Duration : 16 Night / 17 Days
Destination Covered : Cochin – Waynad- Guruvayoor- Athirappally – Munnar – Periyar – Kumarakom – Houseboat – Chavara – Kanyakumari – Kovalam
Tour starts on :- 02/11/2016, 02/12/2016,02/02/2017
Starting Point :- Cochin
Ending Point :- Trivandrum / Cochin
Group Size :- 15 to 25 Pax
DAY 01: ARRIVE COCHIN ( KOCHI)
Upon Arrival at Cochin check in at Your Hotel Ramada Plaza for Join the Group.
COCHIN - Kochi is a vibrant city situatedon the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Cochin is situated in Ernakulam district in the state of Kerala. Ernakulam is also the name of a town - the administrative capital of Ernakulam district - but, for all practical purposes Ernakulam and Cochin, generally, refer to the same place. Kochi is the arguably the ideal starting point for exploring the unfathomable diversity and beauty of Kerala .
Afternoon Proceed for a City tour of Cochin :- Visiting Chinese fishing nets along the Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow , Jewish synagogue and Cherai Beach . Evening we go to watch the famous Kathakali Dance Performance. Overnight at the hotel .
DAY 02: COCHIN – WAYNAD BY ROAD 295 KMS 8 HOURS DRIVE
Morning After Breakfast drive to Waynad
WAYANAD - One of the fourteen districts in Kerala , is situated in an elevated picturesque mountainous plateau in Western Ghats. Providing a panorama of undulating mist clad hills and dales, Wayanad is blessed with a unique geographical position. Luxuriant plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber are strewn all over the hills of Wayanad. Situated at a height of 700-2100 m above sea level, it is bound on the east by the Nilgiris.
Upon Arrival Check in at Yoga Villa – Kuruva Resort - is a home to many yoga and ayurvedic activities. Here you can take Ayurveda treatment, Meditation, Yogaclasses and Kalari treatment . Evening Dinner with Traditional Tribal Dance Show. Overnight at Yoga Village
DAY 03: WAYANAD
Morning Visit Kurava Dweep to Explore the Villages & Tholpetty Sanctuary . Afternoon Back to Yoga Village for Ayurvedic Treatments . Overnight at Yoga Village .
DAY 04: WAYNAD
Today We will Check out from Yoga Village and check in at Aranyakam Home stay to Explore the Experience of Kerala Home stay .
Today we will go for a Nature Walking , Trekking and Sightseeing tour of Waynad Visiting Edakkal Caves, Water Falls etc. Evening Dinner with Traditional Theyyam Dance Show. Overnight at Hotel
DAY 05: WAYNAD – GURUVAYOOR 200 KMS 6 HOURS DRIVE
After an Early Breakfast Drive to Guruvayoor via visting Villages Enroute .
GURUVAYOOR - Guruvayoor is most famous for its temple, which is many centuries old and one of the most important in Kerala. The temple is famous as a site for pilgrimage and also a cultural centre as it is one of the centre-points along which Kerala literature and art-forms have been developed. The temple's deity is Lord Guruvayurappan. Non-Hindus are not permitted to enter the temple. Guruvayur is also called the Bhoolokavaikunta- the heaven on earth.
Upon arrival check in at Hotel Krishna Inn . Evening Visiting Krishna Temple and Cheruthuruthy is the seat of the Kerala Kalamandalam, renowned the world over for its Kathakali training centre. The music and dance academy was founded by the famous poet, Vallathol Narayana Menon. Training in Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Thullal and other art forms of Kerala is imparted here.In the night Krishnattam Folk Dance at Temple Auditorium . Overnight at Hotel Krishna Inn
DAY 06: GURUVAYOOR – PUNATHOOR FORT - ATHIRAPPALLY 80 KMS 3 HOURS.
Morning After Breakfast Drive to Punathoor Fort . This place is a home to over 62 elephants. On your Punnathoorkotta tours, you will see group of elephants wandering around. Many elephants are brought here by the rich as rituals offered to the god. Here these pachyderms are trained and groomed. After visiting Drive to Athirappally
ATHIRAPPALLY - Athirappally Waterfalls is located at the entrance to Sholayar ranges, this waterfall is a popular picnic spot. Affording to the onlookers, one of the most bewitching sights, Athirappally Falls is about 80 feet high and located in the forest area. Combined with the greenery, it infuses freshness into any tired soul. The Athirapally Falls join the Chalakkudy River after plummeting a drop of 80 feet.
Upon Arrival Check in at Hotel Rainforest. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Athirappally visiting Athirappally water Falls , Dream World Theme Park , Silver strom park and near by Villages . Overnight at Hotel Rainforest .
DAY 07: ATHIRAPPALLY – MUNNAR 200 KMS 6 HOURS
After Breakfast Drive to Munnar . Enroute visiting Villages and Local markets .
MUNNAR - Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations in South India, it is situated at the confluence of three Mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Located at 1600 Mts above sea level, this was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India.Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and Holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. Munnar is essentially a tea town. The visitor is greeted with miles and miles of unending tea plantations on entry into Munnar Upon Arrival check in at Club Mahindra Resort . Overnight at Club Mahindra Resort .
DAY 08: MUNNAR
After Breakfast Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Munnar first we visit Mattupetty famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Onwards from the farm you proceed to Mattupetty lake and dam, which is a very beautiful picnic spot. You could enjoy boating in the lake and view mountains and landscapes from afar. Onwards proceed to Echo point famous for the natural echo phenomenon and then to Top Station offering marvellous views of Munnar valley below and Afternoon get ready for the special trip to Pothamedu for an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks. In the evening visit to Raja Malai - a top peak of Munnar where you can see Neel Thar (mountain goats). Overnight at Club Mahindra Reosrt .
DAY 09: MUNNAR – THEKKADY ( PERIYAR ) 110 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
Drive to Periyar nestled in spice and rubber plantations on the way visiting Idukki dam. Upon arrival Check in at Hotel Spice Village .
THEKKADY - Thekkady, is one of India's most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries, where you can watch wildlife at close range. The vegetation, the flora and fauna and the birds of Thekkady are uniquely rich, vast and varied that it does not be a resemblance to any other wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Even a casual visitor to this place will not fail to observe the special ecological pattern of Thekkady. Evening go for a boat cruise in Lake Periyar to spot wildlife. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 10: THEKKADY
After breakfast, go for a DAY long bamboo Raft ride, the most popular Ecotourism activity in Periyar. Your hosts are poachers turned protector of PTR. You trek for a few kilometer and then ride a bamboo raft that seats 6 visitors. Packed lunch, Tea/ coffee and snacks are served by your hosts. You can explore some remote inlets of Periyar lake with your hosts and an armed park guard. You have good chances of spotting wildlife. The raft ride ends at Evening and you trek back to Thekkady . Overnight at Hotel .
DAY 11: THEKKADY – KOTTAYAM BY ROAD 140 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE. KOTTAYAM – KUMARAKOM BY BACK WATER – TRAVELLING
BY TRADITIONAL COMMON BOAT - After an Early Breakfast Drive to Kottayam . Upon Arrival board at Traditional common boat for Kumarakom .
KUMARAKOM - The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. A picturesque, clean village, Kumarakom is a tiny hamlet on the banks of a lagoon formed by the Vembanad lake. where calm, emerald backwaters reflect hundreds of thousands of gently swaying palms where the primary attraction however, is its lazy ambience. Upon Arrival Check in to your Hotel Coconut Lagoon .Afternoon visit the villages, the Bird Sanctuary, the Country Boat Cruise etc. Overnight at Resort .
DAY 12: KUMARAKOM – HOUSEBOAT
After breakfast, Transfer to the Houseboat Embarkation point. The Kerala houseboats used to form an inseparable ingredient of the way of life in Kerala, this traditional boat is locally called as Kettuvallom. Check-in to the exclusive houseboat. Your private boat will be facilitated with bed rooms, bath rooms, living area, sun deck, dining and beautiful corridor. This full DAY cruise will include all your meals and an overnight stay on board. A Journey through the curving and winding Kerala backwaters in houseboats of Kerala is an experience of returning to nature. Full DAY cruise and over night stay onboard. The boat will be anchored in the lake for overnight stay.
DAY 13: HOUSEBOAT – ARANMULA – CHAVARA 105 KMS HOURS DRIVE
Dismebark House boat and Drive to Aranmula.The Craftsmen in Aranmula village of Kerala are engaged in traditional art and crafts like mural paintings, Arunmula Kannadi and boat building. This charming village is noted worldwide for the Aranmula Kannadi. In Malayalam, the word Kannadi means mirror. Made of bell metal, the metal mirror is a unique traditional craft. Also we visit Vinjana Kalavedi, which is an Arts training institute. People come from far-flung areas to learn the Traditional art and crafts. It is a perfect place to get knowledge about the culture and Tradition of Kerala. – Kerala Style Lunch here and then drive to Chavara via Haripad Snake Temple and Amritapuri Ashram .
CHAVARA - Kerala is splendid with its lush green coconut trees, the serene backwaters and the soothing Ayurvedic massages. The unique feature of Kerala is its backwaters. It has a network of lakes, canals, and rivers opening into the Arabian sea. The canals connect villages and are still used for local transport. The backwaters are self-supporting eco-system full of aquatic life. Chavara - Ashtamudi is the second largest backwaters in Kerala and the hub of fishing activities . Upon Arrival check in at Hotel . Evening Visit the Fishing Port and interact with the Villages. Evening Back to your Resort . Overnight at Hotel .
DAY 14: CHAVARA – KOLLAM – VARKALA - KANYAKUMARI BY ROAD 160KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
Morning Drive to Kanyakumari via Kollam Thangasseri Light House, Tirumullavaram Beach and Thevalli Palace and Cashew nut Factories and Varkala . Later Drive to Kanyakumari
KANYAKUMARI - The name of this place has been christened after the virgin goddess – Kanyakumari Amman. Mythological stories depict that Goddess parvati under the disguise of Devi Kanniya did a penance in one of the rocks in this area to reach the hand of Lord Shiva. This place is also a popular pilgrimage. The tourists who visit this southern most tip of India would certainly enjoy the exuberant scenes of the sunsets, the sunrises especially on full moon Days. The nature of the sand in the beaches of Kanyakumari is unique as it is multicolored. Amidst the sea there are two rocks known as ‘twin rocks’ both contributing to the rich Indian heritage with the monuments of swamy Vivekananda and Saint Thiruvalluvar. Upon Arrival Check in at Hotel Sea View . Evening Visit Kanya kumari Temple , Nearby Villages and Sun set Point .Overnight at Hotel Sea View
DAY 15: KANYAKUMARI – PADMANABHA PURAM PALACE – KOVALAM BY ROAD 80 KMS 2 HOURS
Ealy Morning drive to Sun rise point to view the Sun rise and later Visit Swamy Vivekananda Rock . Later Drive to Kovalam via Padmanabhapuram Palace
KOVALAM - Kovalam beach is known as the "Paradise of the South". Kovalam is an evergreen and pleasant climatic beach resort. Kovalam is a dreamland for tourists all over the world. With high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world tourism map. The warm and clean atmosphere by the coconut trees and the white sandbed are perfect for relaxing Holidays, as the seabreeze gently plays with the waves. Upon Arrival check in at your Beach Hotel Travencore Heritage. Evening Visit the Fishing Port . Overnight at Hotel .
DAY 16: KOVALAM
DAY at at leisure for relax and personal activities. Evening Farewell Dinner with Dances to Enjoy our Last Evening at Kerala . Overnight at Hotel Travencore Heritage
DAY 17: LEAVE KOVALAM
Today Morning All Participant will get Ready to Reach International Airports at Cochin / Trivandrum for flight home with sweet memories of Kerala . SP Holidays Representative will assist you for Airport Transfers. ( Airport Check in 03 Hours Perior)
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