Kerala - God's Own Country
Day 01 - Arrive Bombay
Assistance and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02 - Bombay - Cochin flight 0840/1025 hours
Assistance and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon city sightseeing tour Cochin, Kerala’s commercial centre, it has a fine natural harbour. Cochin(Kochi) gateway for Kerala is famous for Mattanchery Palace, St. Francis Church, Wellington Island, Bolghatty Island, Chinese Fishing nets and Jewish Synagogue. Cruising on the back-waters provides glimpses of the rural life, fine view of the harbour and three islands.
Day 03 - Cochin - Munnar drive, 130 km
Drive to Munnar and on arrival, check-in at the hotel. Munnar, largely blanketed by tea plantations, this little hill resort offers breath-taking scenery. Situated at an altitude of 1525 metres, this town has a local bracing climate. The atmosphere is fragrant with extensive tea and cardamom plantations. There are enchanting high ranges, lakes and streams and lovely views of low flying clouds and mist filled valleys. andeli-Hospet, 150 km Drive to Hospet via Hubli and Dharwad. Day at leisure.
Day 04 - Munnar - Periyar drive, 100 km
Drive to Periyar and on arrival, check-in at the hotel. Morning drive to Periyar and on arrival, check-in at the hotel. Periyar, spread over an area of 777 sq km, this sanctuary has about 35 tigers and leopards. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 - Periyar - Kumarakom, 136 km (via Kottayam)
Drive to Kumarakom via Kottayam. Kottayam, 64 kms from Cochin, it is another commercial centre of Kerala. Dotted with churches and covered with rubber plantations, Kottayam is just 16 km away from Kumarakom and Vembanand Lake.
On arrival, transfer by boat to Coconut Lagoon.
Kumarakom is a beautiful backwater village on the shores of the enchanting Vembanad Lake.
Day 06 - Kumarakom - Embark Houseboat
Cruise in the canal by Bamboo Poles, sail through the lagoon with favourable wind. Evening witness sunset through coconut palms. Dinner under million stars.
Day 07 - Alleppey - Quilon
Morning wake up and after breakfast, cruise through Pallathuruthy River and reach Ambalappuzha. visit ancient and historical temple of Lord Krishna and later Karumadi (Buddha Temple. Leave for Champakkulam. Can swim in River Pampa and thereafter visit a village Farm House in Champakkulam and village market.
Day 08 - Quilon - Kanya Kumari
Morning short visit of Quilon, famous for old wooden houses and cashew tree plantation on the edge of Ashtamudi lake. The delightful backwaters of Kerala begin from this picturesque town. Drive to Kanya Kumari, 170 km arriving before sun-set. The sun-set at the confluence of Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea is a delight to witness.
Day 09 - Kanya Kumari - Kovalam
The Southernmost end of Tamil Nadu, the land's end of India or the point where three seas meet. Cape Camorin of Kanya Kumari is at its best during Chitra Pournima (full moon day in April) when sun and moon are face to face at the same horizon at the confluence point of Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocena and Arabina sea. The Vivekananad Memorial built on the rock into the water where the great Philosopher guide Swami Vivekananda when into meditation that transformed him into one of the most charismatic spiritual leader of the century. Arrive Kovalam and check-in at the hotel.
Day 10 - Kovalam-Trivandrum-Dep.
Morning sightseeing tour of Trivandrum. The capital of Kerala, built over seven forested hills. Padmanabhaswamy Temple, a seven storey stone structure is the most impressive landmark. This temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu contains several inscriptions and excellent murals, innumerable intricate stone carvings adorn the temple. Napier Museum of Arts and Crafts completed in 1880, it was an early experiment in what became known as the Indo Saracenic style.