Day 01: Cochin
Upon arrival our representative will transfer you to hotel. You will go
for an afternoon sightseeing tour of Cochin including the Dutch Palace
at Mattancherry, the Jewish Synagogue, the St. Francis Church (the
oldest European church in India) and 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 Kochi by Chinese
traders. Finally, the Willingdon Island, named after Lord Willingdon, is
the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command of India.
Day 02: 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. You will have rest of
the day free for walk around the peaceful town known for various Spice
and coffee plantations.
Day 03: Periyar - Munnar
Early morning enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to see wild elephants.
In the afternoon you will drive to Munnar, the famous hill station of
Kerala. Upon arrival at Munnar you will check in at hotel. Overnight
will be at hotel.
Day 04: Munnar
In Munnar you will have free day to relax and to walk around. Munnar is
situated near the Anaimudi Peak, the highest peak in the Western Ghats.
Overnight will be at hotel.
Day 05: 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 best. Stay overnight at the resort.
Day 06: Kumarakom - Alleppey
In morning you will drive a short distance before switching over to a
boat for cruising in 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 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 07: Alleppey - Trivandrum
In the morning 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 Museum was 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. Overnight stay
will be at Trivandrum.
Day 08: Trivandrum - Excursion
You will go on a full day return excursion to Cape Comorin, the
southernmost part of the Indian mainland. Visit the Vivekananda
Memorial, which is built about 400 meters offshore.
Day 09: Trivandrum
Transfer to airport for return flight.