Day 01 : Arrive Cochin
Kerala Holiday Package (15 Days)
Cochin | Calicut | Guruvayur | Munnar | Thekkady |
Kumarakom | Houseboat | Kovalam
Cochin - Located in the beautiful state of Kerala, Cochin was built by the
Portuguese and is today the busiest port of the country and an important
tourist destination of the state. Evening attend the Kathakali Dance
Performance - A unique dance which has a 2000 year old history with more
than 100 different 'mudras' or gesture depicting deities, demons, heroes,
heroines and kings - each based on episodes from the Mahabharata and
Ramayana, the two epic Indian myths.. Overnight stay in Cochin.
Day 02 : City Tour
After breakfast visit the Bolghatty Palace - The palace is situated in the
Bolghatty island and was built by the Dutch. St. Francis Church - The Church
of St. Francis is another place that tourists must visit during their trip
to the beautiful city of Cochin. Jewish Synagogue - The Jewish Synagogue was
built in 1568 and is extremely beautiful. It is exquisitely ornate by
Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Mattancherry Palace - The
Mattancherry palace is also known as the Dutch palace, however, it was
originally built by the Portuguese. Evening is free. Overnight stay in
Day 03 : Drive Cochin - Kozhikode (190 kms)
After breakfast drive to Kozhikode (Calicut) - A great sea port in olden
days, was once the capital of the powerful Zamorins. It was here at kappad
that Vasco Da Gama first landed in 1948. Later the Dutch, the French &
the British came to these shores to trade. Kozhikode still maintain its
commercial traditions. As cargo steamers visit the port even today. The town
is famous for its boat - building yard, timber industry and historic
temples.Calicut is located on the South west coast of India, in the Indian
state of Kerala. Arrive & check in. Evening is free for leisure.
Overnight stay in Kozhikode.
Day 04 : City Tour
breakfast proceed for the city tour visiting Pazhassiraja Museum & Art
Gallery, Kappad Beach where Vasco da Gama landed in 1498 & the prominent
port of Beypore. Ancient Beypore was much sought after by merchants from
Western Asia for its shipbuilding industry. The art of "Uru"
(Arabian trading vessel) building is a tradition of over 1500 yrs & you
can even see some of them being built perhaps even buy their miniature
version from local shops. Evening return to hotel & relax. Overnight
stay in Kozhikode.
Day 05 : Drive Kozhikode to Guruvayur (110 kms)
After breakfast drive to temple town of Guruvayur - It is among India's
most important pilgrimage centres and is also known as the Dwaraka of the
South. Arrive & check in. Later proceed on city tour visiting the Sree
Krishna Swamy Temple - which attracts thousands of pilgrims is said to date
prior to the 16th century. The walls of the sanctum are inlaid with
exquisite mural paintings & carvings. Only Hindu's are allowed inside
the temple followed by visit to Punnathur Kotah - This lovely elephant
sanctuary is attached to the Sree Krishna Temple. The open green area is the
home of around 55 temple elephants. Evening visit Chavakkad Beach - with its
virgin waters, will entice you to come again. Later return to hotel &
relax. Overnight stay in Guruvayur.
Day 06 : Drive Guruvayur - Munnar (180 kms)
Today after breakfast drive to Munnar - Surrounded by lush green-carpeted
tea and coffee plantations, It is a picturesque hill station situated in the
eastern part of Kerala. The town is located at the confluence of three
mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni & Kudala - and is known for
its clean, neat, and brightly painted ambience. The beautiful landscapes,
cosy weather, and the smell of tea leaves makes Munnar one of the most
sought-after destinations in South India. Munnar is situated near the
Anaimudi Peak, the highest peak in the Western Ghats. The hills here are
covered with a carpet of flowers in bloom. Also found here is an exotic
plant called Neelakurunji that flowers just once in a 12-year period. Arrive
& check in. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay in Munnar.
Day 07 : City Tour
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Munnar visit Pothamedu - is
known for its plantation business apart from trekking and hiking options
amidst sylvan surroundings, Devikulam - is an idyllic hill station near
Munnar, Pallivasal - is home to the first hydropower project in Kerala,
Attukal - has several panoramic waterfalls and offers trekking options,
Nyayamakad - is again a well-known picnic spot around Munnar, Mettupetty -
has an artificial lake built by a small hydroelectric project & Rajamala
- is known as the natural habitat of endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Later return
to hotel. Evening is free to relax. Overnight stay in Munnar.
Day 08 : Drive Munnar - Thekkady (170 kms)
breakfast drive to Thekkady - a landlocked district, is one of the most
nature rich areas of Kerala. High ranges & wooded valleys are girded by
three main rivers. As a tourist destination it offers diverse attractions
like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation tours, mountain
treks & Elephant rides, etc. Arrive & check in. Evening is free to
rejuvenate yourself with ayurvedic massage. Overnight stay in Thekkady.
Day 09 : City Tour
Early today proceed on wildlife cruise on Periyar lake. Periyar Wildlife
Sanctuary - lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungle of Periyar in
Thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves &
is declared as Tiger Reserve in 1978. Later return to hotel. Afternoon
proceed on spice plantation tour covering cardamom, pepper, coffee & tea
plantations. Evening is free for leisure / relax. Overnight stay in
Day 10 : Drive Thekkady - Kumarakom (150 kms)
After breakfast, drive to the coast and this melodically named town of
Kumarakom nature's best with its virgin forest backwaters on the banks of
lake Vembanda. An enchanting backwater destination offer visitors many other
leisure options. Boating and fishing facilities are available at Kumarokam.
Arrive & check into your backwater resort. Evening walk through the
village near by. Overnight stay in Kumarokam.
Day 11 : In Kumarkom
Day at leisure to relax at the resort. The resort offers comfortable
accommodation and exclusive leisure options like Ayurvedic message, yoga,
meditation, boating, fishing, angling and swimming or a cruise along the
Vembanad Lake to experience the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. At this idyllic
retreat, one can look forward to practicing the 'Art of Doing Nothing'.
Day 12 : On Houseboat
Kerala backwaters consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes, &
canals and are best experienced while slowly punting down the labyrinth of
canals in a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat, known as 'kettuvallam'.
Embark your houseboat, a renovated cargo boat with either one or two
bedrooms, kitchenette and all modern conveniences. A 3-member crew will
cater for your comforts and meals. See life on the banks, lush green rice
fields, and coconut groves with occasional temple or church as you cruise
through the canals. An experience you will savour for a long time.
Day 13 : Drive Alleppey - Kovalam (100 kms)
After breakfast disembark your houseboat & drive to Kovalam - A groove
of coconut trees. This is a combination of three small beaches, the
sheltered natural bay, the azure blue waters and the sumptuous spread of
green palm groves, reefs and shoals, leisurely sailing wooden canoes, clear
waters at dawn, corals, shells, marine life, foliage and rejuvenating herbal
and body toning massages make it a tropical paradise. Arrive & check in.
Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay in Kovalam.
Day 14 : In Kovalam
Time at leisure to relax / ayurvedic activities at your resort. Enjoy the
beautiful surroundings and lavish comfort and pampering at spa. Overnight
stay in Kovalam.
Day 15 : Departure
After breakfast transfer to Trivandrum airport for flight to onward
End of a memorable tour !!!