Welcome to India, or as we say 'atithi devo
bhava' (the guest is an incarnation of God). Thank you for giving
us the opportunity to serve you!
||God's Own Country
||9 Nights / 10 Days
||Mumbai, Cochin, Munnar, Periyar, Kumarakom, Quilon, Kanyakumari, Kovalam, Trivandrum
Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
Arrive late evening at Mumbai International airport. Upon
arrival at International Airport, you will be met by our
representative, after a traditional 'Swagat' (Indian welcome
consisting of Aarti-Tikka and garlands) our representative
would assist you at airport & transfer to hotel for two
Whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative
would introduce the tour to you and hand over the documents
Day 02: Bombay - Cochin ( by Flight )
Morning on time transfer to the airport to board the flight
for Cochin. You arrive in Cochin by domestic flight from
Mumbai. On arrival our representative will assist you at
the airport and transfer to our hotel for check-in.
Cochin always had a very popular and historical sea trade
connection with Middle East, Mediterranean Europe, Dutch
and British. It has one of the finest natural harbours on
the Arabian coastline. Its cosmopolitan character is reflected
in the buildings and structures representing different regions
of the world. It is one of the few places in the world where
one can see a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, architecture,
mosques, temples and Chinese fishing nets, all in one city.
A city of peninsulas and islands, today it is Kerala's commercial
Today afternoon our guide will take you for a half day city
tour of Cochin, with visits to St. Francis' Church, Dutch
Palace (Built by the Portuguese), Jew Town, the Jewish Synagogue
built in the year 1568, spice market, where the air is filled
with the pungent smell of spices, and Chinese fishing nets.
In the evening we see Kerala's most popular classical dance,
Day 03: Cochin - Munnar drive (130 km)
Drive to Munnar and on arrival, check-in at the hotel. Munnar,
largely blanketed by tea plantations, this little hill resort
offers breath-taking scenery. Situated at an altitude of
1525 metres, this town has a local bracing climate. The
atmosphere is fragrant with extensive tea and cardamom plantations.
There are enchanting high ranges, lakes and streams and
lovely views of low flying clouds and mist filled valleys.
Day 04: Munnar - Periyar drive (100 km)
Today morning we drive to Eravikulam National Park, the
best place to see the Nilgiri Tahr (mountain goat). The
altitude varies from about 1,400m on the valley floor to
Anaimudi peak at 2,695m, the highest peak in Nilgiris and
south of the Himalayas. The drive is through the sprawling
tea gardens, among the world's highest.
You make like to stop over and have a short tea garden visit.
And later we drive to Periyar and on arrival, check-in at
the hotel. Periyar, spread over an area of 777 sq km, this
sanctuary has about 35 tigers and leopards.
Day 05: Periyar - Kumarakom, 136 km (via Kottayam)
Early morning before breakfast at 0630 hrs we go for wildlife
viewing to the sanctuary on lake Periyar by boat cruise.
After two hours of wildlife viewing we get back to the hotel
for breakfast. Later we leave for Kumarakom known for its
backwaters, huge Vembanad Lake and the famous Kumarakom
Late in the afternoon we visit the Bird sanctuary. There
are two seasons for birds: between October and February
there are cormorants, teals, and other ducks and from February
to July there are darters (snake birds), night herons, egrets,
and Siberian storks. It also has golden backed woodpecker,
crow pheasant, white-breasted water hen & tree pie.
Day 06: Kumarakom - Embark Houseboat
Cruise in the canal by Bamboo Poles, sail through the lagoon
with favorable wind. Evening witness sunset through coconut
Dinner under million stars.
Day 07: Alleppey - Quilon
Morning wake up and after breakfast, cruise through Pallathuruthy
River and reach Ambalappuzha. Visit ancient and historical
temple of Lord Krishna and later Karumadi (Buddha Temple).
Leave for Champakkulam. Can swim in River Pampa and thereafter
visit a village Farm House in Champakkulam and village market.
Day 08: Quilon - Kanya Kumari (170Kms)
Morning short visit of Quilon, famous for old wooden houses
and cashew tree plantation on the edge of Ashtamudi Lake.
The delightful Best of Kerala Tours begin from this picturesque
town. Drive to Kanya Kumari, arriving before sunset. The
sunset at the confluence of Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal
and Arabian Sea is a delight to witness.
Day 09: Kanya Kumari - Kovalam
The Southernmost end of Tamil Nadu, the land's end of India
or the point where three seas meet. Cape Camorin of Kanya
Kumari is at its best during Chitra Pournima (full moon
day in April) when sun and moon are face to face at the
same horizon at the confluence point of Bay of Bengal, Indian
Ocean and Arabian Sea.
The Vivekananad Memorial built on the rock into the water
where the great Philosopher guide Swami Vivekananda when
into meditation that transformed him into one of the most
charismatic spiritual leader of the century.
Day 10: Kovalam-Trivandrum (16Kms) - Departure.
Morning sightseeing tour of Trivandrum. The capital of Kerala,
built over seven forested hills. Padmanabhaswamy Temple,
a seven storey stone structure is the most impressive landmark.
This temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu contains several inscriptions
and excellent murals, innumerable intricate stone carvings
adorn the temple. Napier Museum of Arts and Crafts completed
in 1880, it was an early experiment in what became known
as the Indo Saracenic style.