Arrival Point: Thiruvananthapuram (TRV), India
Departure Point: Mangalore (IXE) / Kozhikode (CCJ)
Destinations Covered: Thiruvananthapuram–Poovar–Kovalam–Kollam–Alappuzha–Kumarakom –Periyar (Thekkady)–Munnar–Thattekkad–AthirappallyWaterfalls–Kochi–Cherai Beach–Guruvayoor–Wayanad Hill Station–Bekal Fort–Muzhuppilangadu– Kozhikode.
Highlights: Poovar Beach, Kovalam Beach, Padmanabhapuram Wooden Palaces, Kanyakumari, Suchindram Temple, Houseboat Cruise, Wildlife Safari, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park, Tea Museum, Trekking, Bamboo Rafting, Waterfalls, Kayaking, Birding, Muziris Excavation Site, Heritage Market, 2000 years old Shiva Temple, First mosque in India AD 629, First Christian church, Bagavathy Temple & Eropean fort in India, Paravour Synagogue, Brahmins Colony, Natural Fiber Craft center, Chendamangalam Synagogue, Vypee kottaa seminary, Indo Portuguese museum, Dutch Cemetery, Mattancherry palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Jewish Synagogue Bolgatty Palace, Jeep Safari, Tribal Village visit, Temples, Elephant Sanitarium, Tea, Coffee & Spices Plantations, Bekal Fort & Beach, Muzhuppilangadu Drive in Beach, Kappad Beach.
Duration: 21 nights & 22 days
Day 1, 2 & 3: Poovar ( 1 hour drive)
On arrival at Thiruvananthapuram airport, we transfer you to Poovar by road (30 K.ms) & a short and scenic backwater cruise will take you to an Island Resort here, check in.
Poovar: Poovar is a small coastal village enveloped in serene backwaters & flanked by the Arabian Sea on the East. Swaying coconut palms, endless golden sands, the ultramarine of the ocean, emerald backwaters, crimson sunsets and lush green vegetation create a magical ambience around you. All are yours!. Take the ferry boat to enjoy the beauty of Golden Sands beach here. If you are an expert swimmer try the Arabian Sea here.
Day 2: Day tour to Lands End of India-Kanyakumari (65 Km.s, 1.5 hours drive)
Visit 4+ centuries old Padmanabhapuram Palace, Vivekananda Rock Island, Triveni Sangam, Suchindram Temple and after seeing the spectacular sunset from Triveni Sangam back to Poovar
Triveni Sangam: Kanyakumari is the southern most town of India, which is the meeting point of three Oceans (Triveni Sangam)- Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal & Indian Ocean.
Day 3: Free & leisure at Poovar with some spa or activities of your choice….
Day 4 & 5: Kovalam/Chowara
After breakfast transfer to Kovalam beach & check in to hotel, free & leisure at beach. Stay 2 nights & 3 days here. Kovalam is an internationally renowned village with three adjacent crescent beaches. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for Swimming, Surfing & other activities. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse, water sports. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, and catamaran cruising are some of them. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into midnight. Chowara is another beach close to Kovalam, not as touristic as Kovalam.
Day 6 & 7: Kollam–Alappuzha–Kumarakom Houseboat Cruise for 2 nights & 3 Days
After breakfast drive (2 hours) to Kollam for a 2 nights Houseboat cruise with all meals on board & sail all the way to Kumarakom via Alappuzha, by road this is a journey 130 Km. This was the ancient inland water trade route for transporting rice & spices for export from Fort Kochi port. Enjoy picturesque canals, Lakes & lagoons, duck farming, Village women making Coir, toddy tapping, traditional fishing and inland water village life. Watch birds like kingfisher, wood pecker, drongo, egrets, bee-caters etc. staying totally away from the mainland.
Day 8 & 9: Thekkady (120 Km, 3.5 hours drive from Kumarakom)
Disembark from Houseboat & proceed to Periyar wildlife sanctuary. Check in to hotel. Attractions here are Tea & Spices Plantations, Tea factory, Tribal settlement, Waterfalls, Trekking & Bamboo rafting, Chellar kovil, Anakkara, Mangaladevi Temple & a boating to see animals from their own habitat, stay 2 nights here.
Day 9:Bamboo Rafting & Trekking
A dawn to dusk range hiking and rafting programme through some of the richest forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve with lunch. Starting at 8 am from the boat landing center, a mosaic of habitats will be traversed before you get into rafts made of bamboos. A thrilling three hours is guaranteed for you while rafting, keep your eyes and ears open to take in some of the beautiful visuals and captivating sounds. Butterflies with fascinating wing patterns, flowers with dazzling hues, wild animals like elephants, bison, gaur, sambar… all are here by the banks to welcome you. Evening back to the hotel & relax.
Day 10: Munnar (90 Km, 4 hours drive from Periyar)
After breakfast a wonderful scenic drive to Munnar for a 1 night & 2 days stay to enjoy the pleasures of Tea plantations & the majestic hill station. Attractions includes Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak, Mattupetty Dam, Chinnar wildlife park, Pallivasal Hydro-electric project, Tea Plantations, Eco point, Chinnakanal waterfalls, Anayirangal Dam, Top Station, Tea Museum & much more
Day 11: Thattekkade Bird Sanctuary (70 Km from Munnar, 2.5 hours drive)
After breakfast a 2 hours wonderful drive will take you to the Bird Sanctuary. Check in to hotel here. This is the richest bird habitat on Indian Peninsula. The region is an evergreen low-land forest located between the branches of Periyar River, the longest river in Kerala. Several species of birds, both forest birds as well as the water birds, visit the sanctuaries. Stay here by enjoying the activities like River Kayaking, Cycling, Birding & Village walks.
Day 12: Athirappally Waterfalls (70 Km, 2 hours drive from Thattekkad)
After breakfast drive to the majestic waterfalls of Kerala. The Chalakudy River bursting forth from the jungles of Sholayar, comes crashing down, plummeting 80 feet to form the dramatic Athirappilly Falls – the waterfalls as spirited and noisy as the forests are dark and silent. The cool spray that covers a large area near the falls makes this area a scenic location. Many eminent film directors used this location for their movies. Overnight stay at Athirappilly.
Day 13 & 14: Cherai Beach (65 Km, 1.5 hours drive from Athirappally)
Then check out from the hotel & proceed to Cherai Beach, Check in to the hotel & relax.
Muziris Tour: Afternoon a sightseeing trip to visit Heritage Market, 2000 years old Shiva Temple, First mosque in India AD 629, First Christian church in India, First Bagavathy Temple in India, Muziris Excavation site, Portuguese church, First European fort in India, Paravour Synagogue, Brahmins Colony, Natural Fiber Craft center, Chendamangalam Synagogue, Vypee kottaa seminary. Overnight stay at Cherai.
Day 14: Fort Kochi day tour
Today enjoy an interesting trip to “Old Kochi” by Jangar Ride & Car.
Fort Kochi: Fort Kochi, an obscure fishing village that became the first European township in India. The town was shaped by the Portuguese, the Dutch and later the British. The results of these cultural influences are still exist here to make you feel that history is not in book.
A leisurely stroll through its streets is one of the best ways to discover all that this city has to offer – each and every nook of this island is steeped in history. In the evening (If interested)–enjoy Kathakali – the exotic and universally popular performing art of Kerala. ‘Mudra & Make-up’ demonstration follows the performance. The two hours pass too soon. Back to Cherai hotel after dinner from Kochi.
Day 15: Guruvayoor (70 Km, 2 hours drive from Cherai)
After your breakfast drive to Guruvayoor, to visit one of the most sacred pilgrim centers of Kerala, Guruvayoor Sree Krishna temple, the fourth biggest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees per day. According to belief, the temple is the creation of Guru, the preceptor of the Gods, and Vayu, the God of winds. According to the legends Guruvayoor temple idol is 5,000 years old. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. Visit the temple for evening prayers.
Day 16 & 17: Wayanad (190 Km, 4 hours drive from Guruvayoor)
If Interested get blessed by a visit to the temple next day morning, then breakfast & drive to Anakotta is the biggest Elephant Sanitarium in the world. Nearly 100 Elephants are kept in 10 acres of land. Here you see Elephants of different size & nature, a lot are friendly, some are indifferent & a few are aggressive. All these Elephants are the “biggest” offerings of devotees. Check in the hotel on reaching Wayanad & relax. Overnight stay at the Wayanad.
Day 17: Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
Next day morning before breakfasts enjoy a Jeep Safari in Tholpetty Wild life sanctuary, it’s a 24 km ride inside the forest. This is a home to several animals like Indian tiger, bison, jungle cat and elephant. The lake inside sanctuary is the main source of drinking water for the animals. There is a watchtower in the sanctuary that provides beautiful views of the surroundings). Return to hotel for breakfast after safari. Also visit Edakkal caves. Overnight stay at the Wayanad.
Edakkal caves: Millennia of Stone Age history lies behind the art of Edakkal caves at Wayanad, which is world famous. Replete with thick forest, lush green grass lands, emerald patches of tea gardens and spice gardens bless this district. This district also gives an insight into the Stone Age period. Wayanad also lets one peek inside the culture of the resident tribal folk, their art forms, tradition and performing arts. Visit Tholpetty wildlife park, Tirunelli temple & tribal village also.
Day 18 & 19: Bekal Fort Beach ( 225 K.ms, 4.5 hours drive)
Transfer to the hotel near Bakel Fort after breakfast. The 300 year old Majestic Keyhole shaped Bekal Fort here has an irresistible old world charm surrounded by enchanting landscapes of beaches, backwaters and hill stations. The fort is the best preserved monument in Kerala. Some important features of this fort are the water-tank with its flight of steps, the tunnel opening towards the south, the magazine for keeping ammunition and the broad steps leading to the Observation Tower. The beautiful stretch of the shallow beach near the Bekal fort is called Bekal Fort Beach. Stay 2 nights here to relax & unwind !
Day 20: Muzhuppilangad Drive in Beach (90 K.ms, 2 hours drive)
After breakfast drive to the Drive in Beach of Muzhuppilangadu. The beach which stretches across four Km of sand is Asia’s largest drive in Beach where one can drive down the entire length. Calm and serene & secluded beach remains unexplored. Huge black rocks scattered here protect this long beach from the deep currents, and form a tranquil pool of shallow waters & s it is a swimmer’s paradise. Check in to the hotel here. You can see a Green Island called Dharmadam Island. One can walk out to it from the beach during low tide. Drive in…. for 1 night & 2 days.
Day 21: Kappad Beach (60 Km, 1.5 hours drive from Drive in Beach)
Next day after breakfast proceed to Kozhikode “the city of spices” Spend 1 night in Calicut to enjoy the very famous Kappad beach and for sightseeing. This is a rock studded beach beach where Vasco da Gama the Portuguese explorer landed on the 27th of May 1498, with 170 men in three vessels. A monument on the beach commemorates this historic event. An interesting feature of the landscape is the sprawling rock that protrudes in to the sea. So enjoy your 2 days & 1 night’s stay on the silky sands of Kappad.
Day 22: Departure Transfer (45 K.ms to the airport & 16 K.ms to Kozhikode Railway Station)
After the final days breakfast you will be transferred to preferred departure point.
Please note: For this tour the departure point can be changed according to convenience. It could be Mangalore (IXE), Kozhikode (CCJ) or even Kochi (COK)
- Hotel Accommodations with Breakfast,
- 2 Night & 3 days Houseboat cruise,
- All Meals (Kerala’s traditional) in Houseboat,
- All Transfers and Sightseeing by A/c car,
- All Land & Water Tours as per the Itinerary,
- Airport/R.Station Pickup & Drop,
- And all taxes & service charges.
Price as per request