin (Ernakulam) to Munnar -130 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Munnar to Kumarakom -152 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Kumarakom to Alleppey -33 kms (1 hrs)
  • Alleppey to Cochin (Ernakulam) -65 kms (1.5 hrs)
Route

Cochin (Ernakulam) - Munnar(2) - Kumarakom(1) - Alleppey(1) - Cochin (Ernakulam)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrive at Cochin and proceed to Munnar.  Arrive at Cochin and Proceed to Munnar (130 kms - 3.5 hrs). Munnar (5000+ ft asl) is a tea plantation region and a renowned Hill station in the plantation higlands of Kerala offering guests an experience of misty & salibrious climate and a relaxed stay around the tea plantations. Evening explore local market for shopping and visit Mattupatty Dam for boating. In the evening visit the Punarjani Traditional Village that offers daily evening shows of Kalaripattu (Martial art form) and Kathakali (Dance form).

Day-2 Sightseeing In and around Munnar Opt for one or two of the Mini-Excursions ex-Munnar such as Marayoor (Sandalwood Forests - 40 kms), Top Station (Highest view point in the area - 40 kms). Visit Kannan Devan Tea Museum and Attukal Waterfalls (8 kms from Munnar).

Day-3 Proceed to Kumarkom. Possible visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Proceed to Kumarkom (150 kms - 4.5 hrs). Kumarakom is a destination renowned for lakeside experience offered by premium / luxury hotels. Visit the Kumarakom bird Sanctaury (Boating, 1.5 hour walking trail, Bird watching) OR enjoy the lakeside experience.

Day-4 Proceed to Alleppey boat Cruise Jetty. Alleppey round houseboat cruise. Proceed to Alleppey houseboat Jetty (33 kms - 1 hr). Alleppey is renowned for its lakeside and backwaters and character and what gives Kerala the name "Venice of the East". Reach before 12 noon. Alleppey round of Houseboat Cruise. Overnight stay in Alleppey Houseboat.

Day-5 Departure Disembark at the jetty at 10 AM and depart to Cochin (75 kms) for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Alleppey :

  • Backwaters of Alleppey - Kuttanad Backwaters in South Alleppey is what gives Kerala Venice of the East tag. Day cruises / hourly boat rides are popular and available from Alleppey jetty. Guests seeking an experience either opt for overnight houseboat or Kayaking tour.

  • Vembanad Lake - Vembanad lake is one of the largest lake in India and offering guests a comprehensive nature centric lakeside experience. There are boat rides on offer here where guests can take hourly or day cruises either from Alleppey or Kumarakom jetties. Guests looking for a backwater cum lakeside experience opt for overnight houseboat cruises ex-Alleppey.

Kumarakom :

  • Backwaters in Kumarakom - Kumarakom overlooks Vembanad lake and has its own stretch of Backwaters (much smaller than alleppey) as well. Day cruises / hourly boat rides are popular and available from Kumarakom jetty.

  • Vembanad Lake - Vembanad lake is one of the largest lake in India and offering guests a comprehensive nature centric lakeside experience. There are boat rides on offer here where guests can take hourly or day cruises either from Alleppey or Kumarakom jetties. Guests looking for a backwater cum lakeside experience opt for overnight houseboat cruises ex-Alleppey.

  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - Kumarakom Bird sanctuary is an area overlooking vembanad lake and is renowned for bird population and provides nesting grounds for a variety of birds. A walk (takes 2 hours) across the sanctuary in the mornings and evenings would provide opportunity to sight birds. There is also a lake at the entrance where boating is possible.

Munnar :

  • Kannan Devan Tea Museum - Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Company Private Limited (KDHP) is the largest tea conglomerate in South India. Tea museum opened by the company is one of the first in India.

  • Punarjani Traditional Village - Punarjani Traditional Village offers daily evening shows of Kalaripattu (Martial art form) and Kathakali (Dance form)

  • Attukal Waterfalls - A waterfall at 9 km from Munnar near Pallivasal and a popular tourist visit option.

  • Mattupatty Dam -

    A reservoir and popular tourist spot where boating is offered.

  • Top Station - Top Station is notable as the historic transshippment location for tea delivered up here from Munnar and Madupatty by railway and then down by ropeway. Top station offers stunning views of the hills and plains beyond. Enroute waterfalls can be visited.

  • Marayur - Marayur is is the only place in Kerala that has natural sandalwood forests. Ancient dolmens and rock paintings found in Marayur date back to the Stone Age.

Destination Overview

Cochin (Ernakulam) - Ernakulam, part of Cochin area is business hub of Cochin and also commercial capital of Kerala.

Munnar - Munnar is a premier hill station in Kerala. It is situated at about 6000 ft above sea level and surrounded by tea and Cardamom Plantations

Kumarakom - Kumarakom is a patch Vembanad lakefront at 15 kms from Kottayam and renowned world over for their lake front resorts.

Alleppey - Alleppey is renowned for its backwaters and is known as the Venice of the east. Overnight houseboats in Alleppey lake and backwaters are considered an experience.

Access
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Distances
  • Cochin (Ernakulam) to Munnar -130 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Munnar to Kumarakom -152 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Kumarakom to Alleppey -33 kms (1 hrs)
  • Alleppey to Cochin (Ernakulam) -65 kms (1.5 hrs)

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Distances
  • Cochin (Ernakulam) to Munnar -130 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Munnar to Kumarakom -152 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Kumarakom to Alleppey -33 kms (1 hrs)
  • Alleppey to Cochin (Ernakulam) -65 kms (1.5 hrs)

Expert Speak

While travelling in Kerala may look hectic but the drives are most scenic with Rubber plantations, ethnic styled luxury bungalows of the planters and green backdrop passing by all along.

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