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Kerala Essence

08 Nights / 09 Days

Kerala is one of the smallest states in the Indian union. Its area 38.855 square kilometers is just 1.3 percent of the total area of India. The land of India comprises the narrow coastal strip bounded by the Western Ghats n the east and the Arabian Sea on the west.. Kerala has been describes “as the favorite child of nature.” Like Kashmir in the north, Kerala in the south is famous for its breath-taking natural beauty.

With its evergreen mountains, dense forests stately palms, swift flowing rivers, extensive backwaters and blue lagoons, it looks like a fairyland. This atmosphere of beauty and peace has nurtured religion and art in Kerala and enabled her to become a precious gem in the necklace of Indian culture. Indian poets of eminence have showered their praises for the abundance of its peppers, the fragrance of its sandal and the wealth of its coconuts. No part of India is so widely known or has played so important a part in world history as Kerala.

Itinerary Package Details

Day 01: Arrive Cochin
On arrival in Cochin transfer to hotel. Later a city tour of Cochin covering Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Jews Street, St. Francis Church, Chinese fishing Nets & Indo-Portuguese Museum. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Cochin - Munnar
Today, we shall straight away drive you 130 kilometers (approx drive of 3 ½ hrs) to Munnar enroute visiting the spice plantations. On arrival in Munnar, check in into hotel. Evening relax in the famous mists of Munnar. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03: Munnar
Today, we shall take you for a city tour of Munnar covering - Mattupetty Dam & Lake, Kondalay Lake & Echo Point, Indo-Swiss Livestock Project, Eravikulam Sanctuary for the world famous Nilgiri Tahr & the Pullivasal Waterfalls. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04: Munnar - Thekkady
After breakfast, transfer to Thekkady (100 km/02 hrs drive), the home of Periyar wildlife sanctuary. Check in at hotel for night stay. After arrival optional boats ride in the Periyar Lake to view wildlife. Evening is at leisure. Overnight stay at Thekkady.

Day 05: Thekkady - Kumarakom
Today, we shall drive you to Kumarakom in approx 4 hrs. On arrival, check in into hotel later we shall take you for a visit to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Evening sunset cruise on Vembanadu Lake and the backwaters. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 06: Houseboat (Kumarakom - Alleppey)
Kumarakom is the perfect base to explore the backwaters of Kerala in a traditional style houseboat. Here you check in at air-conditioned houseboat for overnight stay. Houseboat travel provides an excellent opportunity to experience the culture, cuisine & life of local people from close quarters.

Day 07: Alleppey - Kovalam
After breakfast, disembark houseboat at Alleppey jetty & surface transfer to Kovalam (190 km/4 hrs drive). Check into the hotel on Kovalam arrival for night stay. Kovalam is a tourist paradise for its beautiful beaches & Ayurvedic therapies. Overnight stay at Kovalam.

Day 08: Kovalam
Today you have options to choose to stay on beaches & unwind yourself in various Ayurvedic therapies offered by hotel or half day excursion to Trivandrum town for its beautiful temples & museums. Rest of day is at leisure. Overnight stay in Kovalam.

Day 09: Trivandrum Airport Departure
After breakfast departure transfer to Trivandrum airport / railway station for your onward destination.



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