Kerala -Land of Divine Beauty – 9 nights / 10 days
- Enjoy a dance performance of the traditional kathakali classical style
- Pluck your own tea leaves straight from the tea bush and taste different types of teas
- Enjoy ayurvedic massages
- Experience the life in the villages along the backwaters
- Visit to the Southernmost tip of Peninsular India and experience spectacular sunrise and sunset over the Indian ocean
Cochin – Munnar – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Kovalam – Kanyakumari -Trivandrum
Day 01 Cochin arrival ( ex Delhi / ex Mumbai)
Arrive Cochin. Meet and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon city sightseeing visiting the synagogue, Jewish Street and Chinese Fishing Nets followed by Kathakali Dance. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 Cochin – Munnar
Morning drive to Munnar. On arrival check in at the hotel. Enjoy a short trek downhill to the nearby village. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 Munnar
Morning drive through the Kanan Devan Hills tea plantations and scenic beauty valleys, Lock heart gap, spice plantations etc. Overnight at the hotel
Day 04 Munnar – Kumarakom
Morning drive to Kumarakom. Arrive Kumarakom and check in at hotel. Relax at hotel / enjoy Kerala Ayurvedic massage. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 Kumarakom – Alleppey
Transfer to the jetty to board houseboat at 12 noon. Lunch on board. Enjoy cruising through the backwater canals along with the palm fringed shores and paddy fields. Dinner and overnight on the AC deluxe houseboat.
Day 06 Alleppey – Kovalam
Today you arrive at Alleppey. Check out of House Boat and straight drive to Kovalam. Check in at the resort. Relax at the resort or enjoy the beach/ Kerala massage. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 Kovalam
Day free to enjoy the beach. Overnight at the resort.
Day 08 Kovalam –Kanyakumari
Morning proceed for Kanyakumari. Arrive Kanyakumari and check in at Beach Resort. Visit Vivekanand rock temple by boat and enjoy the sunset. Overnight: Resort.
Day 09 Kanyakumari – Kovalam
Early morning watch the sunrise and visit the Kanyakumari temple. Later drive back to Kovalam enroute visiting Suchindram temple and Padmanabhapuram Palace. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 Kovalam – Trivandrum – Mumbai / Delhi
Transfer to Trivandrum airport to board flight for onward journey.
Best Season : October – March
Kerala -Land of Divine Beauty
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.
A slice of Venice in the heart of Kerala, Alleppey is the most popular place to organise a foray into the backwaters. Alleppey retains monopoly in coir production and exports.
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.
Kanyakumari takes its name from the Kumari Amman Temple, situated in the town, on the sea-shore, the very confluence of the three water-bodies – the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. The tourists who visit this southern most tip of India certainly enjoy the exuberant scenes of the sunsets and the sunrises.