The Backwaters and the beaches

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THE BACK WATER &
THE BEACHES


Highlights of tour

✔Visit the most southern tip of India “Kanyakumari”

✔ Ride the Kettuvalam “Houseboat” on backwaters of Kerala

✔ Visit of Spice plantation

✔ Witness wildlife at Thekkady

✔ Explore the Fort area in Cochin

✔ Witness the Kathakali dance performance – A world famous form of dance

✔ Laze at beaches of Goa

✔ Try water sports at Goa

✔ Visit the ancient old caves in Mumbai

✔ Best price guaranteed

Day 1: Arrive Trivandrum (International flight)

  • Arrive Trivandrum 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/resort at Kovalam (45 to 60 minutes’ drive from Trivandrum airport).
  • 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 2: Kovalam

  • The day will be at leisure to unwind yourself. Either relax near the poolside of your hotel / enjoy the Kovalam beach.

Day 3: 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 4: Kovalam – Alleppey (4 ½ to 5 hours by road)

  • Today post breakfast you will be driven to Thanjavur enroute stopping at Chidambaram (1 ½ hrs drive) for a brief visit. Chidambaram, the capital of the Cholas from AD 907 to 1310. Visit the famous Natarajan Temple in Chidambaram. You can also visit Kumbakonam temples while driving from Chidambaram to Thanjavur.
  • Post visit continue your drive to Thanjavur and on arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel.

Day 5: 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.

Day 6: Kumarakom – Thekkady (4 ½ to 5 hours by road)

  • Today after early breakfast, 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 7: Thekkady – Cochin (5 hours by road)

  • Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and rest of the morning will be at leisure for independent activities or optional you can enjoy the guided trek to spice plantations.
  • Later you will be driven to Cochin by road and on arrival proceed for check-in at 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 8: 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 9: Cochin – Goa (Domestic flight)

  • Today post breakfast you will be transferred to airport to board the flight for Goa. The flight will be of 2 ½ to 3 hours.
  • On arrival in Goa, meet and assist at airport and transferred to your hotel/resort and remainder of the day will be at leisure for independent activities.
  • White sands and clear waters are synonyms of Goa, which is also known as the ‘land of beaches’ or even better, the ‘oriental pearl’. Live shells, clean and natural water and fresh unpolluted air make Goa one of the most popular beach holiday destinations in the world.

Day 10 & 11: Goa

  • Both days will be at leisure for independent activities.
  • Enjoy on the beach/poolside of your hotel and if you are adventurous, then try some water sport activities organised at beach. For more details, please do check with us or at the front office of your hotel.

Day 12: Goa – Mumbai (Domestic flight)

  • Today post breakfast, check-out from your hotel/resort and transferred to airport to board the short flight for Mumbai.
  • On arrival meet at airport and transferred to your hotel.
  • Mumbai – It is young, it’s lively and a confluence of varied cultural currents and cross currents has given Mumbai a unique position of the most multi-ethnic city of India.

Day 13: Mumbai

  • The day today is dedicated to this city, which has many things in terms of fashion, traffic, culture and food to offer. The sightseeing tour will start with visit to The Elephanta Island (closed on Mondays) was known in ancient times as “Gharapuri” or The Place of Caves. The Portuguese took possession of the island and named it Elephanta after the great statue, which they found on the seashore. There are seven caves of which the most important is the Mahesha-Murti Cave. You have to take a motor launch for reach Elephanta caves.
  • The rest of the city tour will take you to Prince of Wales museum, Mani Bhawan, The Gateway of India, Marine drive. Also witness Dhobi Ghat, Haji Ali and some other important places of Mumbai. You can also have some look at the famous markets for last minute shopping.

Day 14: Departure from Mumbai (International flight)

  • Today you will be transferred to Mumbai’s international airport to board your flight back home / onward destination.