Day 01: Arrival Cochin
Welcome for a Kerala Tour. On your arrival at cochin airport our representative heartily greets you and transfer you to the prebooked hotel in Cochin. Cochin
Cochin is a very important port city of Kerala – The God’s Own Country. Located about 220 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram in Ernakulam district, Kochin – the second largest city of the state is entitled as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. Endowed with a long coast line of 48 kilometers, Kochi is blessed with peerless natural beauty augmented by various beaches. At arrival check in at cochin hotel, freshen up and enjoy welcome drink at the comfort of your room.
After relaxing, go for a half day sightseeing to Cochin, to visit Dutch Palace , St.Francis church, Chinese fishing net & fort kochi.
Dutch Palace is located at the Palace Road of Mattancherry of cochin.Ttwo shrines of Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva has been set on the sides of the palace. Other exhibits of the Dutch Palace, include life size portraits of King of cochin, an ivory palanquin, royal umbrellas, a howdah, royal clothes, coins, stampsetc.
Chinese fishing net Located at Fort Kochi and visible from Marine Drive too, Chinese Fishing Nets or Cheena Vala is an unusual and unique technique of fishing operated from the shore without going into the water. Kochi is the only place in the whole world where Chinese Fishing Nets are seen in use outside China. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Cochin.
Day 02 : Cochin to Munnar
Morning after breakfast drives towards Munnar(153Kms/ 5hrs).
Munnar meaning “Three rivers” is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams Muthirappu (Kannimalayar), Nallathanni and Kundala and is a delightful, small hill station. Munnar is at an altitude of 6000 ft from sea level located in Idukki district. The temperature ranges between 5 °C (41 °F) to 25 °C (77 °F) in winter, and 15 °C (59 °F) to 25 °C (77 °F) in summer. There are various tropical plantations of tea, coffee, cardamom and other spices, dense forests and wildlife sanctuaries.
At arrival check in Munnar hotel, freshen up and enjoy welcome drink at the comfort of your room. Afternoon enjoy leisure time at the hotel enjoying the scenic beauty of munnar. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Munnar.
Day 03: Munnar Sightseeing
After breakfast, we move for sightseeing of Munnar, to visit Mattupetty, Rajamalai National Park, and Top Station.
Mattupetty is extremely picturesque hill station, situated at an altitude of 1700meters. It is 13 km away from Munnar.
Rajamalai National Park (Eravikulum National Park) is situated in Idduki, the bordering district of Kerela and Tamil Nadu. Some of the rare animal species can be found here is, Elephant, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri marten, small-clawed otter and a rare tiger or leopard and the Nilgiri wood pigeon etc.
Top Station is house of some of the highest tea plantation in India. Located at a distance of 41km from Munnar and is at an altitude of 1700 meters. Later return back to the hotel in time. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Munnar .
Day 04 : Munnar to Thekkady
After breakfast , move to Thekkady (120 Kms / 4 Hrs). Check into Hotel at Thekkady.
Thekkady is one of the major wildlife destinations of South India. Located near the border town of Kerela and Tamil Nadu called Kumily, Located around 4000ft above sea level. Thekkady is about 257 km or 160 miles from Trivandrum. Nestled in the lap of nature, Thekkady is home to lush greenery, pristine and verdant landscape, picturesque and serene lakes and a rich wildlife heritage. Thekkady allows its visitors to monitor wildlife at a very close range.
After refreshing , visit to Periyar National Park , Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Periyar National Park is the place of Thekkady flaunts one of the most rich and diversified bio-diversity spots in India It encompasses an area of about 777 square kilometers and showcases various rare and endangered species like the tiger and the Asiatic lion. The wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978 and is also home to a wide variety of animals like herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs.
Periyar Tiger Reserve :The Periyar Tiger Reserve is one of the 27 illustrious tiger reserves in India. Managed and maintained with zeal and competence, the reserve offers competence, the reserve offers home and a place of repose to the endangered species of tigers. Spread over an area of around 77 square kilometers. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Thekkady .
Day 05: Thekkady to Kumarakom
After breakfast, drive to Kumarakom (180 Kms and 5 Hrs drive).
Kumarakom is a tourist village and in fact a cluster of little beautiful islands on the eastern banks of the Vembanadu Lake. It is 15 kilometers away from Kottyam town. The place Kumarakom is filled with the real beauty of Kerala with mangrove forests, lush green paddy fields, waterways, canals etc. Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
On arrival at Kumarakom the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Vembanad Lake, Pathiramanal, Bay Island Driftwood Museum.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake near the celebrated Kumarakom Backwaters is a beloved haunt of migratory birds and a heaven for the ornithologists. Spread over an extensive area of 14 acres on the southern banks of a river named Kavanar, this bird sanctuary has a well laid down paths that lead us around. The major attraction of the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a number of local as well as migratory birds spotted here such as cuckoo, waterfowl, owl, heron, egret, cormorant, darter, moorhen, Brahminy kite, duck, parrot, lark, teal, flycatcher, Siberian crane and so on.
Vembanad Lake: Spanning over several districts of Kerala and known by an assortment of names at various places, Vembanad Lake is the largest lake of the state and the longest of the country India. The Vembanad Wetland System covering the total area of about 2033.02 square kilometers happens to be the largest India wetland system. At its widest point, the Vembanad Lake is approximately 14 kilometers wide. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Kumarakom.
Day 06: Kumarakom to Alleppey
Enjoy the hearty breakfast at the hotel. Later drive down to Alleppey (185 Kms / 5 Hrs).
Alleppey is a scenic town known for its outstanding backwater, beach and natural appeal. Alleppey is also famous for its Boat races, Houseboat Holidays, Beaches, Marine Products and Coir Industry.
On arrival check in at the houseboat/ hotel. Enjoy the scenic beauty. Overnight stay will be at the Houseboat/ Hotel.
Day 07 : Alleppey to Kovalam
Check out time form Houseboat/ hotel. After check out drives to Kovalam
Kovalam means a “grove of coconut trees”, Kerela, God’s own country, that houses this beautiful beach resort, has a number of other things to offer. Located at a distance of 20 Kms from Trivandrum, the beach of Kovalam is a treat for the naturalists and environmentalists. The crescent-shaped beach has three parts. The southern most beach, and the most popular, is light house beach. Swimming in the deep blue sea, water surfing, skiing and kayaking are some of the water sports that Kovalam promises to its visitors
On arrival check in at the hotel, get fresh. Afternoon is at leisure and Evening will be free for personal activity. Overnight stay will be at Hotel in Kovalam.
Day 08: Kovalam
Morning after breakfast, we move for sightseeing of Lighthouse Beach , Pamanabhaswami Temple , Thiruvallam Parashurama Temple.
Lighthouse Beach is located on the southernmost part of the beach resort of Kovalam. The 35 meters tall lighthouse is beautifully painted in red and white and is clearly visible from almost all the corners of the beach. You can even indulge in refreshing Ayurvedic massages, sunbathing, water surfing and all sorts of adventurous water sports in the Light house Beach. The lighthouse road is also convenient for long leisurely walks and cycling.
Thiruvallam Parashurama Temple is located almost 12 kilometers away from Kovalam. This is perhaps the only temple of the Hindus that is dedicated to Parashurama. The temple is located on the banks of the river Karamana and is believed to be around 2000 years old. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Kovalam.
Day 09: Kovalam to Trivandrum/ Cochin Departure
After breakfast time is free till your flight / train time. Transfer you to airport/ railway station for your further destination. In this way Kerala tour ends giving exciting memories to relish in for lifelong.