Arrival & Departure Point: Kochi (COK) / Thiruvananthapuram (TRV)Kerala, India
Destinations Covered: Kochi, Munnar, Periyar, Karakorum, Alappuzha, Kovalam, Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram.
Highlights: 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, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumarakom, Kuttanad paddy field below sea level, Chinese fishing nets, Coir making, Duck farming, Inland water villages, Fort Kochi, Indo Portuguese Museum, Chinese Fishing nets, Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Cemetery, Mattancherry palace, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica. Kovalam Beach, Kanyakumari, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Padmanabha swami Temple.
Duration: 10 Nights & 11 Days
Day 1 & 2: Kochi / Ernakulam
Get transferred to your pre-booked hotel on arrival. Our driver will be waiting for you to take you around Kochi, the ”Queen of Arabian Sea”, Kochi is in Ernakulam district & is the industrial capital of Kerala. Historical town of Fort Kochi (Old Kochi) is a must visit destination here. Today you may go for a city sightseeing and shopping if interested. An evening harbour cruise is advised if you are interested.
Day 2: Fort Kochi sightseeing
Fort Kochi: 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.
Kathakali: 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 3 & 4: Munnar (1800 meters above sea level, 140 K.ms from Kochi, 3.5 hours drive)
After a delicious breakfast today, enjoy a scenic drive to Munnar the majestic hill station of Kerala, God’s own country’ by visiting all wayside attractions, which includes waterfalls, tea plantations, Cardamom market and much more.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.
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.
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.
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.
Nyayamakad: Located between Munnar and Rajamala, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls.
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. Lakkom Waterfalls also here.
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.
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. s paradise. 245 species of birds are living here!
Day 5: 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. 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: 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 2 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 7: Houseboat Cruise in Alappuzha (45 K.ms from Kumarakom, 1.5 hours drive)
Today day is the highlight of your 7 days tour. As you drive to Alappuzha after your breakfast from Kumarakom, the Houseboat will be ready for you and the crews waiting with your tender coconut welcome drinks. Embark on board with your delicious drinks and start cruising to visit the inland water villages besides the serene backwaters of Kerala. Go for a walking tour through the backwater islands. See people making coir traditionally with coconut husks, Duck farming, traditional mode of fishing and much more there to see which includes below sea level paddy fields also. Kerala’s traditional meals will be served on board.
Day 8, 9 & 10: Kovalam (4 hours drive, 170 K.Ms)
Today after savouring atraditional Kerala breakfast from the houseboat disembark and head towards Kovalam, the crescent beach resort of Kerala. On reaching check in to the hotel and get recharged for the 4 hours drive. Enjoy the beaches of Kovalam with your own activities.
Kovalam Beach: Attractions here are three adjacent crescent beaches and a massive rocky promontory on the beach, has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for Swimming, Snorkeling & Surfing…. The shore is lined with plenty of restaurants offering all kinds of sea food available locally. Rock in the shallow waters of Crescent Beaches & enjoy the evenings with seafood dinners by choosing the fish of your taste.
Day 9: Kanyakumari day tour–After breakfast travel to Kanyakumari (80 Km). This is a former district of Kerala located at the southernmost tip of Indian Peninsula; it is also known by its English name Cape Comorin. Visit centuries old Wooden Palace, Suchindram Temple, Devi Kanyakumari temple and Vivekananda. This is place where confluence of 3 oceans occurs (Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal & Arabian Sea). See spectacular Kanyakumari Sunset from here & return to Kovalam Beach.
Day 10: Thiruvananthapuram City sightseeing
Today morning go for a city sightseeing in Thiruvananthapuram. Afternoon back to the beach and free at own leisure. Some of the Attractions in Thiruvananthapuram are
Sree Padmanabhaswami temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu who reclines on the sacred serpent Anantha is located in Thiruvananthapuram, Capital of Kerala. This largest and most renowned temple in Kerala is a pilgrimage centre as well as one of the major attractions in the city. There are innumerable pillars, intricate carvings and mural paintings of natural pigments. The temple houses a seven storied tower called ‘Gopuram’, it is a typical Dravidian architectural feature which is adorned with splendid array of different gods, goddesses, nymphs, sprites and demons.
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum: This palace is next to the Padmanabha swami temple, and is one of the fine examples of architecture of Kerala. The museum hosts a rare collection of mannequins, paintings, mirrors, chandeliers, furniture and other items. The royal thrones in ivory and Bohemian Crystal makes for few of the most attractive pieces of art in the museum.
Napier Museum: The Museum is named after a British India’s governor Lord Francis Napier. Napier Museum has an amazing natural system to air condition bearing the testimony to the technological progress of that period. This museum also houses one of the best oldest zoological gardens in the world.
Sree Chithira Art Gallery, Shanmugham Beach, Veli Tourist Village, Science & Technological Museum, The Marine Aquarium and Vizhinjam Fishing Harbour are other nearby attractions.
Day 11: Departure transfer
Today take your tasty breakfast from the hotel. And get transfered to the departure point (Airport/Railway station)
The Package Includes:
- Arrival assistance and transfer to hotel,
- 9 nights hotel Accommodations with Breakfast,
- 1 Night houseboat stay and day cruise with all meals,
- All intercity transfers and Sightseeing by A/c car,
- All Land Tours as per the Itinerary,
- Sightseeing in Munnar, Kochi, Thekkady & Thiruvananthapuram,
- Kanyakumari day tour,
- Departure transfer to Airport/R.Station,
- And all taxes with service charges.
Price as per Request