9 Days Scenic Kerala Tour – 8 Nights/9 Days private guided tour of Kerala covering Cochin, Munnar, Periyar, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Kovalam and Trivandrum – includes pick/drop from/to Cochin/Trivandrum Airport/ Hotel, 7 nights stay in quality Hotels, 1 Night in Houseboat, Breakfast, AC Car with Driver and Guide.
Places: Cochin > Munnar > Periyar > Kumarakom > Alleppey > Kovalam > Trivandrum
Kerala; God’s own country is one of the most popular destinations in South Asia and a great place to visit. This tour starts at Cochin, includes Cochin sightseeing and takes you to Munnar, a favored british era hill station in Idukki District famous for tea plantations and natural beauty. From Munnar we travel to Periyar and visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Lake Periyar and Thekkady which is famous for spices. Next we will visit Kumarakom, which is a village situated on islands in Vembanadu Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala. From Kumarakom we will travel to Alleppey and enjoy the backwaters on a houseboat and move to Kovalam, known for its beautiful beaches. This tours ends at Trivandarum which is a short distance from Kovalam.
Travel Plan Details:
Day 1- Cochin
Welcome at Cochin International Airport. Transfer to your hotel. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as ‘God’s Own Country’. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.
Later sightseeing tour of Cochin. Sightseeing includes the visit of Cochin: Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Friday), St Francis Church, Chinese fishing nets Evening Kathakali dance performance. Overnight stay at hotel in Cochin
Day 2 – In Cochin – Munnar (140 kms/4 Hours)
Drive from Cochin-Munnar.
Munnar – is breathtakingly beautiful – a haven of peace and tranquility – the idyllic tourist destination in God’s own country. Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations – pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests – aroma of spice scented cool air – yes! Munnar has all these and more. It’s the place you would love to visit. Upon arrival in Munnar check-in at hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own
Overnight stay in Munnar
Day 3 – In Munnar
The day is at leisure to explore the city on your own
Optional possible visit’s: Tea Museum, Eravilkulum National Park
Overnight stay at hotel in Munnar
Day 4 – Munnar – Periyar (50 kms/Approx. 1 Hours 20 mins)
Drive from Munnar to Periyar.
The drive to Periyar is enchanting as the road winds through tranquil countryside, rich plantations & thick jungles. Thekkady (Idukki district) is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in the Kerala. The Periyar Wildlife sanctuary is spread across 777 km² (300 sq. miles), of which 360 km (139 sq. miles) is thick evergreen forest. This Wild Life Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attraction of Periyar is the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. Thekkady is also considered a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove.Upon arrival in Periyar check-in at hotel.
Evening boat ride at Lake Periyar for Game Viewing.
Overnight stay at hotel in Periyar.
Day 5 – Periyar – Kumarakom (117 kms/2 Hours 30 mins)
Drive from Periyar to Kumarakom.
The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanadu Lake in Kerala. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna and is noted for its bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. The Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala, is also habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species and it teems with Karimeen, Shrimp and Prawns. It is a major tourist attraction.The gorgeous green of the fringed palms ripple in the blue waters and blend into wavelets. The people on the banks of Vembanadu Lake are generally peace-loving and follow a neat and healthy lifestyle. Their dressing is immaculate, usually spotless whites. The food mainly consists of rice and fish. Fish is a very important item in their menu for lunch and dinner.
Upon arrival in Kumarakom check-in at hotel.
Rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the Water lagoon destination on your own or else you can also visit Bird Sanctuary. Overnight stay at hotel in Thekkady.
Day 6 – Kumarakom – Alleppey (33 kms/Approx 40 mins)
Drive from Kumarakom to Alleppey.
Kettuvallams, the stitched boats provide the best way to experience the colorful backwaters of Kerala. The wood commonly used to make Kettuvallams is ‘Anhili’, which is found in abundance in central Travancore area. Large planks are tied together using hand made coir ropes and beaten coconut fibres. This gives the Kettuvallams enough strength to withstand heavy waves in the sea. Kettuvallams are built entirely without the use of nails. It requires great skill and adroitness to construct these giant boats by tying huge planks of jack wood together. The boats are applied with fish oil and cashew nut oil and left to cure for days. With careful maintenance, they last for generations.
Upon arrival embark the Houseboat.
Overnight stay in Houseboat.
Day 7 – Alleppey – Kovalam (175 kms/Approx. 4 Hours)
Drive from Alleppey to Kovalam
Kovalam offers an excellent diversity with Kovalam beach to suit all desires and occasions. Three curve shaped beaches, alienated by stony outcroppings, from the major attraction of this coastal resort. Backed by precipitously mounting headlands and covered by fertile coconut palms, the beaches, especially the southernmost part of lighthouse beach.
Upon arrival in Kovalam check-in at hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beach on your own.
Overnight stay at hotel in Kovalam.
Day 8 – In Kovalam
Day free for independent activities of your own at beach side or else you have option of full day excursion of Kanyakumari.
Overnight stay at hotel in Kovalam.
Day 9 – Kovalam – Trivandrum (17 kms/Approx 20 mins)/Onward
Today on time drive to Trivandrum airport to connect the flight for Onward journey
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis
- Daily breakfast included
- Meeting and assistance on arrival and departures
- Chauffeured air-conditioned vehicles for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours
- English speaking guide will be provided for sightseeing and excursion tours
- All currently applicable taxes
- Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone, fax, internet, beverages, camera / video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
- Local payments in domestic currency, such as entry fees to monuments, tips and gratuities
- Any ride, monument entry fees
- Domestic / International air fare
- Indian Visa Fees
- Any other services not mentioned in Price Inclusions above
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