Munnar , the place where the unfolded green carpet is waiting for you. Munnar is amongst the most sought out travel destinations in the world. It is a proper tourist hub with resorts and activities that have attracted visitors for decades. Its overall view, including the tea plantations, beautifully designed towns, rare flora and fauna, massive peaks and dams, make it the perfect destination for an extended vacation as well
• Arrive at Cochin.
• When you arrive at Cochin airport/ railway station you will be received by our representative.
• Drive from Cochin – Munnar.
• Reach Munnar and check-in to your Hotel by afternoon.
• On your holiday, enjoy the beauty of Munnar with its marvelous waterfalls, lush tea gardens and high mountains with low flying clouds.
This day sightseeing will include visit to:
• Cheyapara and Valara waterfalls
• Spice plantations and Tea Gardens boating in the Lake, rock climbing, trekking (optional).
• Overnight stay at Hotel in Munnar.
• This days sightseeing starts after the breakfast
• Mattupetty Dam (speed boating)
• Eco point
• After noon visit to Top station or Eravikulam (Rajmala) National Park (this will be based on the availability of time).
• Visit Blossom Park & tea museum.
• Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
• After breakfast checkout from hotel and proceed to Alleppey/Kumarakom and check in to the houseboat.
• Set out on an enchanting overnight backwater cruise in traditional Kerala Houseboat after Traditional Kerala lunch.
• While cruising in these floating luxury vessel , let your eyes enjoy the scenes in a Kerala country side – skim past Chinese fishing nets, bowed down paddy fields, local inhabitants engaged in making coir products, rustic homes and swaying coconut palms.
• All meals including tea and snacks will be served on board.
• Overnight stay in the houseboat.
Morning after breakfast, check-out from Houseboat.
For Cochin drop, sightseeing includes:
• Fort Cochin
• Jew town
• St.Francis Basilica
• Dutch Palace
Shopping and sightseeing will be according to the time of your flight.
• Our representative will leave you at Cochin airport will do necessary support there.
• Drive back to your hometown with sweet memories of Kerala tour with Millennio Holidays.
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Effective from 15th August 2015, the Government of India has extended their e-Tourist Visa (eTV) scheme to include British passport holders (citizens only). The new Indian eTV permits entry at 16 airports across India and allows for a single stay of up to 30 days. Please apply for your online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 30 days, (Example : If you are applying on 1st Sept then applicant can select arrival date from 5th Sept to 4th Oct), by visiting the website https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html. Follow instructions online, upload a digital photograph and make payment using a credit or debit card. The application takes 2-3 working days to process and costs approximately £40 per person. We suggest you have your passport and payment details handy while completing the form online. In 72 hours, you should get a confirmation email with a visa reference number which you will need to print and present to the immigration authorities on arrival in India.
Notes in regular circulation are in denominations of Rupees 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000. Most people do not wait for change of less than one Rupee or so; even beggars may refuse smaller coins. Being a partially controlled currency Rupees are not readily available outside India. All ports of entry in the country, however, have a 24-hour bank exchange counter immediately after Customs and Immigration, which will offer you the opportunity to buy some Rupees. These can also be bought in most hotels. Buying from a bank is time consuming and is best avoided unless converting a significant amount. We suggest you buy some at your port of arrival, £100 or so should get you started. It is quite common to pay for goods and services in cash. It is advisable to keep the receipts (encashment certificates) issued by hotels/banks when you convert foreign currency into Rupees. Tourists are required to pay local bills in foreign currencies and your Rupees, when supported by the encashment certificates, are deemed to be foreign exchange (in actual practice no one really checks). These are more useful when reconverting any leftover currency on your return. Re-conversion is best done during at the departure airport. Cash withdrawals on credit cards and from dispensing machines should not be relied on for funds though this facility is constantly improving.
We presume you have already taken the recommended health precautions for your trip including the vaccinations and malaria prophylactics. During the tour please avoid drinking tap water. Stick to bottled water (or boiled/ UVtreated water available at the hotel) and ensure that the seal is opened by you/in your presence. Aerated waters (bottled soft drinks) are fine. When taking ice in drinks, check that it is made with "filtered" water. Eat moderately for the first few days. Allow your system to get used to the changes. Yoghurt (locally called "curd") is advisable for weak constitutions or after a hot curry. Indian beer, gin and rum are fine. You may not find some of the local whisky very good. Wine, if available, would generally be expensive. Check the price before ordering. Imported liquor is available but expensive. We recommend you carry with you a small supply of basic health care medication such as travel sickness tablets, anti-diarrhoea tablets, insect repellent, sun creams and a general purpose antibiotic. Although most of these items are available in India, the security provided by brands one is used to, is reassuring. We strongly recommend that all travellers are properly insured for the holiday. While taking insurance, please check that it includes repatriation costs.
Most hotels, including the more exclusive ones, do not insist on formal wear in restaurants and smart casuals are acceptable. During the day it is best to wear light, comfortable cottons with a pair of good ventilated walking shoes (Open-toed sandals let in dust and pebbles) and cotton socks. For the sightseeing sessions you may find a good pair of sunglasses and a sun-hat handy. At some of the monuments/temples/mosques, it is advisable to avoid sleeveless tops and short skirts. You may also be asked to remove your shoes; in such cases airline socks are useful as the stone peripheries of some monuments tend to get uncomfortably hot by mid afternoon. Most mid-range heritage hotels and forest lodges do not have central heating and snug sleeping clothes are recommended. Also the floors may not be carpeted, and slippers are advised indoors. The hills are cold and it usually snows in mid-winter in many of the hill stations including Munnar, Wayanad, Vagamon etc. In wildlife parks neutral clothes are recommended. Early morning game drives in open vehicles can be very cold – mittens, mufflers and layers of clothing are recommended. As the day progresses some layers can come off.
Most hotels and resorts offer same day laundry service though it is generally quite expensive. A portable iron can be handy when pressed for time. In remote areas laundry service may not be available and even when available may not be reliable.
There is a fee for carrying cameras into monuments and wildlife parks. Video cameras have a higher fee. This is not included in your price and you have to pay directly at the point of entry. Our guides will facilitate the payment.
Our drivers are careful, considerate and trustworthy. They are trained to drive sensibly and desist from constant hooting, an unhappy local practice. Most carry a mobile phone, and will be happy to connect you to our local offices or representatives, should you wish to speak to any of them. It is however rare for drivers in India to know sufficient English to hold a regular conversation with you. They generally have just a smattering of English, adequate only to assist you with basic requirements such as comfort stops, meals or a spot of shopping or impromptu photography stops. Drivers are not a substitute for guides or representatives. Outside of major cities, roads in India are poorly signposted, if at all. Added to this, many regions, particularly remote regions or those under development do not have road maps. It is therefore not uncommon for our drivers to stop and seek verification of the route. This does not indicate a lack of preparation and is both practical and the cultural norm. For out of station travel, your driver is available to you for short local excursions during your time at leisure. If you require his assistance please make sure you give him adequate warning so he can make himself available. Drivers are given a daily allowance for board and lodging for each night of their journey. While some choose to pay and stay in accommodation provided by 'your' hotel, close at hand, others may find alternative accommodation more suitable and may need time to reach you.
At some airports our representatives will go in with you till the checking in stage; this may not happen at all airports and you should not come to expect this everywhere. Our representatives tend to take you early for check-ins, just to be on the safe side, and some reading material or a crossword may help as you wait for your flight. For reasons of security you may be asked to remove batteries from your camera. Most airlines do not permit the carrying of sharp objects in the cabin and items like scissors, nail cutters, pen knives, etc., are best carried in the checked-in baggage. Batteries and any sharp objects, if asked to be surrendered, are seldom returned back.
India provides splendid opportunities for the shopper especially for silks and cotton, gemstones, carpets, bed linen, handicrafts in all types of medium, miniature paintings and much more. If asked, our local agents will advise on where best to buy particular items. When purchasing an expensive item, always check the level of duty payable in the UK on your import. Please remember VAT is payable on all goods above the value of £340 per person, even if an item is exempt from other import duties. At some places our agents may give you a list of recommended shops. These are reputed establishments offering quality products. The advantage of buying in these is that any issues arising after purchase, such as delayed delivery or a flaw in the product, can be sorted out with our assistance. The downside is that these tend to be more expensive, as they cater mostly to tourists.
The electric voltage in India is 220 volts. Most English electric appliances work well in India but a universal adapter is needed. This can be bought in Boots and should also be available at the airport you fly from. Many deluxe hotels provide hair dryers but it is advisable to carry your own, if you use one regularly.
Talk to local people. No one is much bothered about "intrusion of privacy", a concept, somewhat, alien to the local culture. Be prepared in turn for being asked personal questions. If you encounter any problem please have faith in our local associates and bring it to their attention.
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