Sandwiched between the Arabian Sea in the west and the mighty Western Ghats on the East, the State of Kerala is in every sense of the word, awe inspiring. One of the top 10 destinations in the world, according to National Geographic, Keralais truly the epitome of nature, heritage and hospitality.
For this trip we take you on a 9 day tour around God's own country, starting from Kochi or Cochin, one of the major ports in Western India to the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula, Kanyakumari.
While at Kochi one can experience modernized Kerala, with drizzles of monuments and historical memorials, Munnar holds within itself enchanting beauty of nature and the hills. While places like Thekkady will introduce you to wilderness and the rich wildlife diversity of India, Kumarkom is where you can relax and let the house boat cradle you across the backwaters of Kerala. At Kanyakumari watch the giant waterbodies of the Indian Subcontinent vanish into the vast body of the Indian Ocean while on the lighter note, do some thrifty shopping on the streets and local bazaars of Kovalam.
Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Kanyakumari, Kovalam, Trivandrum
Day 01: Arrive Cochin
You will be greeted at the airport by one of our staff members after which you will be transferred to the hotel. We spend the entire day exploring the commercial capital of Kerala where we visit some very interesting sites like the Jewish Synagogue, the Dutch Palace and the Chinese fishing nets. We retire for an overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 02: Cochin - Munnar
After witnessing the magnificent city of Kochi, we head to the enchanting land of Munnar, where heaven and earth magically appear to meet. Carpeted with greenery, the hills of Munnar are truly breath taking. For the whole day you are free to explore the beauty of these valleys and do some local shopping. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 03: Munnar
Today we set out early on the sightseeing tour of the scenic hill station of Munnar. We head to the top peak of the hill, Raja Malai, the Muttupetty dam and the Echo point, and if we are lucky, see the mountain goats or the Neel Thar on our journey. The rest of the day is left free where you can explore these beautiful hills of Munnar before retiring to the hotel.
Day 04: Munnar - Thekkady
After visiting the beautiful valleys of Munnar, we head to the wild life sanctuary of Thekkady. Experience the sights and sounds of wilderness which is still preserved in this part of the state. Situated approximately at an altitude of 900 - 1800mts, at Thekkady we take an evening boat safari on the Periyar river and await to sight the treasures of the wilderness which include, elephants, lion-tailed macaques, tigers, gaur, langurs and much more. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 05: Thekkady - Kumarakom
We head to Kumarkom, located on Vembanad Lake, which is the largest freshwater lake in Kerala. Engulfed with mangrove forests with pockets of paddy fields and coconut grooves, we visit some tantalizing spice plantations before retiring for the night.
Day 06: Kumrakom - Kettuvallam (HOUSE BOAT)
Today we finally step into the Kettuvallam or the traditional houseboat of Kerala. As you cruise romantically through the quite waters of therivers and lakes, watch the tall palms that canopy the bright sun, the emerald paddy fields and locals going about their business. For the night we retire to our houseboats.
Day 07: Kettuvalam - Alleppey - Kanyakumari
After a dreamy day on the Kettuvalam we disembark at the Alleppey boat jetty just to climb another. We head to Kanyakumari to witness the spectacular sunset at literally, the end of the Indian land. Watch the merger of the major water bodies of India at Kanyakumari. We returnfor an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 08: Kanyakumari - Kovalam
We ride early to watch the sun rise over the Bay of Bengal after which we proceed to Kovalam, the city with the most picturesque beaches, with tall coconut palms, shores lined with rocks that break the waves and golden coloured sand. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 09: Kovalam
The whole day is at leisure. You can opt for a sightseeing and shopping tour of Thrivandrum or stay and explore the city of Kovalam and its breath taking beaches.
Day 10: Kovalam - Trivandrum
We bid you farewell and you will be transferred to the airport or railway station for your onward journey.
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