This is a serious tour of Kerala purported to be " God's Own Country". This 08D KOCHI TO KOVALAM TOUR incorporates most of the tourist hot-spots of Kerala and provides a serious break from the daily rigours of life.
The best places to visit in Kerala: Munnar, Thekaddy, Kumarakom/Alleppey, Kovalam will captivate you with their varied smells, scenes, sounds, culture and cuisine. Visit Jewish Synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica, Chinese fishing nets and Cherai beach in Kochi. Enjoy wildlife in Eravikulam National park, Lakkam waterfalls and Mattupetty Dam in Munnar. Visit Periyar Lake in Thekaddy. For a more profound experience, you can opt for these killer optional shows: Kalaripayattu, Kathakali dance, Ayurvedic massage, Elephant ride, Spice plantation tour. Enjoy the sun and the sand at the fantastic beach of Kovalam and the Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram.
Treat yourself and your family to a value-added vacation. This tour ticks all the right check-boxes essential to a great well-deserved holiday. The lush greenery of Munnar, the wildlife sanctuary of Thekkady, the backwaters of Kumarakom and the crashing waves in Kovalam will simply steal your heart away, wishing the vacation never ends.
01 Night in Cochin
02 Nights in Munnar
01 Night in Thekkady
01 Night in Kumarakom/Alleppy
02 Nights in Kovalam
Day 1: Arrival in Cochin
On arrival, get transferred to the hotel. After check-in, proceed for a city tour covering Jewish Synagogue, Santa Cruz Basilica, Chinese Fishing nets, Dutch Palace and Antique shops. Evening to Cherai beach. Overnight at Cochin.
Day 2: Cochin - Munnar (Tea Garden & Hill station)
After breakfast, proceed to Munnar. This beautiful hill station was once the summer capital of the British Government in India. The never ending vast expanse of tea plantations and the round the year moderate climate makes it a little haven for visitors. After check-in, the rest of the day is on leisure. Overnight at Munnar.
Day 3: Munnar - Sightseeing
After breakfast, visit the Eravikulam National Park - house of the highly endangered mountain goats - the Nilgiri Tahrs. Then proceed to the Lakkam waterfalls which is accessible by a short trek through the forest. In the afternoon visit the Echo point and Mattupetty Dam; speed boat facilities are available here (on direct payment basis). The dam is flanked by forests and the vast expanse of grassland on one side and the Kundala tea plantation on the other. Overnight at Munnar.
Day 4: Munnar - Thekkady (Wildlife sanctuary & Spice plantation)
After breakfast, proceed to Thekkady. By noon reach Thekkady and check in to the hotel. In the afternoon visit the Periyar lake, around which the wildlife sanctuary is built, for boating. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing the wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat. Overnight in Thekkady.
Day 5: Thekkady - Kumarakom/ Alleppey (Backwaters)
After breakfast, drive to Kumarakom/ Alleppey. By noon check in to the hotel. In the afternoon do a couple of hours motorboat cruise (optional- cost not included) through the legendary backwaters of Kerala. On the way, you will witness a full range of mind-boggling backwaters scenery. Evening on leisure. Overnight at Kumarakom/ Alleppey.
Day 6: Kumarakom/Alleppey - Kovalam (International beach)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to Kovalam- the internationally renowned beach destination. Spend the rest of the day on the sandy beaches of Kovalam, flanked by coconut groves on one side and Arabian sea on the other. Overnight in Kovalam.
Day 7: Kovalam
After breakfast, proceed for a city tour of Trivandrum covering the Napier Museum and Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple. The afternoon is on leisure in Kovalam. Overnight at Kovalam.
Day 8: Kovalam- Trivandrum (Capital City) departure
After breakfast, proceed to Trivandrum airport/railwaystation for onward journey.