/ Arrival Trivandrum
Arrive Trivandrum, meet assist at the airport and transfer
to Kovalam, the internationally renowned Beach Resort
(12Kms drive). Kovalam, a favorite haunt for tourists
since the 1930s, consists of three adjacent crescent
Transfer to accommodation. The day is free to relax on
the beach. Night stay in Kovalam.
02 / Sightseeing Trivandrum
A whole day spent sightseeing in Trivandrum.
Trivandrum, the Kerala State Administrative Capital is
16Kms from Kovalam.
City sightseeing features among other places of interest:
1. Padmanabha Swami Temple, the only one in Kerala whereforeign
nationals are allowed near the Sanctum Sanctorum. Known
for its mural paintings and stone carvings, the temple
is a blend of Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture.
2. Kuthiramalika, a palace of the erstwhile Composer King
of Travancore, displays a rare specimen of workmanship
in the traditional Travancore style of architecture with
exquisite woodcarvings (closed on all Mondays).
3. The Napier Museum, houses a rare collection of archaeological
and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments,
a temple chariot and ivory carvings (closed on all Sundays
4. Shree Chitra Art Gallery, displays select paintings
by Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlava & Nicholas Roerich, including
some exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore
schools of art in India. The collection includes paintings
from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali (closed on all Mondays
The evening is free to relax on the Beach. Night stay
03 / Kumarakom
Morning drive to Kumarakam (180Km drive).
Kumarakam is situated on Lake Vembanad, the hub of backwater
tourism in Kerala. Mangrove Forests, Paddy Fields, and
Coconut Groves networked by a maze of waterways and canals
adorned with waterlillies, make Kumarakam an unbelievably
beautiful natural paradise.
Transfer to hotel. Night stay in Kumarakom.
04 / Kumarakom
The day is free for trekking in the Mangrove Forests,
Water Sking, Fishing by the Lake or Bird Watching at Kumarakam
Bird Sanctuary - an ornithologists heaven. Night stay
05 / Periyar
Morning Drive to Periyar (130Km drive).
The Periyar Forest is one of the finest wildlife reserves
in India. Lying at an altitude of 900 1800m above
sea level and spread across 777sq.Km, the Periyar Wildlife
Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted
for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic
beauty. Its the only sanctuary in India where you
can view wildlife at close quarters from the safety of
a boat on the lake. Periyars biggest attractions
are the Herds of Elephants that come down to water and
Transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Periyar.
06 / Kumily - Thekkady
Start the day with a short Trek inside the Sanctuary followed
by a two hour Boat Ride.
Evening leaves you free to check out the local Spice Markets
at Kumily, a small town 4Kms from Thekkady [Reserve].
Night stay in Thekkady.
07 / Cochin
Morning drive to Cochin (225Kms drive).
The Commercial Capital of Kerala, and the most cosmopolitan
of Keralas cities, Cochin is a fascinating blend
of cultures. The evening is free for Leisure & Shopping.
Night stay in Cochin.
08 / Sightseeing Cochin
Sightseeing in Cochin, takes you very close to the regions
History on the international stage .
1. The Hill Palace Museum, a fully-fledged archeological museum
and Keralas first ever Heritage Museum are the main
attractions (closed on Mondays).
2. Chinese Fishing Nets, this unique style of huge cantilevered
fishing nets were erected between 1350 and 1450 AD by
traders from the Court of Kubla Khan, a Chinese King.
3. Santa Cruz Basilica, this historic church was built
by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope
Paul IV in 1558. Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Church
a Basilica in 1984.
4. The Jewish Synagogue, constructed in 1568, this is
the oldest Synagogue in the Commonwealth (closed on Saturdays
& Jewish Holidays).
The area around the Synagogue, called Jew Town, is the
centre for Spice & Handicraft shops.
5. Mattanchery Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese
in 1557 and presented to the Regent of Kochi (closed on
Night stay in Cochin.
09 / Departure
Transfer to Cochin / Trivandrum International Airport
to board the onward flight.
/ Choices / Additions
Waterways - One Night on a Houseboat:
The nights stay of Day Two of the Tour can
be spent on a Houseboat; we board at Alleppey the
Venice of the East.
Alleppey is a fascinating part of Kerala; land of Canals
and Inland Lakes.
The classic Kerala Houseboat or Kettuvallam,
(as it would be locally known), is the giant traditional
craft of the waterways. Measuring up to 80 feet in length,
they were used to carry tonnes of rice & spices. A
standard Kettuvallam can hold up to 30 tonnes.
Today these Houseboats have been transformed into an innovative
holiday idea, including all the creature comforts of a
well-furnished Bedroom, an en-suite Bathroom, cosy Living
Room, Kitchen and even a Balcony for Angling.
The Houseboat will cruise at a leisurely pace along palm-fringed
waterways, giving a panoramic view of Kerala Village Life.
On-board catering will provide the best of Kerala Cuisine
to suit your tastes.
the Boat will be Anchored on Lake Vembanad.
& Four at Alleppey:
A day trip
to Kumarakam to visit the Bird Sanctuary.
[Note: This option will save cost on the Deluxe Tour].
a Break [Additional Charges Apply] ~
Two nights in any one of the Beach Resorts
(a) Taj - Garden Retreat, Varkala.
(b) Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam.
(c) Kadapuram Beach Resort, Nattika.
& Lagoons :
Two nights in any one of the Backwater Resorts
(a) Poovar Island Resort, Poovar, near Kovalam.
(b) Aqua Serene, Paravoor.