Kerala is blessed with unique geographical features and lush tropical landscape. Kerala, lacking historic monuments prevalent elsewhere in India, has the advantage of attracting people with its palm-fringed beaches, backwaters, the hills in which are nestled the spice and tea plantations.
Cochin has been an important trading port since ancient times and today it is the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. A visit to Cochin enriches one about the historical and cultural past of Kerala. Some of the major attractions of the city are the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Jewish town whose by-lanes that wind around offer charming sights of houses built in Dutch, Portuguese and British styles, Fort Kochi, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Dutch Cemetery, the Chinese Nets, Willingdon Island.
Situated at an altitude of 1,524m and set amid dramatic mountain scenery in what was once known as the High Range of Travancore, the hill town of Munnar is the commercial centre of some of the world's highest tea growing estates. It has a cool bracing climate exuding an old-world charm and the atmosphere is fragrant with extensive tea and cardamom plantations. The enchanting high ranges, craggy peaks, lakes and streams and the crisp mountain air makes it an ideal retreat. The highest peak of South India, Anaimudi or the Elephant's Head peak (2,695m) is only a short distance from here and Munnar serves as a good base for treks to the peak. Munnar offers good opportunities for bird watchers as the green slopes of Munnar and the dense forests in the folds of the hills offer varied, protected, habitats for feathered species.
Periyar is South India's most popular wildlife sanctuary. Covering an area of 777 sq. km with a 26 sq. km artificial lake, created by the British in 1895, the Periyar Lake was formed by a dam across the Periyar River. This tropical forest reserve has all the major birds, animals as well as flora, It is home to bison, antelopes, sambar, wild boar, monkeys, langur and a variety of birds, elephants and of course the tiger. Also known for the best quality Indian spices, the whole atmosphere is full with the aroma of high quality spices.
Kovalam, situated 16 km south of Trivandrum, is a sheltered bay endowed with unusual beauty. This internationally renowned beach resort has been a favourite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. This natural bay is a safe sea-pool, free from high waves. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches. The southernmost, known as the Lighthouse Beach, is the most popular. The small palm fringed bays separated by rocky headlands, pale sands, gentle surf and lush green lawns compel the visitor to overstay in Kovalam. The surf here is ideal for surf riding and the water invites the visitors to ride the "Catamaran" or log with the fisherman or to take a cool swim. There are many Ayurvedic treatment centres and resorts in Kovalam. There is also the Beach Centre of Water sports.
Cochin arrival ( ex Delhi / ex Mumbai)
Arrive Cochin. Meet and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. After lunch city sight seeing visiting the synagogue, Jewish Street and Chinese Fishing Nets followed by Kathakali Dance (Classical Kerala Dance) at the Kathakali Centre. Overnight at hotel.
Cochin – Munnar
Morning after breakfast drive to Munnar. On arrival check in at the hotel. Visit Munnar Lake and Tea Factory. Overnight at the hotel.
Munnar - Periyar
Morning after breakfast drive to Periyar visiting the spice village on the way. On arrival at Periyar, check in at the hotel. Evening enjoy the boat ride in the Periyar Sanctuary. Overnight at the hotel.
Periyar - Kumarakom
After breakfast drive to Kumarakom. Arrive Kumarakom and check in at hotel. Relax at hotel / enjoy Kerala Ayurvedic massage. Overnight at hotel.
Kumarakom - Alleppey
Morning after breakfast transfer to the Houseboat. Enjoy the backwaters. Overnight in the Houseboat.
Alleppey - Kovalam
Today you arrive at Alleppey. Check out of House Boat and straight drive to Kovalam. On arrival at Kovalam transfer to the resort. Relax at the resort or enjoy the beach, Kerala massage. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast enjoy the facilities available at the resort. Overnight at the resort.
Kovalam - Trivandrum – Mumbai / Delhi
After breakfast day free. Afternoon transfer to Trivandrum airport to board flight for onward journey.
Mumbai / Delhi – Cochin – Munnar – Periyar – Kumarakom – Alleppey - Kovalam – Trivandrum – Mumbai / Delhi