KERALA- GOD'S OWN COUNTRY
Highlights of tour
✔ Explore the Fort area in Cochin
✔ the Kathakali dance performance – A world famous form of dance
✔ Tea tasting session at Munnar
✔ Visit of Spice plantation
✔ Witness wildlife at Thekkady and Munnar
✔ Ride the Kettuvalam “Houseboat” on backwaters of Kerala
✔ Laze on Kovalam beach before heading back home
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Day 1: Arrive Cochin (International flight)
- Arrive Cochin by international flight. On arrival after clearing your customs and immigrations, you will be met by our representative at arrival hall and transferred to your hotel.
- 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.
Day 2: Cochin
- Breakfast is served in the comfort of your hotel coffee shop.
- Post breakfast proceed for half day sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting Mattancherry and visit the oldest Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Fridays Saturdays & All the Jewish holidays) in India, built in 1568; it was destroyed by the Portuguese and rebuilt by the Dutch a century later. You will also visit The Dutch Palace which was built in 1555 and its coronation hall and murals at Ramayana are noteworthy features. Your next stop will be St. Francis Church, originally named after Santo Antonio and dedicated to him as the Patron Saint of Portugal, St. Francis Church is the first church to have been in the new European influenced tradition.
- In the evening enjoy the Kathakali dance show programme. You will witness the most elaborate of the dance forms in southern India. Here you will witness the artists readying themselves up with the make up for the final performance.
Day 3: Cochin – Munnar (05 hours by road)
- Today post breakfast you will be driven to Munnar, which is surrounded by 30 tea gardens, the atmosphere is fragrant with extensive tea and cardamom plantations. Tea estates are situated mostly on the inner slopes of an elevated basin-like plateau.
- Rest of the day will be at leisure to enjoy the scenic beauty of Munnar.
Day 4: Munnar
- After Breakfast, we will take a guided tour of Tea Plantation of Munnar & Tea Museum (Closed on Monday’s). Later, day free for independent activities.
- A visit to Erravikulam National park can also be arranged
Day 5: Munnar – Thekkady (04 hours by road)
- Today you will be driven to Thekkady and on arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel. After quick wash and change you will proceed for boat ride on Lake Periyar.
- The Periyar Lake lies at the heart of the sanctuary, which is a veritable paradise for all wildlife lovers. Situated within the boundaries of the Western Ghats in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world.
Day 6: Thekkady – Alleppey (04 hours by road)
- Today post breakfast you will be driven to Alleppey boat jetty to board your houseboat which sails gently on the backwaters of Kerala. All meals will be served onboard.
- The backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast. The network includes five large lakes linked by canals, both manmade and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state.
Day 7: Alleppey – Kumarakom (Houseboat)
- Enjoy the breakfast on your houseboat with some spectacular view of backwaters.
- Later post breakfast, goodbye your crew members and disembark at Kumarakom boat jetty and check-in at your hotel, where rest of the day will be at leisure for independent activities.
- Sunlight sparkles on her waters, tearing the reflection of a passing houseboat into crystal shards. Darter birds go about their fishy business. You relax in Peace. Of course there is peace here, but not silence. Silence is not nature’s way. And the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary next door is full of raucous neighbors.
Day 8: Kumarakom – Kovalam (4 ½ hours by road)
- Enjoy the breakfast at your hotel.
- Today you will be driven to Kovalam beach, which is one of the finest beaches in India. On arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel/resort and rest of the day will be at leisure for independent activities.
- Looking inland from the blue waters of the Arabian Sea, the Kovalam shoreline appears as a gently curving beach fringed by tall swaying palms. Kovalam is situated just outside Trivandrum and is so perfect a beach; it’s almost a picture postcard cliché: age old black rocks, towering palms, sands and gentle surf. On the long beach are natural enclaves made by the rocks that rise from almost the sea line.
Day 9: Kovalam – Kanya Kumari – Kovalam (3 hours by road – one way)
- After early breakfast, you will proceed for full day excursion to Kanya Kumari (Cape Comorin), Kanyakumari is India’s `land’s end’, the southernmost tip of the mainland. The bodies of water meet here at India’s southern most point the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. The multicolored sands of Kanya Kumari, according to legend, were formed when Parvati, daughter of the king of the Himalayas, stood up at the altar by Lord Shiva, and angrily tossed the uneaten wedding feast into the waters where it was transformed into sands of brown, yellow, silver, orange, blue, purple and russet. The sands aren’t the only mind-blowing natural phenomenon of the cape: wait until you see the sunrises & sunsets.
Day 10: Kovalam
- The day will be at leisure to unwind yourself, before going back to your home and getting into your routine.
Day 11: Departure from Trivandrum (International flight)
- Today you will be transferred to Trivandrum international airport (45 to 60 minutes from Kovalam beach) to board your flight back home / onward