Day 01 / Cochin
On arrival, meet, assist and transfer to the hotel in Cochin.
A city tucked in the beauty of coconut palms and endless blue
waters is one of the important towns in South India, with a natural
Harbor. Rest day is free at leisure. Overnight in Cochin. Cochin
- Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on
the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly
scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'.
Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by
the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is
also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 02 / Cochin
In the morning after breakfast you will
visit Jewish Synagogue, constructed in 1568, is the oldest synagogue
in the commonwealth. It is closed on Saturdays and Jewish holidays.
Mattancherry Palace or Dutch Palace has fine collection of mural
paintings depicting the scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharatha
and Ramayana. It is closed on Fridays. In Fort Cochin visit St.
Francis Church, the oldest church built by European in India.
Vasco da Gama was buried here in 1524 before his remains were
moved to Lisbon, Portugal. The tombstone still remains. Also
visit Chinese Fishing Nets that are the most efficient means
of backwater fishing. You can enthrall yourself with a special
presentation of the colorfully costumed Kathakali Dance Show
in a local theatre. Kathakali is an ancient religious pantomime
dance drama handed down through generations for more than 300
years and performed by dedicated families of Kerala Overnight
in the Hotel.
Day 03 / Cochin - Munnar - (By road – 135
After breakfast drive to Munnar - Munnar is a famous hill station
in Kerala known for its tea estates. For those who do not want
to be surrounded by crowds, Munnar is one of the best destinations
that could be selected. The place has greenery, lakes, reservoirs
and some of the highest tea estates in the world. The place
also has good facilities for adventure sports. Munnar is located
in the eastern part of Kerala at an altitude of 1524 meters.
On the way to Munnar can see tea gardens spread like a green
carpet over hundreds of kilometers, lust green hills, a place
so difficult to describe, very low population too far from
pollution. On arrival check in to the Hotel and Evening stroll
through the tea estates. Over night stay at hotel.
Day 04 / Munnar
In the morning, after breakfast, proceed to
see some spectacular sights in Munnar covering Mount Carmel,
the first Catholic Church in the high ranges, tea factory, Mattapetty
Lake, cattle breeding centre, Top Station-the topmost point in
Munnar. Evening at leisure. Overnight Munnar.
05 / Munnar - Thekkady – (By road – 110 Kms)
after breakfast drive to Thekkady - South India's most popular
wildlife sanctuary, encompassing an area of 777 sq. km. Though
the sanctuary was made a part of Project Tiger in 1973, it is
better known for its elephants. The park has a picturesque lake
at the heart of the sanctuary. Formed with the building of a
dam in 1895, this reservoir meanders around the contours of the
wooded hills, providing a perennial source of water for the local
wildlife. The dense forest cover and the variety of flora are
also among the tourist attractions in Periyar (Thekkady). There
are trees more than 100 years old and over 50 m high. On arrival
in Thekkady, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day free for
relax. Overnight stay at the hotel in Thekkady.
Day 06 / Thekkady
Morning after breakfast visit Periyar sanctuary which is the
main attraction of Thekkady and one of the best sanctuaries
in India for watching and photographing elephants at close
quarters. Later proceed for the hike tour. Overnight in Thekkady.
Day 07 / Thekkady – Kumarakom – (By
road 125 Kms)
In the morning, after breakfast drive to Kumarakom. Kumarakom
is Kerala's heartland of lagoons; palm fringed lakes, and paddy
fields, inter-linked with hundreds of winding canals. The village
of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake
in Kerala, a state in India. Geographically, it is located at
9.35 North and 76.26 East. Kumarakom's soil is extremely fertile
due to the proximity of the water source, this has resulted in
the growth of a wide variety of flora in Kumarakom, especially
the mangrove and coconut trees. Vembanad Lake is home to several
types of marine life exclusively the 'Karimeen' (Pearl Spotted
Fish), the 'Chemeen' (Prawns) and the 'Konju' (Tiger Prawns).
On arrival transfer to hotel, rest of the day free for personal
activates. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kumarakom.
08 / Kumarakom – Alleppey – (By
In the morning board the Rice boat - It took great
skill and meticulousness to construct these Houseboats by tying
huge planks of jack wood together, without the use of a single
nail. It usually has one or two bath rooms, an open lounge, deck,
kitchenette and a crew comprising oarsmen, a cook and guide.The
backwaters of Kerala form the lifeblood of beautiful Kerala and
played a main role in the economy of the state. Riceboats and
small ships used to ply in these waters, carrying coconut, rubber,
rice and spices to various trading centers of Kerala. Even today,
these waterways link remote villages and island with the main
land .It is an incredibly different experience to cruise in the
backwaters in country boats, absorbing the beauty of the villages.
Sail along the winding network of Kerala backwaters, see the
unique water world and experience its myriad charms.Eat spiced
and baked rice cakes on board a floating rice barge, fish for
fresh catch and have the cook onboard cook a traditional delicacy
for you, lie down on the deck and count the glittering stars
that garland a clear moon with crickets making pleasant sounds
as your barge floats along the unending network of Kerala backwaters.
Embark at the local villages that flourish on the banks of the
emerald Kerala backwaters and visit the village bazaars that
are flooded with coir products, coconuts and other village produce.
You can also interact with the local population see their lifestyle.
Although practically surrounded by water, they still manage to
keep cows, pigs, chickens and ducks and cultivate small vegetable
gardens, prawns and fish. In houseboats, traditional Kerala food
will be served. Lunch, Dinner & overnight on Boat.
Day 09 / Alleppey – Mararikulam – (By road – 15
In the morning after breakfast disembark the boat, and
drive to Mararikulam, a tiny fishing village confined with its
virgin natural beauty welcomes the tourist to click some extraordinary
snaps of the panaromic scenarios of the towering mountains and
the cerulean blue sea. You as a tourist can explore the whole
village observing the life style of fishing community of Kerala
with its native traditions and customs. The tourists can enjoy
the beach side with waves carassing the legs, sunbathe on the
sea shore or simply cherish the solemn moments proving the desired
privacy. On arrival check in at the hotel, rest of the day free
at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Mararikulam
Day 10 / Mararikulam
Full day at leisure for own activities and to enjoy the facilities
of the resort. Dinner & overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 / Mararikulam
Day free at leisure and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 12 / Mararikulam - Kovalam - (By road – 195
In the morning after drive to Kovalam - is one of the most popular
beach hangouts in India. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees
and truly the coconut trees along the beaches gives it a ravishing
look. The palm-fringed bays in secluded coconut groves, promise
a relaxed stay. The boundless blue waters of the Arabian Sea
and miles of white sands washed away by the surf at the feet
of the stalwart palms and the rocky promontories, makes this
beach paradise. On arrival, check in at the Hotel. Rest the
day is free at leisure on the beach You may take Ayurvedic
massage or treatment at the hotel on direct payment basis.
Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 13 / Kovalam - Kanyakumari – Kovalam
After breakfast same day excursion to Kanyakumari (87 Kms) -
is the southernmost point of peninsular India and the meeting
point of three oceans-the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and
the Indian Ocean. Besides its importance as a Hindu pilgrim
center, it is famous for its beautiful views of sunrise and
sunset over the waters. The multicolored sand is a unique feature
of the beach here. Visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial. This memorial
to Swami Vivekananda was built in 1970. Vivekananda was a social
reformer and saint of modern India. He is supposed to have meditated
on the rock where the memorial stands. Ferry service is available
to reach the rock memorial.Visit the Sangam which is the meeting
point of the three major bodies of water, the Bay of Bengal,
the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Drive back to Kovalam.
Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 14 / Kovalam
Full day is free at leisure on the beach. Overnight stay at the
hotel in Kovalam.
Day 15 / Kovalam – Trivandrum (Departure) – (By
road – 20 Kms)
In the morning transfer to Trivandrum airport to connect flight.