KERALA BACKWATERS TOUR
From the Portuguese and Dutch Kerala to tiger spotting in the Periyar; a houseboat ride through the backwaters. From the pristine white sands of Kovalam Beach to the southernmost tip of the Indian landmass.a journey that takes you to the edge of India.
1. Kathakali dance presentation in Cochin,
2. Tea estate visit in Munnar,
3. All meals on the Houseboat &
4. Excursion to Kanyakumari.
1. Accommodation at mentioned hotels,
2. Daily breakfasts at hotels,
3. Air-conditioned vehicle with driver for the tour,
4. English speaking local guides at all applicable places,
5. Meet and assist services on arrival & departure,
6. Unlimited mineral water and tissues during drives,
7. Dedicated tour manager / coordinator for tour,
8. All hotel and government taxes,
9. Driver allowance, parking and toll taxes, and
10. Service tax as per government regulations.
Tour Not Includes
Please note that only lunches and dinners (excepting welcome & farewell meals with a couple of highlight lunches) are not included along with personal expenses and camera, etc. fees, tips, porter charges (if any) at places where applicable. International airfare or visa fees are not the part of the tour price.
Day 01: Cochin Arrival
We will receive you on arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Cochin is a diverse and colorful port/city, spreading over 4-5 islands and peninsulas. The main town of Ernakulam is on the mainland.All the islands are connected by a ferryboat network and therein lay the charm of an exploratory two days here. Around the headland of Fort Cochin, a phalanx of cantilevered Chinese fishing boats dips into the sea at high tide. In its back streets, there is an aroma of ginger, cardamom and other spices, piled high in every nook and cranny.
In the evening proceed for KATHAKALI DANCE PRESENTATION.
Overnight will be at Cochin.
Day 02: Cochin – Thekkady by Road
Breakfast will be at the hotel.
Proceed for a sight seeing tour of Cochin.
Chinese fishing nets: The Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles work on the principle of balance. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450. Vasco Da Gama Square, the narrow promenade that parallels the beach, is the best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea.
JEWISH SYNAGOGUE: The Jewish community traces its history to nearly 2000 years ago. In 1948 the community numbered 2500 and today there are fewer that 30 people. The community is still centered round JEWTOWN where you will visit its crown Jewel, the Paradesi Synagogue. Built in 1568 and reconstructed after a Portuguese bombardment in 1662, the synagogue is distinguished by its tile roof and bell tower. The small synagogue is also known for its hand-painted, willow-patterned, blue and white Chinese floor tiles, and the many brass and crystal lamps that hang from the ceiling. Later visit the interesting International Pepper Exchange, also located in Jew town.
The Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow etc. are also nice for sightseeing. Take a boat ride and visit BOLGATTY PALACE and VYPPIN ISLAND.
Drive to Thekkady. Reach and check into the hotel.
Drive southwards over rolling hills and coffee plantations to the PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, one of the major wildlife reserves in India. Indian elephants, wild boars, lion-tailed monkeys, ibex, tigers, leopards and sloth bears are on the list. The park surrounds a large, many-fingered lake and a dawn or dusk foray on one of the boats will be a thrilling experience. It is from the lake rather than vehicles that the wildlife is viewed. The sanctuary is rich in bird life. Great hornbills, kites, darters, herons, egrets, owls and kingfishers are in abundance.
Surrounding the reserve are many small spice plantations and we spend an absorbing afternoon searching for pepper, cardamom, turmeric, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and betel.
Overnight will be at the Thekkady.
Day 03: Thekkady
Breakfast will be at the resort.
Today you will visit the rare species of plants and animals by taking a NATURE TREK into the Park and then a short walk.
In the afternoon visit spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel, you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices.
Later, visit Kumily market to buy the best spices available.
Overnight will be at Thekkady.
Day 04: Thekkady – Kumarakom by road
Enjoy breakfast at the resort.
Proceed to Kumarakom. Check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat.
The backwaters of Kerala are a unique product of Kerala and are found nowhere else in the world. Backwaters are a network of lakes, canals and estuaries and deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. The backwaters of Kerala are a self supporting Eco-system teeming with aquatic life. The canals connect the villages together and are still used for local transport. Over 900 km of this labyrinthine water world is navigable.
The houseboat with all modern comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. You will have lunch, dinner and breakfast in the Houseboat. A ride on the houseboat is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.
Lunch will be served on the boat freshly prepared by the crew.
In the evening the boat will anchor by the lush paddy fields and enjoy the tranquility of the water around.
Dinner would be laid out in the boat. Spend night on houseboat.
Day 05: Alleppey – Kovalam by Road
Breakfast will be on board.
Cruise through the backwaters watching the children going to school and the village markets opening.
Disembark the boat at the finishing point where your driver will be waiting for you to drive to KOVALAM.
Kovalam went through a gradual metamorphosis from an obscure fishing village to a contemporary holiday destination. Though frequented often, the very beautiful Kovalam beach glows in its un-spoilt beauty and offers a relaxing holiday to a tired and wandering soul.
Life at the tiny fishing village located on the Kovalam coast goes on as it did for ages. Take walk near the fishing village in Kovalam, Kerala, and South India and be enthralled at the simplicity, happiness and contentment that greet you.
A natural bay created by a breathtaking rock cluster and three crescent shaped beaches make up the stunning and very beautiful Kovalam beach in Kerala, South India.
Reach and check in at the resort. Day will be free to explore and relax at the beach.
Overnight will be at Kovalam.
Day 06: Kovalam – Excursion of Kanyakumari by Road
Enjoy your breakfast at the resort. Take an excursion to KANYAKUMARI.
Kanyakumari was once referred to as the “ALEXANDRIA OF THE EAST”. This place has been a great center for art, culture, civilization and pilgrimage for years. It was also a famous center for commerce and trade. During the early part of the 8th century A.D, Islam entered the southern part of India through the sea route with traders and Missionaries. Through Saint Thomas, one of the twelve Apostles of Christ, Christianity arrived in this area in 52 A.D. Islam. Christianity and Jainism religions have greatly contributed to the Architectural wealth and literal heritage of this place. Kanyakumari was also under the control of the Cholas, the Cheras, the Pandyas and the Nayakas who were the great rulers of South India. The architectural beauties of the temples are the beautiful work of these rulers.
The shore temple in this famous Pilgrim centre is dedicated to the virgin goddess Devi Kanyakumari, who eternally protects the country. The temple is a symbol of unity and sanctity.
Overnight will be at Kovalam.
Day 07: Kovalam – Trivandrum – Departure by Road
Drive to Trivandrum after a leisurely morning breakfast.
Proceed for the short sightseeing tour of Trivandrum.
Drive to the airport after a hot lunch to take flight as per time with sweet memories of GOD’S OWN COUNTRY – KERALA.