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Kerala Backwater Tour

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August 19, 2019

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12 Nights / 13 Days
Availability : 01 October 17 - 31 March 18
Cochin Airport
Trivandrum,Kovalam, Kanyakumari, Periyar, Kumarakom City, Alleppey, Munnar, Cochin.
Max People : 50
Overview

Thiruvananthapuram (or Trivandrum) is the capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala. It’s distinguished by its British colonial architecture and many art galleries. It’s also home to Kuthira Malika (or Puthen Malika) Palace, adorned with carved horses and displaying collections related to the Travancore royal family, whose regional capital was here from the 18th–20th centuries.

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Internatinal Airport, Trivandrum.

International Airport, Cochin.






Trivandrum:-Padmanabha Swami Temple,Kuthiramalika Palace Museum,Napier Museum
Kanyakumari:-Gandhi Memorial Kanyakumari,Vivekananda Memorial
Kovalam:-Kovalam Museum, Kaudiar Palace,Pozhikkara Beach
Periyar:-The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary,Kumily,Murikkady,Vandanmedu.
Kumarakom:-Vembanad Lake,Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
Alleppey:-House Boat.
Munnar:-Rajamalai National Park (Eravikulam National Park),Echo Point,Elephant Lake,Tata Tea Museum,Csi Church,Top Station
Cochin:-Kathakali,St. Francis Church,Dutch Palace,Pareekshit Thampuran Museum,Pallipuram Fort,Santa Cruz Basilica,Aranmula Temple,Chendamangalam Fort,Maritime Museum Cochin,

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12 Nights Hotel Accommodation on Twin / Double Room
All tours & transfers on Car / Coach (Private) basis
Airport Transfer ( Private ) Basis
All Govt. Of India taxes
12-Breakfast

Arrival & Departure Assistance At Airport
One Bottle Of Minera Water Per Pax per Day

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Monuments Entry fees, Camera charges & Guide Service to be Paid directly by the Guest.
Travel Insurance (Strongly recommended for Senior Citizens)
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The payments for additional services taken at the hotel are to be settled directly at the hotel.
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Itinerary

Day 1ARRIVAL TRIVANDRUM – KOVALAM NO MEALS

On your arrival at Trivandrum Airport, Our Company Representative/ Driver will wait for you with your name sign board at outside the Terminal Building. After which you will straight drive to Kovalam.

KOVALAM: Kovalam is situated in the outskirts of Trivandrum. “Kovalam” literally means an orchid of coconut trees. Kovalam is home to unending expanses of coconut and palm trees. The beach resort over the last few years has become one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Kerala.

Reach Kovalam and transfers you to your hotel. Check In & Relax for the day. Overnight stay will be at Kovalam Hotel.

Day 2TRIVANDRUM & KANYAUMARI EXCURSION BREAKFAST

Morning after breakfast proceeds for the day excursion to Trivandrum.

TRIVANDRUM: Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) is a beautiful city located at the southern edge of Kerala the idyllic beaches and the rich heritage of the city makes it a preferred place to holiday. Earlier a part of the princely state of Travancore, the city has a rich history to boast of. Although the capital city of the state of Kerala, Tiruvandrum is free from the usual clutter and clamor that one usually associates with the capital city of the state.

Reach Trivandrum and visit Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Kuthirarnalika Palace Museum & Napier Museum.

PADMANABHA SWAMI TEMPLE: Located in the East Fort, Padmanabha Swamy Temple is one of the most popular Vishnu Temples in South India. The place holds the prestige of being counted among 108 holiest abodes of Lord Vishnu in the works of Tamil saints. The salagramams that are used to make the statue of Lord Vishnu were imported from Nepal amidst much pomp and show. The presiding deity of the temple Lord Vishnu is reclining on a large serpent that is ‘Anantha’. Stone carvings and murals adorn the temple.

KUTHIRAMALIKA PALACE MUSEUM: Built in Puthen Malika Palace, Kuthiramalika Palace is one of the fine examples of architecture of Kerala. The museum hosts a rare collection of mannequins, paintings, mirrors, chandeliers, furniture and other items. The royal thrones in ivory and Bohemian Crystal makes for few of the most attractive pieces of art in the museum. One can also view the Gopuram of renowned Padmabhaswamy temple from here.

NAPIER MUSEUM: Named after a governor (Lord Francis Napier) of British India, Napier Museum has a marveling natural system to air condition bearing the testimony to the technological progress of that period. The museum also houses one of the oldest zoological gardens in the world.

After Trivandrum sightseeing proceeds for the sightseeing of Kanyakumari.

KANYAKUMARI: In ancient times, this wonderful place was known as the Alexandria of the east and was considered to be the major cultural hub. For many years, Kanyakumari remained a remarkable center of civilization, pilgrimage, trade and commerce. According to the Ancient History of Kanyakumari, there is a lot of contribution of Islam, Jainism and Christianity in Kanyakumari’s architecture and literary field. It is also said that earlier, this place was under the rule of Cholas, Pandyas, Cheras and Nayaks, who were the most influential rulers of the Southern India. The fine style of architecture, which now-a-days allures most of the international travelers, is their contribution.

Reach Kanyakumari and visit Gandhi Memorial & Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

GANDHI MEMORIAL KANYAKUMARI: The Gandhi Memorial, Kanyakumari is temple built in 1956, to commemorate Mohanlal Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Gandhi. Gandhiji, the ambassador of Indian struggle for independence is considered the father of the nation. After his death, shortly after the independence his body was cremated and the ashes disposed off in the sea adjoining Kanyakumari. The ashes, before being disposed off, were kept at the spot where the present Gandhi Memorial stands. The temple lies in the close proximity of the Amman temple.

VIVEKANANDA MEMORIAL: Vivekananda Memorial or the Vivekananda Rock Memorial is the temple compound on one of the huge rock islands, lying some 500 meters off the tip of the Indian peninsula. On these rocks, which were considered sacred since ancient times, Swami Vivekananda had attained enlightenment after a prolonged meditation in the year 1892. He had reached the place by swimming through the harsh waters of the adjoining sea. His had stayed for three days from 24th of December to 26th of December. This is the best place to watch the confluence of the three major water bodies that surround India: the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.

After which you can enjoy the beautiful Sunset at Kanyakumari Beach. Later Return to your hotel for overnight stay in Kovalam.

Day 3KOVALAM LOCAL CITY SIGHTSEEING BREAKFAST

Morning after breakfast you can free for beach activities or you can visit Kovalam Museum & Kaudiar Palace.

POZHIKKARA BEACH: This is another picturesque beach near Kovalam. The serene and calm atmosphere draws many people to this place every year. It is famous for the various beautiful sea birds that visit this place. Thus this beach in Pachalloor is also considered to be a birdwatchers’ paradise.

KOVALAM MUSEUM: Kovalam Museums are known to possess some of the oldest specimen of historically enriched articles related to the field of arts, science and technology. The three main museums of Kovalam include Kuthiramalika Palace museum, Napier museum and Science & Technology museum.

KAUDIAR PALACE: This magnificent old structure was the home to the late Maharaja Sree Chitra Thirunal Bala Rama Varma. This grand palace is admired mainly for its architectural splendor.

Later return to hotel. Overnight stay will be at Kovalam Hotel.

Day 4KOVALAM – PERIYAR (THEKKADY) BREAKFAST

Morning after breakfast straight drive to Periyar.

PERIYAR: The very sound of the word thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. In the periyar forest of thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in india, and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.

Upon arrival at Periyar transfers to your hotel. Check in at hotel. Day free for own.

Overnight stay will be at Periyar Hotel.

Day 5PERIYAR

Morning after breakfast proceeds for the sightseeing of Periyar visits Periyar Wildlife Centuary, Kumily, Murikkady & Vandanmedu.

THE PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY: Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of periyar in thekkady is one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife reserves – the periyar wildlife sanctuary, spread across 777 sq km, of which 360 sq.km is thick evergreen forest, the periyar wildlife sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the mullaperiyar dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in india where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of periyar, however, is the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. You can also see wild Elephant, gaur, sambar deer, tiger, jungle cat, sloth bear and wild boar which can be sighted from the boats also 265 species of birds including migrants the hornbill, stork, woodpecker, kingfisher, raptor, cormorant, grackle etc.

KUMILY: It is situated on the outskirts of the periyar sanctuary. An important shopping centre and spice trade centre.

MURIKKADY: Washed in fresh spice scented air, murikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.

VANDANMEDU: This is one of the world’s largest auction centres for cardamom. A walk through the sprawling cardamom plantations of Vandanmedu is a heady experience.

Later return to your Hotel. Overnight stay will be at Periyar

Day 7KUMARAKOM CITY SIGHTSEEING BREAKFAST

Morning after breakfast proceeds for the sightseeing of Kumarakom visits Vembanad Lake & Kumarakom Bird Centuary.

VEMBANAD LAKE: Vembanad is not only the largest lake in Kerala but also the longest one in entire India. Wide network of water bodies (canals as well as rivers) empty into this lake, making it a great expanse of water. It is one of the most happening picnic spots here in Kumarakom. You can boat, fish, and enjoy pristine natural beauty of this place. You can avail holiday packages and houseboat cruises. The best part of this is the Kumarakom village-life experience included in the tour packages. If you want a romantic retreat on the backwaters, it is highly recommended. If you visit here during one of their most popular festivals, Onam, you will be thrilled to watch the snake boat racing through this otherwise serene lake.

KUMARAKOM BIRD SANCTUARY: One of the must see destinations in Kumarakom is the bird sanctuary; spread over 14 acres of land. You will find all kinds of birds here, right from wild duck, cuckoo, waterfowls, wood beetle, native kingfishers, flycatchers, larks, and parrots to migratory birds such as Siberian stork, teals, herons, darters, and egrets. You can also book your place in the bird watching cruises if you love to watch innumerable species of birds chirping and living in this peaceful place.

Later return to your hotel. Overnight stay will be at Kumarakom Hotel.

Day 8KUMARAKOM - ALLEPPEY (HOUSEBOAT)

Morning after breakfast check out from Kumarakom hotel and drive to Alleppey for your night stay at Houseboat.

ALLEPPEY: The town was founded by Raja Keshawadasan, Divan of Travanacore in 1762. With the Arabian Sea on the west and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it, alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Referred to as the venice of the east by travellers from across the world, this backwater country is also home to diverse animal and bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala. Today, Alappuzha (Alleppey) has grown in importance as a backwater tourist centre, & also famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry.

Upon arrival at Alleppey transfer to your houseboat.

HOUSE BOAT: A highlight of any Kerala tour is a night spent onboard a houseboat, or a rice barge. These converted rice barges or “Kettuvallams” sail along shallow, palm – fringed lakes and narrow canals where coconut and cashew is loaded onto dugouts.

Check in & Relax for the day. Lunch + Dinner & Overnight on board at Houseboat.

Day 9ALLEPPEY (HOUSEBOAT) – MUNNAR

After breakfast, disembark the houseboat in Alleppey and drive to Munnar.

MUNNAR: Munnar is one of the popular hill stations in the Indian state of Kerala. The hill station is situated at an altitude of 5,600 ft in the Idukki district of Kerala. Munnar literally means “three rivers” and its name is taken from the fact that it lies at the confluence of three mountain streams. Munnar was a British favored summer destination in the colonial days. Centuries later it is still horded by tourists who are mesmerized by the endless span of tea plantations, exotic species of flora and fauna and the cool breeze of the beautiful hills and valleys.

Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Afternoon you can visit Rajamalai National Park.

RAJAMALAI NATIONAL PARK (ERAVIKULAM NATIONAL PARK): Situated at a distance of around 15 km from Munnar, the park is divided into three sections- the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors to the Park only have access to the tourism area. The National Park is the habitat of the highly endangered species of mountain goats called Nilgiri Tahr or Nilgiri Ibex. The park is quite rich in flora and fauna.

Later returns to your hotel. Overnight stay will be at Munnar hotel.

Day 10MUNNAR BREAKFAST

Morning after breakfast proceeds for the full day sightseeing of Munnar.

ECHO POINT: Echo Point is situated around 13 km from the town of Munnar. Apart from an Echo point, the place is also a picnic spot where visitors love to take nature walks along the hill slopes. Tourists can also trek in the nearby tea, coffee and spice plantations. The cool breeze and serene surroundings makes this place favorite among wayfarers.

ELEPHANT LAKE: The Elephant Lake or Anayirangal is a scenic location surrounded by tea plantations and is around 22 km from Munnar. The Lake is named after the herds of wild elephants which come here from the forests to drink water. It’s very common to spot a herd of elephants by the waters. Tourists can enjoy the panoramic view of the serene waters along with the backdrop of dense tea estates.

TATA TEA MUSEUM: The Tata Tea Museum is located at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea just about 1.5 km from the Munnar town. Over a century, Munnar has been linked with tea plantations and is home to some of the best tea estates in the world. The museum is homage to the pioneers who transformed Munnar into a great tea plantation estate. The museum exhibits various pieces of antiquity and describes the origin and evolution of tea plantations in Munnar.

CSI CHURCH: The CSI Church is a popular destination and an important landmark in Munnar. Built in 1910, it is a Protestant Church which is mostly built in stone by the Scottish tea estate workers and managers. The highlights of this Church are in its charming interiors. Just adjacent to the church is a cemetery with tombs which date back to 1894.

MATTUPETTY DAM: The Mattupetty Dam is located at a distance of around 13 km from Munnar. It’s a perfect spot for a lazy picnic. The dam is surrounded by beautiful hills and tea plantations. Boating is a very popular here. The DTPC (District Tourism Promotion Council) provides boating facility and has a fleet of row boats, speed boats and pedal boats. Rose Garden is also a popular destination near Mattuppetty Dam, an excellent place for bird watching and trekking.

TOP STATION: Top Station is the highest point in Munnar and is easily accessible by tourists. It is around 32 km from Munnar and 1700 meters above sea level. The Top Station offers a panoramic and picturesque view of Munnar and its surrounding areas. The rare Neelakurunji (strobilanthus) plants belong to this region. These plants bloom only once in twelve years. The next bloom will take place in the year 2018. Top Station is located at border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Later returns to your hotel. Overnight stay will be at Munnar hotel.

Day 11MUNNAR - COCHIN BREAKFAST

Morning after breakfast straight drive to Cochin.

COCHIN: Formerly known as Cochin, this is one of the major port cities located on the West Indian coastal areas. This city of the Ernakulam district of the state of Kerala is situated by the side of the Arabian Sea. Thus, this city is often referred as Ernakulam as well. This 2nd biggest city of Kerala is considered to be the first ranked city in the state for attracting national as well as international tourists. This vibrant city is known for providing breathtakingly scenic view of the Kerala state. Apart from that, this city is the industrial and commercial capital of this state of south India.

Upon arrival check in to the hotel and relax till evening. In evening proceed to visit Kathakali dance performance at a local theater.

KATHAKALI: This spectacular classical dance drama of Kerala based on the guidelines laid by sage bharatha’s natya sastra, the ancient treatise on dance and drama, is over 500 years old. This elaborate art form is usually performed in the evenings and continues up to dawn, and is an integral part of all temple and cultural festivals in kerala. The costumes and makeup are ornamental, elaborate and designed to give a superhuman effect. The actors do not speak or sing but enact the story through mudras (hand gestures), graceful movements and facial expressions. The themes of this awe inspiring art are taken from India’s rich and colorful mythology. Music is an essential feature of kathakali, with two vocalists who sing to the accompaniment of chenille (gong), elathalam (small cymbals), chenda and maddalam.

Later return to the hotel. Overnight stay will be at Cochin hotel.

Day 12COCHIN BREAKFAST

Morning after breakfast proceeds for the sightseeing of Cochin.

ST. FRANCIS CHURCH: Built in 1503, this Anglican Church is an exemplary evidence of the European colonial struggle in India. The church contains the tombstone of Vasco-da-Gama and it has been the architectural model of numerous churches in India.

DUTCH PALACE: This palace is a unique blend of the oriental and the occidental architectural patterns. It is famous for the mural paintings in it. There are three temples inside the palace, each devoted to lord Krishna, Lord Shiva and Pazhayannur Bhagavati- the protective deity of the Royal family of Kochi.

PAREEKSHIT THAMPURAN MUSEUM: Hill Museum is an important part of sightseeing in Kochi. Pareekshith Thampuran Museum is a part of this Hill Museum. This archaeological museum is situated inside the Hill Museum. Pareekshith Thampuran Museum is more popularly known as the Durbar Hall in Kochi. Pareekshith Thampuran Museum of Kochi covers a large area. It is a busy tourist spot in Kochi. But apart from that, the museum has some more significance as well. This museum is of prime importance from the historical and archaeological point of view.

PALLIPURAM FORT: Pallipuram Fort, Kochi was erected by the Portuguese in 1503. The Pallipuram Fort of Kochi is one of the oldest European forts of India which houses a rich cultural heritage. The Pallipuram Fort is situated in the extreme northern part of the Vypeen Islands and heralds a glorious past within the territory of Kochi.

SANTA CRUZ BASILICA: The name Santa Cruz Basilica bears a special significance for the Christians residing in the south-western peninsular city of Kochi, as it celebrated the dawn of Christianity in the enigmatic land of India. Legend has it that the Santa Cruz Basilica has been stoutly standing its ground for a mammoth 500 years which is a spectacular feat in itself. Although the Santa Cruz Basilica had suffered ugly bruises at the hand of the robust British invaders in the year 1795, it continues to dazzle the on-lookers with its indelible charm and unparalleled charisma.

ARANMULA TEMPLE: Amongst the highly revered five temple towns of the mysterious state of Kerala, the Aranmula Temple is bestowed with the coveted recognition of being one of them. Being cozily nestled in the heart of the district known as Pathanamthitta, the Aranmula Temple is quite comfortably accessible from any remote nook of the state of Kerala.

CHENDAMANGALAM FORT: The Ernakulum district of Kochi is the spot where the humongous structure known as the Chendamangalam Fort has been standing for an unbelievable 450 years which is an unbelievable feat in itself. The Ernakulum district is in fact a petite town that came into the limelight by virtue of housing the colossal Chendamangalam Fort that is situated at an estimated length of 42 kilometers from it.

MARITIME MUSEUM COCHIN: The Maritime Museum Kochi proudly procures an abode to most of the tokens of the major achievements and triumphs of the Indian navy. On gaining entrance to the Maritime Museum of Kochi you will be utterly dazzled as you will be able to witness the glory and glaze of the Indian navy, learn its illustrious history and get to acquire knowledge regarding the various contributions made by the great men.

Later return to the hotel. Overnight stay will be at Cochin hotel.

Day 13COCHIN DEPARTURE

Morning after breakfast according to your flight time schedules our company representative will transfer you to the Cochin Airport to connect your flight for onward destination with the sweet memories of Your Tour. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey home on behalf of OUR TEAM!!!

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