KERALA SPLENDOUR (08 Nights/ 09 Days)

Kerala, situated on the lush and tropical Malabar Coast, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Named as one of the "ten paradises of the world" and "50 places of a lifetime" by the National Geographic Traveler magazine, Kerala is especially known for its ecotourism initiatives. Its unique culture and traditions, coupled with its varied demographics, has made Kerala one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Popular attractions in the state include the beaches at Kovalam, hill stations of Munnar , national parks and wildlife sanctuaries at Periyar(Thekkady) and backwaters region, which comprises an extensive network of interlocking rivers, lakes, and canals that centre on Alleppey,Kovallam and Kumarakom.

Day To Day
Day 1

Arrive Cochin from Mumbai/Delhi or from your new destination. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon excursion to the Mattancherry Dutch Palace, a gift from the Portuguese to the Raja of Kochi. Evening: Enjoy a performance of Kerala's Kathakali dancers (Optional). Overnight at hotel.

Day 2
Cochin - Munnar (145 kms.)

Morning tour of Kochi including Jewish Synagogue, the Chinese fishing nets and the St. Francis Church. Afternoon drive to Munnar (138 km 3hours 30 minutes) the hill resort in the Western Ghats famous for its plantations. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3

A day to relax and unwind amidst the cooler climate of the delightful cardamom hills. Optional : Visit Eravikulam National Park, Echo Point and the tea gardens. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4
Munnar - Thekkady (100 kms.)

Morning free to relax Afternoon drive (110 km - 4hours 30) to Thekkady, located close to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5
Thekkady - Kumarakom (125 kms.)

Early morning enjoy a boat ride on the Periyar Lake famous for its wild elephants and bird life . Return to hotel for breakfast and drive to the picturesque backwaters of Kumarakom (130 km 3hours). Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6
Kumarakom - Houseboat

Breakfast at the hotel. Later check into the houseboat for an overnight cruise through the backwaters of Kerala. Cruise till 6 in the evening, by then houseboat halts in the lake for an overnight stay. (Next day, cruising starts at 7am). Unwind
yourself watching the endless strips of greenery passing by you while the boat moves at a relaxing pace. Overnight at boat.

Day 7
Alleppey - Kovalam

Drive to Kovalam (165kms. 5 hours) India's most spectacular beach resort. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8
Kovalam (16 kms.)

Morning city tour of Thiruvananthapuram. Optional : Full day excursion to Kanyakumari & back to include the Padmanabhapuram Palace and Vivekananda Rock Memorial. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9
Kovalam - Trivandrum

Transfer to Trivandrum airport for your flight to onward to destination.

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