Kerala: Land of tea, tigers & beaches
09 Nights – 10 Days
Day 01: Cochin
Arrive at Cochin meet our representative transfer to your hotel in Cochin.Evening at Leisure.If time permits once do half day city tour of Cochin.
Day 02: Cochin – Munnar (130 Kms – 3H 45Min)
After breakfast check out from the Cochin hotel and meet our representative and drive to Munnar.The drive towards Munnar scenic drive through Jungles,Tea Plantation and Rubber plantation.Munnar is the famous hill station and Tea Estate in South India.On arrival check into your hotel.Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 03: Munnar
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Munnar.Visit Mattupetty Lake and dam which is surrounded by tall hills and forest.Echo Point – This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenominon here.Echo point is on the way to Top Station from Munnar.Devikulam – This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience.The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot.Munnar is known for its extensive tea estates.Return back to the hotel.
Day 04: Munnar – Thekkady (96.2 Kms – 3H 10Min)
After breakfast check out from hotel and drive towards Thekkady.Periyar is South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary,encompassing an area of 777 sq.km.Set on the attractive man-made Periyar Lake,it attracts over 300,000 visitors a year.Though the sanctuary was made a part of Project Tiger in 1973,it is better known for its elephants.On arrival check into your hotel.Afternoon proceed for half day Spice Plantation Tour.Later in the evening free for shopping at the spices market.
Day 05: Thekkady
Early morning proceed for full day Jungle tour inclusive of Boat ride,Elephant Ride and Jungle Trek.Evening proceed for Spice shopping,return back to the resort.Return back to hotel.After breakfast day at leisure.
Day 06: Thekkady – Alleppey (138 Kms – 3H 45Min)
Early morning go for boating at Lake Periyar inside the Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary.After breakfast,check out from hotel and drive towards Alleppey.Also called Alappuzha,Alleppey is a pleasant easy-going market town surrounded by coconut plantations.With its large network of canals,it is a major center for backwater cruises and the venue for spectacular snake boat races.Also called “Venice of the East”,the town is the headquarters of Kerala’s coir industry and also important for cashew nut processing.On arrival board in to the house boat for an overnight trip.Rest of the day free to explore the beauty of the backwaters.
Overnight: Alleppey House.
Day 07: Alleppey – Kumarakom (37.2 Kms – 1H)
After breakfast drive to Kumarakom.The tourist village of Kumarakom lies in the scenic backwater area, on the shore of the pleasant Vembanad lake,16 km away from Kottayam.Here an old rubber plantation around the lake has been developed into a bird sanctuary.A path goes through the swamp to the main nesting area, while the island in the middle of the lake can be reached by boat.Day at leisure to explore back waters on your own.
Day 08: Kumarakom – Kovalam (175 Kms – 4H 35Min)
After breakfast,check out from hotel and drive to Kovalam.Kovalam,an uncluttered beach of silvery sands fringed with rows of tall palm trees.Once just a series of sandy bays separated by rocky promontories,deserted except for some fishing villages,it has become a major tourist centre.Kovalam is a pleasant seaside place with a sheltered bay and a wide choice of water sports.Check in at the hotel.Proceed for half day city tour of Trivandrum visit the 260 year old Padmanabha Swami Temple (non-Hindus cannot enter),Napier Museum,Sri Chitra Art Gallery (both are closed on Mon/Wed mornings),the Zoological gardens and Reptile House and the Observatory.Also visit Kanakakunnu Palace,which is a gracious building in the Indo-Saracenic style famous for the stuccowork on its domes and arches.Do not forget to visit the Parashuram Temple.
Day 09: Kovalam
After leisurely breakfast.Day at leisure to explore Trivandrum city and Kovalm Beach on your own.Vehicle will be available for local sight seeing of Traivandrum and Kovalam.Evening at leisure on the Kovalam Beach.
Day 10: Kovalam – Trivandrum (18.1 Kms – 37Min)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Cochin Airport to connect flight to return back to home.
End of the tour with unforgettable memories.