Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a city in southwest India's coastal Kerala state. It has been a port since 1341, when a flood carved out its harbor and opened it to Arab, Chinese and European merchants. Sites reflecting those influences include Fort Kochi, a settlement with tiled colonial bungalows and diverse houses of worship. Cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, typical of Kochi, have been in use for centuries.
sightseeing visiting Sim’s park - a beautiful botanical garden located in Coonoor is a popular tourist attraction.
visit to the famous Eravikulam National Park
visit to the “Tea museum” and see the processing of tea
ARRIVE COIMBATORE – DRIVE TO OOTY
Upon arrival at Coimbatore airport or railway station, meet assistance by our executive, followed by transfer to Ooty Ooty (Udhagamandalam) – also known as Nigiris. On arrival check in into the hotel. Sightseeing of Ooty will be done depending on you arrival time. Sightseeing of Ooty covers places of interest such as the Botanical garden - spread over a huge area of 22 hectares and with more than 650 species of flowers and trees, is a horticulturist’s delight. The Doddabetta peak – known to the highest view point in South India provides stunning view of the hills & valleys. The Rose Garden – one of the largest of its kind in India. The Wax museum here in is also interesting to visits. End your day at the Ooty lake - a 2.5-kilometre long lake meandering through the scenic beauty of the Nilgiris. You can indulge in many activities here like boating, cycling around the lake, horse riding etc. (Overnight at hotel in Ooty)
IN OOTY / SIGHTSEEING OF COONOOR
After breakfast, proceed to Coonoor by the famous TOY TRAIN (ticket subject to availability) for a beautiful ride from Ooty – Coonoor. Upon reaching coonoor the driver will pick you from station and proceed for sightseeing visiting Sim’s park - a beautiful botanical garden located in Coonoor is a popular tourist attraction. Developed in 1874 this park is home to a variety of unusual species of plants, which have been brought from different parts of the world. Lamb’s rock - offers spectacular views of the lush forest, beautiful hills and coffee/tea estates. This makes the place an excellent picnic spot. Dolphin’s nose - a stunning viewpoint situated more than 1000 feet above sea level. Its unique rock formation and peak resembles a dolphin’s nose from where it derives the name. The drive to the destination as such is spectacular. After sightseeing drive back to Ooty. (Overnight at hotel in Ooty)
OOTY TO MUNNAR
Breakfast at residing hotel. Check out and drive to Munnar – the nature lover’s paradise. Surrounded by lush green tea estates, this picturesque hill station boasts of exotic flora and fauna. Upon arrival at Munnar, check in to hotel. (Overnight at Hotel in Munnar).
IN MUNNAR / SIGHTSEEING
After Breakfast visit to the famous Eravikulam National Park. The main inhabitant of the Eravikulam park is the endangered Nilgiri Tahr Goat. The park has the largest known population of Tahrs existing in the world. The park also shelters other creatures such as Atlas Moth, Elephants, Sambhars, Gaurs, Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Tigers and Leopards etc. Onward visit to the “Tea museum” and see the processing of tea. Depending on interest you can also visit to Mattupetty and Echo point. The Evening is at leisure for own activities or walk around the market area for window shopping at this little hill town. (Overnight stay at Hotel in Munnar).
MUNNAR TO THEKKADY/PERIYAR
Breakfast at residing hotel. Checkout and drive to Periyar (also known as Thekkady) retrieves the name after the Dam made here by the English in 1895. A wild life reserve hence is an ideal place to track down wild life such as Elephants, Bison, Deer and numerous other varieties of birds. The landscape here is with very tropical and you will be surrounded by tea, coffee & other spices. Upon arrival at Thekkady, check in to hotel. Later proceed for the most popular boat trip at the National Park which is the best way to observe game in wild. There are many animals to see, including herds of elephants, bison’s and packs of wild boars that roam through the woods and parade along the shores of the lake just before sunrise. After boat trip you will visit the famous martial show of Kerala “Kalaripayattu”. (Overnight at hotel in Thekkady/Periyar)
THEKKADY/PERIYAR TO ALLEPPEY
Check out after breakfast and reach Alleppey – the land of backwaters. On arrival at Alleppey, after 12noon you embark a private House boat that is waiting to take you on a tour through the backwaters Alleppey, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. Very interestingly you get to see the whole life of people in here takes place here on the water. The people sail, fish, swim and bathe here. They do their washing and their washing up. They are so adapted to the water that, you can see people talking for an hour, while they are up to their necks in water.
Note: Houseboat check in time is 12noon onwards/ Check out time is 09:30am. Cruise – Alleppey round trip.
(Overnight onboard Houseboat)
DEPARTURE TO COCHIN
Breakfast onboard houseboat. Disembark at 09.30am and drive to Cochin – a cosmopolitan city in the federal state of Kerala. On arrival at Cochin, sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting - ‘The Jewish Synagogue’ at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town, ‘The Dutch Palace, Spice market at the narrow streets, The St. Francis Church’, the oldest European Church in India and the cochin boast “Chinese fishing nets”. Later free time for shopping at one of Asia’s biggest Shopping mall “LULU MALL”.
The tour ends today with a departure transfer to Cochin airport/Railway station for your return journey.
Communication and Etiquettes:
To greet people in India fold your palms in front the chest and say “Namaste”. While saying it bow your head slightly – in this way you will signify your respect to another person. The word Namaste comes from the Sanskrit words “Namah te” and means “I bow to you”.Indians say that the real meeting between people is the meeting of their minds. They believe greeting each other with Namaste welcomes their minds to meet.
In India handshake is common among men mostly. Western woman may offer her hand to a westernized Indian man, but usually not to others. Traditional Indian women can shake hands with other women, but normally not with men.
Mysterious Indian head wobble is a non-verbal equivalent of a multipurpose Hindu word “Accha”, which can mean anything from “Good” to “I understand”. Usually head wobble is used by Indian people to respond in the affirmation. For example, if you ask if you can order taxi and a person will wobble his or her head in reply, that will mean “Yes”. Sometimes head wobble could mean “Thank you” or simply be a sign of friendliness. The head wobble is more prevalent in south regions of India like Kerala; moving on the north you’ll notice that this gesture is less common there.
In traditional Indian culture pointing footwear at people is seen insulting, or touching people or objects with your feet or shoes. If you occasionally do so, you should apologize straight away. On the other side, touching with a hand elder person feet is a sign of respect in India.
Head is considered as the most sensitive part of body in Indian culture, and it is recommended to avoid touching another person head to prevent offending him or her.
Indian people are not used to express their romantic feelings in public. Kissing and hugging outside could be misunderstood in traditional Indian society.
If you visit Hindu temples in India, dress in loose, covering your hands and legs, clothes. Women in this case are required to cover their hair. Remember to take off your shoes before entering temple or mosque. It is polite to take off shoes while visiting somebody’s house or even somebody’s shop in India too.
Try to dress modestly while travelling in India. It is recommended both for men and women to choose loose clothes covering shoulders and knees. It is generally known that India has very conservative dress standards, especially in rural areas. Here you can hardly find a man wearing shorts or a woman wearing skirt above the ankles. In urban places like Mumbai and Delhi western dress style, including jeans on woman, is prevailing. Liberal views on dress are typical for Goa too: it is all right here to wear anything you want for night party, but still, in day time it will be better to dress more suitable for Asian mentality. Anyway, if you’d like to show respect to Indian culture and to feel yourself comfortable, you might find appropriate to dress yourself “locally”. Kurtas (loose men shirts) and cotton pants would be good option for men, and salwar kameez (tunic and loose trousers) for women.
Food and Drinks:
Indian food is amazing. It is literally exploding with millions of flavors. Hot, sweet, bitter, spicy, fresh, fragrant – it may lead you to one of the biggest culinary adventures in your life. Here are some of our “directions” on your way to it. First of all, we would recommend you to choose western customers oriented restaurants and cafes, because meals here would be less spicy than in the “real” Indian one. Here you may also expect high service and secure hygienic conditions. We would advise you to order well roasted or boiled dishes and to avoid dishes made from raw ingredients. Don’t eat food or pass objects with your left hand. The left hand is considered to be unclean in Indian culture as it is using for some bathroom purposes.
Drinks. Drink only bottled water, such as Kinsley, Bisleri and Aquafin, and avoid adding ice into your drinks. Be careful with freshly squeezed juices: if prepared in a good restaurant or juice center, it can really bring you much satisfaction, but if you decide to buy it from street juice maker, it may probably cause some stomach upsets.
Money and Shopping:
The unit of Indian currency is the rupee; it is divided into 100 paise.24 hour banking facilities are available at international airports. Travellers cheques are exchangeable at most hotels; they are acceptable in sterling or American dollars.ATMs are common in most towns and cities in India. However, we recommend you to carry some cash or travellers cheques with you in a case the power goes down, you lose your plastic or ATM is out of order. To exchange currency you must present your passport. It is good to remember, that in India exchanging money except through authorized channels is illegal. It is also not allowed to take rupees out of India.
Bartering is part of shopping experience in India. The more touristy a place, the higher it’s asking prices will be, and the greater it’s price flexibility. Our advice would be “Bargain, bargain and, again, bargain while shopping in India”.
Tipping is very common in India. If a person is offering a small service to you, he or she expects a tip for it. A service in a hotel might justify a tip of Rs20. In a restaurant a 5% tip is quite enough. Rickshaw and taxi drivers should be also tipped.
If you need transportation in India, contact your tour operator or your hotel stuff to hire a taxi or a car with private driver. Driving on your own could be uncomfortable due to intense traffic and typical Indian street chaos. Travelling in public transport could be also challenging in India: you will be really fortunate if you could get a seat there. Optionally, if you need to get on the market or on the beach you may use notorious Indian rickshaw.
India is not a violent country when it comes to robberies. However, in touristic places mostly could be a lot of thieves waiting for the right opportunity to make their profit on somebody’s carelessness. To avoid this we recommend you not to flash your valuables around and make sure you carry them safety in your bag. It is better to leave your documents and jewelry in the safe of your hotel room. Wise decision will be not to put large denomination of money in the purse, but to keep them “close to skin” in a special little bag for money. Be careful with Indian monkeys too. Some of them may annoy you wishing to get your food or some attractive objects you hold in hands.
Despite rapid economic growth, India still faces poverty and begging. In every touristic place you will see beggars asking for your money and behaving very often in confronting and persistent way. The best thing probably would be ignoring them, as most of beggars simply do their business and prefer to beg instead of working. If you would like, you may give Rs10-RS20 to a child or elder person on when leaving the place, nor arriving, to prevent being mobbed.
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