» Best of Kerala Tour
Places Covered :
Bombay - Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Alleppey - Quilon - Kanya Kumari - Kovalam - Trivandrum
09 Nights / 10 Days
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
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
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
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.