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Enticing Kerala: 11 days


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Arrival Point: Kochi (COK), India
Departure Point: Kochi or Thiruvananthapuram (TRV), India
Destinations Covered: Kochi–Munnar–Periyar–Kumarakom-Alappuzha–Varkala–Kanyakumari–Kovalam–Thiruvananthapuram
Highlights: Waterfalls, Kundala Lake, Pothamedu, Top Station, Echo Point, Devikulam, Chithirapuram, Pallivasal Hydel Power Project, Attukal, Nyayamakad, Rajamalai (Part of Eravikulam National Park), Tea Museum, Sandalwood forest Marayur, Blossom Park, Lakkom Water Falls, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Periyar wildlife park, Alappuzha, Kuttanad paddy field below sea level, Chinese fishing nets, Coir making, Duck farming, Inland water villages, Chinese fishing nets, Houseboat Cruise, Varkala Cliff Beach, Kovalam Crescent beaches, Kanyakumari, Suchindram Temple, Kanyakumari Beach, Padmanabhapuram Wooden Palaces, Triveni  Sangam, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Horse Palace, Chalai Market, Priyadarshini Planetarium, Museum, zoo  & much more
Duration: 10 nights & 11 days
Itinerary
Day 1, 2 & 3: Munnar (130 Kms from Kochi, 3 hours drive)
On arrival at Kochi we transfer you to the royal hill station called Munnar. After a 3 hours sightseeing drive check in to your hotel in Munnar.
Below listed are some places to be visited in Munnar.
Mattupetty Dam: The Mattupetty lake and dam is a very beautiful picnic spot. The sprawling Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala lake are other attractions in the vicinity. Boating facilities like Speed Launch and slow speed motor boats are available on hire.
Kundala Lake: Kundala Lake is an artificial reservoir of a minor arch shaped dam huddled between the mountain ranges. It is about a 20 km drive from Munnar. Boating facilities available here.
Pothamedu: Pothamedu offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar.
Top Station: This is 1880 meters above sea level & is about 40 km from Munnar. The panoramic view of the Western Ghats and the valley of Theni from Top station is simply breathtaking.
Echo Point: Echo Point is about 15 km from Munnar. Go there and scream as loud as you can, and wait for a while. You can hear your echo back!
Devikulam: This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
Chithirapuram: With its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds and courts, Chithirapuram still exudes an old world charm. Home of the Pallivasal Hydel Power Project, this hill town is also famous for its picturesque tea plantations.
Attukal: A panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills, Attukal, located between Munnar and Pallivasal, is a feast for the eyes. The place is also ideal for long treks.
Rajamalai (Part of Eravikulam National Park): Rajamalai is located at about 15 k.ms from Munnar.  This region is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragas hylocres). It was converted to a national park to provide a safe sanctuary for the endangered species of Nilgiri Tahr. The natural habitat of the Niligiri tahr ,Rajamala is 2695 Mts above sea level.
Tea Museum: This tea museum is first of its kind in India. The aim of this museum according to its founders is to showcase the growth of more-than-a-century-old tea plantations in this region. Anyone visiting this museum will get a clear picture of how backbreaking is tea processing really.
Sandalwood forest Marayur: Marayoor is located at around 42 k.ms north of Munna. And is famous for the natural sandalwood forest. Not only that, this place is said to be part of the ancient stone age civilization dated back to 10,000 B.C. Stone age paintings, rock edicts and dolmens found there vouch for this rich heritage.
Blossom Park: Blossom International Park is about 3 km away from Munnar town and it spreads over 16 acres. It is a peaceful location to enjoy a calm and relaxing nature walk admiring flowers and surrounding green hillside. The park offer many activities for tourists like boating, cycling, roller skating etc.
Lakkom Water Falls: This waterfall is about 25 k.ms from Munnar. Lakkom waterfalls are part of Eravikulam National Park.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary: Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is about 60 k.ms from Munnar. It is an ideal spot for trekking and enjoying wildlife closely. It is the habitat for endangered grizzled giant squirrel in India. Almost 34 species of mammals including panthers, spotted deer, elephants, tigers can be found here. It is also a bird watchers paradise. 245 species of birds live here!
Day 4: Thekkady ( 90 K.ms, 3 hours drive)
Rice up with sun to have an early breakfast and awesome drive to Thekkady to visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary & surroundings. Check in to the pre-booked hotel. When you are ready a boating to Periyar lake is advised to see animals from their natural habitat.
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary: 
Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife reserves – the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq.km, of which 360 Sq.km is thick evergreen forest.Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar adds to the charm of the park.
Attractions here includes: 
Mangala Devi Temple: A 1000 year old temple inside the dense forest,
Chellar Koil : A sleepy little village with breath takings views,
Vandi periyar: A small town with tea and coffee plantations with tea factories,
Vandanmedu: World’s largest cardamom auction centre with sprawling Cardamom plantations,
Ramakkalmed: Rolling green hills with panoramic views),
Pandikkuzhi: A picturesque picnic spot offers opportunities for trekking and a phographer’s delight.
and much more.
Day 5: Kumarakom ((120 K.ms from Thekkady, 4 hours drive)
Today morning if you are interested you can go for an early boating in the Periyar reserve to see the wild life. Or after a leisurely breakfast check from the hotel and drive down to Kumarakom the melodious village on the banks of Vembanad Lake for a 1 nights’ stay.
Kumarakom:
Kumarakom is in Kottayam, the only 100% literate district in Kerala is totally a cluster of small islands with  mangrove forests, below sea level lush green paddy fields, Inland waterways and canals. This enchanting backwater destination offers many attractions. A cruise through the inland water canals is really enchanting with the views of centuries old village life like traditional fishing, coir making, duck farming, toddy tapping etc. Kumarakom bird sanctuary here spread across 14 acres is a safe home for many migratory birds like Siberian stork, wild duck etc. Their life with local birds in flocks such as darters, herons, egret, waterfowls and cuckoos are fascinating sight for the visitors.
Day 6: Houseboat Cruise: Alappuzha (52 Km from Kochi, 2.5 hours drive)
After breakfast check out from hotel & go for an enchanting rice boat cruise on the backwaters in Alappuzha. Enjoy the picturesque cannals, backwater duck farming, Toddy tapping, Coir making, lakes and lagoons with all meals onboard & much more to make your voyage memorable. Overnight stay in A/c Houseboat.
Day 7 & 8: Varkala Beach (120 Km, 2.5 hours drive from Alappuzha) 
Disembark from houseboat after breakfast & drive towards Varkala & check in to hotel.
Varkala:
Varkala, a calm and quiet hamlet, lies in the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. This dramatic location, coupled with comparatively low-key development, makes Varkala a more appealing place to enjoy a serene beach holiday. Beautiful cliff beach, 2000 year old Vishnu temple and Sivagiri Mutt are some of the attractions; really worth for a 2 nights’ stay.
Day 9 & 10: Kovalam (19 Km, 30 minutes drive)
Day 9 enjoy a Thiruvananthapuram city sightseeing drive to Kovalam after breakfast, check in to the hotel & unwind yourself. Check in to hotel on reaching Kovalam.
Attractions in the capital of Kerala are pasted below
Shangumugham Beach, Sree Padmanabhaswami Temple, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, Napier Museum, Sree Chithra Art Gallery, Shanmugham Beach, Veli Tourist Village, Science  Technological Museum are also in Thiruvananthapuram. The Marine Aquarium  and  Vizhinjam Fishing Harbour are other nearby attractions to Kovalam.
Kovalam:
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, special cultural programmes (seasonal) and catamaran cruising are some of them. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into midnight. All beach restaurants sell seafood of your choice to make your evening delicious.
Day 10: Kanyakumari day tour (I40 Km, 3.5 hours drive)- After breakfast drive to Kanyakumari (Lands End of India) where the Confluence of 3 oceans (Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal & Arabian Sea) occurs, Check in to the hotel.
The city is at the southernmost tip of India surrounded by oceans is especially popular in India for its spectacular and unique sunrise and sunset. On pleasant, full-moon evenings one can also see the moon-rise and sunset at the same time. The nature of the sand in the beaches of Kanyakumari is unique as it is multicolored.Padmanabhapuram wooden Palace (400 years old), Gandhi Memorial, Kanyakumari Devi Temple, Vivekananda rocky island & Suchindram temple are other attractions. Overnight stay at Kanyakumari.
Day 11: Departure Transfer to Airport/R.Station
Tour Includes:
  • Hotel Accommodations with Breakfast,
  • All Meals in Houseboat.
  • All intercity transfers and local sightseeing by A/c car.
  • All land & water tours as per the Itinerary,
  • Airport/R.Station Pickup & Drop.
Price as per Request

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