Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days
Destinations Covered : Thiruvananthapuram – Kanyakumari – Kovalam – Alleppey-Kumarakom – Periyar – Munnar – Cochin
Day 01: Arrive Thiruvananthapuram & Half day City Tour
On arrival at Thiruvananthapuram airport our representative having a placard displaying your name will meet you to pick you up and transfer to hotel. This afternoon take a half day city tour of Trivandrum. The Padmanabha Swamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu known for its mural paintings and stone carvings is among the 108 sacred Vishnu temples in India. Located near the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple is Kuthiramalika (Puthenmalika) Palace Museum. This rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style of architecture has exquisite wood carvings. The palace museum displays paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family. Another important place to visit is the Napier Museum, built in the 19th century, the Indo – saracenic structure boasts a “natural” air conditioning system and houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. Located near the Napier Museum is the Sree Chithra Art Gallery, this art gallery displays select paintings of Delhi Agra Jaipur ToursRaja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection also includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali. You can also visit Shankhumugham Beach: Just 8 km from the city, this is a favourite haunt of sunset watchers. Overnight at hotel in Thiruvananthapuram.
Day 02: Excursion to Kanyakumari (86 Km from Trivandrum, travel time 2 hrs)
This Morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Kanyakumari located at the extreme southern tip of India. This afternoon visit The Kumari Amman or Kanya Kumari Temple, located on the shore is dedicated to virgin Goddess Kumari Amman who undertook severe penance to obtain Lord Shiva’s hand in marriage. Another attraction is the famous Vivekananda Rock Memorial, dedicated to Indian Saint Vivekananda, who meditated on this very rock before he proceeded to West to propagate Hinduism. Also there is a recently erected memorial of Thiruvalluvar, a Tamil saint who had written the Thirukkural, containing 1330 verses for a better living for every human. Enjoy a spectacular view of the sunset at the southern most tip of India, where the 3 seas meet (Namely Indian Ocean in the south, Arabian sea in the west and Bay of Bengal in the east). Later on transfer to Trivandrum to stay overnight.
Day 03: Thiruvananthapuram to Kovalam (16 Km, Travel time 30 minutes )
This Morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Kovalam just 16 kms from Trivandrum. Kovalam is known as the ‘Paradise of the South’. The beauty and serenity of Kovalam with excellent accommodations, ayurvedic massage parlors, yoga centres and water sport facilities attract thousand of tourist from all over the world. The crescent-shaped beaches of Kovalam can be divided in three parts. The southern most and the most popular beach is the Lighthouse Beach. Further south on the beach you can have a spectacular view of the Vizhinzam mosque. The middle beach is called Hawah. Each morning this beach acts as a base for the local fisherman. The northern most beach, Samudra, is least affected of all by the changing times. It is dotted with few rudimentary wooden fishing vessels. The day at free at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Kovalam.
Day: 04 Kovalam Beach Tour
This morning after breakfast indulge yourself in the beauty of the tiny beach. You can go for swimming and bathing at kovalam, it will be an exhilarating experience and if you go for snorkeling, you can get wonderful views of underwater coral reefs. Surfing is another water sport which you can enjoy in Kovalam. When you are in Kovalam do not forget to take an Ayouvedic Massage to refresh your body and soul. Overnight at hotel in Kovalam.
Day 05: Kovalam to Alleppey (175 Km, Travel time 4 hrs)
This morning after breakfast transfer to Alleppey popularly referred to as ‘Venice of the East’ and check-in to the traditional houseboat for Back water Cruise, which will be a unique experience in your life. No tourist can go away from Alappuzha without taking a cruise along the backwaters in a traditional houseboat. The houseboats complete with a well furnished bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. Delhi Agra Jaipur ToursThere are drivers and a cook on board. On the houseboat you can observe the everyday life of locals, pick up toddy ( a mild alcoholic drink made from coconut sap ), dig into grilled prawns and indulge in bird watching. Enjoy dinner on board and overnight in the houseboat.
Day 06: Alleppy to Kumarakom (65 Km, Travel time 2 hrs)
This morning after breakfast check-out from the houseboat and drive to Kumarakom located on the Southern coast of India enjoys a well-balanced tropical climate. Kumarakom is one of the 10 best preferred destinations in India for tourism. The village comprises of cluster of small islands on the famous lake called Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom is an enchanting backwater destination to visit After check in at hotel visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, the best time for this is between November and March, when a range of migratory birds from Siberia make it their winter home. Some of the species include the Snake bird Little Cormorant, Crow Pleasant, White-branded water Hen and Tree pie. Occasionally you can catch the native kingfishers setting the waters ablaze in a psychedelic flash of colours. The night herons, the Golden-backed woodpeckers are added delights. At the fourteen-acre bird sanctuary one can glimpse many a rare bird some of which, sadly, may not be around forever. Evening enjoy the sun set cruise thereafter return to hotel for overnight.
Day 07: Kumarakom to Periyar (Thekkady) (140 Km, Travel time 3 Hrs 30 Minutes)
Today wake up early in the morning for the grandest show on earth. The sunrise. In the mornings, the lake is calm, misty and sensuous. And the sun breaks with a smile and stretches its arm across the river to wish you good morning. After breakfast transfer to Periyar. The Periyar Wildlife sanctuary is spread across 780 sq km, of which 360 sq km is thick evergreen forest; this sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors all over the world and is one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife. Further, the splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however are the herds of wild elephants that come down to the play in the lake. This afternoon enjoy boat ride and experience a unique wild life experience. Overnight at hotel in Periyar.
Day 08: Periyar to Munnar-God’s Own Hill Station (110 Km, Travel time 3 Hrs )
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Munnar. Munnar is undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in Kerala. It is the heaven of tranquility and peace far from the busy and hurry life of cities. This is an idyllic tourist spot in Kerala, God’s own country. Munnar is a premium hill station in Kerala situated 1600m above sea level. This transcending hill station is surrounded by gentle undulating hills that are draped by green blushing tea plantations. The bracing climate, the laidback atmosphere, the refreshing colonial buildings and atmosphere makes it the most sought after hill station in India. The misty hills with tea plantations appear like velvet lawns on the gentle slopes of the hills. Some of the highest tea gardens of the world are located in Munnar. Rest of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight at hotel in Munnar.
Day 09: Munnar
This morning after breakfast visit Eravikulam National Park. Eravikulam National Park is the best place to see Nilgiri Tahr (Hermitragus Hylcrious) popularly known as the mountain goat of South India. Other attractions of Munnar are Kundale tea plantation surrounded by a lovely lake, Rajamala, Power House Waterfalls, Kundala, Echo Point, CSI Christ Church and to name a few. And if you are adventure enough you can take a trek to Anamudi-the heist peak in South India. Overnight at hotel in Munnar.
Day 10: Munnar to Cochin (130 Km, Travel time 3 Hrs 30 Minutes)
This Morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Cochin. Rest of the day is free at your leisure. In the evening enthrall yourself with a special presentation of the colorfully costumed Kathakali Dance Drama at a local theatre; thereafter return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 11: Cochin City Tour
This morning after breakfast take a full day city tour of Kochi. Your sightseeing will include Fort Kochi beach, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace or ‘Dutch Palace’ & the Chinese Fishing Nets. The Chinese fishing nets found here are the only ones of its kind in India. Dutch Palace: The Dutch Palace was originally built by the Portugese. Later, in 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented to the Raja (King) of Kochi. Coronation of many Kings of Kochi was held here. The place has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting the scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana. Fort Kochi beach: A stroll along the beach, particularly at sunset with the Chinese fishing nets and sailing ships in the background, is a fine experience. Many European style bungalows can be seen along the shoreline. Jewish Synagogue: The synagogue, magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers, was built in 1568. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here. It is located near the Dutch Palace. In the evening enjoy Motor Boat Ride at Cochin Harbour and thereafter evening free to walk around the beach. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Transfer to Cochin Airport
This Morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Cochin airport to take your onward flight