Arrival & Departure Point: Thiruvananthapuram (TRV) & Kochi (COK), Kerala, India
Destinations Covered: Kovalam-Kanyakumari-Alappuzha-Kumarakom-Periyar-Munnar-Kochi
Highlights: Kovalam beaches, Kanyakumari, Padmanabhapuram wooden palace, Ancient Suchindram temple, Devi Kanyakumari Temple, Vivekananda rock, Gandhidham, Triveni Sangam, Alappuzha, Kuttanad paddy field below sea level, Chinese fishing nets, Coir making, Duck farming, Inland water villages, Kumarakom, Periyar wildlife sanctuary, Munnar, Mattupetty Dam, 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, Fort Kochi, Indo Portuguese Museum, Chinese Fishing nets, Jewish Synagogue (Monday closed), Dutch Cemetery, Mattancherry palace, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica.
Duration: 10 Days
Day 1 & 2: Kovalam Beach
On arrival at Thiruvananthapuram airport/Railway station we transfer you to the crescent beaches of Kovalam. Check in to the hotel on reaching Kovalam.
Kovalam is an internationally renowned fishermen village with three adjacent crescent shaped 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 & 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 evenings delicious.
Day 2: Kanyakumari Tour (80 Km, 2 hours drive)
After breakfast travel to Kanyakumari visiting Padmanabhapuram wooden palace, Ancient Suchindram temple, Devi Kanyakumari Temple, Vivekananda rock, Gandhidham and Triveni Sangam (confluence of 3 oceans–Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal & Arabian Sea). The city is at the southernmost tip of India is especially popular for its spectacular and unique sunrise and sunset, thanks to its being nearly surrounded by ocean waters. On a pleasant, full-moon evenings, one can see the moon-rise and sunset at the same time. The nature of the sand on the beaches of Kanyakumari also unique as it is multicolored. Return to Kovalam after sunset.
Day 3: Alappuzha Houseboat Cruise (190 K.ms from Kovalam, 3.5 hours drive)
Today you are heading to Alappuzha after the breakfast from Kovalam for a 22 hours houseboat cruise to enjoy the serene backwaters and inland water villages. You enjoy the centuries old life of Inland waters villages like traditional fishing, coir making, duck farming, toddy tapping etc from the comfort of a houseboat with modern amenities. Kerala traditional meals served on board the boat during the cruise. The boat will be ready there for embarkation with tender coconut welcome drinks. Overnight stay at Houseboat.
This is the best and most comprehensive tour to experience the delights of Kerala’s backwaters through lakes, lagoons, palm fringed narrow canals, water bound villages, Chinese fishing nets, dense coconut plantations, tidy and tiny hamlets lined up along the sides of the canals, traditional fishing, flocks of ducks swimming around the banks, backwater birds, Lush green paddy fields below sea level! Enter a new world of serenity..
Day 4: Kumarakom (40 K.ms from Alappuzha, 1.5 hours drive)
After a traditional Kerala breakfast breakfast disembark from the houseboat and drive ahead to Kumarakom the melodious village on the banks of Vembanad Lake for a 2 nights stay.
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 5: Thekkady ( 120 K.ms, 3.5 hours drive)
After your delicious breakfast enjoy an 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. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake.
Day 6 & 7: Munnar (1800 meters above sea level, 90 K.ms from Thekkady, 4 hours drive)
On arrival get met and assisted by our representative and he will transfer you to Munnar by a scenic drive and stopping at the spots of your interest such as waterfalls, Spices market etc.When reaching Munnar check in to the hotel & get refreshed. You may relax. Afternoon or when you are ready to explore Munnar, the Royal Hill Station of Kerala, discuss with our driver about your interest, he is well aware of the tourist spots in Munnar and will give you information required. Below listed are some places to be visited in Munnar.
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 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. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks.
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!
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.
Nyayamakad: Located between Munnar and Rajamala, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 meters. The enchanting surroundings makes an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.
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.
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 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
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 8 & 9: Kochi / Ernakulam (140 K.ms, 4 hours drive)
Today morning after savouring a Traditional Kerala breakfast checkout from the hotel and head to Kochi, the ”Queen of Arabian Sea” Kochi is in Ernakulam district, the industrial capital of Kerala. Historical town of Fort Kochi (Old Kochi) is a must visit destination here.
An obscure fishing village became the first European township in India shaped by Portuguese, Dutch and later the British. Take a leisurely stroll through its streets and discover its history. The towering ancient Rain Trees, the white-washed walls laden with crimson bougainvilleas, the musty old spice warehouses and the spice market at Mattancherry, unused yards smothered in vegetation, the antique shops on Jew’s street, history is seeping through every brick and stone here !
The attractions worth visiting in this area are the Dutch palace with Kerala murals, famous Chinese fishing nets, Jewish synagogues, St. Francis Church, Jain temple, Portuguese churches & British clubs etc. An evening harbour cruise (Sunset Cruise) is another activity to enjoy this part of the world at night.
If you are interested you may enjoy a ”Kathakali Drama” in the evening from a local theatre. Kathakali is an exotic and universally popular traditional art form of Kerala. ”Mudra and Makeup” demonstration follows the performance. Two hours pass too soon.
Day 10: Departure Transfer
After a tasty breakfast from the hotel check out and we transfer you to the departure point (Airport/Railway station)
The Package Includes:
- Arrival transfer to hotel,
- Hotel Accommodations with Breakfast,
- Houseboat cruise & night stay with flower bed,
- Candle light dinner in Munnar and kovalam,
- All Transfers and Sightseeing by A/c car,
- All Land Tours as per the Itinerary,
- Sightseeing in Munnar, Thekkady & Kochi,
- Departure transfer to Airport/R.Station,
- And all taxes with service charges.
Price as per Request