Duration: 08 Nights / 09 Days Places to See: Cochin - Periyar - Munnar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Trivandrum Day 1: Cochin
Cochin. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon Sightseeing tour of Cochin including The
Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes
from the Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called
the Jew Town. The St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The
Santa Cruz Basilica, originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. The Chinese
fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to
Cochin by Chinese traders. Finally, the Willingdon Island, named after Lord
Willingdon, is the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command of India.
Day 2: Cochin - Periyar
Morning drive on a scenic route dotted with plantations of rubber, cardamom,
cocoa, green pepper and areca nut, to the wildlife reserve at Periyar. Arrive
Periyar and check in at hotel. Rest of the day free for walk around in
the peaceful town known for various Spice and coffee plantations
Day 3 : Periyar - Munnar
Early morning enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to see wild elephants. Afternoon
drive to Munnar, the famous hill station of Kerala. Arrive Munnar and check
in at hotel.
Day 4: Munnar
Munnar Day is free to relax and to walk around. Munnar is situated near the
Anaimudi Peak, the highest peak in the Western Ghats.
Day 5: Munnar - Kumarakom
Morning drive to Kumarakom near Kottayam and stay in one of the backwater resorts.
The panoramic backwaters here offer an ideal retreat to enjoy nature at its
Day 6: Kumarakom - Alleppey
Morning drive a short distance before switching over to a boat for a through
many canals and waterways up to Alleppey. The backwater cruise in a country
boat is the best way to explore the villages and rural life. In Alleppey you
will be taken aboard your floating houseboat, a different boat with a bedroom
and en-suite rest room for your comfort. Enjoy unlimited surfing on backwaters,
sip a coconut, get disturbed by only the chirping of birds and occasional ripples
in water and savor mouthwatering delicacies prepared in front of you by your
Kitchen crew. Spend the night on board the houseboat. Enjoy a cruise on the
backwater through a maze of canals and lagoons and enjoy freshly caught fresh
water fish cooked to your taste on board.
Day 7: Alleppey - Trivandrum
board your transport for an interesting drive to Trivandrum. Afternoon Sightseeing
tour of Trivandrum, visiting the ancient temple of Sri Padmanabhaswamy is one
of the major attractions in the city of Thiruvananthapuram. Napier Museumwas
built in 1880 and shows a harmonious blending of Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and
Italian architectural styles. Sri Chitra Art Gallery has a good collection Tanjore,
Mughal, and Rajput schools of art. The Zoo in Thiruvananthapuram has many shady
and delightful walks.
Day 8: Trivandrum - Excursion
Full day return excursion to Cape Camorin, the southernmost part of the Indian
mainland. Visit the Vivekananda Memorial which is built about 400 metres offshore.
Day 9: Trivandrum
Transfer to airport for return flight.