Kerala Delight

Departure Date

Monday

Duration

10 DAYS/09 NIGHTS

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10 DAYS & 09 NIGHTS

COCHIN I MUNNAR I THEKKADY  I ALLEPEY I TRIVANDRUM(KOVALAM)

Kerala, popularly known as ‘God’s Own Country’, is dotted with several enchanting destinations to admire the beauty of nature. The splendid beauty of the place takes you to a world of rich greenery and tranquil backwaters. From Cochin to Munnar, to Periyar, to Kovalam, the mere image of these places present the picture of swinging palm trees, crystal-clear lakes, beautiful beaches along with a ride in majestic houseboats. Our 10 days and 9 nights Kerala tour package lets you to forget all the worries and fall in love with the beauty of the state.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01Arrive/Cochin by International flight

Arrive Cochin Airport

Meet & assistance on arrival by our travel executive

Transfer to your Hotel. Check-time would be 1200hrs

Briefing of the tour by the executive

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.

Overnight at hotel

Day 02Cochin

Breakfast in the Hotel.

Depart for sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting

Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Friday & Saturday) – built in 1568 the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth stands, adorned by hundreds of exquisite hand – painted Chinese tiles in blue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town lies the synagogue of the white Jews near Mattancherry palace. The synagogue is now a fascinating mixture of shops, warehouses and spice auction rooms.

Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays)

The Dutch palace at Mattancherry was actually built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin Raja in AD 1555. The palace acquired its present name in 1663 when the Dutch carried out some extensions and repairs in it. The main attractions of the palace lie in its wall murals that depict the scenes from the Ramayana.

Chinese Fishing Nets

Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi
The Chinese fishing nets (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, outside China! Many fishermen earn their livelihood by fishing using these massive nets. A whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these nets.

St. Francis Church

St. Francis Church- it is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. On his 3rd visit to Kerala, Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by sea, fell ill and died in Kochi. He was buried in the St. Francis Church. Later his remains were taken back to Portugal. In spite of that, his burial spot inside the church has been clearly marked out.

Afternoon is free to relax.

In the evening you will be invited to witness KATHAKALI – the ancient and traditional dance drama of Kerala. The drama shows different scenes from the epics of Maharabharata and Ramayana. To understand the entire process you must reach the place an hour before the show and see the make-up being done on the artists.

Overnight at hotel

Day 03Cochin/Munnar by road (140kms/04hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Munnar.

Munnar is Kerala’s premium hill station. A hill station transcending excellence – Munnar is surrounded by gently undulating hills swathed in the soothing green of vast tea estates makes it perfect tourist destination in south India. Situated at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level, its bracing climate with the laidback atmosphere and its delightfully refreshing colonial air makes it the most sought-after destinations.

Overnight at hotel

Day 04Munnar

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for sightseeing tour of Munnar visiting

Tea Gardens

Munnar’s top attraction is its scenic tea gardens and is top priority on any travel itinerary in this area. There are around 30 tea estates, all are privately owned (about 27 of them owned by Tata Tea Company), but most estate managers will allow visitors to wander around the estate for free. Tea factories at the estates offer a great opportunity to witness the entire process by which tea changes from being a fresh, handpicked leaf to the fragrant product that makes it to breakfast tables across the world. Some tea factories also offer tea on sale for visitors. 

Eravikulam National Park

The Eravikulam National Park was established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr, endangered species of the wild goat and the only one to be found south of the Himalayas. Rich in forest and grasses, this park is relatively new as it was in 1978 that the area was notified as a park. The park lies along the high ranges of the western coast in the Munnar Forest Division of Idukki district in Kerala. It is situated on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the north.

The national park has a large variety of flora and fauna with over 26 species of mammals, 132 species of birds, 101 species of butterflies, 19 species of amphibians and 20 species of orchids already registered in the park books.

Overnight at hotel
Day 05Munnar/Thekkady by road (100kms/3hrs)

Take a short drive to Thekkady.

Depart for sightseeing tour of Periyar wildlife sanctuary.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary set high in the ranges of the Western Ghats, in God’s Own Country, Kerala, is the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Periyar wildlife sanctuary has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Formed with the building of a dam in 1895, this reservoir meanders around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a permanent source of water for the local wildlife. Though its a Tiger Reserve, tourists come here to view the Indian Elephant in the act of ablution and playfulness by the Periyar lake.

In the afternoon you will be taken into the park for the most thrilling and ideal way to move into the park, which is by a boat cruiser. The boat cruiser will allow you to harmonize with the natural surroundings of the Periyar Sanctuary.

Overnight at hotel
Day 06Thekkady/Alleppey by road (130kms/04hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Alleppey to board the Rice Houseboat. Afternoon you would be sailing in the canales of the massive lake where you can see people doing their daily ritual

Overnight on the houseboat
Day 07Alleppey/Trivandrum (Kovalam) by road (160kms/05hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Trivandrum & check in at hotel.

Trivandrum also called Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of the Indian state of Kerala. It is an ancient city with tradition dating back to 1000 BC.

Thiruvananthapuram became the capital of Raja of Travancore in 1750. The name is derived from 'Tiru Ananta Puram', the abode of the Sacred serpent Ananta, upon whose coils Vishnu lying in the main temple.

Rest of the day is free to relax and shopping at local markets.

Overnight at hotel

Day 08Trivandrum

Breakfast in hotel.

Depart for full day sightseeing tour of Trivandrum.

Padmanabhaswamy temple is a famous Hindu temple of Lord Vishnu, located inside the Fort in the city of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The Temple is one of the 108 divya desam, the holiest abodes of Lord Vishnu. Only Hindus are allowed to enter this South Indian Temple - the men are required to remove their shirt while entering the temple.

Napier Museum

The Napier Museum (closed on Wednesdays) is an art and natural history museum situated in Thiruvananthapuram. The architectural masterpiece was designed by Robert Chisholm, the consulting Architect of the Madras Government and the construction was completed in 1880. Napier Museum is a landmark in the city with its unique ornamentation and architectural style with gothic roof and minarets.

Sri Chitra Art Gallery

Sri Chitra Art Gallery located near the Napier museum, the Sri Chitra Art Gallery of Trivandrum is an art lover's paradise. Only a true admirer of art will know the joy of visiting this beautiful art gallery that has some of the best paintings of famous painters of India. A very famous landmark in Kerala, Sri Chitra Art Gallery of Thiruvananthapuram has a vast collection of paintings not just from India, but also from countries like Japan, China and Indonesia.

Overnight at hotel

Day 09Trivandarum - Excursion to Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of peninsular India and the meeting point of three oceans-the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Besides its importance as a Hindu pilgrim centre, it is famous for its beautiful sunrise and sunset over the waters. The multi-coloured sand is a unique feature of the beach here.

Vivekananda Memorial

Vivekananda Memorial - It is about 500 meters away from mainland. This memorial stands on one of two rocks separated by about 70 meters. It was built in 1970. This memorial is dedicated to Swami Vivekananda, the greatest social reformer. Swami Vivekananda was supposed to have medicated on the rock where the memorial stands today. A meditation hall is also attached with the memorial. The design of the Mandapa incorporates different styles of temple architecture from all over India. It houses a statue of Vivekananda. The divine foot print 'Pada Parai' of Devi is also seen here. Ferry service is available to reach the memorial. It opens from Wednesday to Monday. Tuesday is holiday. It opens from 0700 to 1100 and from 1400 to 1700. After the tour return to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10Depart/Trivandrum by flight

Breakfast in hotel.

Transfer to Trivandrum airport in time to connect flight for next destination.

COST & INCLUSIONS

PremierPremierLuxuryComfort
WinterUS$2498US$2554US$1640US$1477
SummerUS$2031US$1946US$1520US$1383
CochinVivanta by Taj - MalabarVivanta by Taj - MalabarCrowne PlazaHoliday Inn
MunnarWindermereWindermereFranget NatureAbad Copper Castle
AlleppeyPremium HouseboatPremium HouseboatPremium HouseboatDeluxe Houseboat
KovalamThe LeelaTaj GreencoveUday SamundraTravancore Heritage

The above rates are valid from

Winter – 1st October 2018 – 20th December 2018 & 11th January 2019 – 15th April 2019

Summer – 16th April 2019– 30th September 2019

 

Based on Minimum 2 persons traveling together.

  Tour Includes

 

   Share twin accommodation with breakfast
   Transfers & sightseeing by Air Conditioned vehicle
   Services of local English Speaking Guide
   Kathakali dance drama ticket
   Boat ticket in Periyar
   Lunch & Dinner during stay on the houseboat
   Present Applicable taxes as on 1st April 2018

  Tour Excludes

 

      Entrance tickets to Monuments
   International Airfare
   Domestic Airfare
   Visa fee & Insurance
   Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, camera fee, drinks & tips etc

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