01 / Arrival Trivandrum
by air/train. Meet assist at the airport/station and transfer
to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Trivandrum including
excursion to Kanyakumari and also:
1. Padmanabha Swami Temple, the only one in Kerala where
foreign 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
02 / Trivandrum - Alleppey
After breakfast leave to Alleppey by surface 165 kms.
On Arrival transfer to Kettuvallam (House Boat). Cruise
start after Lunch on board and night stay at house boat.
03 / Alleppey - Kumarakom
After breakfast move out from house boat at Kumarakom
and transfer to the backwater resort. Rest of the day
free at leisure. Night stay in Kumarakom.
04 / Kumarakom - Cochin
After breakfast drive to cochin 75 kms. On arrival transfer
to hotel . Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of cochin
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
Return to hotel rest of the day free/ shopping at Ernakulam.
Night stay in Cochin.
05 / Cochin - Departure
After breakfast, departure transfer to airport/ railway
station to board the onward flight/station.