Kerala – God’s Own Country is well known for its beaches, backwaters in Alappuzha and Kollam, mountain ranges and wildlife sanctuaries.
In this Itinerary we have started the tour from Beach destination Kovalam and then to Alleppey for traditional Houseboat stay. Kerala Tour is incomplete without staying overnight on board Houseboat. Later proceed towards Periyar (Thekkady) for boating through Periyar Lake and continue to Munnar –Queen of Hills. End of the tour in Cochin, situated on the Fort Kochi/Mattancherry peninsula, is the historical part of the city and home to many tourist attractions.
Upon arrival in Trivandrum airport drive to your Hotel in Kovalam and en route a brief city tour and sightseeing of this unique temple town before being transferred to Kovalam Beach nearby.
Breakfast will be at hotel. Relax at the beach till afternoon.
Leave for Kanyakumari and arrive after a short drive of 2hrs. Witness sunset in Kanyakumari and then return back to Kovalam beach.
Breakfast will be at hotel. Relax at the beach.Breakfast will be at hotel. Relax at the beach.
In the morning leave your hotel and drive towards the lake Vembanad. Reach and visit the Bird Sanctuary. Backwaters are a network of lakes, canals and estuaries and deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. The backwaters of Kerala are a self supporting Eco-system teeming with aquatic life. The canals connect the villages together and are still used for local transport. Over 900 km of this labyrinthine water world is navigable. Check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat. The houseboat with all modern comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. You will have lunch, dinner and breakfast in the Houseboat. A ride on the houseboat is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters. Cruise through the backwaters to Alleppey.
Proceed to Periyar and check in at hotel on arrival. Periyar wildlife sanctuary is home to nomadic tribes of wild elephant, boar, deer, the great Indian tiger and more. Evening go for boat cruise in the lake to watch wild animals.
Overnight stay will be at Periyar.
Morning, after breakfast boating through Periyar Lake - Wildlife sanctuary. You can visit the rare species of plants and animals. Afternoon visit spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel, you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices.
Overnight will be in Periyar.
After Breakfast drive to Munnar and en route enjoy the scenic beauty & the marvelous waterfalls, high mountains with the low flying clouds passing by.
Upon arrival in Munnar witness tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers. Munnar is located at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathani & Kundala. This hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in the blue every twelve years will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi, which climbs up to over 2695 m.
After breakfast proceed for a sightseeing of Munnar which includes the Raja Malai - a top peak of Munnar where you can see Neel Thar (mountain goats). Other important places are Muttupetty dam and Indo Swiss project (you can also enjoy boating in the Lake) and witness tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers.
Overnight will be in Munnar.
After breakfast drive to Cochin. On arrival in Cochin, check into your hotel and get ready for the half day sightseeing in Cochin.
Proceed for a half day sightseeing of Cochin by boat.
A few interesting sites included in the tour are the Chinese fishing nets along the Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow, etc. Apart from these architectural splendours, an array of restaurants serving fresh seafood is also popular among tourists. The Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles work on the principle of balance. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450. Vasco Da Gama Square, the narrow promenade that parallels the beach, is the best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea.
Overnight will be in Cochin.
In time transfer to the airport for your onward flight.