Kerala: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Kerala: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Kovalam – Trivandrum
Day 1 : Cochin (arrival)
Today morning you will arrive at Cochin International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you Exit the Arrivals Terminal building and transfer you to your hotel. Proceed for check-in. Kochi, formerly known as Cochin, is a city in the Indian state of Kerala.
Kochi or Cochin is popularly known as the Queen of Arabian Sea, also flaunts one of the finest natural harbours of the world and was the centre of the world spice trade for many centuries. Today Kochi includes Ernakulam city, old parts of Kochi, Kumbalangi, and outlying islands.
Proceed for half day sightseeing of Cochin including Asia’s best preserve Synagogue, the Dutch Palace and the oldest European Church in India – the St. Francis Church where Vasco De Gama was originally buried. A leisurely walk through the Fort Cochin area which gives you a close look at the operation of the huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets etc. At each and every nook of this island steeped in history, there is something amusing awaiting you. It is a world of its own, retaining the specimens of a bygone era and still proud of those days. Overnight stay at Cochin
Day 2 : Cochin – Munnar (150 Km/ 04 Hrs)
Transfer to Munnar. Munnar is 1800 mts above sea level and also the home of South India’s highest peak (anamudi-2695 mts). On the way to Munnar visit Valara, Cheeyappara waterfalls and Tea Plantations. Upon arrival at Munnar transfer to Hotel. Check in at Hotel. Afternoon visit Rajamala (Eravikulam National Park – open as per the directions by the forest authorities , the best place to see Nilgiri Tahr- the mountain goat of South India.
You may visit the Tea Museum surrounded by tea Gardens- the only Museum of its kind; which illustrates the timeworn method of Tea production. Evening have a short visit at Munnar town. Overnight stay at Munnar
Day 3 : Munnar
This day is devoted to sightseeing in & around the mesmeric Munnar. After breakfast, Start with a visit to the Eravikulam national park (Rajamala National Park), his park is famous for its endangered inhabitant – the Nilgiri Tahr. It becomes a hot destination when the hill slopes here get covered in a carpet of blue, resulting from the flowering of Neelakurinji. It is a plant endemic to this part of the Western Ghats which blooms once in twelve years. Located inside the Eravikulam National Park is the Anamudi Peak.
This is the highest peak in south India standing at a height of over 2700 m. After charging up the self, visit the pleasant Dam Reservoir area at Mattupetty. Visit Top Station to enjoy the panoramic view it offers of the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. Later, visit ‘eco Point’ – a spot where, as its name implies, you can hear multiple echoes of your won sound. This is also an ideal location for nature walks. Overnight stay at Munnar
Day 4 : Munnar-Thekkady (110km/ 3.5 Hrs)
Transfer to Thekkady, Drive through one of those most picturesque hill highways of Kerala. Thekkady, also known as Periyar is a world famous wildlife sanctuary and one of the 48 Tiger reserves in India. On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon proceed for 1½-hour game viewing cruise around the Periyar Lake which is the main way to tour the sanctuary.
Here you will be able to see a large variety of wildlife, which include elephants, monkeys, deer, wild boar etc. Sighting the elephants from the boat is very easy, as they come in herds near the lake to frolic in the water. You can engage yourself in adventure the activities like Nature walk, Bamboo Rafting, Elephant safari, Jeep safari etc on direct payment basis. Overnight at Thekkady.
Day 5: Thekkady- Kumarakom (150 Km- 4 Hrs)
After Breakfast check out form Hotel and proceed to Kumarakom and check in at your Water front resort. Kumarakom – An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies.
Later transfer to the Houseboat Embarkation point. The Kerala houseboats used to form an inseparable ingredient of the way of life in Kerala, this traditional boat is locally called as Kettuvallom. Your private boat will be facilitated with bed rooms, living area, dining and beautiful corridor.
The boat will also have a Kitchen that prepares all your lunch onboard. A Journey through the curving and winding Kerala backwaters in houseboats of Kerala is an experience of returning to nature. After 5 hours cruise proceed to your Resort. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 6 : Kumarakom – Kovalam (180 Km/ 5 Hrs)
After breakfast check out and proceed to Kovalam. Check in at your pre-booked beach resort/ Hotel. Kovalam is an evergreen and pleasant climatic beach resort. Kovalam is a dreamland for tourists all over the world. With high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world tourism map. The warm and clean atmosphere by the coconut trees and the white sand bed are perfect for relaxing holidays, as the sea breeze gently plays with the waves. Relax at the hotel and overnight stay at Kovalam.
Day 7 : Kovalam
After breakfast proceed for local sightseeing of Trivandrum to explore some of the best landmarks and attractions of this city. Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, one of the richest temples in the world, the Kanakakkunnu Palace and the Kowdiar Palace are some of the last remaining royal insignia of this city.
These two monuments will remind you of the erstwhile kingdom of Travancore.
Overnight at the Kovalam.